You hear two points in conversation after conversation, and presentation after presentation this week. So it’s not unexpected that Jason Samenow and his colleagues at Capital Weather Gang aimed unerringly at the two “unavoidables” in a pithy encapsulation of how proceedings have gone in this AMS Annual Meeting so far:
CWG’s Brian Jackson, on the vital need to keep satellite programs strong:
Our weather satellites do much more than provide the images that you see on your local news. They measure countless variables depicting atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, storm monitoring, and provide vitally important data to our weather models. The prominence of presentations regarding this data reveal just how necessary it is to keep our satellites flying and to continue to innovate new and improved sensors and instruments for the next generation of environmental satellites.
And his colleague Camden Walker, on the collaborations we’re building for the future:
With more data than ever thanks to the newest measurement technologies, and fewer disciplinary boundaries among social and physical sciences, we have unprecedented ability and bandwidth to create a unified voice that is respected, authoritative – to educate and engage the public en masse.
Maybe those were free throws, but CWG sank them both.