As a scientist, as an activist, as a community member anywhere, clear communication skills are essential. The ability to use new programs and apps and social media can really help get a point across to non-specialists. And an interplay between citizens and specialists can really be effective, as shown in the illustration, above.
Passenger Amanda Wicks took the picture on the left of a dust storm as she flew over Colorado.
The Weather Channel retweeted the picture, explaining that the dust storm was caused by the high winds following the arctic front.
KRDO NewsChannel viewer John Hutton drew over the original picture to graphically explain what was happening.
The series of tweets was picked up by NBC News and was sent to me via Good4Utah meteorologist Curtis Ray, and Pat Chiarello, from Tucson. This wonderful illustration of collaboration and communication will probably be all over the web by the end of the day.