Top stories of 2016

A year-end roundup of AtmosNews hits

Zika risk estimated for U.S. cities

A multidisciplinary team of scientists studied the possible timing and location of Zika virus risk in the United States.


NCAR Zika map

A powerful new supercomputer

The new system for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center is capable of more than 2.5 times the amount of scientific computing performed by its predecessor. 

NWSC Cheyenne supercomputer

SOARS turns 20

The SOARS Program has been boosting diversity in Earth system science for two decades.

SOARS protege and mentors

Extreme downpours could quintuple 

At century's end, the number of summertime storms that produce extreme downpours could increase by more than 400 percent across parts of the United States.

Map of future extreme precipitation

New NCAR climate exhibit

The exhibits at NCAR's Mesa Lab in Boulder provide the public with an engaging and scientifically accurate forum to learn about climate. 

NCAR climate exhibit

Solar model pulls order out of chaos

Pushing a solar model to the highest resolution ever attempted brings order back to the Sun's magnetic tangle.

Image from a super-resolution solar model

Investigating air quality in Korea

NCAR scientists traveled to South Korea as part of a field campaign to investigate the region's air quality.

The Korean peninsula from space

U.S. water forecasts tap NCAR model

NOAA is using an advanced NCAR prediction system as the core of the new National Water Model.

Map from National Water Model

UCAR partners with Amazon

Unidata has partnered with Amazon Web Services to make NEXRAD data from NOAA available in the cloud in near real time.



Flights investigate Southern Ocean 


The ORCAS field campaign is helping scientists better understand just how much carbon dioxide the icy waters are able to lock away.


 The NSF/NCAR HIAPER G-V aircraft

Ocean temps predict U.S. heat waves

The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves up to 50 days in advance.

Sea surface temps in the Pacific

3D-printed weather stations 

Scientists successfully installed the first wave of low-cost weather stations in Zambia with 3D-printed parts.

3D-printed weather station in Kenya


Visualization of the year


Researchers at NCAR and the University of Miami are seeking clues about what really goes on inside a tornado using highly detailed computer simulations of wind fields.


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