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Results from the First Wave of a Three-Wave U.S. National Survey

August 12, 2020 - 12:07pm
August 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

Responding to extreme heat conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic could place many vulnerable populations at further risk during the warm summer months when many people leave their houses to escape the heat and visit cooling centers and other public spaces. People's vulnerability is likely to vary over time and space, shifting with the extent of exposure to extreme heat, differences in policy and community response, and disease pressure from COVID-19.

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Advancing South America's High-Resolution Modeling System

August 5, 2020 - 3:49pm
August 5, 2020 - 3:30pm

The newly established South America affinity group website was set up to accelerate research and discoveries focusing on the water and energy cycle of South America. It is led by NCAR's Water Systems program and the Hydrometeorological Applications Program (HAP) and fosters collaborations across NCAR and the international research community.

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Pioneering better forecasting for UAS operations

May 4, 2020 - 3:46pm
drone over city with windsMay 4, 2020 - 12:00pm

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are emerging as the next major economic sector of society, as well as a new tool for sensing the lower atmosphere. However, these small autonomous aircraft are much more vulnerable to winds, turbulence and icing than manned aircraft. NCAR studies continue to drive predictive capabilities toward the microscale.

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Road Weather Technology Improves The Way The Minnesota Department Of Transportation Clears Roads

January 9, 2020 - 9:56am
January 9, 2020 - 9:45am


This article was originally published in the MnDOT Newsline.

By Anne Meyer on 11.20.19

When snowplow operators clear snow or ice off a route, they have more than steel and salt on their side.

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NCAR Project Supports Native Alaskan Community

August 20, 2019 - 11:47am
Dr. Gochis installing a monitoring system above Purple Lake, July 2019August 20, 2019 - 11:30am

The Annette Island Reserve is an island in Southeast Alaska and is home to the Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC), the only Indian reserve in Alaska. It comprises 87,000 acres which are critical fish and forestry resources to the community. The island locals rely on two primary lakes for drinking water and hydropower, Chester and Purple Lakes.

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Early Warning Forecasts Speeding to Lake Victoria

June 20, 2019 - 8:16am
Early Warning Forecasts Speeding to Lake VictoriaJune 20, 2019 - 8:00am

Countries bordering Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater body in Africa and the biggest inland fishery in the world, lack effective early warning systems to protect those who depend on them. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), thousands of fishermen and small boat operators die on the lake each year; they get caught in deadly storms either because there is no weather warning, they do not receive the warning message, or the message is not presented clearly.

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RAL Science Moves New York State Closer to Renewable Energy Goals

June 18, 2019 - 2:55pm
Solar EnergyJune 18, 2019 - 2:30pm

"The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and several research partners are moving into the final phase of a solar forecasting project, funded at $1.85 million, that will be able to predict solar energy generation to improve electric grid reliability and economic efficiency of power systems. The innovative solar study supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, which puts forth a plan to transition New York State to clean energy and sets the nation’s most ambitious goal for carbon-free power.

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Optimized Flight Operations

May 15, 2019 - 9:27am
With the release of Lido/eRouteManual 5.0, Lido is providing pilots with live weather updates in their charting solution and additional airport weather information.May 15, 2019 - 9:00amRAL's Weather Data Expertise in Action

RAL began this work as the Global Weather Hazard (GWH) project in 2015 with a partnership between Lufthansa Airlines, Basic Commerce & Industries, Inc. (BCI), NCAR and the Weather Solutions Division of the Sutron Corporation. This project is a commercial effort that has expanded coverage to a global domain with latitude limits of -50S to 70N. Display of both the CTH and the CDO products are shown on the LIDO eRM’s of Lufthansa Airlines B747-8 aircraft and the Brussels Airlines fleet.

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How scientists are trying to predict wildfire movement

May 9, 2019 - 10:52am
May 9, 2019 - 10:30amRAL Director, William Mahoney, discusses using weather and climate modelsCOURTESY OF PBS News Hour

By Miles O'Brien May 8, 2019 PM

It’s been six months since the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burned 19,000 structures in November 2018. But even at the peak of the inferno, some scientists moved toward it, in an attempt to understand more about the intensity and spread of the flames. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien has the harrowing inside look.

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Measuring Up: Instrumentation Testing & Data Gathering at the Marshall Field Site

April 16, 2019 - 2:31pm
Sunset panorama of the Marshall Field Site with the Foothills in the background.April 16, 2019 - 2:30pmMeasuring Up: Instrument Testing & Data Gathering at Marshall Field Site

Hidden-in-plain-sight on over 70-acres of land southeast of Boulder is a world-class atmospheric research site, run and maintained by NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory (RAL), but open to the wider research community. The Marshall Field Site Instrument Testbed is an outdoor experimental lab ideally located at the base of the foothills.

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SNOWIE - Advancing the Science of Cloud Seeding

March 19, 2019 - 4:14pm
SNOWIE - Advancing the Science of Cloud SeedingMarch 19, 2019 - 4:00pmCOURTESY OF Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

By Sarah A. Tessendorf | August 2, 2018

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Meteorology students launching dozens of weather balloons for aircraft icing research

February 25, 2019 - 12:12pm
Ultimately, the study could help to reduce the rate of aircraft icing-related accidents and fatalities.February 25, 2019 - 12:00pmRAL expert quoted in NIU articleCOURTESY OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

By Tom Parisi | February 13, 2019 PM

Northern Illinois University meteorology students are on cloud nine over a research project that will require the launch of as many as 40 weather balloons from campus to help gather data on the conditions that cause icing on aircraft.

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Follow RAL's Scott Landolt on his trip back to Antarctica!

October 24, 2018 - 11:56am
//icechaser.blogspot.com).October 24, 2018 - 11:45am

Scott made it to Antarctica November 5 with no weather delays. He'll be at McMurdo Station for five weeks; please follow him on his blog and wish him well at icechaser.blogspot.com

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Slow-Moving Storms Like Florence Produce Big Floods — And Are Becoming The Norm

September 20, 2018 - 8:46am
NCAR flooding experts quoted in FiveThirtyEight articleSeptember 20, 2018 - 8:30amNCAR flooding experts quoted in FiveThirtyEight articleCOURTESY OF FIVETHIRTYEIGHT

By Maggie Koerth-Baker | September 17, 2018, 12:42 PM | Filed under Weather

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FastEddy®: Not a Pool Hall Hustler

May 15, 2018 - 9:55am
The First Sunlight of Planet EarthMay 15, 2018 - 9:45am

Imagine a wildfire is approaching a densely populated neighborhood. Emergency managers need to decide systematically and quickly on whether families should evacuate or stay put. These first responders need accurate information at both the mesoscale (the region’s weather) and microscale (the weather close to the terrain) levels, to make a timely determination.

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NCAR Contributes to Study of First Quantifiable Observation of Cloud Seeding

March 5, 2018 - 12:55pm
NCAR Contributes to Study of First Quantifiable Observation of Cloud SeedingMarch 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a prestigious, often-cited scientific journal that publishes rigorous peer-reviewed research, recently published a paper on a cloud-seeding field campaign that typifies a successful collaboration of private, public and academic partnerships. 

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Two NCAR Scientists Awarded the 2018 Aviation & Space Operations Weather Prize

February 27, 2018 - 9:04am
Two NCAR Scientists Awarded the 2018 Aviation & Space Operations Weather PrizeFebruary 27, 2018 - 9:00am

Two National Center for Atmospheric (NCAR) experts on weather aviation hazards and safety were awarded the Aviation & Space Operations Weather Prize at the annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in January. The prize is given yearly to an AMS member or group of members for the “most conspicuous effort to advance aviation and space operations safety or efficiency through the meteorological or climatological sciences.” This holds particular significance to the researchers, as it comes from the commercial side of the aerospace sector.

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NCAR Takes Part in Aviation Safety Summit Meeting

February 26, 2018 - 11:55am
NCAR Takes Part in Aviation Safety Summit MeetingFebruary 26, 2018 - 11:00amAviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather GatheringLast week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit.

June 23, 2018 | From United States Helicopter Safety Team Press Release

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Double Double Toil and Trouble

December 7, 2017 - 10:02am
In a warmer climate, areas of North America will be a cauldron of intense summer stormsDecember 7, 2017 - 10:00am

NCAR’s Andreas Prein and colleagues recently published a sobering paper in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Climate Change (www.nature.com) on the future of summer storms. Based on computer simulations on storms bubbling up in a warmer climate, the study concludes thunderstorms in the U.S. will be more wide-spread, wetter and more frequent, making the threat of flooding much more real and devastating.

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Improving Hurricane Forecasting

October 12, 2017 - 8:24am
October 12, 2017 - 8:00am

Saving lives and mitigating property losses—that’s what NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) is all about. And the 2017 tropical weather storms, Harvey, Irma and Maria, among other less notorious hurricanes, certainly put the 24/7 operation through its paces. Using the best, most current technology and skilled manpower, it issues watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather.

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