Martian Weather

I spent twelve years of my career at NASA. It never felt like a job to me. I mean, come on, I am getting paid to work at one of the most storied organizations in history doing science and technology stuff. Can you say “kid in a candy store?” I was a research meteorologist and deputy project scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Our mission was to use NASA’s space-based perspective and resources to better understand a planet in our solar system, Earth. The one we depend on most.

Oddly, people would always ask me if I did forecasts for shuttle launches or did space weather, which is associated with solar activity primarily. Other than realizing how limited the public’s view of NASA’s mission can be, I generally just got used to the questions.

I think people do have somewhat of a better grasp on the fact that NASA studies other planets. Although I am still surprised at how many people think NASA went away when space shuttles stopped launching. But I digress. Our knowledge of Mars is being rapidly advanced by various NASA missions to the planet’s surface and into its orbit. One of the really fascinating things that has emerged over the years is a better understand of the meteorology of Mars. Yes, Mars has weather and even its own extreme events. It has a climate too.

So of course we had to explore Martian weather on The Weather Channel’s Weather Geeks. We like to take the weather that we all love and examine it from the angles you might not otherwise get. Sunday’s show brings Arizona State University’s Dr. Tanya Harrison to the show. She knows Mars, trust me. And she is one of the best space and astronomy follows on social media.

Our discussion is an epic convergence of the weather and space geek inside of us all. I also guarantee you that after the 30 minute tour de force with “Tanya of Mars” you will be smarter than you were at 11:59 ET. And you will know what weather events worry Mars scientists the most.

Join us Sunday, March 5 on The Weather Channel. The show always airs Noon ET (11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT).