Hurricane watch

3D visualization of 2014 Hurricane Odile

NCAR software engineers are using Hollywood-style 3D to reveal the inner workings of complex storm systems, such as 2014's Hurricane Odile.

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NCAR "STEPs" up rain, flood research

4-panel image compares radar and computer model data

Scientists are running several computer models simultaneously to provide more accurate short-term forecasts of heavy rainfall, flash floods.

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Dengue and climate: Scientists tackle the nuances

Scientist checks tires for mosquito breeding sites

As dengue fever moves north with a warming climate, scientists are looking at multiple factors that can limit outbreaks.

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3D printers promise affordable weather stations for the developing world

3D printing technology is being tested to produce weather stations

UCAR is using advanced technology to create inexpensive weather stations for developing nations.

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Mosquitoes and Ticks and Fleas, Oh My

RAL Features Feed - July 1, 2015 - 11:49am
NCAR hosting workshop on vector-borne diseases related to climateJuly 1, 2015 - 11:00am

Lyme disease, dengue, plague, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Babesia – diseases that make your skin crawl, and worse, make populations very sick. Experts from NCAR, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and universities will meet in Boulder to discuss climate variability and change and its relation to vector-borne diseases.

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Picturing the forecast: National Weather Service graphics developed with NCAR research

New NWS forecast graphics, shown here, draw on NCAR research.

Introduced by the NWS this summer, the graphics draw on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR.

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NCAR Bids Farewell to Experimental ADDS

RAL Features Feed - June 18, 2015 - 1:48pm
ADDSJune 18, 2015 - 1:00pm “We’ve finished the job. We’ve done what we needed to do.” - Bruce Carmichael, Director, NCAR’s Aviation Applications Programm
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Have it your way: New hydrologic model lets the user decide

 side-by-side grid and basin maps

The SUMMA model lets users make individual decisions about how to treat a vast range of variables. This customizing allows users to mimic existing models or create something entirely new.

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Houston’s Population Growth Could Mean An Increase In Extreme Heat

RAL Features Feed - June 12, 2015 - 12:50pm
Houston’s Population Growth Could Mean An Increase In Extreme HeatJune 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
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Avoiding Dangerous Weather on Long Oceanic Flights

RAL Features Feed - June 8, 2015 - 1:56pm
Convective hazards impact the safety, efficiency and economic viability of oceanic aircraft. June 8, 2015 - 1:00pm Cloud top height product with Air France flight 447 flight track Cloud top height product with Air France flight 447 flight track
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To the last drop: Improving water supply forecasts for the Rio Grande

 A technician conducts a snow survey in the Conejos River basin

NCAR researchers are partnering with local, state and federal organizations to improve water supply forecasts in the upper Rio Grande.

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Biting back: Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks

Map showing regions of the US, such as Great Plains, where West Nile virus incidence is highest

CDC and NCAR researchers find correlations across the U.S. between weather conditions and subsequent flareups of the virus.

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It’s raining interns

RAL Features Feed - May 5, 2015 - 11:53am
Scott Landolt, NCAR scientist, works with high school intern, Andy Sun, at the Marshall Field Site.May 5, 2015 - 11:00am

Most high school juniors and seniors this time of year are thinking about their summer plans: babysitting, mowing lawns, scooping ice cream, maybe college visits and applications. Other students are thinking about their future beyond their summer break.

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Dan Breed discusses the science behind cloud seeding on Nevada Public Radio

RAL Features Feed - April 13, 2015 - 3:00pm
April 13, 2015 - 2:00pm

Nevada Public Radio | April 13, 2015 by Casey Morell "As Nevada and the southwest continue to fight drought conditions, the state senate is debating increasing funding for cloud seeding...According to Dan Breed, a project scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, scientists generally use silver iodide to seed clouds. The chemical is more effective at creating ice crystals in a cloud filled with super cold liquid water than it is done naturally..."

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RAL Features Feed - April 13, 2015 - 11:34am
April 10, 2015 - 11:30am

AtmosNews April 10, 2015 | Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter visited the Foothills Lab this week to talk with researchers about what science would be most useful for policymakers who make decisions about clean energy issues.

At a lunchtime discussion, Ritter met with scientists from NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory and other Boulder-area labs to discuss their work on solar and wind forecasting, among other areas.

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NCAR Fire & Flood Prediction Capabilities

RAL Features Feed - March 25, 2015 - 9:34am
credit Payton PetersonMarch 25, 2015 - 9:30am

AtmosNews :: NCAR + UCAR Videos on YOUTUBE, March 20, 2015 After working for more than a decade to tackle the challenges, NCAR and its research partners have developed two new prediction systems — one for wildfires and one for floods. The systems can provide public safety officials with detailed, 12- to 24-hour predictions of these destructive disasters. The fire prediction system can also help guide tactics for prescribed burns.

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From Education to Research to Operations

RAL Features Feed - March 16, 2015 - 9:48am
Gina Taberski (UCAR), Paul Kucera (NCAR), Edilberto Esquivel Marconi (ETESA) Jim Hurrell (NCAR Director), and Ivan Barria (ETESA)March 16, 2015 - 9:45am

In February, Panama’s Electricity Transmission Company SA (ETESA) and NCAR signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will address weather observation and forecasting, climate change, adaptation and will introduce a comprehensive climate change education program in the Central American country and region.

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Governors’ forum examines drought’s impacts on tourism

RAL Features Feed - January 28, 2015 - 11:39am
January 28, 2015 - 11:30am

Bruce Krasnow | The New Mexican  State tourism advocates hope a video of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez rafting the Rio Grande near Pilar will help squash the image of New Mexico as a barren desert.

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RAL Honored for Renewable Energy Forecasting System

RAL Features Feed - November 17, 2014 - 11:37am
November 17, 2014 - 11:15am

The sub-zero temps and black ice didn’t put a freeze on the RAL renewable energy team who attended and were honored at the annual CO-Labs Governor’s Award for High Impact Research on November 12at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The group was lauded for the wind and solar power forecasting system it developed, which is now being utilized and is of great value to Xcel Energy.

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