Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 2:00pm

Rows of wind turbinesA new forecasting tool boosts the detail and accuracy of short-term wind forecasts, offering another way to increase the efficiency of wind energy production.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 9:00am

UCAR MagazineNCAR scientists are developing a system to relay updates on weather and road conditions to and from wireless-enabled vehicles.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 10:18pm

 Gulfstream II research jet flying near cloudsThanks to deicing treatment and careful route selection, commercial pilots now avoid most of the threat that ice will encase critical parts of a plane. But another, more mysterious kind of in-flight icing hazard is now gaining attention.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:01am

UCAR MagazineTaking aim at a sometimes deadly aviation hazard, NCAR has developed high-precision maps to warn pilots away from clouds harboring the potential to ice up their wings

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:17am

UCAR MagazineMany facets of everyday life, from boarding a plane to turning on the lights or driving down the highway, are becoming safer and more cost-effective with the help of technologies rooted in atmospheric science.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 9:48am

UCAR MagazineSpecially developed forecasts aim to help public health officials in Africa coordinate an international immunization program against meningitis, an often deadly disease associated with dry, dusty weather patterns.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 8:48am

wind turbineA partnership between NCAR and Xcel Energy has produced a wind forecasting system that is widely considered to be one of the most advanced of its kind.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 5:54pm

Japanese cherry tree blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington, DCDays lengthen as spring arrives, but several other signs of the season are showing up earlier and earlier. Some animals and insects aren’t adapting fast enough to this "...

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 8:00am

Scientist examines laser instrument for measuring snowScientists are working to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 2:59pm

UCAR MagazineThere’s much more to wind energy than throwing a few turbines up and watching the blades spin and the cash roll in. NCAR and partners are adding rigor and efficiency to wind power prediction and resource assessment.

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:59pm

UCAR MagazineExperts from a variety of disciplines are joining forces to improve how severe-weather warnings are crafted and communicated. The "Weather-Ready Nation" initiative comes on the heels of a year packed with U.S. weather disasters.

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:45pm

500-millibar weather map from the 2011 Groundhog Day snowstormResearchers looking for images to help analyze and illustrate critical weather events may 
find what they’re looking for at the NCAR-based Meteorological Case Study Selection Kit.

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:09am

The effects of a warming climate on hail are largely unknown, as global climate models are too coarse in resolution to simulate hailstorms in detail. But a new modeling study now tackles this subject, looking at the future of hail in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains over the coming decades.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:00am

October 9, 2012 - 10am

RAL scientist Fei Chen has been named an AMS Fellow for 2013.  Fei specializes in modeling and observing interactions between the land surface and atmosphere, including the effects of...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 12:08pm

New research from NCAR is helping wind energy developers determine the best potential sites for capturing wind. Energy companies can lose money if they install turbines where winds are either too low to generate much power or so high that the turbines often need to be shut down to avoid damage.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 12:00am

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Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00am

Six wind turbines in a field, with stratocumulous in the backgroundThe new system enables utility operators to constantly anticipate the amount of energy produced by wind farms across Xcel’s service area.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 2:10pm

NCAR scientists have performed one of the most detailed simulations ever of a massive tornado outbreak. They simulated two waves of tornadic storms that occurred on April 27,2011 in Alabama, the deadliest U.S. tornado day since 1925.

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:00am

August 1, 2011 - 11am

RAL offers many different web sites where weather experts and the public alike can retrieve useful weather information.  Sites like the Aviation Digital Data Service  and RAL’s Real...

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:00am

July 1, 2011 - 11am

Those who work in the aviation sector require a large amount of information to route, plan, and make decisions about air traffic control, aircraft, and airport operations. The sheer amount of data...


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