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Unusual California precipitation over last two winters could have been predicted

Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought that caused over $5 billion in damage to agriculture as well as substantial impacts to fisheries, infrastructure, human health, and vegetation. The drought was not only severe, but it also spanned the winters of 2015-16 and 2016-17, which had unusual and unexpected precipitation that affected the drought’s evolution.

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RISING EMISSIONS DRIVE GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX INCREASE

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Record levels of greenhouse gas pollution continued to increase humanity’s impact on the atmosphere’s heat-trapping capacity during 2018, according to a yearly analysis released by NOAA scientists today.

New engine is driving NOAA’s flagship weather forecast model

New engine is driving NOAA’s flagship weather forecast model Read more

As NOAA launches a major upgrade of its flagship weather forecast model today, an important part is the Global Forecast System’s new dynamical core. The story of how scientists developed the dynamical core or engine for the model is a view into how scientific invention works.

Great Lakes water levels predicted to reach record highs this year

Great Lakes water levels predicted to reach record highs this year Read more

Several Great Lakes are expected to reach record high water levels in the next six months, thanks to above average precipitation in the watershed and large amounts of runoff this year. 

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