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NCAR to develop advanced wind and solar energy forecasting system for Kuwait

UCAR signs agreement to develop renewable energy forecasting system for Kuwait

Expanding its work in renewable energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching a three-year project to develop specialized forecasts for a major wind and solar energy facility in Kuwait.

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National Water Model Praised in Senate Appropriations Hearing

RAL Features Feed - April 28, 2017 - 11:37am
April 28, 2017 - 11:00amI should also add that NCAR delivered the model two years ahead of schedule and on budget.Antonio Busalacchi, UCAR President

On April 4th, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing to review federal, state, university, and private sector activities being conducted in the area of water hazard forecasting and mitigation.

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Drones need aviation forecasts, too

 Quadcopter drone with camera

NCAR, long a trusted provider of critical weather information to the aviation industry, is beginning to lend its expertise to the UAS community as well.

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Congressional briefing on wildland fires

 BLM firefighters near Burns, Oregon

Scientists and fire experts highlighted major progress toward managing and predicting wildfires at the Capitol Hill session for congressional and agency staff.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

RAL Features Feed - March 28, 2017 - 10:13am
March 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Imagine cruising down Interstate 80 in Wyoming at the speed limit, 80 mph, when you suddenly hit a fog bank or an invisible layer of ice. What would you do? Slam on the brakes and pray? Or you’re a commercial trucker hauling a large shipment and your trailer is getting slammed by gusts – do you pull over or persevere and hope the winds die down?

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Paper on High Resolution Regional Climate Simulations over the Contiguous United States

RAL Features Feed - March 22, 2017 - 11:12am
March 22, 2017 - 10:00am

Orographic precipitation and snowpack provide a vital water resource for the western U.S., while convective precipitation accounts for a significant part of annual precipitation in the eastern U.S. As a result, water managers are keenly interested in their fate under climate change. However, previous studies of water cycle changes in the U.S. have been conducted with climate models of relatively coarse resolution, leading to potential misrepresentation of key physical processes.

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Augmenting Snowpack through Cloud Seeding

RAL Features Feed - March 16, 2017 - 12:31pm
Augmenting Snowpack through Cloud Seeding - The Future is NowMarch 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

California, in 2015, had the lowest snowpack levels in 500 years, forcing the governor to issue the state’s first mandatory water restrictions. Further east, winter storms over the Rocky Mountains, which provide much of the water that courses down the heavily-tapped Colorado River, have not been able to keep up with demand. With 4.5 million acres of farmland irrigated using Colorado River water, and with nearly 40 million residents of seven U.S. depending on it for municipal supplies, those incremental losses can have a heavy impact — particularly during times of drought.

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From GOES-16 to the world

 view of Earth and moon by GOES-16

UCAR and NCAR will play central roles in distributing the stunning new data from the revolutionary GOES-16 satellite.

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Slower snowmelt in a warming world

snowpack in the Rockies

As the world warms, mountain snowpack will not only melt earlier, it will also melt more slowly, according to a new study by NCAR scientists.

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High-resolution regional modeling (no supercomputer needed)

An ICAR model simulation of Colorado

The Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research Model (ICAR) gives researchers increased accuracy using only a tiny fraction of the computing resources.

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Scientists take to the skies to test cloud seeding

 photo of snow gauge in Idaho

Scientists this winter are using aircraft, radars, snow gauges, and computer models to determine the impact of cloud seeding.

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