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On the Job

Philip Lutzak

Research Meteorologist

Eight hours a day, Philip Lutzak manages financial data for the New York City Board of Education. The rest of the time he studies, analyzes, forecasts, and talks about weather. He has turned his lifelong passion and avocation into a second career of sorts. He now works part time as a teaching assistant in the meteorology program at Penn State, and he recently developed a method of predicting a type of atmospheric gravity wave that can be dangerous to aviation but had never been officially forecast. His method was recently published by the AMS and is mentioned in Weather Front on page 6.

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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