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O'Fishel Quest: In search of answers

Posted March 26, 2015
Updated March 31, 2015

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and photojournalist Richard Adkins are on a scientific quest to explore climate change.

Their quest has taken them from Boulder, Colo., to Barrow, Alaska - home to one of the most important climate observing stations in the world. That’s where answers about the weather can be found, Fishel says.

The answers come from people such as Dave Anderson, who is in charge of the Barrow Observatory, a National Weather Service research lab just northeast of town.

He helped Fishel launch his first weather balloon.

"The computers will take in all that information, do some number crunching and crank out your long-term forecast," Anderson said.

Matt Martinsen is a technician at the observatory.

“I actually really like the job because it is a remote site,” he said. “You get to work on things you might not. You get to be a jack of all trades here.”

The facility is the most northern monitoring station in the United States for climate research. And understanding climate research, and the people behind it, is what the trip is all about.

“It’s good to feel like you’re doing something, something worthwhile,” Martinsen said.


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  • Sam Nada Mar 26, 2015
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    No where did he say or suggest that his purpose was to validate AWG. I can guarantee you if he could prove global warming and climate change isn't happening, or isn't being caused by humans, he'd get a Nobel Prize and be one of the happiest people on earth.

  • Clovis Sangrail Mar 26, 2015
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    “It’s good to feel like you’re doing something, something worthwhile,” Martinsen said.So if his data was unable to validate AWG, he wouldn't feel good and he wouldn't feel like it was worthwhile for him to be wasting years of his life in the arctic.