May 18, 2016
NCAR scientists have developed a new index for quantifying a hurricane's ability to cause destruction.
ECEP hurricane damage index: Satellite imagery of Hurricane Ivan
May 17, 2016
Scientists use advanced software to visualize details of the powerful storms.
Scientists visualize tornado's winds: still image from animation shows vortices as tubelike structures
March 28, 2016
The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern half of the United States up to 50 days in advance.
Image of sea surface temperatures that predict a heat wave
March 16, 2016
A multidisciplinary team of scientists studies the possible timing and location of Zika virus risk in the United States.
 Zika virus risk in US: map of risk in 50 cities
March 08, 2016
A constellation of six small satellites has made outsized contributions to our ability to forecast severe weather events, track climate change, and understand space weather.
An artist's rendering of the COSMIC satellites in space
February 26, 2016
The Antarctic-tuned system was used to get a specialized forecast for the LC-130 ski plane sent to rescue more than 30 people stranded at an Australian research station.
image captured from AMPS Antarctic weather model
February 04, 2016
The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into a drier climate state.
Southwest drought: A dry lake bed in Colorado
January 21, 2016
A global weather model developed at NCAR offers a new way of simulating the atmosphere while providing scientists with flexibility when focusing on a specific area.
NCAR MPAS hexagonal mesh grid
December 09, 2015
The agreement will lead to the country’s most advanced system for predicting wildfire behavior, including where and how quickly the blazes will spread.
Wildfire prediction system: Still from computer model visualization of wildfire
November 23, 2015
Decades of NCAR research may well smooth your journey this holiday season--and the rest of the year.
Picture of a plane getting deiced on the runway
November 17, 2015
A Swedish company has adapted NCAR's WRF platform to produce rainfall forecasts and deliver them to farmers' cell phones.
Ignitia chief executive and 2 farmers inspecting rice in northern Ghana
October 23, 2015
New visualization shows Hurricane Patricia and its connections to other atmospheric events.
scientific visualization shows Hurricane Patricia
October 12, 2015
Software engineers and scientists collaborate to visualize research.
Visualizations of Earth, air, fire, and water
October 12, 2015
Research finds that the Indian monsoon transports black carbon pollutants across the country, with levels spiking in densely populated areas.
Tracking soot across Asia: Photo of smog over South Delhi
October 02, 2015
NCAR software engineers are using Hollywood-style 3D to reveal the inner workings of complex storm systems, such as 2014's Hurricane Odile.
3D visualization of 2014 Hurricane Odile
September 30, 2015
The HOLODEC instrument uses a laser light to take a 3D image of the droplets inside a cloud.
The HOLODEC mounted to the wing of a research aircraft.
September 08, 2015
Research may shed light on why some clusters of thunderstorms spin up into tropical storms while others dissipate.
Hurricanes development: satellite image of Tropical Storm Karl in 2010
August 26, 2015
Scientists are running several computer models simultaneously to provide more accurate short-term forecasts of heavy rainfall, flash floods.
4-panel image compares radar and computer model data
July 08, 2015
The research could move scientists closer toward projecting weather patterns in Europe months to years in advance.
1,000 years of the North Atlantic Oscillation: Map shows NAO conditions in negative phase
June 29, 2015
Introduced by the NWS this summer, the graphics draw on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR.
New NWS forecast graphics, shown here, draw on NCAR research.
June 03, 2015
NCAR scientists are generating daily, high-resolution ensemble forecasts for the continental U.S. and making them available online.
Map showing NCAR ensemble forecast with results from 10 members
May 20, 2015
Researchers armed with more than 100 scientific instruments will spend six weeks this summer probing nocturnal thunderstorms on the Great Plains.
NCAR S-Pol Portable Doppler radar; will be used to study nighttime thunderstorms
May 14, 2015
NCAR researchers are partnering with local, state and federal organizations to improve water supply forecasts in the upper Rio Grande.
Forecasting water supply: A technician conducts a snow survey in the Conejos River basin
May 07, 2015
CDC and NCAR researchers find correlations across the U.S. between weather conditions and subsequent flareups of the virus.
Map showing regions of the US, such as Great Plains, where West Nile virus incidence is highest
April 28, 2015
For the first time, an NCAR-led team of scientists have found a way to simulate the propagation of gravity waves toward space. The resulting visualization is mesmerizing to watch.
Invisible waves visualized: still from high-resolution simulation of north-south winds about 60 miles above Earth

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