Fahey, Thomas-Greenfield, Chazen to receive UW-Madison honorary degrees

A groundbreaking atmospheric scientist, a brilliant U.S. diplomat and an esteemed businessman and philanthropist will be awarded honorary doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in May.

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UW-Madison to aid NASA’s push to measure Arctic’s radiant energy

Questions abound about conditions in the Arctic and its role in regulating Earth’s climate. Now, a UW–Madison-led research program aims to answer some of them.

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On Astronomy.com: New NASA instruments aim to answer atmospheric unknowns

The PREFIRE team consists of experts in Earth system modeling, Arctic ice, and remote sensing, and is led by Tristan L’Ecuyer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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In the Washington Post: In a fast-warming world, scientists say recent cold wave was exceptionally weird

The record-crushing cold that rang in 2018 was like a blast from the past that will become increasingly rare. For much of the Eastern United States, the polar vortex unleashed the coldest start to a calendar year in recorded history. The punishing cold was exceptional for both its strength and duration, shattering scores of records and persisting two weeks after its invasion on Christmas Eve.

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Professor Jonathan Martin in the Washington Post: How climate change could counterintuitively feed winter storms

While the world is certainly experiencing an overall warming trend, much more goes into winter than temperature alone — snowfall depends on moisture in the atmosphere, and under climate change, that is increasing. And snowy weather patterns depend on the large-scale flow of the atmosphere, which is changing, too.

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Professor Jonathan Martin quoted in The Verge: What’s unusual about the ‘bomb cyclone’ headed toward the East Coast

If you live in the eastern US, from northern Florida all the way to New England, you’re in for some nasty weather: a massive winter storm called a “bomb cyclone” is hammering the coast, bringing snow, ice, flooding, and strong winds. That’s not a made-up click-bait term; it’s actually used by meteorologists to indicate a mid-latitude cyclone that intensifies rapidly — or as meteorologist Jon Martin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says, they “just kind of explode.”

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A turning point: Six stories from the 1967 Dow Chemical protests at UW-Madison

On Oct. 18, 1967, a sit-in against the Dow Chemical Company erupted into violence as Madison police officers in riot gear forcibly removed antiwar demonstrators from the Commerce Building, now known as Ingraham Hall. Thousands became caught up in the ensuing melee, some as active participants, others as spectators and bystanders.

Fifty years later, UW-Madison asked six alumni to reflect on how the Dow protests altered their lives. 

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Sea Grant Involvement in New Initiative Will Build Resiliency in 22 Lake Michigan Coastal Communities

Wisconsin Sea Grant is launching a new project to cut erosion and protect Lake Michigan shoreline homes, beaches and harbors.The effort is funded through an award from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Resilience Grants Program and builds on prior Sea Grant work in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.

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On Wisconsin Public Radio: UW-Madison scientist explains Antarctica's massive new iceberg

A chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula this week. Associate Scientist and Research Meteorologist Matthew Lazzara why this happened and what it means for climate change around the world and close to home in Wisconsin.

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