Professor Emeritus of Meteorology made significant, lasting contributions to Penn State, AccuWeather, and the entire weather enterprise.
AccuWeather Global Weather Center - Jan. 19, 2015 - AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, honors Dr. Alfred K. Blackadar, a leader whose contributions in meteorology have significantly impacted the weather enterprise and lives of many.
An American Meteorological Society (AMS) Fellow and former AMS President (1971), Blackadar is widely respected throughout the international weather community as an accomplished scientist and meteorological scholar. A recognized leader in the academic and research sector, he served as department head and faculty member of Penn State's Department of Meteorology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 1967-1981, became a distinguished Professor Emeritus at Penn State, and authored numerous books and abstracts on the science of meteorology to share his knowledge and expertise with others.
Blackadar worked closely with AccuWeather, Inc. Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers, teaching Myers a variety of meteorological courses during his undergraduate and graduate work at Penn State, including an influential class in climate change. Blackadar served on Myers' Ph.D. thesis committee and co-taught an advanced course in synoptic meteorology with Myers for a year. Blackadar also provided valuable feedback and input to AccuWeather, as an ongoing leader and advisor in meteorological innovation and advancements.
"Dr. Blackadar was a positive influence and inspiration to me," Myers said. "I found the field of meteorology fascinating thanks to his comprehensive approach, insights, and valuable guidance and information. He will truly be missed."
Blackadar resided in State College, Pennsylvania, home to both AccuWeather global headquarters and The Pennsylvania State University.
He entered into rest on Saturday Jan. 17, 2015. His legacy and memory will live on forever.