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Ivy MacDaniel

I am a sophomore who’s majoring in physics with mathematics minor. I love weather, especially thunderstorms and tornadoes. My hobbies are chess, drawing, and outdoor activities. I am a trained storm spotter.

Not all ‘violent’ tornadoes are monsters

One of the curious things I have encountered is Americans’ fascination into tornadoes is that tornadoes are virtually present in so many works of American literature, films, art and history. It makes sense in a way since an average of roughly 1,000 tornadoes occurred yearly in the United States while ...

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Most expensive weather-related disasters since 1980

Now, it is still early in 2019, but there have not been many significant weather events so far. However, the cost of disasters rack up every year. The total of all $241 billion disasters from 1980 to 2018 was $1.6 trillion according to NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). ...

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Let the TV meteorologists do their jobs

One recent incident I came across that I wanted to address was from last Wednesday and early Thursday morning, when raining showers and storms by the stalled warm front dumped 3 to 7 inches of rain at and around Nashville metro areas, according to an estimation from NWS Nashville. Two ...

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Weather related reasons school should close: When is it right to cancel?

Last Wednesday, Montgomery County Schools decided to close at the last minute after we got more snow than originally expected. That was after they planned a two-hour delay, and I came across some news stories from Nashville news outlets about several parents from all over Middle Tennessee being upset at ...

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What brought people into weather in the first place?

After discussing AMS Conference, some of you may wonder, “What got those people into weather in the first place?” “What made those people bust their butts in thermodynamics, differential equations and coding classes?” “Are those people a little crazy?” (Some of you would probably say the same for physics and ...

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Reflection on AMS 99th Annual Conference Part 3: Purposes of Conference

After covering last summer’s project, misadventures and fun experiences, what was the point of presenting the whole summer as a poster in the conference? That was one way students and scientists in that field shared knowledge to other students and professionals. As scientists, we do research on our subject, collect ...

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