Atmospheric Sciences
Aug 09, 2021
Clifford F. Mass, Professor at U of W,
Atmospheric Sciences

Clifford F. Mass is an American professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on numerical weather modeling and prediction, the role of topography in the evolution of weather systems, regional climate modeling, and the weather of the Pacific Northwest. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, past-president of the Puget Sound American Meteorological Society chapter, and past chair of the College of the Environment College Council.

His book The Weather of the Pacific Northwest is one of the best-selling titles from the University of Washington Press.[2] He maintains a popular weather blog and gives frequent public lectures on topics ranging from Washington State weather history to the impact of climate change on global and regional weather patterns. He formerly had standing engagements to speak on Seattle-area public radio stations KUOW and KNKX before each of these stations chose to discontinue their relationships with Mass due to Mass's comments on non-weather-related topics.

Mass received a B.S. in Physics from Cornell University in 1974.[3] As an undergraduate, Mass performed research on Martian weather with astrophysicist Carl Sagan,[4] and on the role of sun spots and volcanic eruptions on historical climate conditions with climatologist Stephen Schneider.[5]He received his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1978 with a dissertation on the role of African wave disturbances and climate variation in the Sahel region.[6]