Sun & Space Weather

Two forecasters at the National Weather Service test-drive a graphics system.
May 18, 2012
University students and faculty soon will have the chance to peer at day-to-day weather through the same lens used by National Weather Service meteorologists. A new version of the NWS’s workhorse graphics software will reach campuses through UCAR’s Unidata program.
UCAR Magazine
February 07, 2012
To get at driving forces deep within the Sun, new models aim to unify the Sun’s dynamo and the emergence of magnetic flux—two areas that are challenging to model individually, let alone together.
An image of the Sun with orange flares.
February 07, 2012
When a geomagnetic storm blasted Earth on January 24, commercial airlines redirected a handful of flights were originally routed to fly over the North Pole. Behind the scenes, NCAR scientists play a role in safety precautions such as these.
November 16, 2011
Sudden heat-ups of the outer atmosphere are gaining attention for their impacts on communications, but can they be forecast?
UCAR Magazine
September 07, 2011
A balloon-borne instrument sailing in the Arctic stratosphere in June obtained some of the best observations to date on the high-speed, Sun-driven winds that howl through the thermosphere more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) above Earth.
NASA SDO satellite image: AIA 171 on 2011-07-26 at 22:45:01 UT
July 27, 2011
Alfvén waves contain enough energy to heat the corona and drive the solar wind.
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.

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