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NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

Today marks the beginning of a large-scale, comprehensive field project to measure how thunderstorms transport, produce and process chemicals that form ozone, a greenhouse gas that affects Earth's climate, air quality and weather patterns.

May 15, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA near-term weather forecasts get powerful boost from new computer model

NOAA near-term weather forecasts get powerful boost from new computer model

Starting today, NOAA is using a sophisticated new weather forecast computer model to improve predictions of quickly developing severe weather events including thunderstorms, winter storms and aviation hazards such as clear air turbulence.

May 1, 2012 0 Comments
Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

A smoke-related chemical, isocyanic acid, may be a significant air pollutant in some parts of the world, especially where forest fires and other forms of biomass burning are common.

April 30, 2012 0 Comments
Methane from the sea

Methane from the sea

The potent greenhouse gas methane is seeping out of parts of the Arctic Ocean, and the discovery may represent another cycle contributing to climate warming in the region.

April 27, 2012 0 Comments
Asian emissions can increase ground-level ozone pollution in U.S. West

Asian emissions can increase ground-level ozone pollution in U.S. West

Springtime air pollution from Asia, swept across the Pacific Ocean on winds, can contribute to episodes of high surface ozone pollution in the western United States.

March 5, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA-led study: Colorado oil and gas wells emit more pollutants than expected

NOAA-led study: Colorado oil and gas wells emit more pollutants than expected

When NOAA scientists began routinely monitoring the atmosphere’s composition at a tower north of Denver a few years ago, their instruments immediately sniffed something strange: plumes of air rich with chemical pollutants including the potent greenhouse gas methane.

February 27, 2012 0 Comments
Utah’s winter air quality mystery

Utah’s winter air quality mystery

During the last two winters, air quality monitors near oil and gas fields in the Uintah Basin have picked up episodes of ozone pollution far in excess of federal health-based standards in the least likely time -- during winter. 

February 7, 2012 0 Comments
Russell Schnell Wins NOAA Science Communicator Award

Russell Schnell Wins NOAA Science Communicator Award

A NOAA scientist who has published 134 scientific papers and holds patents in chemistry and microbiology can now add award-winning science communicator to his list of honors. Russell Schnell is the recipient of NOAA’s 2011 Dr. Daniel L. Albritton Outstanding Science Communicator Award.

February 1, 2012 0 Comments
Chemical measurements confirm official estimate of Gulf oil spill rate

Chemical measurements confirm official estimate of Gulf oil spill rate

By combining detailed chemical measurements in the deep ocean, in the oil slick, and in the air, NOAA scientists and academic colleagues have independently estimated how fast gases and oil were leaking during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
January 9, 2012 0 Comments
Colorado mountain hail may disappear in a warmer future

Colorado mountain hail may disappear in a warmer future

Summertime hail could all but disappear from the eastern flank of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains by 2070, according to a new modeling study by scientists from NOAA and several other institutions.
January 8, 2012 0 Comments
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