Former Head Of American Meteorological Society Examines Global Warming

NBC4-Washington's chief meteorologist Bob Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's in atmospheric science, has published studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and is the only TV meteorologist ever to serve as president of the American Meteorological Society.

Ryan is well suited to tackle a discussion on the subject global climate change. Recently the meteorologist unveiled a new online series of articles on the science of global warming.

In his six-part series, Ryan lays out scientific findings as well as societal implications of our warming planet, which marks a significant step toward providing viewers with an engaging and neutral package of climate change science. The new series came about from listening to his viewers, who are eager to learn more about global warming.

Some broadcast meteorologists are skeptical of climate science, and some present a politically biased view when the science is reported at all. "So much emotion and politics is tied up in the subjects that science sometimes falls by the wayside," Ryan says in his online introduction to the series.

Ryan fears the public is growing more confused about what scientists know about global warming, and what these findings mean for society, he told the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang.

"We all have political views on what should, or should not be done, but we should be able to keep that separate from what the science and current scientific research is telling us," Ryan stated.

Published: March 10, 2009