Early efforts to forecast the weather were based on “direct contact” surface measurements of temperatures, pressure, and wind. Today, meteorologists use a broad array of “remote sensing” instruments such as satellites and radar to produce observations and images of the weather. While the resulting images can be beautiful to look at, remote sensing has been a game changer with respect to our understanding of weather as well as improvements in weather and climate forecasts.

Interested in math and science as a child, Deirdre Kann earned a BS in mathematics and a PhD in atmospheric sciences. She worked for various agencies within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 30 years, including 23 years as the Science and Operations Officer at the Albuquerque National Weather Service.