Anthony Lupo

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Anthony Rocco Lupo
Born (1966-03-13) March 13, 1966 (age 48)
Auburn, New York[1]
Fields Atmospheric science
Institutions University of Missouri
Alma mater Cayuga Community College, State University of New York at Oswego, Purdue University
Thesis The interactions between mid-latitude blocking anticyclones and synoptic-scale cyclones in the northern hemisphere (1995)
Notable awards Fulbright Scholar in 2004, member of the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, and Sigma Xi
Spouse Allison Ann Lupo (née Wood)
Children Three[1]

Anthony R. Lupo (born 1966) is a department chair and professor of atmospheric science at the University of Missouri. He became a member of the American Meteorological Society in 1987, Sigma Xi in 1992,[2] the National Weather Association in 2000, is a former expert reviewer for the 2001 IPCC Third Assessment Report,[3] and became a Fulbright Scholar in 2004. He is also a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society[4] and the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal National Weather Digest.[5] He is an outspoken global warming skeptic, acknowledging that human activity contributes to global warming but putting more faith in the view that it is a natural phenomenon.[6] Lupo's skepticism and receipt of funding ($750 per month) from the Heartland Institute have generated controversy. Lupo says the work Heartland pays him to do does not directly relate to causes of global warming, but rather "interpret[ing] them [scientific studies] in a form that somebody can understand and digest."[7] He has also said that he is not violating any conflict-of-interest rules by receiving this money.[8]


Lupo received his Associate of Science degree in 1986 from Cayuga Community College, his bachelor's in 1988 from State University of New York at Oswego, and his masters' and PhD from Purdue University in 1991 and 1995, respectively.[9]


Lupo's primary research interests include the formation and characteristics of blocking anticyclones.[10][11] Some of these causes Lupo and his research program have been studying include rising global temperatures and CO2 levels.[12] Lupo has also conducted research on La Nina years and how they tend to be hotter than typical years, as occurred in the US Midwest in 1889 and 2012.[13]

Weather predictions[edit]

Lupo regularly makes predictions regarding the weather in Missouri, based on historical patterns and statistics (unlike the weatherman's forecast covering only next week). For example, shortly before Christmas in 2012 he predicted that “There’s not much chance for a white Christmas this year.”[14] In addition, in February 2013, he predicted that the summer of 2013 will not be as dry in Missouri as that of 2012, when the state, as well as much of the rest of the United States, suffered one of the most extreme droughts in its history.[15] Later that month, he also predicted that that year's tornado season would be slightly below the norm, a forecast that was accurate.[16][17]

Political views[edit]

Lupo is a Republican, but supports clean energy more than most Republicans do. He also supports allowing the market, rather than the government, to regulate energy sources.[18]


  1. ^ a b Anthony R. Lupo
  2. ^ "2013 Assembly of Delegates: Southeast Regional Associate Director". Sigma Xi. 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Appendix IV - Reviewers of the IPCC WGI Third Assessment Report
  4. ^ "2008 Outstanding Adviser: Anthony Lupo". University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "NWA Publications". National Weather Association. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Martin, David (20 March 2008). "Sure, global warming has skeptics. But how many teach science at Mizzou?". The Pitch. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Silvey, Janese (5 March 2012). "Professor details role as climate consultant". Columbia Tribune. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Scudellari, Megan (24 February 2012). "Climate Conflict of Interest?". The Scientist. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Anthony Lupo, PhD
  10. ^ Global Climate Change Group
  11. ^ Wiedenmann, Jason M.; Lupo, Anthony R.; Mokhov, Igor I.; Tikhonova, Elena A. (December 2002). "The Climatology of Blocking Anticyclones for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres: Block Intensity as a Diagnostic". Journal of Climate 15 (23): 3459–3473. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2002)015<3459:TCOBAF>2.0.CO;2. 
  12. ^ "Warmer planet temperatures could cause longer-lasting weather patterns". ScienceDaily. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "UPI NewsTrack Science and Technology News". United Press International. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Jackson, Harry (21 December 2012). "Solstice heralds a winter that's a little colder than last year". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Allington, Adam (15 February 2013). "Mizzou Scientist Says Summer Drought Shouldn't Be As Bad As Last Year". KWMU. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Maggiore, Natalie (21 February 2013). "Meteorologists expect a calm tornado season". Vox Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ TornadoLGS (23 December 2013). "Tornadoes of 2013". Wikipedia. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Staff (1 November 2012). "Online exclusive: more election perspectives". Vox Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2014.