ACM Small Business Forum Webinar focuses on the NCEI Weather and Climate Toolkit

Published: July 16, 2021

On the evening of Wednesday, May 12th, the Association of Certified Meteorologists (ACM) held a Small Business Forum webinar with guest presenter Steve Ansari of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Steve is the primary author of the NOAA Weather and Climate Toolkit (WCT) software and is an expert in GIS geospatial analysis and a variety of weather datasets, including radar, satellite, and severe weather. Many members of the ACM use NCEI weather records and products, including the WCT, for both personal use and for their clients.

Meet ACM Member Alicia Wasula, PhD, CCM

– Owner of Shade Tree Meteorology

Published: May 26, 2021

My name is Alicia Wasula, and I own Shade Tree Meteorology, LLC. Although my motivation for studying meteorology is probably fairly typical of many of us, my career trajectory has been anything but typical.

I always enjoyed science as a kid- I was fairly quiet and a big reader, so I read books on all the sciences. One of my favorite things to do was watch nighttime thunderstorms on the front porch with my dad. When it came time to pick a college major, ....

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Meet ACM Member Michael Mogil, CCM, CBM, NWA Digital Media Seal

– Founder and Owner of How the Weatherworks

Published: May 18, 2021

Hi, everyone. My name is H. Michael Mogil, I'm a long-time member of ACM (and its predecessor organization NCIM), and I'm a CCM.

I didn't start out in my meteorological career wanting to become a CCM. However, a recommendation from my boss (at National Weather Service Headquarters back in the 1970's) stuck with me. He told me that "someday," when I left NWS, I'd want to be a CCM. No further explanation was offered at the time.

Some two decades later, I just decided to do it.

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The World Meteorological Organization Retires Greek Alphabet from Tropical Names List

Published: April 30, 2021

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hurricane Committee decided to retire using the Greek alphabet to name Atlantic Basin and Eastern Pacific tropical cyclones. Every year, there is a predetermined list of 21 names (in alphabetical order excluding Q, U, X, Y, and Z) used to name tropical cyclones. A tropical cyclone obtains a name when it reaches tropical storm status (wind speeds within the storm are sustained at 39 mph to 73mph) and retains the name if it reaches hurricane status (winds in excess of 74mph). Lists of names are created in six-year blocks. Using all of the names in a year is rare, but it happened twice - 2005 and 2020. If all 21 names are exhausted, the next step, prior to 2021, includes using the Greek alphabet to name tropical storms. However, this practice was discontinued by the WMO after the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season’s usage of the Greek alphabet. The WMO cited the following four reasons to explain why they decided to retire the usage of the Greek alphabet....

WMO Retires 4 Tropical Cyclones

The World Meteorological Organization Retires 4 Tropical Cyclone Names

Published: April 29, 2021

From March 15-17, 2021, The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Hurricane Committee met virtually to discuss the impacts that occurred from a combined 48 tropical cyclones that occurred during the 2019* and 2020 Atlantic hurricane seasons. Every year, the committee meets to discuss impacts from the previous year’s Atlantic hurricane season, as well as to potentially retire any tropical cyclone names. Tropical cyclone names are typically reused every 6 years; however, any storm name can be retired if its effects are rendered severe or deadly enough by the WMO.

WMO Retires 4 Tropical Cyclones

NCEI Hosts Webinar for Consulting Members of the ACM

January 14, 2021

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On Thursday, December 3rd, The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosted a webinar for the Association of Certified Meteorologists. The webinar provided an engaging way for the meteorologists to learn about what they are doing to expand and improve upon their data archives. NCEI has many archives containing important environmental data surrounding the topics of weather, climate, geophysics, heliophysics, and many others. NCEI data is especially important not just for private sector meteorology, but for other sectors such as finance, education, construction, as well as the general public. In order to continue to preserve these archives for the future, the ACM learned about ways to better access and use this data. After hearing from several staff members at the NCEI, including Chief of Data Access Rich Baldwin, Chief of Climatic Information Services Michael Brewer, and Customer Service Representative Scott Stephens, the ACM was able to gain an overview of NCEI products and the best ways to access them online.

NCEI Hosts Webinar for ACM Members

Small Business Networking Zoom Event - November 4, 2020 for ACM Members

October 22, 2020

Do you want to be a part of a productive, engaging initiative to network amongst small businesses?

Continuing the discussions from the AMS Meeting and Networking Session in September, the first Small Business Networking for ACM Members is the perfect way to do so! This virtual event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, November 4th from 7-9pm EST....

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ACM Member Elizabeth Austin is 2021 Recipient of The Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist

July 28, 2020

On Saturday, July 25, 2020, The American Meteorological Society announced recipients for 2021 awards. The Association of Certified Meteorologists is proud to share that Consulting Member Elizabeth Austin has been awarded The Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist. During her career, Dr. Austin has an extensive record of serving the meteorological profession, clients, and ...

Dr. Elizabeth J. Austin, Ph.D. CCM

Atlantic States Weather, Inc. ACM Article

May 12, 2020

ACM Members Steve Harned and TC Moore, Atlantic States Weather transfer of ownership May 1, 2019
ACM Members Steve Harned and TC Moore,
Atlantic States Weather transfer of ownership May 1, 2019

Retired ACM member and Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) Steve Harned, earned his CCM credentials in 2004 and opened Atlantic States Weather, a meteorological consulting firm, after a successful career in the National Weather Service.

Over the next ten years, Atlantic States Weather grew a satisfied and growing client base across the country. By 2015, Steve was approaching 70, and while he was still enjoying the challenge of forensic meteorology...

ACM Members Steve Harned and TC Moore, Atlantic States Weather transfer of ownership May 1, 2019

ACM Welcomes all CCMs

December 16, 2019

The AMS Convention is less than a month away in Boston and The Association of Certified Meteorologists (ACM), formerly known as NCIM, is holding a no-host social and CCMs are welcome. Guests (spouses, etc.) are welcome. This will be an opportunity to network with other CCMs and learn more about the ACM.

  • When:   Sunday night, January 12, 2020 from 7:30p to 8:30p
  • Where:  Westin Waterfront Hotel, Alcott Room
  • What:    Refreshments (cash bar)
  • Attire:  "Come as you are"

The Association of Certified Meteorologists is comprised of CCMs and provides members a forum to exchange information, network and promote professional opportunities in the science of meteorology.

The ACM Annual Meeting follows the social hour at 8:30pm.

Randy Bass Retained by State of Virginia

November 12, 2019

ACM member Randy Bass has been involved in interesting work. Recently, he was retained by the State of Virginia as an expert witness in a criminal case.

Randy Bass Retained by State of Virginia

ACM Attends Windstorm 2019

May 1, 2019

The Association of Certified Meteorologists (ACM) attended Windstorm 2019 in January 2019. Windstorm is an annual three-day conference for the property insurance claims industry. In late January 2019, Windstorm held their annual convention at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Buena Vista, Florida. ACM attended the convention as an exhibitor representing all membership.

ACM Members Recognized for Service

March 21, 2019

Members of the Association of Certified Meteorologists (ACM) are very active within the American Meteorological Society (AMS). ACM is well represented on the Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists (BCCM). The purpose of the board is to evaluate educational requirements and standards, professional competence, professional level, and reputation of all applicants for certification by the Society, and to make recommendations for approval or rejection of applicants for certification to the Commission. The board also fosters the establishment and maintenance of a high level of professional competency and mature and ethical counsel in the field of consulting meteorology, and to nominate recipients for the Henry T. Harrison Award.

ACM Members Recognized for Service

Patent for Experimental Aviation Safety Product

November 13, 2018

ACM member Gary Ellrod was included as a co-inventor on a patent for a technique to identify possible severe aircraft turbulence well downstream from thunderstorms (>30km). The patent (#US9564055B2) was granted 7 February 2016 with a priority date of 15 June 2015. The technique uses satellite InfraRed (IR) imagery, global real-time lightning data, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Isentropic Trajectory (HYSPLIT) model, along with projected aircraft routes on long-haul flights.

Patent for Experimental Aviation Safety Product