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New NOAA study in North Carolina may improve forecasting, lead times for dangerous storms

New NOAA study in North Carolina may improve forecasting, lead times for dangerous storms

This month, NOAA launched a 1½-year long pilot study in North Carolina to improve understanding and forecasting of dangerous storms that can lead to flooding and economic losses. From the coastline to the mountains, state-of-the-art NOAA instrumentation is being set up in numerous locations across the state that may improve forecasting and lead-time for tropical storms and summertime thunderstorms.
June 21, 2013 0 Comments
The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

Scientists have found that wispy cirrus clouds have cores of dust and metallic particles, answering questions about how these clouds form and giving insight into their climatic implications in the future.

May 9, 2013 0 Comments
New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

New study gives first independent confirmation of global land warming

A new observational study that did not use temperature recordings from land stations has confirmed global land warming.

April 9, 2013 0 Comments
Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point.

April 3, 2013 0 Comments
Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

NOAA researchers have developed a method to help forecasters better predict the severity of tornado outbreaks.

April 1, 2013 0 Comments
Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

Saharan and Asian dust, biological particles end global journey in California

A field study of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitation in the Sierra Nevada mountains shows that dust and microorganisms transported from as far away as the Sahara desert help to spur the precipitation that California counts on for its water supply.
February 28, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA research finds new way to identify which El Niño events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather

NOAA research finds new way to identify which El Niño events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather

New research from NOAA and the University of Washington suggests that using satellites to detect heat from deep convective cloud tops may be a way to detect El Niño and could help forecasters predict the unusual weather it causes.
February 7, 2013 0 Comments
New smart phone app lets public report rain, hail, sleet and snow to NOAA

New smart phone app lets public report rain, hail, sleet and snow to NOAA

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma, has launched a free app for users to anonymously report precipitation from their Apple or Android mobile device.

February 6, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA scientists and colleagues are installing the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California this month, to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models, forecasts

Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models, forecasts

Two of the nation's largest producers of wind-generated electric power will share weather data with NOAA, providing additional observations from wind farms across the nation for research and operations.
November 14, 2012 0 Comments
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