February 4, 2016
The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into a drier climate state.
A dry lake bed in Colorado
January 11, 2016
The new system, named Cheyenne, will be capable of more than 2.5 times the amount of scientific computing performed by its predecessor.
A 3D rendering of a thunderstorm

Leveraging publicly available social media posts could help disaster response agencies quickly identify impacted areas in need of assistance, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

A and B are satellite images of a flooded road in Colorado after the 2013 floods. C was taken by Civil Air Patrol and shows the same submerged road, identifying with a square a stranded truck. D is the image C after it has been classified for water pixels. E is a close-up of C, showing the stranded truck. F is the same truck in a Flickr post.  Image: Guido Cervone / Penn State

Astronomers have made a significant step toward confirming a proposed explanation for how solar flares accelerate charged particles to speeds nearly that of light.

Particle acceleration in a solar flare.  (Credit: Alexandra Angelich, NRAO/AUI/NSF)
January 26, 2016 | Weather forecasts have become increasingly more reliable thanks to improvements over the past several decades in computer modeling and observational equipment. However, when it comes to severe weather, that reliability typically begins to deteriorate beyond a two-day forecast.
NCAR MPAS hexagonal mesh model
December 21, 2015 | Here's a look at 10 of the most popular stories from 2015, as measured by traffic to our website. This year, we've also added a bonus category: Visualization of the Year. 1. Invisible waves visualized For the first time, an NCAR-led team of scientists has found a way to simulate the propagation of gravity waves toward space.
Image collage for 10 top AtmosNews stories
November 6, 2015 | Three hundred years ago, the Sun began to wake up. For 70 years—from about 1645 to 1715—the Sun had been eerily quiet, with very few sunspots erupting on its surface. This prolonged period of muted activity, known as the Maunder Minimum, is the most dramatic so-called "grand minimum" ever recorded by humans.
Modeling a grand minimum: simulation of magnetic field behavior on the Sun shows how fields move and change
October 21, 2015 | NCAR scientists have demonstrated how new types of satellite data could improve how agencies monitor and forecast air quality, both globally and by region. The scientists used computer simulations to test a method that combines analysis of chemistry-climate model output with the kind of data that could be obtained from a planned fleet of geostationary satellites, each of which would view a large area of Earth on a continuous basis from high orbit.
Tracking air pollution: view of Earth from high-orbit satellite
COSMIC satellites have provided a reliable thermometer in the sky.
Map of surface temperature departures from average in 2014
Decades of NCAR research may well smooth your journey this holiday season--and the rest of the year.
Picture of a plane getting deiced on the runway