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
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
January 16, 2013
New research points to gravity waves, which ripple unseen through the atmosphere, as the culprit in many cases of clear-air turbulence. If those waves can be forecast, the research suggests that planes in many cases could be rerouted around them.
gravity waves
September 19, 2012
A new NCAR turbulence avoidance system has been approved at Juneau International Airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings.
Juneau Airport, with high mountains in background
August 21, 2012
Accounting for clouds in weather forecasting could greatly improve road safety.
road stretching to horizon, with blue sky and clouds above
May 31, 2012
NCAR scientists are developing a system to relay updates on weather and road conditions to and from wireless-enabled vehicles.
UCAR Magazine
May 10, 2012
Thanks to deicing treatment and careful route selection, commercial pilots now avoid most of the threat that ice will encase critical parts of a plane. But another, more mysterious kind of in-flight icing hazard is now gaining attention.
Small plane flying near clouds
April 23, 2012
Taking aim at a sometimes deadly aviation hazard, NCAR has developed high-precision maps to warn pilots away from clouds harboring the potential to ice up their wings
UCAR Magazine
April 23, 2012
Many facets of everyday life, from boarding a plane to turning on the lights or driving down the highway, are becoming safer and more cost-effective with the help of technologies rooted in atmospheric science.
UCAR Magazine
November 18, 2011
Improved forecasting, driving safety are among the goals of new research.
Artist's rendering: prototype Vehicle Data Translator system
November 15, 2011
What if the vehicles ahead of you could send weather data to a smart system, warning you of ice or fog just ahead?
UCAR News Center
June 30, 2011
The inadvertent cloud-seeding effect occurs up to about 6 percent of the time at major airports.
April 12, 2011
FIP-Severity provides 12-hour icing forecasts to pilots and forecasters on the likelihood of encountering dangerous in-flight icing conditions.
Map of upper Midwest with dark blue areas of potentially severe icing
October 18, 2010
A team of NCAR scientists is studying how advanced satellite technology that measures lightning could help protect aircraft from turbulence caused by severe weather.
Lightning flashing from clouds down to the ground.
September 08, 2010
On December 20, 2008, a Boeing 737 with Continental Airlines encountered a crosswind gust during takeoff at Denver International Airport, causing it to veer off the runway. Simulations done at NCAR indicate that a mountain lee wave amplified over DIA within minutes of the accident.
Lenticular clouds at sunset over the Front Range.
July 27, 2010
A turbulence warning system alerting pilots landing at and departing from Juneau International Airport in southeast Alaska has taken a significant step toward completion with the integration of Federal Aviation Administration radio communications into the system.
Photo of mountains and ocean around Juneau, taken from the air.
June 14, 2010
Turboprop and jet aircraft can create hole-punch clouds, which have long fascinated the public.
hole-punch cloud
February 16, 2010
NCAR and university researchers are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Federal Aviation Administration to study how bird-detecting radar at airports could help prevent dangerous airplane bird strikes.
A crane on the broken windshield of a helicoptor.
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
March 18, 2009
NCAR scientists are exploring the use of a novel statistical technique to help steer intercontinental flights away from thunderstorms.
Test of one-hour prediction skill for locations of showers and thunderstorms
December 10, 2008
Several red-eye commercial flights were rocked by moderate to severe turbulence as they flew across northeast Kansas early on June 17, 2005. A new study by NCAR scientists Stan Trier and Bob Sharman uses modeling to connect storms in Oklahoma with the Kansas turbulence.
Flight paths across Kansas
November 01, 2008
Cory Morse, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • Morse trained in science, but has the soul of an engineer, which makes her job as a software engineer in NCAR's applied research group a perfect fit.
Cory Morse
June 01, 2006
Larry Cornman, NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory • Cornman's career path has been unpredictable, somewhat like the turbulence he loves to study.
Larry Cornman
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