of broader impact. However, organizations that are relatively new or smaller scale may indicate past Climatological Records achievement and future potential through letters of May Be Depended On support. Nominations of individuals are encouraged. Individual scholarships or scholarship programs are Typical of a large number of not eligible. people who have read suppos- Nominations for the award are now being accepted. edly scientific articles on cli- The nomination deadline is 30 April 2001 (postmark mati c "cycles," is a recent date). The winner will be announced by 30 June 2001, correspondent of the Weather and the award ceremony will be held 29 September Bureau of the United States De- 2001 at the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum, partment of Agriculture. This Nantucket, Massachusetts. ma n had about made up his Applications and information are available from the mind to invest his savings in a farm in one of two Maria Mitchell Association, 4 Vestal Street, Nan- Middle West States, when someone filled him tucket, MA 02554; telephone: 508-228-9198. with panic by the statement that "next winter there would be a killing freeze, disastrous to One-Sto p Shopping for Ice Core Data crops." Ignoring the carefully compiled data al- Available on Internet ready sent him by the Weather Bureau, giving Data from ice cores from glaciers and mountain him full information about the climate of these summits allow scientists a glimpse into the frozen past, two States for a great many years past, this cor- providing valuable information about the global cli- respondent wanted the bureau to confirm the mate that existed in recent years and thousands of rumor that he had heard. years ago. Data from these icy archives will soon be The Weather Bureau has, up to the present available at a one-stop shop on the Internet, thanks to time, no authoritative information about "cycles" an agreement between two major data centers, C. Mark or other phases of long-range forecasting on Eakin, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric which to base statements or opinions. It has com- Administration's (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program, plete climatological data for a great many places told attendees of the American Geophysical Union's in the United States, consisting of tabulated fall meeting in San Francisco. weather records, extending over long periods of "A new partnership has been established to meet the years, showing the average and extreme tempera- needs of scientists to obtain data, as well as to provide tures and other meteorological facts of value and an organized, long-term archive for the data," Eakin interest. This information indicates the general said. "The new Ice Core Gateway provides one-stop climate of a region, its suitability for agriculture shopping from which scientists, educators, and the or other industries, its drawbacks, and its advan- public can access ice-core research from a variety of tages. Nothing is prophesied, but there is no rea- disciplines. It will also provide an easy way for scien- son to suppose that any climate is going to vary tists to contribute their data to the data centers." radically from its recorded behavior during the The data centers involved with the project are the past 40 or 50 years. NOAA Paleoclimatology Program/World Data Cen- The prophesy that the present winter, 1925- ter for Paleoclimatology and the National Snow and 26, would be extraordinarily cold seems to have Ice Data Center/ World Data Center for Glaciology, been a mistake on the part of those who made it, both located in Boulder, Colorado. fo r on the whole the winter has been a little Th e new Web site is located at http:// warmer than normal. In view of such errors it www. ngdc.noaa.gov/paleo/icgate . • would seem better for those like the correspon- dent referred to who contemplate a change of residence, to rely more on past records than on forecasts. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 7, 39. 46 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 2001
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