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Researchers make small but important step in seasonal tornado forecasting

Researchers make small but important step in seasonal tornado forecasting

A new model named SPOTer (Seasonal Probabilistic Outlook for Tornadoes) shows promise in predicting active seasons 1-2 months in advance. 

February 25, 2021 0 Comments
Scientists and oyster growers are working together to understand ocean acidification

Scientists and oyster growers are working together to understand ocean acidification

The excess carbon dioxide responsible for global warming also increases the acidity of seawater, challenging the growth and survival of oysters and other shellfish. 

February 18, 2021 0 Comments
Is the Southern Ocean absorbing or emitting carbon dioxide?

Is the Southern Ocean absorbing or emitting carbon dioxide?

The answer is important for understanding how the Earth system is responding to climate change.

February 11, 2021 0 Comments
Emissions of a banned ozone-depleting gas are back on the decline

Emissions of a banned ozone-depleting gas are back on the decline

New analyses of global air measurements show that five years after an unexpected spike in emissions of the banned ozone-depleting chemical chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11, they dropped sharply between 2018 and 2019. 

February 10, 2021 0 Comments
New NOAA ocean exploration ship to be based in Newport, Rhode Island

New NOAA ocean exploration ship to be based in Newport, Rhode Island

The NOAA Ship Discoverer will be a state-of-the-art ship that operates around the nation and the world to study and explore the ocean.

February 2, 2021 0 Comments
Cooling effect of clouds generated by shipping overestimated, study says

Cooling effect of clouds generated by shipping overestimated, study says

New research indicates that man-made clouds formed along shipping routes dissipate too quickly to provide insight into the cooling effect of naturally occuring marine clouds.

January 29, 2021 0 Comments
Frigid Arctic air outbreaks may be predictable, new research suggests

Frigid Arctic air outbreaks may be predictable, new research suggests

Known for precipitating outbreaks of Arctic air, stratospheric events in polar regions often cause other kinds of extreme weather. Since the stratosphere takes a long time to recover after these events, scientists may be able to improve predictability of extreme weather weeks ahead of time.

January 28, 2021 0 Comments
Drones that hunt hurricanes? NOAA puts some to the test

Drones that hunt hurricanes? NOAA puts some to the test

In clear skies over Maryland the week of January 11, NOAA scientists launched a research drone from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane to test its ability to gather weather data that could improve hurricane forecasts.

January 25, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA projects 30-percent maximum Great Lakes ice cover for 2021 winter

NOAA projects 30-percent maximum Great Lakes ice cover for 2021 winter

NOAA scientists project the maximum Great Lakes ice cover for 2021 will be 30 percent, higher than last year’s maximum of 19.5 percent, but part of a long-term pattern of declining ice cover likely driven by climate change. 

January 21, 2021 0 Comments
Acidification impedes shell development of plankton off the U.S. West Coast

Acidification impedes shell development of plankton off the U.S. West Coast

Results from a 2016 research cruise show ocean acidification has interfered with shell development of zooplankton that are a critical part of the marine food web.

January 19, 2021 0 Comments
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