10 top stories of 2015

A year-end roundup of AtmosNews hits

December 21, 2015 | Here's a look at 10 of the most popular stories from 2015, as measured by traffic to our website. This year, we've also added a bonus category: Visualization of the Year.

1. Invisible waves visualized

For the first time, an NCAR-led team of scientists has found a way to simulate the propagation of gravity waves toward space.

 Image of gravity waves

2. Sun experiences seasonal changes

The discovery that the Sun's activity waxes and wanes nearly every two years provides clues that could help improve forecasting of solar storms.

 Image of solar flare

3. Picturing the forecast

Introduced by the National Weather Service this summer, the graphics draw on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR.

 Image of weather icons

4. Extreme heat on the rise

The interaction of a warming climate with a growing, shifting population could subject more people to sweltering conditions.

 Image of extreme heat graphic

5. Printing weather stations in 3D

UCAR and NCAR are using advanced technology to create inexpensive weather stations for developing nations.

 Image of 3D printed weather station

 6. Mysterious nighttime storms

Researchers armed with more than 100 scientific instruments spent six weeks during the summer probing nocturnal thunderstorms on the Great Plains. 

 Image of nighttime thunderstorm

 7. Ensemble forecasts go online

NCAR scientists are generating daily, high-resolution ensemble forecasts for the continental United States and making them available online. 

 Image of ensemble forecasts

 8. Europe's winter weather history

NCAR research could move scientists closer toward projecting weather patterns in Europe months to years in advance.

 Image of NAO

 9. Thunderstorms pour down ozone

Thunderstorms move ozone from the stratosphere down toward Earth's surface, affecting air quality and climate.

 An image of a storm

 10. Dengue and climate

As dengue fever moves north with a warming climate, scientists are looking at multiple factors that can limit outbreaks. 

 Image of scientist testing water


 Visualization of the Year

Visualizing El Niño: 1997 vs 2015

The El Niño brewing in the tropical Pacific is on track to become one of the strongest such events in recorded history and may even warm its way past the historic 1997-98 El Niño. 


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