January 04, 2012
New research led by NCAR scientist Thomas Galarneau provides an in-depth analysis of two extreme weather events whose connection may come as a surprise: Russia’s intense heat wave in summer 2010 and the heavy rains that occurred simultaneously in Pakistan.
A satellite image showing heat over Russia in bright orange.
January 03, 2012
Two climate-related indexes are helping paint a picture of the combined effects of heavy precipitation and drought.
Composite of drought-stricken land and water
November 16, 2011
It wasn't all that cold, but it certainly was wet.
Golden maple leaf casts shadow on white snow
November 15, 2011
Can we expect to see more snow—or less?
UCAR News Center
November 10, 2011
Understanding and predicting both climate variability and change—on all spatial and time scales—was the theme of the first-ever Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP).
UCAR Magazine
October 21, 2011
To honor his memory and inspire continuation of his work, about 200 people gathered in late August at NCAR for the 2011 Stephen H. Schneider Symposium in celebration of his contributions to research, education, and science communication.
UCAR Magazine
October 17, 2011
Climate change is not expected to affect the extent or frequency of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation over the 21st century, but it could worsen its impacts. That’s the conclusion of a modeling study published in Journal of Climate in September.
Waves crashing near shore.
October 03, 2011
New research by a team of scientists that includes NCAR’s Marika Holland takes a close look at making seasonal forecasts of Arctic sea ice coverage.
Sea ice
September 20, 2011
The unprecedented strength of both heat and drought across Texas has echoes in climate periods of the past and projections of the future.
UCAR Magazine
September 16, 2011
Computer simulations point to ocean depths below about 1,000 feet as the main location for "missing heat."
September 08, 2011
The study underscores the complex and sometimes conflicting ways in which fossil fuel burning affects Earth’s climate.
September 07, 2011
The HIPPO field project is enabling researchers to generate the first detailed 3-D mapping of the global distribution of gases and particles that affect Earth’s climate.
September 07, 2011
A group of scholars and students from nine countries came together in Boulder this summer for two weeks of study dedicated to the world’s second largest and second most populous continent.
UCAR Magazine
September 06, 2011
A small but active group of discipline-crossing specialists are analyzing the response of disease transmission to temperature, moisture, and other atmospheric variables.
Aedes aegypti mosquito biting a human
August 31, 2011
New research that involves NCAR's Bette Otto-Bliesner questions conventional wisdom with regard to massive iceberg discharges in the North Atlantic Ocean during the last glacial period, pointing toward climate rather than ice sheet instability as a cause.
An iceberg floating in the ocean.
August 11, 2011
Sea ice could stabilize or even expand for periods of several years, but it will ultimately melt as the climate warms.
Chunks of sea ice and open water
July 27, 2011
A new study involving NCAR's Bette Otto-Bliesner looks at rising sea levels during the warmth of the last interglacial period (130,000 to 120,000 years ago) and finds that melting ice sheets contributed far more to rising sea levels than thermal expansion.
An ocean wave.
July 21, 2011
If you’re an American, it’s tough to avoid corn. This ubiquitous starch turns up in soft drinks, compostable cups, and automobile fuel—and even plays a role in U.S. heat waves, including the intense one of 2011.
field of corn
July 14, 2011
Scott Denning from Colorado State University talks about bridging the gap between climate-change doubters and the science community.
June 21, 2011
The Sun drives our climate, so a slowdown in solar activity would surely put the brakes on global warming—wouldn’t it? That question percolated through the media following a set of reports from a solar physics meeting.
UCAR Magazine
June 03, 2011
A new study led by NCAR’s Wei Yu and CU-Boulder’s Weiqing Han looks at the effects of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the largest source of intraseasonal (within one season) variability in the tropics, causing wet and dry periods to alternate.
Ocean waves.
June 02, 2011
How can a relatively small increase in the average temperature of the planet lead to numerous record-breaking heat waves? Part of the reason can be gleaned from a single graph.
Thumbnail of graphic showing shift in prevalence of record heat
May 12, 2011
Millions of eyes were on the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton even as another major UK news story took shape—one dealing with meteorology rather than monarchy.
Depiction of European soil moisture anomalies, 10 May 2011
May 06, 2011
It’s been two decades since NOAA launched its Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program. The C&GC program was created in response to a lack of trained specialists, and it’s kept up with continued expansion in climate change study.
Alumni of the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program
April 18, 2011
A new study looks at how the anticipated recovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica and simultaneous increase in greenhouse gas concentrations will combine to affect weather and climate in the Southern Hemisphere.
A map of the globe with atmospheric circulation patterns labeled.

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