February 13, 2012
Scientists are working to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground.
Scientist examines laser instrument for measuring snow
February 08, 2012
There’s much more to wind energy than throwing a few turbines up and watching the blades spin and the cash roll in. NCAR and partners are adding rigor and efficiency to wind power prediction and resource assessment.
UCAR Magazine
February 06, 2012
Experts from a variety of disciplines are joining forces to improve how severe-weather warnings are crafted and communicated. The "Weather-Ready Nation" initiative comes on the heels of a year packed with U.S. weather disasters.
UCAR Magazine
February 06, 2012
Researchers looking for images to help analyze and illustrate critical weather events may 
find what they’re looking for at the NCAR-based Meteorological Case Study Selection Kit.
500-millibar weather map from the 2011 Groundhog Day snowstorm
January 30, 2012
Amid day-to-day weather forecasts and seasonal outlooks, there's a no-man's-zone of uncertainty one to two months out. A phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation may hold the key to better predictions in this intermediate period.
UCAR Magazine
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.
December 27, 2011
New research from NCAR is helping wind energy developers determine the best potential sites for capturing wind. Energy companies can lose money if they install turbines where winds are either too low to generate much power or so high that the turbines often need to be shut down to avoid damage.
Wind turbines on a hillside.
November 18, 2011
Improved forecasting, driving safety are among the goals of new research.
Artist's rendering: prototype Vehicle Data Translator system
November 17, 2011
Researchers and forecasters work together to improve forecasts where the mountains meet the sea.
UCAR News Center
November 16, 2011
It wasn't all that cold, but it certainly was wet.
Golden maple leaf casts shadow on white snow
November 16, 2011
UCAR's COMET Program partners with the Canadian Meteorological Service for expert training.
UCAR News Center
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
November 14, 2011
It takes more than a ruler in a snowbank to get accurate snow depth measurements.
Closeup of a ruler
November 14, 2011
PLOWS campaign opens a window on how snow develops in clouds.
UCAR News Center
October 26, 2011
NCAR scientists have performed one of the most detailed simulations ever of a massive tornado outbreak. They simulated two waves of tornadic storms that occurred on April 27,2011 in Alabama, the deadliest U.S. tornado day since 1925.
Satellite image of southeastern U.S. with swirling storms.
September 22, 2011
The DYNAMO field project will help improve long-range weather forecasts and seasonal outlooks by focusing on the Madden-Julian Oscillation.
radar at DYNAMO field project
September 07, 2011
Every so often, a dome of upper-level high pressure sits in place for a few days, sometimes as long as several weeks. A major block can produce seemingly endless stretches of blazing heat or bitter cold. By the time it dissipates, it may leave behind a whole stack of broken weather records and an array of disastrous consequences.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport under a heavy snow
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 07, 2011
The MetEd online training service covers topics in meteorology, weather forecasting, and related geosciences. Users can delve into everything from satellite meteorology to tsunami preparedness and forecasting dust storms.
Tropical meteorology module illustration
September 07, 2011
According to Rick Anthes, the human and economic costs of weather-related disasters would be far greater without NOAA’s satellite and radar observations and weather forecast models.
August 22, 2011
Jonathan Vigh's Tropical Cyclone Guidance Project lets hurricane followers see the projected the path and strength of tropical cyclones.
June 30, 2011
The inadvertent cloud-seeding effect occurs up to about 6 percent of the time at major airports.
June 09, 2011
Prior to massive flooding early in 2011, long-term drought plagued the Australian state of Queensland . As part of a broad research program on cloud seeding, NCAR researchers have been steadily crunching data from a 2008–09 field project that looked into how to make the clouds drop more rain on the region.
classroom scene
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.
May 06, 2011
The surfeit of snowfalls across the U.S. East Coast over the last two winters brought ample evidence of just how much the white stuff can vary from place to place—and how difficult it is to assess accurately.
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