2013 News Releases

December 17, 2013
Three states are deploying snowplows this winter with custom-designed sensors to better monitor weather and road conditions.
Winter driving on I-84 at Meacham Hill, Oregon
November 20, 2013
Maximizing returns on financial investments depends on accurately accounting for weather and climate risks, new report concludes.
Finance and weather/climate risk: water-vapor satellite image from Midwest tornado outbreak, Nov 17, 2013
November 14, 2013
Using new satellite data, scientists have developed a technique that may produce continually updated, 24-hour predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes.
Forecasts of long-lived wildfires: June 2010 fire in Great Sand Dunes National Park
November 1, 2013
Every 1 degree Fahrenheit of future warming will mean a significant reduction in the annual flow of streams that provide water to the city.
Salt Lake City
October 31, 2013
Shading the planet would produce drop in seasonal rains over many regions, new research finds.
October 27, 2013
Scientists find that an atmospheric pattern can foreshadow the emergence of summertime heat waves in the United States more than two weeks in advance.
Long-term forecasts of heat waves: illustration with 5 high pressure ridges, typical of wavenumber-5 pattern
October 15, 2013
The public is invited for a day of science and Halloween fun at this year's event on October 26 at NCAR's Mesa Lab.
September 27, 2013
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first major segment of its new assessment report in Stockholm on September 27. Audio is now available from a teleconference with NCAR scientists and university partners, who discussed the report and took questions from the media.
September 6, 2013
Two recently remodeled buildings on UCAR's Foothills campus have earned the highest possible rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for their sustainable design.
FLA Anthes Building
August 19, 2013
A rare confluence of three atmospheric patterns drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably.
flooding in Australia
August 1, 2013
Two NCAR senior scientists are being recognized by the American Geophysical Union for their work on research and communication.
NCAR senior scientist Raymond Roble, winner of 2013 William Bowie Medal from American Geophysical Union
July 30, 2013
James Hurrell, an associate director and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named the center’s new director.
NCAR Mesa Laboratory
July 17, 2013
The NWSC received top honors in a category that recognizes the reality of designing and operating data centers in the context of environmental scrutiny.
Green Data Center Award: The Vistor Center at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center
June 19, 2013
The five-project field campaign looks at unique features affecting air quality and climate in the region.
May 13, 2013
To better predict where thunderstorms will rip across the central United States this spring, researchers are teaming a high-flying aircraft with fine-grained computer simulations.
Thunderstorm research: NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V jet at field campaign
May 7, 2013
The custom forecasting systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar and wind energy.
NCAR renewable energy forecasts: Wind turbines in northeast Colorado
April 15, 2013
The main source of online weather training for meteorologists, emergency managers, and others is seeking donations to try to stay in business.
April 14, 2013
Reducing emissions of four shorter-lived pollutants could slow the annual rate of sea level rise by up to 50 percent.
Photo of rugged coastline
April 12, 2013
Emily CoBabe-Ammann, an experienced manager and strategist in science and education programs, is the new director of UCAR Community Programs effective April 15.
Emily CoBabe Ammann is the new director of UCAR Community Programs
April 3, 2013
NCAR has won international recognition for its sustainable approach in designing and building the NWSC.
April 1, 2013
The new office will advocate for UCAR's member universities and also seek business opportunities with companies and foundations.
February 21, 2013
NCAR is spearheading a nationwide project to create unprecedented 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.
Solar energy forecasts: Solar panels arrayed in rows at Shelby Farms solar farm
January 27, 2013
The "waste heat" generated by everyday activities in metropolitan areas alters atmospheric circulation patterns, warming or cooling temperatures across a large region.
Cities warm or cool temperatures - Photo of light from Earth at night