Listen to Across the Sky podcast; episode 2 coming soon!

Is there a better conversation starter than talking about the weather?

No matter the season, what’s going on outside becomes a huge part of our lives and activities. That’s why the four meteorologists at Lee Enterprises are coming together weekly to talk about what’s trending in meteorology, science and climate in the new Across the Sky podcast.

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In this first episode the Lee Weather team featuring Matt Holiner of Lee Enterprises’ Midwest group in Chicago, Kirsten Lang of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma, Joe Martucci of the Press of Atlantic City, N.J., and Sean Sublette of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia introduce themselves, discuss their backgrounds and talk about why they got into the business.

The also have a little fun at their own expense as they discuss struggling to learn community names when joining a new market.

On Monday, our second episode drops and focuses on spring pollen with special guest Theresa Crimmins, Director for the USA National Phenology Network who has been with the organization since 2007. She received a B.S. and M.A at Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. In her current role, she works to support the growth and use of phenology data and resources curated by the organization.

Crimmins is also a research professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona and has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in journals including Nature, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology and Journal of Ecology. Her writing has also appeared in Scientific American, The Hill and The Arizona Daily Star, and has appeared in the PBS productions SciGirls and American Spring Live as well as on NPR and The Weather Channel.

Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. Future episodes will tackle topics such as tornado season, the summer outlook, hurricane season and how weather impacts sporting events.