In Brief

May 21, 2014
A field project this June and July will study gravity waves, towering atmospheric features little-known to the public. Novel instruments to be deployed for the international DEEPWAVE project, based in New Zealand, will provide an unprecedented view of gravity waves, a major shaper of atmospheric variability at multiple heights.
Effects of gravity waves: Noctilucent clouds over Helsinki, Finland, on July 2, 2012
May 14, 2014
El Niño exerts its global impact through two different atmospheric pathways, one located miles above the other—a finding that may help bolster regional climate prediction.
El Niño’s high-altitude highway: Map showing temperature anomalies during El Niño and La Niña years with sudden stratospheric warmings, 1958-2013
May 07, 2014
Two one-hour webinars on May 20 and 21 will feature nationally recognized hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch on the science behind flash flooding, including the conditions that lead to extreme rainfall and what happens to all that rain after it falls.
Flash flooding on Boulder's Bear Creek during record rainfall, 9/12/13
April 30, 2014
While the current peak in the 11-year cycle of sunspot activity is on the weak side, the Sun might still produce a major storm at any point. The most dangerous storms are most likely during the waning part of the solar cycle, which will unfold later this decade.
Predicting solar superstorms: image of coronal mass ejection on August 31, 2012
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
March 18, 2014
Why seasonal forecasting can’t tell us with certainty what to expect this summer—and why we might soon have a stronger sense of what late 2014 and early 2015 are likely to bring to large parts of the globe.
Damage from California mudslides during 1997–98 El Nino
January 24, 2014
A recent conference marked the 25th anniversary of a crucial international meeting, organized with support from UCAR, that brought together atmospheric sciences from Taiwan and mainland China for the first time in decades.
Science diplomacy: Group photo of meeting at Hong Kong Meteorological Society
November 05, 2013
NCAR is helping to assure that atmospheric field campaigns will pay off for years to come by maintaining one of the world’s largest archives of data from observational studies.
NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V at HIPPO field project in Alaska
April 03, 2013
A diversity of science by researchers at NCAR and across the university community is emerging from the new system.
February 28, 2013
They’ve been carried by truck into supercell thunderstorms, flown on aircraft into hurricanes, and sliced and diced the atmosphere in myriad ways. Where are research radars headed next, and where will they take science and society?
Radar research: Doppler on Wheels radar unit scans a severe thunderstorm
February 19, 2013
Farmers and other stakeholders are hungry for guidance on how crops may fare as the nation’s climate evolves over the coming decades. This year’s National Climate Assessment includes new findings on agriculture and climate change that draw from collaborations between NCAR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Connecting agriculture & climate: Agricultural engineer Kenneth Sudduth examines samples of grain collected by a combine
January 17, 2013
Two leading climate-change researchers cast new light on one of the most prominent findings of the last major IPCC report, issued in 2007.
Climate change, IPCC & aerosols - Early morning smokestacks
December 19, 2012
We've assembled the 10 most popular stories on AtmosNews from the last 12 months. With hurricanes, warm waves, and a derecho, there's a lot to reflect on.
Top 10 weather stories-Hurricane Sandy aftermath at Long Beach, NY
October 08, 2012
State-of-the-art computing and big-data processing have been part of NCAR from the center’s earliest years. Here’s a snapshot of selected milestones in hardware improvement.
NCAR's Cray1A supercomputer
October 08, 2012
First in the queue for the NCAR-Wyoming Yellowstone system is a set of 11 computing-intensive projects tackling major problems in Earth and atmospheric science.
Close-up depiction of solar turbulence
October 05, 2012
The nation’s newest computing facility for atmospheric and related science is poised to take the nation’s infrastructure for weather prediction, climate projection, space weather, and other key tasks to the next level.
Fish-eye view of some of Yellowstone's racks
October 04, 2012
Scientists are analyzing results from a project that pulled together chemists, radar experts, cloud physicists, forecasters, pilots, and other specialists to investigate the evolution of thunderstorms.
UCAR Magazine
September 25, 2012
A nationally recognized innovator in teacher training and science education has been chosen as the new director of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which is headquartered at UCAR.
Tony Murphy
September 21, 2012
Innovative technologies are moving from the laboratory to the world at large through UCAR-facilitated teamwork.
Worker hoses commercial jet with deicing fluid from "cherry picker"
September 11, 2012
With its enormous computing capacity and speed, the new NCAR-Wyoming supercomputer will dramatically advance our understanding of Earth, helping to tackle major questions affecting our economy, health, and well-being.
solar panels
August 13, 2012
Until supplies approach a trickle—or a torrent—public attention seldom focuses on water issues. But water is consistently Topic A for a wide-ranging group of researchers.
Illustration comparing total global water to much tinier total freshwater
August 13, 2012
States are having to make tough decisions regarding their water use and their interaction with water. NCAR scientists are involved in collaborative projects in Colorado, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to evaluate the long-term effects of today’s decisions.
UCAR Magazine
August 13, 2012
One of the largest bodies of water in the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer, lies underground. Crucial to life in the U.S. Great Plains, it's one of many aquifers around the world under stress as water demands increase. Satellite data are now painting a richer picture of how these water stores are evolving.
August 13, 2012
As rising temperatures melt glaciers around the world, scientists are tracking the changes and helping glacier-dependent regions adapt to a changing water supply.
Glacier in Alaska
May 31, 2012
A small, sophisticated instrument package developed at NCAR and dropped from aircraft has led to notable improvements in hurricane prediction. Now these devices are poised to deliver more data than ever, thanks to a new design and a remotely piloted NASA aircraft.
UCAR Magazine


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