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November 12, 2009
Spurred by a warming climate, daily record high temperatures occurred twice as often as record lows over the last decade across the continental United States, new research shows.
October 21, 2009
As the U.S. Senate considers climate change legislation, 18 leading scientific organizations have sent a letter to members of the senate reaffirming the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring and that greenhouse gases from human activities are the primary driver.
Photograph of Richard Anthes
October 20, 2009
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has passed an Open Access policy requiring that peer-reviewed research published by its scientists and staff in scientific journals be made publicly available online through its institutional repository.
hand holding key
October 15, 2009
Students, parents, and teachers are invited to enjoy hands-on science and Halloween fun at Super Science Saturday on October 24 at NCAR.
Boy looking at science exhibit
September 23, 2009
UCAR has been honored with a Health Hero Award from the Boulder County Business Report for its array of employee wellness and ergonomics programs.
Photograph of two women sitting in an office, one undergoing a medical test
September 17, 2009
Challenging conventional wisdom, new research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of changes in the Sun's impact on Earth over the course of the 11-year solar cycle.
Illustration of two suns with yellow streams spiraling out and the earth
September 03, 2009
Arctic temperatures in the 1990s reached their warmest level of any decade in at least 2,000 years, new research indicates.
Color graph of Arctic temperatures over the last 2,000 years
August 27, 2009
Subtle connections between the 11-year solar cycle, the stratosphere, and the tropical Pacific Ocean work in sync to generate periodic weather patterns that affect much of the globe, according to research appearing this week in the journal Science.
Scientists Uncover Solar Cycle, Stratosphere, and Ocean Connections
August 19, 2009
High-performance computing systems, visualization resources, and software tools provided by the National Science Foundation TeraGrid helped make the Hayden Planetarium's new space show the most scientifically accurate and advanced planetarium show ever produced, according to many reviewers.
visualization of magnetic field in the solar convection zone
August 04, 2009
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), today unveiled design concepts for the Wyoming supercomputing center.
Architect's rendering of the approach to the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
July 16, 2009
By simulating 8,000 years of climate, a team led by scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and NCAR has found a new explanation for the last major period of global warming, which occurred about 14,500 years ago.
Image of Earth showing temperature increases, researched by TraCE-21000 project
July 16, 2009
Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño events in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
Sun and Water
July 07, 2009
NCAR is developing a prototype system to provide aircraft with updates about severe storms and turbulence as they fly across remote ocean regions.
American Airlines Airbus. Wikipedia photo by Eheik
June 25, 2009
NCAR has teamed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to launch a far-reaching program to help Latin American and Caribbean nations prepare for the impacts of global warming.
Lawrence Buja
June 23, 2009
Close to 9 out of 10 adult Americans obtain weather forecasts regularly, and they do so more than three times each day on average, according to a new nationwide survey.
Man walking on snowy city street
June 18, 2009
In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists led by NCAR has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots.
Color visualization of a sunspot's umbra and penumbra
May 27, 2009
Melting of the Greenland ice sheet may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and Canada.
Color visualization of globe with North Pole in center
May 04, 2009
The largest and most ambitious tornado study in history will begin next week, as dozens of scientists deploy radars and other ground-based instruments across the Great Plains to gain a better understanding of these often deadly weather events.
still from animation of tornado visualization
April 29, 2009
The system tested recently in the Detroit area will ultimately help protect drivers from surprises such as black ice, fog, and other hazardous weather conditions ahead.
Photograph of open car trunk showing scientif equipment
April 21, 2009
Rivers in some of the world's most populous regions are losing water, according to a new comprehensive study of global stream flow.
Color world map with bluish colors indicating more streamflow and reddish less
April 14, 2009
The threat of global warming can still be greatly diminished if nations cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 70 percent this century, according to a new analysis.
Global Warming: Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Would Save Arctic Ice, Reduce S
April 02, 2009
As part of its Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture series, UCAR will present a special lecture next week by NASA scientist James E. Hansen, one of the nation's most respected experts on climate change.
James Hensen
March 19, 2009
Volunteers across the country are welcoming spring by taking part in a nationwide initiative, known as Project BudBurst, to track climate change by recording the timing of flowers and foliage.
Photograph of ping Tulip in the snow
March 03, 2009
NCAR and its managing organization, UCAR, announced today the selection of an architectural design team for a supercomputing center dedicated to advancing scientists' understanding of climate, weather, and other Earth and atmospheric processes.
Color drawing of buildings and property
February 04, 2009
The highly detailed forecasts will help the utility use power from turbines when sufficient winds are predicted.
color plot of wind strength

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