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A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was one of three major flash floods during the span of five years in the 1970s that killed more than 450 people across the country -- tragic events that helped spur the modernization of NOAA’s National Weather Service flood forecasting system.

July 29, 2016 0 Comments
How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

Meet Shian-Jiann Lin, Ph.D., the leader of the team at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory that created the new dynamic core that NOAA announced this week will be used to develop a state-of-the-art global weather forecasting model over the next three years. 

July 28, 2016 0 Comments
Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States.  


July 27, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

At first glance they might be mistaken for toys, but these remote-controlled devices aren’t for play. Unmanned aircraft and watercraft are being put to work by NOAA scientists to gather astonishing new data from our wildlands and waterways.


July 14, 2016 0 Comments
Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

The journal Nature Geoscience published a paper by Tom Delworth and his colleagues examining how a natural atmospheric force--the North Atlantic Oscillation--may be changing ocean currents in the North Atlantic. Among other impacts, the stronger ocean currents increase the amount of heat flowing toward polar areas, which could speed up Arctic ice melt and affect how hurricanes form. We asked Delworth a few questions about his study:

June 20, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today that it is investing $4.5 million in four projects to test technology designed to improve the Tropical Pacific Observing System, an array of buoys in the tropical Pacific used to better understand El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), how it develops, and how it affects Earth’s weather.

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

The record heat baking Alaska is poised to smash a host of climate records in 2016, including the earliest snowmelt date at NOAA’s Barrow Observatory, the northernmost point in the nation.


May 20, 2016 0 Comments
Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Ocean temperatures may hold key to predicting tornado outbreaks

Tornados are one of nature’s most destructive forces. Currently, our capacity to predict tornados and other severe weather risks does not extend beyond seven days. In a recent paper published in Environmental Research Letters, scientists with NOAA and the University of Miami identified how patterns in the spring phases of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), coupled with variability in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, could help predict U.S. regional tornado outbreaks. 

April 11, 2016 0 Comments
Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

All regions and economic sectors in the United States depend on adequate and reliable water supplies. Too much or too little water can endanger the health and welfare of citizens and businesses. Driven by feedback from water resource managers, federal agencies and others, NOAA and partners have developed the Water Resources Dashboard: a one-stop website for relevant water data on drought, flooding, precipitation, climate and other measures. 

March 22, 2016 0 Comments
Researchers ride atmospheric river to help improve forecasts

Researchers ride atmospheric river to help improve forecasts

NOAA researchers in the air over the Pacific are giving weather forecasters the most detailed look ever at an atmospheric river as it drenches the west coast of the United States with badly needed precipitation.
March 11, 2016 0 Comments
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