Ten top stories of 2014

A year-end roundup of AtmosNews hits

This year, readers focused considerable attention on the unusual midwinter cold across eastern North America and the intense drought in California, but many other topics captured interest as well. To get our stories in your inbox, sign up for email delivery.

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California dryin'

Lake Mead


The state's historic drought points up long-term vulnerability to water and energy supply (1/13/14)

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Burning questions about winter cold

Global temperature anomalies, February 2014


Scientists explore the roles of high-latitude snow and tropical oceans in producing midlatitude cold (11/10/14)

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Progress on decadal climate prediction

Global temperature anomalies, 2000-2013


If they'd been available in the 1990s, modern tools could have foreseen the slowdown in atmospheric warming (9/8/14)

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Trash burning worldwide significantly worsens air pollution

Open trash burning in Philippines


Unregulated burning pumps out far more pollution than official records show (8/26/14)

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Scientists to examine Pacific's global chimney

Thunderstorm over tropics


Field campaign examines role of western tropical Pacific from surface to stratosphere (1/7/14)

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High-end weather modeling, hour by hour

Severe thunderstorm near Denver, May 2014


A new short-range NWS forecast model emerges from NCAR roots (9/24/14)

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Flipping the classroom paradigm

Planning courses at Central Michigan University


New modes of undergraduate teaching move into meteorology (11/18/14)

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Scientists launch far-ranging campaign to detail Front Range air pollution

NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft


Aircraft, balloons, radars, and other tools hunt down sources of summertime ozone (7/15/14)

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Next steps toward predicting Sun's cycles

Schematic of solar meridional circulation


Taking a page from weather prediction to forecast the solar cycle (8/6/14)

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Predicting the Lyme disease season

Map of Lyme disease prevalence across Midwest and Northeast U.S.


Which weather variables kick off an earlier Lyme season? (7/9/14)

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