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The Experts Weigh In: How To Close the Gap Between Weather and Climate Predictions

The Experts Weigh In: How To Close the Gap Between Weather and Climate Predictions

Meteorologists can tell you whether it will storm 10 days before your wedding, and climatologists can determine if you’re likely to have a hot and dry summer almost a year in advance. But the time period in between, known as the subseasonal to seasonal (S2S)...
March 27, 2018
New research reveals patterns of US and global ozone pollution

New research reveals patterns of US and global ozone pollution

Despite significant gains in controlling ground-level ozone pollution, some residents of California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic spent more than 15 days each year between 2010 and 2014 breathing unhealthy levels of pollution, according to...
February 6, 2018
NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve regional water forecasts.
January 24, 2018
A climate science milestone on Colorado’s Continental Divide

A climate science milestone on Colorado’s Continental Divide

Fifty years ago, the first carbon dioxide measurement from high in the Rocky Mountains laid the groundwork for one of the climate science community's most valuable datasets.  

January 19, 2018
Mining weather data from Civil War-era Navy logbooks

Mining weather data from Civil War-era Navy logbooks

A new grant will let a University of Washington-based project add a new fleet to its quest to learn more about past climate from the records of long-gone mariners. The UW is among the winners of the 2017 “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” awards,...
January 18, 2018
A new NOAA tool is helping to predict US droughts, global famine

A new NOAA tool is helping to predict US droughts, global famine

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index, or EDDI, provides early warning of oncoming droughts and crop impacts by measuring the "thirst" of the atmosphere.

November 30, 2017
Scientific team selected to conduct independent abundance estimate of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico

Scientific team selected to conduct independent abundance estimate of red snapper in Gulf of Mexico

A team of university and government scientists, selected by an expert review panel convened by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will conduct an independent study to estimate the number of red snapper in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
November 20, 2017
Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey that led to more than 60 deaths and thousands of rescues showed again that an accurate NOAA forecast by itself is not enough to ensure people grasp the risks and make sound decisions that save lives and property.

November 2, 2017
Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. 

November 2, 2017
New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

By Sierra Sarkis, NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory The planet is home to a vast number of microscopic living organisms - plants, animals, and bacteria- found from deep sea volcanoes to the highest mountain peaks. These organisms too small to...
November 1, 2017
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