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A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was one of three major flash floods during the span of five years in the 1970s that killed more than 450 people across the country -- tragic events that helped spur the modernization of...
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How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

Meet Shian-Jiann Lin, Ph.D., the leader of the team at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory that created the new dynamic core that NOAA announced this week will be used to develop a state-of-the-art...
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Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States.  
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NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

At first glance they might be mistaken for toys, but these remote-controlled devices aren’t for play. Unmanned aircraft and watercraft are being put to work by NOAA scientists to gather astonishing new data...
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Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common? Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

The journal Nature Geoscience published a paper by Tom Delworth and his colleagues examining how a natural atmospheric force--the North Atlantic Oscillation--may be changing ocean currents in the...
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Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

The record heat baking Alaska is poised to smash a host of climate records in 2016, including the earliest snowmelt date at NOAA’s Barrow Observatory, the northernmost point in the nation.
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Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Tornados are one of nature’s most destructive forces. Currently, our capacity to predict tornados and other severe weather risks does not extend beyond seven days. In a recent paper published in Environmental...
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Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

All regions and economic sectors in the United States depend on adequate and reliable water supplies. Too much or too little water can endanger the health and welfare of citizens and businesses. Driven by feedback...
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Researchers ride atmospheric river to help improve forecasts Researchers ride atmospheric river to help improve forecasts

Researchers ride atmospheric river to help improve forecasts

NOAA researchers in the air over the Pacific are giving weather forecasters the most detailed look ever at an atmospheric river as it drenches the west coast of the United States with badly needed precipitation.
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