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UD's Dan Leathers hailed as a valued teacher, meteorology expert, and social connector

By the age of four, University of Delaware professor Dan Leathers could be found sprawled on the floor, drawing high and low pressure systems and cold fronts with markers on glass placed over a map of the United States. He just loved meteorology and was fascinated by weather—especially snow. In high school, Leathers’ favorite class was a one semester course on aviation, because it contained a significant amount of meteorology.

He never really dreamed he could get paid to research these things, or even play a role in training others to pursue meteorology careers, but today he does both and more.

Leathers, a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographer’s (AAG) Climate Specialty Group in April for his substantial contributions to climatology and geography.