Perspective

December 02, 2010
Issuing a five-day weather forecast was once a daring enterprise. Today, we’re not only accustomed to long-range weather forecasts but also to seasonal-scale outlooks. Hurricanes and sea ice show how far we've come.
Hurricanes Igor and Julia, 15 September 2010
November 23, 2010
The periodic cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean helps bring rain to Alaska and blizzards to Colorado.
UCAR Magazine | Where it's wintry and where it's not: La Niña at the helm
November 15, 2010
As president of the American Meteorological Society, Margaret LeMone pondered communication-related issues for the 2011 annual meeting of the AMS.
David Levin (NOVA) and Tim Lim (NCAR) at VORTEX2 field project
November 02, 2010
Kevin Knupp at the University of Alabama investigates heat bursts, unusual pockets of very warm, dry air descending from thunderstorms.
Kevin Knupp
November 02, 2010
Julia Slingo from the U.K. Met Office foresees physicists and mathematicians engaging with many other disciplines to provide world-class weather and climate science and services.
Julia Slingo, UK Met Office
November 02, 2010
UCAR president Rick Anthes says the good forecasts of Hurricane Earl were not unusual. The accuracy of hurricane track forecasts has increased steadily over the years.
Hurricane Earl
October 26, 2010
A new computer simulation of a deadly, fast-spreading 2006 wildfire in California shows how far researchers have come in their quest to better understand fire dynamics.
UCAR Magazine
September 16, 2010
Can a distant hurricane play havoc with your GPS unit? Scientists aren’t sure of the answer, but they suspect that hurricanes affect more than land and water.
model simulation of wind and density in outer atmosphere
September 09, 2010
NCAR's Peggy LeMone reflects on the power of fire in the Rocky Mountain West and on her own encounter with a destructive wildfire that torched more than 100 homes in September 2010.
UCAR Magazine
September 07, 2010
The wildfire that erupted in the foothills west of Boulder in September 2010 sent a thick plume of smoke right over NCAR’s chemistry labs. Even as their offices smelled of smoke, scientists took measurements from the roof.
UCAR Magazine
August 12, 2010
Cold fronts are funny things. Sometimes they can sneak by without you knowing precisely when they’ve done so. Other times they are unmistakable.
UCAR Magazine
August 10, 2010
Just as the U.S. economy began a dramatic nosedive in 2007, so did the Arctic’s summertime sea ice. In the summer of 2010, the ice—much like the economy—continued to struggle.
Ice in the Chukchi Sea
August 09, 2010
In 1988, it was the spectre of Yellowstone National Park on fire. In 2003, it was the horror of thousands dying from heat in prosperous western Europe. The planet’s standout heat wave in 2010 plagued much of European Russia, including Moscow.
UCAR Magazine
July 23, 2010
In Kansas City and Tulsa, overnight lows have seldom dipped much below 80°F, with consistently oppressive humidity. Pulses of tropical air flowing north and east from the Gulf of Mexico are largely to blame.
CCSM CAM3 simulation of water vapor
June 09, 2010
Stephen Cavallo (University of Oklahoma) examines polar lows, a potentially significant factor in generating wintertime cyclones.
Steven Cavallo
June 09, 2010
As the public and political dialogue surrounding climate change heats up, UCAR's Jack Fellows finds that climate change science has never been more rigorous and exciting.
June 09, 2010
Rick Anthes, UCAR president, examines the unprecedented boom in the atmospheric sciences after World War II.
Earthrise from Apollo 10, December 1968
May 28, 2010
The sirens sound when the skies turn black and violent supercell thunderstorms roar through.
UCAR Magazine
May 24, 2010
The difference between El Niño and La Niña can be a huge one for U.S. weather and for global climate. A strong El Niño can nudge global temperatures upward for up to a year.
May 17, 2010
An evening baseball game brings a lesson on how temperature affects insects, and thus the behavior of insect-catching birds—in this case, a pair of western kingbirds.
Western kingbird
May 17, 2010
The year 2010 brought a difficult and sometimes tragic few months of weather events—first the snowstorms and record cold that battered much of the Northern Hemisphere, then tornadoes and floods in the United States.
Atlantic sea-surface temperatures, May 2010
April 09, 2010
There’s only so much air to go around. Since we inhale trillions of molecules with every breath, a few of them may have been exhaled by people who lived hundreds or thousands of years ago.
Canadian smoke plume, 2008
April 02, 2010
The downpours of March suggest that the most noteworthy aspect of the Northeast’s winter was the intense precipitation rather than unusually cold air.
UCAR Magazine
February 25, 2010
Like a cat toying with its prey, an intense area of low pressure took swipes at New England and the mid-Atlantic.
UCAR Magazine
February 08, 2010
Residents of the mid-Atlantic can be forgiven if they’re craving a bit of calm. The weekend of 5–6 February brought what’s been variously dubbed Snowpocalypse II, Snowmageddon, Snowtastrophe, and the Superbowl Superstorm.
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