Blizzard of Gaiety

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.

In summary:

Graduation - PhD Hooding

Ph.D. graduation and hooding ceremony in August

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!

A Rose in December is rare indeed

“A Rose in December (is) much rarer than a rose in June, and must be paid for accordingly.”

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!

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2 Responses to Blizzard of Gaiety

  1. Lisa says:

    Welcome back! I look forward to hearing more of what you have to say, especially with the new release of LIW’s unedited writings.

  2. John Haase says:

    A huge congratulations to you Barb! It goes to show you that hard work goes a long ways and gets results. Also, exciting news about your addition to the family coming up this winter! What a whirlwind of events for you, I’m tired just thinking about it :)
    P.S. I’m glad you are back writing in your blog. I really enjoy this.

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