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November-December 2016

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From the Editor

As I write this letter, I am sitting on the deck of a cabin overlooking Donner Lake in California. The warm summer breeze whispers through pines above my head, and the gentle lap of the waves against the dock creates a soothing rhythm in the background. It is hard to believe that 10 years ago this month I wrote my first “From the Editor” as the new managing editor of Weatherwise magazine. At the time, I was sitting in the Weatherwise offices in Washington, D.C., listening to the air conditioner struggling to keep up with a humid heat wave. A lot has changed in the last decade: not just a cross-country move for me, but a change in publisher for the magazine, years' worth of record-breaking warm temperatures as the climate continues to warm, and many other developments. What hasn't changed, I hope, is the consistency of focus and quality that has characterized this magazine since its founding by David Ludlum nearly 70 years ago.

Weatherwise continues to be all about the power, beauty, and excitement of weather as it explores how meteorology intersects with every aspect of our lives. This issue's articles exemplify the magazine's mission. In “Hot Alaska,” Richard Thoman and Brian Brettschneider expand three years' worth of temperature and snow data to delve into how and why Alaska is breaking record after record amid increasingly warm weather. America's last frontier might actually be at the forefront of concerns over climate change. Meanwhile, in the “2015–2016 U.S. Snow Report,” David A. Robinson shows us how, with a few notable exceptions, Alaska is not the only locale with a snow drought amid warming temperatures. Few snow lovers would have been happy with last year's snowfall! Finally, we step back in time with Stephen Vermette to examine how Alexander von Humboldt's love of exploration and the natural world led him to become one of the founding fathers of modern meteorology.

In my first “From the Editor,” I noted that while I was new to Weatherwise, my interest in weather was not new; as a lifelong weather weenie, I felt incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into the weather community and to produce a magazine for readers who shared that interest. I look forward to continuing to share my fascination with weather in the pages of this magazine.       

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