When it rains, it pours! There is a Math Club this
Wednesday, March 13th, at 5 pm in PHSC 1105.
The talk will be by Sean Crowell. He earned his PhD from the OU math department last year and is now a postdoctoral researcher on south campus at the National Weather Center. He is a mathematician working on the problem of modeling the weather and that’s what he’ll be talking about:
Title: Using Mathematics to understand and predict the weather
Abstract: All of us benefit from the enormous volume of weather observations and forecasts. Where does all of that information come from? Believe it or not, mathematical techniques are the foundation on which these different informational products rest. In this talk we’ll discuss how computers draw weather maps, how to use mathematics to track tornadoes, and how we use noisy observations and imperfect numerical weather prediction models to create a useful weather forecast.
And, naturally, there is the canonical Free Pizza!
By the Power of Google, we discovered that Sean is also a fellow math blogger. You can read his posts here (as “That Weird Math Guy in Oklahoma that Loves Weather and Climate”). That should be no surprise as Sean is keen on publicizing science and math and is a driving force behind Norman’s Science Cafe (In fact, there’s a Cafe tonight! Check Sean’s links for details.)
Apropos, we have to share the coolest thing we’ve seen this week. It’s a real time map of the wind across the US. Here is what the wind looks like right now:
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain”
Or, if you’re in Calc IV right now, it’s nothing but a vector field!