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NOAA scientists set sail on Coast Guard icebreaker to measure change in the Arctic

NOAA scientists set sail on Coast Guard icebreaker to measure change in the Arctic

On Friday, August 25, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy will sail from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, with a team of NOAA scientists and collaborators on a 22-day cruise to study environmental change in the western Arctic Ocean.

August 22, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA scientists get rare chance to study the effects of an eclipse on weather

NOAA scientists get rare chance to study the effects of an eclipse on weather

The August 21 eclipse will give NOAA scientists an unprecedented opportunity to compare conditions of the atmosphere with and without the eclipse, and see how it interrupts processes in the lowest part of the atmosphere in direct contact with Earth’s surface across the entire continent. 

August 17, 2017 0 Comments
Solving coastal California’s precipitation puzzle

Solving coastal California’s precipitation puzzle

Starting this summer, NOAA and the Sonoma County Water Agency will kick off a four-year, $19 million project to build a new regional radar and advanced rainfall forecast system to give water agencies in the nine-county San Francisco Bay area better warning about potential flooding and water quality impacts from heavy rainfall events.
August 17, 2017 0 Comments
Severe weather model predicted tornado's path hours before it formed

Severe weather model predicted tornado's path hours before it formed

A NOAA research project is opening the door to a new era of high-resolution weather models that can for the first time predict the location and timing of tornadoes before they are detected. 
July 13, 2017 0 Comments
Summer of sailing drones

Summer of sailing drones

Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles that resemble a sailboat will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialized technology. 

July 11, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA and international partners plan upgrade of global weather and ocean observing system

NOAA and international partners plan upgrade of global weather and ocean observing system

NOAA met with ocean observations experts from six nations and 13 global organizations in May 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to plan for the redesign of the Tropical Pacific Observing System by the year 2020 (TPOS 2020). 

June 26, 2017 0 Comments
Video: NOAA testing unmanned aircraft to measure lower atmosphere

Video: NOAA testing unmanned aircraft to measure lower atmosphere

A few hours before storms formed in northern Oklahoma during the second week in May, three unmanned aircraft flew through the air hundreds of feet above the ground to observe important changes in the atmosphere that could spawn severe thunderstorms.

 

May 25, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA begins transition of powerful new tool to improve hurricane forecasts

NOAA begins transition of powerful new tool to improve hurricane forecasts

NOAA will begin using its newest weather prediction tool -- the dynamic core, Finite-Volume on a Cubed-Sphere (FV3), to provide high quality guidance to NOAA’s National Hurricane Center through the 2017 hurricane season.

May 25, 2017 0 Comments
Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely driven by large-scale changes in sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean drying the region’s soil, according to new NOAA-led research.

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Agencies team up to accelerate Earth system prediction

Agencies team up to accelerate Earth system prediction

Accurately predicting the weather - at short and long time scales - is among the most complex and important challenges faced by science. Protecting the nation’s security and economic well-being will increasingly rely on improved skill in forecasting weather, weather-driven events like floods and droughts, and long-term shifts in weather, ocean and sea-ice patterns.
March 10, 2017 0 Comments
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