"Millennium Perspectives" is a special year-long section celebrating the new millennium. AMS Fellows, as recognized leaders in the fields served by the AMS, were asked to reflect on the close of this millennium and contribute brief essays on what they believe were significant issues or developments in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. They were also asked to predict what they believe will be the great challenges or developments yet to come. When the excitement of becoming a weather fore- could make more time for this if we reduced the caster first hit me in the fifth grade, you probably use of confusing computer graphic animations and couldn't find many people who knew what a meteo- spent less time hyping fairly common weather rologist did for a living. Most folks assumed they stud- events. ied meteors. 2. Good meteorology needs to be taught in our el- Over the past 50 years, this has changed. Because ementary and high schools and in our universities. more of us are in the media, a majority of the public Educators need to have a strong interest and knowl- today knows who we are. But as both a broadcaster edge base in
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2000
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