In Brief

December 16, 2014
We've assembled 10 of the most popular stories on AtmosNews from the last 12 months.
By Jenny Varley (IMG_1340) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
November 14, 2014
The urge to transform higher education through online technology is making its way into atmospheric science. Benefits as well as pitfalls came to light as faculty on the front lines of experimentation shared notes in a UCAR-hosted forum last month.
October 22, 2014
Experts from Asia and North America met at NCAR on September 15–18 to discuss promising avenues of research that could lead to improvements in predicting hurricanes, floods, and other phenomena affecting billions of people.
October 08, 2014
To help provide guidance to utilities, scientists at NCAR and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have produced maps that show how U.S. wind and solar energy resources may evolve by 2060 . The maps include projections for each season and for different times of day, while taking into account natural variability.
Turbines at Cedar Creek Wind Farm in northeast Colorado
October 01, 2014
NCAR's Advanced Study Program has been helping future leaders in weather, water, climate, and solar research launch their careers since 1963.
Advanced Study at NCAR: Scene from a postdoctoral seminar, 1963
September 23, 2014
Founded on an NCAR-based research model, the new High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model will transform how the National Weather Service predicts short-range weather threats.
Severe thunderstorm east of Denver, 5/21/14
September 03, 2014
With support from NSF's EarthCube initiative, UCAR is launching a project with two partners—Cornell University and UNAVCO—that aims to connect the dots among field experiments, research teams, datasets, research instruments, and published findings.
Cloud streets above Bering Sea off south coast of Alaska, 4/7/13
July 10, 2014
More than 1,000 forecasters, researchers, and other professionals from around the globe will convene in Montréal on August 16–21 for a first-of-a-kind meeting aimed at pooling international thought on where weather prediction is headed. NCAR and UCAR participants are on tap to cover a wide range of promising developments.
Future of weather prediction: Thunderstorm near Denver's Front Range radar
July 09, 2014
Warmer temperatures, higher humidity, and less rain help lead to an earlier Lyme disease season, researchers have found. They have also identified several weather variables that can be used to predict the onset and peak of the next seasons.
Map showing areas of US Northeast and Midwest where Lyme disease is most common
July 02, 2014
Space debris poses serious risks to a wide array of satellites critical to society. NCAR is part of a collaborative effort to help reduce those risks by modeling the effects of space weather on satellite orbits, helping operators steer spacecraft more accurately around debris.
Space junk: Artist's depiction of space debris circling Earth
June 18, 2014
In a first for NCAR, the center’s Colorado-based S-Pol research radar is being operated from 1,600 miles away. Four students at North Carolina State University are learning about severe storm structure and radar operations at the same time.
Research radar on the road: S-Pol radar in the Maldives
June 11, 2014
The perceived gender of a hurricane’s name is just one of many factors potentially shaping how someone reacts to a given storm, according to several scientists at NCAR who take a multifaceted approach to studying hurricane response.
Hurricanes, risk, and response: National Guard monitors Key West beach as Hurricane Ike approaches, 9/9/08
June 03, 2014
Researchers are finding new ways to work with aspects of climate change that are surprisingly linear, an approach that could help save time and money in future climate research while providing a richer range of information to help guide policy.
Climate simulations for late 21st-century temperature from different scenarios: IPCC AR5, Ch. 12, FAQ 12.1
May 28, 2014
What if all the energy needed by society existed just a mile or two above our heads? NCAR, the University of Delaware, and the energy firm Garrad Hassan have begun examining where the strongest winds are and how much electricity they may be able to generate.
Sources of airborne wind energy: Forecast-model depiction of winds at 850-mb level on 1/30/13
May 21, 2014
A field project this June and July will study gravity waves, towering atmospheric features little-known to the public. Novel instruments to be deployed for the international DEEPWAVE project, based in New Zealand, will provide an unprecedented view of gravity waves, a major shaper of atmospheric variability at multiple heights.
Effects of gravity waves: Noctilucent clouds over Helsinki, Finland, on July 2, 2012
May 14, 2014
El Niño exerts its global impact through two different atmospheric pathways, one located miles above the other—a finding that may help bolster regional climate prediction.
El Niño’s high-altitude highway: Map showing temperature anomalies during El Niño and La Niña years with sudden stratospheric warmings, 1958-2013
May 07, 2014
Two one-hour webinars on May 20 and 21 will feature nationally recognized hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch on the science behind flash flooding, including the conditions that lead to extreme rainfall and what happens to all that rain after it falls.
Flash flooding on Boulder's Bear Creek during record rainfall, 9/12/13
April 30, 2014
While the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the Sun might still produce a major storm at any point. The most dangerous storms are most likely during the waning part of the solar cycle, which will unfold later this decade.
Predicting solar superstorms: image of coronal mass ejection on August 31, 2012
April 01, 2014
It takes a sharp eye to find something positive in the wreckage of the worst swarm of U.S. tornadoes on record: the 1974 Jumbo Outbreak. Millions of Americans are safer in the air because of Fujita's subsequent analysis of microbursts and tools developed by NCAR and collaborators.
Aviation safety: Microburst looms near Denver's Stapleton International Airport, July 6, 1984
March 18, 2014
Why seasonal forecasting can’t tell us with certainty what to expect this summer—and why we might soon have a stronger sense of what late 2014 and early 2015 are likely to bring to large parts of the globe.
Damage from California mudslides during 1997–98 El Nino
January 24, 2014
A recent conference marked the 25th anniversary of a crucial international meeting, organized with support from UCAR, that brought together atmospheric sciences from Taiwan and mainland China for the first time in decades.
Science diplomacy: Group photo of meeting at Hong Kong Meteorological Society
November 05, 2013
NCAR is helping to assure that atmospheric field campaigns will pay off for years to come by maintaining one of the world’s largest archives of data from observational studies.
NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V at HIPPO field project in Alaska
April 03, 2013
A diversity of science by researchers at NCAR and across the university community is emerging from the new system.
February 28, 2013
They’ve been carried by truck into supercell thunderstorms, flown on aircraft into hurricanes, and sliced and diced the atmosphere in myriad ways. Where are research radars headed next, and where will they take science and society?
Radar research: Doppler on Wheels radar unit scans a severe thunderstorm
February 19, 2013
Farmers and other stakeholders are hungry for guidance on how crops may fare as the nation’s climate evolves over the coming decades. This year’s National Climate Assessment includes new findings on agriculture and climate change that draw from collaborations between NCAR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Connecting agriculture & climate: Agricultural engineer Kenneth Sudduth examines samples of grain collected by a combine

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