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NOAA researcher studies how to improve tornado information to save lives

NOAA researcher studies how to improve tornado information to save lives

When a tornado threatens a community, NOAA National Weather Service forecasters issue a tornado warning. Local emergency management agencies sound emergency tornado sirens or send out phone alerts. Broadcast meteorologists tell everyone to take shelter. But how does all of this help the public and how does the public respond?

April 26, 2019 0 Comments
This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

For scientists at NOAA, Earth Day — and every other day of the year — is about getting to the bottom of some of the most pressing questions about the planet we call home: how it works, how it’s changing, and how humans are affecting it.

April 16, 2019 0 Comments
NOAA research yields better lake-effect snow forecasts

NOAA research yields better lake-effect snow forecasts

"Coupling"  two NOAA research models improved the accuracy of lake-effect snow forecasts during a recent experiment.

April 9, 2019 0 Comments
Drone trains its eyes on flood waters to improve forecasts

Drone trains its eyes on flood waters to improve forecasts

As the Yalobusha River rose around Greenwood, Mississippi, during a major rainstorm in late February, scientists from the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University deployed a small unmanned plane that took high-resolution images of rising waters and beamed them back in real time to NOAA weather forecasters.

March 20, 2019 0 Comments
NOAA science report highlights 2018 research accomplishments

NOAA science report highlights 2018 research accomplishments

Forecasting hurricane track and intensity, providing decision support for wildfires, issuing warnings for harmful algal blooms: these are just a snapshot of how NOAA’s research over the past year has provided vital services to Americans every day. A newly released NOAA Science Report celebrates NOAA’s research and development, highlighting how NOAA’s research products impact the lives of all Americans.

March 7, 2019 0 Comments
NOAA taps fishery scientist to lead its Pacific Marine Environmental Lab

NOAA taps fishery scientist to lead its Pacific Marine Environmental Lab

Michelle McClure, director of the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, began work Monday, February 4, 2019,  as the new director of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle.

February 4, 2019 0 Comments
Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements

Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements

An Argo float recently surfaced in the Atlantic Ocean to transmit temperature and salinity measurements from over a mile deep. This float was made in France and launched by German scientists in 2016, and it is one of thousands in the international Argo Program, which just recorded its two millionth profile, marking a major milestone for the 20-year old observation program.

December 10, 2018 0 Comments
New research improves wind forecasts for the renewable energy industry

New research improves wind forecasts for the renewable energy industry

New research on wind behavior in complex terrain, led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of Energy, will improve forecasts for wind energy firms by 15-25 percent, and improve wind forecasts for the entire country.

November 20, 2018 0 Comments
Small unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

Small unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

NOAA scientists flew multiple missions into Hurricane Michael in the days before landfall, closely observing the rapid intensification of the storm. Their tools included a small unmanned aircraft, called the Coyote, which flew into the strongest winds of the eyewall as the storm intensified to a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

October 15, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA organizes first agency-wide event to advance its modeling enterprise

NOAA organizes first agency-wide event to advance its modeling enterprise

NOAA constantly strives to improve its models of our changing environment in order to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with reliable information they can act on. But improving models takes time, money, and labor—tight budget constraints make this a challenging feat.

August 27, 2018 0 Comments
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