Hi there! I’m Dan Satterfield,
I’ve worked as a forecast meteorologist for 33 years and am the Chief Meteorologist for the CBS affiliate WBOC TV in Salisbury,MD. I’m a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Meteorology (Atmospheric Physics) and have a Masters in Earth Science. I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but my favourite place on Earth (Other than the polar regions) is London. (Huge Doctor Who fan!)
Music: Beatles, Classical, and I even like a few pieces of Opera. (Though that might be illegal for an Okie to freely admit.)
Sport: Cricket and football. Not that football, REAL football I root for Liverpool FC.
Books: All of them, especially Dickens, Sagan and Richard Feynman.
Fave movie: Key Largo: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and a Cat 5 hurricane. You can’t go wrong with a cast like that!
I like people, and believe deeply that different cultures make our small spinning fragment of solar driftwood an endless source of fascination.
Forecasting weather is my job, but all of Earth Science is my passion. This journal is where I write about things I have too little time for on air. I try and write it for Junior High level and up. The Wild Wild Weather page is designed for grades 2-7. This blog is metric (like the rest of the world and all of Science), and almost everything I write about has to with Earth Science. Peer reviewed science, not the junk science that seems so pervasive on the net.
I started in on air Television in 1980, and have worked in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Birmingham and Huntsville AL. We now live in Salisbury, MD on the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula, with it’s challenging and fun weather! I’m a full member of the American Meteorological Society, and currently Chairman of the AMS Station Science Committee, and a member of the International Asoc. of Broadcast Meteorologists (IABM).
Besides this journal, I’ve also developed the Wild Wild Climate page, and am working on a complete refresh of my Wild Wild Weather page. The Wild Wild Weather Page has been online for 15 years now! Getting kids interested in Science is very important to me.
One of the reasons I started writing this blog, is the huge amount of disinformation online about real science and especially climate change.In spite of what you may have heard, scientists are no longer debating whether the Earth is warming, or if humans are causing it.
The definitive answer to both questions is settled. It’s yes.
In January 2010 I was a guest of the National Science Foundation on a tour of the Science underway in Antarctica. On Monday January 11th, I became one of only about 4 or 5 thousand humans to have ever stood at the South Pole. Seven months later, I found myself on top of the Greenland ice sheet where scientists were recovering an ice core that will give us climate information back 130,000 years!
What we do as a people about climate change is a political question. The reality of the problem is a scientific one. I will stick with science here and steer away from the politics.
If you are a teacher needing information, do not hesitate to email me. I may not know the answer, but I will find someone who does!