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Atmospheric Rivers: What are they and how does NOAA study them?

Atmospheric Rivers: What are they and how does NOAA study them?

You may have heard of atmospheric rivers in the news lately due to the intense rainfall and flooding along the U.S. West Coast. These naturally occurring air currents can bring both severe disruption and great benefit through the heavy rain and mountain snows that contribute to regional water supply. NOAA studies atmospheric rivers to improve forecasting capabilities as well as to improve our understanding of atmospheric river impacts on communities and the physical environment. 

January 11, 2023 0 Comments
NOAA Research's top accomplishments from 2022

NOAA Research's top accomplishments from 2022

Major hurricanes, intense wildfires, increasing concentrations of greenhouse gasses, deep sea discoveries, and more made 2022 an eventful year for NOAA Research. As we enter the final days of the year, we’re taking a look back at some of our biggest accomplishments from the last 12 months. 

December 20, 2022 0 Comments
New hurricane research supports advances to NOAA’s 2022 forecasts

New hurricane research supports advances to NOAA’s 2022 forecasts

This summer during the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) will once again be on the frontlines helping NOAA prepare the public for severe weather. They will also conduct new research on the complex processes of how tropical cyclones form, develop, and dissipate.

May 24, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA report highlights 2021 climate, weather, ocean research

NOAA report highlights 2021 climate, weather, ocean research

The newly released 2021 NOAA Science Report includes more than 60 stories that represent a selection of NOAA’s 2021 research and development accomplishments across the range of NOAA’s mission.

March 28, 2022 0 Comments
Study previews how climate change may alter rain-making atmospheric rivers by 2100

Study previews how climate change may alter rain-making atmospheric rivers by 2100

A new NOAA modeling study suggests climate change is likely to disrupt Pacific atmospheric rivers, which are important sources of snow and rain for west coast states. 

March 24, 2022 0 Comments
Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

A new NOAA-led study of precipitation high in the Colorado Rockies aims to give water managers better forecasts for runoff in the critically important Colorado River Basin. 

October 20, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA names University of Oklahoma to host new institute for severe and high-impact weather research

NOAA names University of Oklahoma to host new institute for severe and high-impact weather research

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected the University of Oklahoma to host NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CISHIWRO).

June 15, 2021 0 Comments
Raytheon Intelligence and Space to lead new center dedicated to advancing U.S. weather forecasting

Raytheon Intelligence and Space to lead new center dedicated to advancing U.S. weather forecasting

April 26, 2021 0 Comments
5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

From warmer ocean temperatures to longer and more intense droughts and heat waves, climate change is affecting our entire planet. Scientists at NOAA have long worked to track, understand and predict how climate change is progressing and impacting ecosystems, communities and economies.

April 20, 2021 0 Comments
Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions, such as mask mandates and school closures, rather than meteorological factors appear to have primarily influenced COVID-19’s spread in 2020 and early 2021, according to a new report.

March 18, 2021 0 Comments
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