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Charting their path

Atmospheric Science at Mizzou celebrates 75th anniversary

Whether it’s a warm, sunny morning, ominous rumbles and dark skies signaling an approaching storm, or quiet snowflakes in winter, weather is an ever-changing companion that touches the lives of every person. Thinking about all the ways weather impacts our daily lives, it’s only fitting that a significant milestone gets its day in the sun as Atmospheric Science at Mizzou…

Mizzou Made Meteorologists

Nashville boasts two meteorologists who got their degrees at MU

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ atmospheric science program has trained and prepared meteorologists who are now spread throughout the United States, providing timely weather and climate information for the communities they serve. Two of those meteorologists serve one of the country’s largest cities – Nashville, Tennessee. Katy Morgan and Henry Rothenberg were classmates during…

Rodeo Season

SNR professor competed in Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo

This story was updated on 4/23/2019. Tony Lupo, professor of atmospheric science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Joe Renken, a self-taught meteorologist for KOPN, teamed up for the National Integrated Drought Information System’s (NIDIS) Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo in 2017. The rodeo began in April of 2017 and continued until April of 2018. Every other week, each team submitted a…

A Long-Range Look

Tony Lupo and Joe Renken have teamed up to study long-range forecasting

Improved technology has allowed meteorologists to provide weather forecasts for a variety of scenarios. Not only can that technology give warnings about possible severe weather or how likely it is to rain, it can provide accurate predictions about the upcoming weather. Those predictions feature several ranges as well: next-day, three-day, five-day, weeklong, 10-day and season-long forecasts. An area that has…

Second Time Around

CAFNR professor completes his second tenure in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar

Father-daughter teamwork. That’s what it took to navigate the streets of Belgorod, Russia, in the fall of 2014. When they combined their linguistic powers, Tony Lupo and his daughter Mary were able to form – in the words of the younger Lupo – “an almost fluent person.” “I think what made us able to get along while we were there…

Ahead of the Storm

MU-trained meteorologists issued the most critical warnings of 2011

On April 27, 2011, a massive tornado outbreak, considered the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, saw more than 100 tornadoes rip destruction from Louisiana through Pennsylvania, killing 346 people. Less than a month later, on May 22, what is considered the seventh worst tornado in American history, and the 27th most violent twister in world history, tore into the…

A Calmer Tornado Alley

Climate phenomenon may push super-cell thunderstorms to northern plains

Tornado Alley, the swath of prairie from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri famous for twisters, may see a largely calm tornado season this year.

Civil War Weather Detectives

Analyzing a rain shower that may have helped keep Missouri in the Union

A meteorology student at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources wants to plug this gap in the historical record. With guidance from the MU head of atmospheric science, he has become a weather detective, pulling together odd bits of meteorological flotsam from all over the world to compile a Missouri weather forecast almost 150 years backward in time.