About the Authors
| Bill DanielsonBill Danielson (17.0K)Bill DanielsonEric William (Bill) Danielson has managed to combine his love of the outdoors with his need to earn a living. As a professor of science (now emeritus) at Hartford College for Women and the University of Hartford, and former instructor at the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, Connecticut, he has taught courses in meteorology, climatology, astronomy, and other environmental subjects. He continues actively to express his interest and delight in the natural world through his writing and research. He is the author of two textbooks as well as a number of scientific papers and reports.
Bill's formal science education began at Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in astronomy. He completed the program for U.S.A.F. weather officers at the University of Oklahoma, then served for four years as an Air Force weather forecaster. Following this, he received a master's degree in meteorology from McGill University in Montreal. He is a member of the American
Meteorological Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.
Bill regards himself first and foremost as a teacher. He is especially proud that three times in the 1990's his Hartford College for Women students voted him professor of the year. In addition to his teaching, he has held various administrative University posts, including associate dean and assistant provost.
His research interests include synoptic and arctic meteorology, local variations in weather and climate, and solar energy applications. Other interests include maintaining a daily weather journal, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and being with his far-flung family of four children and eight grandkids. Bill also is an avid surfer. (of the Internet).
He and his wife divide their time between New England and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, where they enjoy watching the daily drama of air, sea and land interacting in endless variations. Jim LevinJames
(Jim) Levin has spent over 30 years as a professional science and mathematics educator combining both his love of science with teaching. Jim has taught both at the public school and university levels. He started his teaching career as a secondary mathematics and science teacher, at urban and suburban schools in the Philadelphia, PA area. For the last twenty years he has taught science and mathematics education and classroom management courses at the Pennsylvania State University and served as a consultant to over a hundred schools nationwide.
Jim's formal education began at Drexel University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.He then earned a masters degree in ocean engineering from the University of Hawaii. While at the University of Hawaii he conducted numerous research studies on near shore and beach dynamics at the Look Laboratory of Ocean Engineering. Next he earned a Ph.D in Education with a focus on science and mathematics education and a minor in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and is also the Director of Advising for the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University.
He has always had a special interest in meteorology and oceanography and served as an educational consultant to AccuWeather Inc. where he was instrumental in assisting with the design and development of an innovative meteorology educational program, "On-Line with AccuWeather", that employed the use of technology and real-time worldwide data. In addition, Jim is co-author of three textbooks and author of over 40 research papers and reports. He is a member of numerous professional education organizations as well as the American Meteorological Society.
Other interests include mountain biking, hiking, skiing and surfing with his wife and two daughters.Elliot AbramsElliot Abrams (15.0K)Elliot AbramsElliot
was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1947. There was a thunderstorm outside the hospital that day. At the age of 5, he became interested in weather when his father, a research chemist, built a barometer for him. Elliot was a weatherman in his second grade class play and was blamed for rainy weekends in fourth grade.
Elliot earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State
University. In college he was a charter member of Chi Epsilon Pi meteorology honorary society. Elliot is also a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Officer Training School.
Elliot joined AccuWeather in 1967, and was a co-founder of AccuWeather's radio service in 1971. Elliot is now a Senior Vice-President and Chief Forecaster for AccuWeather. In addition to his work for this book, Meteorology, Elliot is also co-author of On-Line With AccuWeather, an instructional program for junior and senior high school classes. Elliot has earned the
accredited status of Certified Consulting Meteorologist along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval for both radio and television. Elliot earned the AMS 1993 award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist "for his decades of significant contributions to radio weather broadcasting and to weather education at all levels," and followed this up with the AMS 1994 Charles Mitchell Award for "outstanding and
unique dissemination of weather forecasts to the nation's public by radio and television." In 1995, he was named "Broadcaster of the Year" by the National Weather Association. Unfortunately, he says, "none of this guarantees that my forecast of tomorrow's weather will be right." Elliot lives in State College PA with his wife Bonnie. Their two sons are in careers
that do not involve weather forecasting!|