About a week ago FOSEP members got together to talk about scientific communication, a topic that was one of the most requested from our members. In particular we discussed the distinction between climate and weather. The Polar Vortex has kept the East Coast and Midwest frigid Meanwhile, on the West Coast we are in drought conditions. Some counties in Oregon have already declared drought conditions, while parched Northern California has finally seen some rain. On my recent snowshoeing trip to Mt. Rainier (which are being used to illustrate this post), snow level was below “low” on the mountain.