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Alaska thunderstorms may triple with climate change

February 23, 2021 - 5:00am
Clouds and lightning.

The number of thunderstorms in Alaska may triple by later this century because of climate change, increasing the risks of widespread flash flooding, landslides, and lightning-induced wildfires.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Monsoon has limited impact on Colorado mountain streamflow

February 9, 2021 - 5:00am
Colorado River (photo by M. Thomson).

As snowpack in the Rocky Mountains declines with climate change, a new study warns that summertime rains are unlikely to significantly bolster stream levels.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Predicting wildfire risks

September 30, 2020 - 6:00am
Wildfire torching trees

With wildfires becoming a growing threat, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is supporting a major, university-led initiative to better forecast the destructive events.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Grants will help scientists probe droughts, model fisheries

August 24, 2020 - 6:00am
The Jones Fire burns in Oregon in 2017.

Three scientists at NCAR will lead research projects funded by a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that aims to improve our ability to better understand and predict climate variability in both the short and long term.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Hurricane experts available to explain storm behavior, potential impacts

August 3, 2020 - 6:00am
View of Hurricane Hanna from the International Space Station

As hurricane season starts to peak, NCAR and UCAR scientists are closely watching the potential for strong winds, torrential rains, and widespread flooding.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

New research will look at heat wave risks during pandemic

June 23, 2020 - 6:00am
Sunset over Queens, New York.

As the United States nears its hottest time of the year, scientists are launching a research project into whether the public health impacts of extreme heat will be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Scientists demonstrate that cloud seeding can generate snowfall

February 24, 2020 - 5:00am
Ice-covered radar used in cloud-seeding experiment

Scientists have successfully used a combination of radars and snow gauges to measure the impact of cloud seeding on snowfall. The new research addresses decades of speculation about the effectiveness of artificial methods to increase precipitation, demonstrating unambiguously that cloud seeding can boost snowfall across a wide area if the atmospheric conditions are favorable.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

NCAR scientists win prestigious AMS, AGU honors

December 3, 2019 - 5:00am
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Lifesaving storm warnings for Africa's Lake Victoria

October 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Fishermen at dusk on Lake Victoria. (Photo by Africraigs.)

The HIGHWAY project aims to help the nations in the Lake Victoria Basin disseminate timely forecasts and warnings to those at risk.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Researchers partner with Native Alaskan, Yukon communities to study climate impacts on rivers, fish

September 19, 2019 - 6:00am
 NPS/Josh Spice)

Researchers at CU Boulder and NCAR have been awarded $3 million in funding from NSF to study the changing climate and rivers of Alaska and western Canada.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Facial recognition technique could improve hail forecasts

August 19, 2019 - 6:00am
A severe storm forms on the Great Plains in 2010

The same artificial intelligence technique typically used in facial recognition systems could help improve prediction of hailstorms and their severity.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Communicating coastal storm risks through a sense of place

August 15, 2019 - 6:00am
Street with houses destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Ike

NCAR is leading a new project studying how maps and other visualizations can help communicate forecasts and help residents better understand the risks to their communities.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Congressional visit to NCAR focuses on climate research, improving resilience

August 2, 2019 - 6:00am
Members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis visited NCAR on July 31.

A high-profile congressional panel visited NCAR to learn about the latest climate-related research and strengthening U.S. resilience in the face of climate change.

Categories: Features, Pressroom

Can artificial intelligence make Earth system modeling more efficient?

May 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Clouds as seen from space.

Scientist at NCAR are experimenting with machine learning to reduce the computational load.

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Predicting unhealthy air

April 30, 2019 - 6:00am
Heavy traffic in New Dehlhi

The technology uses satellite measurements, computer modeling, and statistical techniques to predict levels of particulate pollution.

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UCAR Congressional Briefing: Forecasting the road ahead

April 3, 2019 - 6:00am
A remote road in snowy conditions with a car

Experts emphasized the importance of investing in research and new technology to provide drivers with detailed weather forecasts, thereby improving safety and mobility.

Categories: Features, Pressroom, WSAP

Field campaign flies through icy weather

February 22, 2019 - 5:00am
Ice buildup on the NRC Convair 580 can be seen on the aircraft nose and windows.

Winter in the United States can produce some of the most dangerous weather for the aviation industry, including freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet. Those are the ideal conditions for a field campaign focused on collecting in-flight data in some of the most treacherous North American icing conditions.

The program is led by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and other organizations, and will help improve weather models and forecasts for those who work in aviation.

Categories: AAP, Features, Pressroom

NCAR scientists win prestigious AMS awards

September 13, 2018 - 6:00am
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Beating the heat in Chicago

September 12, 2018 - 6:00am
A green roof on Chicago's city hall

With cities facing more extreme heat waves, scientists used NCAR-based WRF-Urban model to study which Chicago neighborhoods would benefit most from green roofs

Categories: Features, NSAP, Pressroom

Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many U.S. mountain regions

August 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Oroville Dam

Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western U.S. and Canada due to climate change.

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