Not a peep on the Wilder Weather blog for 6 months? Where have you been?!
Laura had a whirl of gaiety in her Little Town days. My last six months can be described only as a blizzard of gaiety – an all-consuming, sensory-numbing spin from major event to major event with hardly a gasp of air in between and very little ability to see from one CRASH to the next BANG into major life milestones.
1. As of August, I am now a full doctorate, having completed my Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Climate Assessment and Impacts. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Let’s just call it a Ph.D. in Applied Climate for short. My dissertation is titled “The Hard Winter of 1880-1881: Climatological Context and Communication via a Laura Ingalls Wilder Narrative” and is available online. It ranges from deep into the science of weather and climate to an historical analysis of the Long Winter to brushing on topics like storytelling and surveys.
2. Hubby and I are expecting our own little Almanzo early this winter!
3. I’ve had the opportunity at work to take a 3-month assignment that focuses more closely on climate and takes me off of forecasting. The assignment splits my time among several locations while I am helping the National Weather Service get more climate information together that we can provide to our citizens.
4. I have accepted a role as co-chair of the upcoming LauraPalooza 2015 conference!
I have a lot of topics percolating, and I’m so happy to have time here again! Look out — I’m back!