Why become a weather expert?

Here’s how Kahl explains his path to becoming a meteorologist: “We all eat, and we all know something about different foods, right? Well, weather affects everyone, too, so it’s important to have at least a little understanding of how weather works. I became interested in meteorology after I finished college. My undergraduate degree was in psychology, but I decided to go to graduate school in atmospheric science at the University of Michigan. I joined a group that was researching acid rain, and I became interested in the effects of weather on air pollution.”

Great Smoky Mountains, showing 20 mile visibility.
Courtesy Jon Kahl