Meteorologists issue rare, first high risk tornado outbreak forecast of 2017

By Ben Alonzo

Meteorologists across the U.S. are paying close attention to portions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas because the key ingredients for a large severe weather outbreak are present. Recent weather models show a high probability of large hail, tornadoes, and damaging winds by this afternoon and evening. Scientist are alerting the public to be ready ….read more

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Living large: Obesity causing rising healthcare costs and lower productivity for U.S. economy

By Ben Alonzo

There’s a health crisis going on in America and it involves the fact that over 69% of adults are overweight or obese, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data1. Being overweight is scientifically unhealthy, it drives up health insurance premiums, and negatively impacts the economy. Recent health science data shows that more ….read more

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Examining Hurricane Matthew: exaggeration and unprepared public

By Ben Alonzo

In the days before Hurricane Matthew, much of the weather models continued to show the center remaining offshore as it passes through portions of Florida, curving back out into the Atlantic Ocean. When we communicate with the public, as professional scientists, our information should be backed up by consistent and strong data, not public opinion, ….read more

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Why Objective Science is Not Compatible with Subjective Social Norms and Thinking

By Ben Alonzo

Do we change objective science to align with our subjective social norms and ideas by picking and choosing only the parts we like, or do we change our social norms and ideas to align with supportive science? Historically, it was objective science that solved critical problems, like disease outbreak, and greatly improved our lives. One ….read more

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