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March 20, 2012
Why would a cooling of the Pacific Ocean help stoke tornadoes in the United States? Researchers are beginning to dig deeper into the connections between severe U.S. thunderstorms and the sea.
Motel damage in Salyersville, KY
March 13, 2012
The winter of 2011–12 was the second in a row to feature La Niña, the quasi-cyclic cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific—but the two seasons departed from the La Niña script in strikingly different ways.
Winter scene from Sawhill Ponds, Boulder County, Colorado
February 15, 2012
As I write this, the Boulder winds sound indistinguishable from a car driving by our house. But it is another sound—the sound of ice—that is the inspiration for this blogpost. The ice on ponds and lakes.
Sawhill Pond in winter.
February 08, 2012
Paradata—information on how people access and share information through social media—could play a big role in assessing the usefulness of educational resources in the university setting, according to Susan Van Gundy.
UCAR Magazine
February 07, 2012
The President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations is a mechanism for UCAR members to raise important community issues.
Group photo of PACUR members at Florida State University, 2011
February 07, 2012
Atmospheric carbon dioxide has been increasing fairly steadily for decades, but methane has accumulated at a more erratic pace. The increase virtually stalled for much of the last decade before resuming after 2007.
UCAR Magazine
February 06, 2012
There's insurance, and then there's reinsurance - and both are affected by weather and climate. So how are insurers planning for a future where the impact of weather catastrophes meets climate change?
Stack of 100 dollar bills
January 03, 2012
Two climate-related indexes are helping paint a picture of the combined effects of heavy precipitation and drought.
Composite of drought-stricken land and water
January 03, 2012
A mild morning, a frozen bird bath, and a surprisingly simple explanation.
UCAR Magazine
December 29, 2011
After almost 24 years as UCAR president, Rick Anthes reflects on what has changed, what has not, and what may change in the future.
November 16, 2011
It wasn't all that cold, but it certainly was wet.
Golden maple leaf casts shadow on white snow
November 07, 2011
The semicircular shape of the Anthes Building adds a bit of unexpected warmth to the local environment.
Reflections of the Sun against Anthes Building
September 20, 2011
The unprecedented strength of both heat and drought across Texas has echoes in climate periods of the past and projections of the future.
UCAR Magazine
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.
July 21, 2011
If you’re an American, it’s tough to avoid corn. This ubiquitous starch turns up in soft drinks, compostable cups, and automobile fuel—and even plays a role in U.S. heat waves, including the intense one of 2011.
field of corn
July 14, 2011
Scott Denning from Colorado State University talks about bridging the gap between climate-change doubters and the science community.
June 28, 2011
Hazy skies and fiery sunsets were noted across much of the central United States after the huge Wallow Fire developed in Arizona. But there’s also a quantitative way to track fire’s impact on the surrounding air.
UCAR Magazine
June 21, 2011
The Sun drives our climate, so a slowdown in solar activity would surely put the brakes on global warming—wouldn’t it? That question percolated through the media following a set of reports from a solar physics meeting.
UCAR Magazine
June 02, 2011
How can a relatively small increase in the average temperature of the planet lead to numerous record-breaking heat waves? Part of the reason can be gleaned from a single graph.
Thumbnail of graphic showing shift in prevalence of record heat
May 20, 2011
An email exchange following Part I revealed the enthusiasm of the Boulder weather community for clouds and the presence of many instruments probing the atmosphere over Boulder—and, in the end, the height of the formation.
UCAR Magazine
May 12, 2011
Millions of eyes were on the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton even as another major UK news story took shape—one dealing with meteorology rather than monarchy.
Depiction of European soil moisture anomalies, 10 May 2011
May 06, 2011
NCAR's Chris Davis reviews 45 years of ASP summer colloquia and looks forward to keeping the program going strong.
Chris Davis
May 06, 2011
Rick Anthes, UCAR president, looks at atmospheric predictability in general and presents some remarkable examples of recent successful experimental predictions.
Cyclone Nargis in Bay of Bengal
May 06, 2011
Clark Evans from the University of Wisconsin examines Tropical Storm Erin, the rare cyclone that actually became stronger over Oklahoma than it did over water.

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