A&M Wants More Funding for State Climatologist

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As record drought and heat in Texas have garnered more attention over the last few years, so has John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas' state climatologist.

Nielsen-Gammon said his position is part researcher, part adviser. "Basically, the job is to make sure the state makes the best use of weather and climate information," he said.

Nielsen-Gammon is also a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, which is requesting $284,000 from the Legislature to fully fund and expand the operations of the Office of the State Climatologist. Until now, most of the office's funding has come from the university ...

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