Perspective

October 04, 2012
The United States faces more varied weather risks than most nations on Earth, but we also have uniquely strong capabilities to confront these risks, thanks to decades of research conducted by government agencies, universities, and the private weather industry.
Cars buried in snow during March 2003 storm in Boulder County, CO
September 28, 2012
In recent months there’ve been hints of an El Niño on the horizon that might help quench the ongoing U.S. drought. But those hints might turn out to be as meaningless as a mirage on a parched highway.
View from research site, Kanton Island, American Samoa
September 17, 2012
The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center’s creation emerged through a fortuitous mix of geography, technology, organizations, and people ready to make connections. We asked two of the principals involved to share the story.
Handshake in front of supercomputer
August 31, 2012
Researchers at NCAR are working with forecasters and emergency managers to unravel the communication challenges around hurricanes like Isaac, which had relatively weak winds but a strong storm surge.
UCAR Magazine
August 17, 2012
Researchers ponder the implications of a massive summer storm in the Arctic Ocean that swept across a weakened ice pack.
UCAR Magazine
August 13, 2012
An engineer and water policy expert, David Behar is one of the nation’s leading voices on ways to weave weather and climate knowledge into water management.
UCAR Magazine
August 06, 2012
Whether you’re looking at the next few weeks or the next few decades, many parts of the United States are likely to face the silent but devastating impacts of drought.
Global map showing regions drying by 2090s
July 26, 2012
July 2012 promises to go down as the hottest month ever recorded in a number of U.S. locations.
St. Louis skyline at dusk
July 24, 2012
Heat and drought are punishing much of the United States right now, but there’s actually some good weather news to report. July 2012 is on track to produce fewer tornadoes than any July on record, and by a long shot.
Tornado near Cherokee, OK, on April 14, 2012
July 02, 2012
A thunderstorm complex that toppled trees and knocked out power from Illinois to the Delaware coast brought to light a weather term with an obscure but intriguing history.
Derecho of June 29, 2012
May 14, 2012
The atmosphere has dealt Houston more than a few wild cards over the last few years, including two devastating tropical cyclones and unprecedented drought. While dealing with such weather threats, the nation's fourth largest city is also taking steps to tackle longer-term climate change.
Downtown Houston skyline at night
April 03, 2012
March is normally the snowiest month of the year across parts of the central Rockies, but March 2012 left much of Colorado snowless and nervous.
Tallgrass struggles against drought in this file photo from eastern Colorado.
March 23, 2012
The last 10 days have brought what may be the gentlest round of extreme weather ever to grace the United States. Beneath the pleasant veneer lies one of the most bizarre weather episodes in recent U.S. history.
UCAR Magazine
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

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