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When smoke is in the air, all eyes turn to this NOAA weather model

When smoke is in the air, all eyes turn to this NOAA weather model

NOAA's HRRR-Smoke model may still be designated as experimental, but when wildfires are burning, many count on it for smoke forecasts.

August 26, 2020 0 Comments
Arctic melt season puts focus on sea ice forecasts

Arctic melt season puts focus on sea ice forecasts

Improving Arctic sea ice forecasts is a high priority for NOAA, as indigenous communities, fisheries, ecotourism, oil and gas industries, shipping concerns, wildlife managers and scientists need better information in a region that is rapidly shifting from a reliable frozen ice cap to an open-water ocean. Check out an animation of this summer's Arctic snow and ice melt.

 

August 21, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA teaming up with Arizona firm to advance study of stratosphere

NOAA teaming up with Arizona firm to advance study of stratosphere

World View Enterprises has offered to carry a miniaturized NOAA instrument on its high-altitude balloon to capture measurements of atmospheric particles on a series of flights in 2021 that will last weeks and cover thousands of miles at altitudes above 55,000 feet. 

August 19, 2020 0 Comments
Ocean heatwaves dramatically shift habitats

Ocean heatwaves dramatically shift habitats

NOAA scientists have introduced a new way to measure the impact of marine heat waves.

August 6, 2020 0 Comments
New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

Running on the newest version of NOAA’s Global Forecast System, or GFS, the FV3-Chem model forecasts the distribution of some primary air pollutants: smoke, soot, organic carbon, sulfate, and large and small particles of dust and sea salt - collectively known as aerosols. Because these aerosols affect the weather, the model also provides weather forecasts.

July 23, 2020 0 Comments
Ocean warming trends dwarf cooling trends, NOAA analysis finds

Ocean warming trends dwarf cooling trends, NOAA analysis finds

A new NOAA analysis of ocean temperature data finds that for the 52-year period from 1968 to 2019,  72 to 79 percent of the ocean area showed warming, while only 1 to 3 percent exhibited cooling.

July 13, 2020 0 Comments
Rise of carbon dioxide unabated

Rise of carbon dioxide unabated

Atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at Mauna Loa Observatory reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million for 2020 in May, the highest monthly reading ever recorded. Monthly CO2 values at Mauna Loa first breached the 400 ppm threshold in 2014, and are now at levels not experienced by the atmosphere in several million years.

June 4, 2020 0 Comments
A new look at old smoke finds it has an important role in regulating the climate

A new look at old smoke finds it has an important role in regulating the climate

A NOAA study published in Nature Geosciences takes a new look at faint, old smoke and finds that it is just as important an influence on the climate as the thick plumes produced by active fires. 

June 2, 2020 0 Comments
Tracking fossil fuel emissions with carbon-14

Tracking fossil fuel emissions with carbon-14

Researchers from NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder have devised a breakthrough method for estimating national emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels using ambient air samples and a well-known isotope of carbon that scientists have relied on for decades to date archaeological sites.

June 1, 2020 0 Comments
Warming influence of greenhouse gases continues to rise, NOAA finds

Warming influence of greenhouse gases continues to rise, NOAA finds

NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index tracks the concentrations of greenhouse gases being added to the atmosphere principally from human-caused emissions. The AGGI then calculates the heat being added to Earth's atmosphere and oceans as a result. 

May 28, 2020 0 Comments
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