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

December 20, 2011 - 10am...

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...

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 9:58am

The inadvertent cloud-seeding effect occurs up to about 6 percent of the time at major airports.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 11:42am

The economic impacts of routine weather events can add up to 3.4% of the nation's GDP.

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 2:38pm

Prior to massive flooding early in 2011, long-term drought plagued the Australian state of Queensland . As part of a broad research program on cloud seeding, NCAR researchers have been steadily crunching data from a 2008–09 field project that looked into how to make the clouds drop more rain on the region.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 9:00am

New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea.

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 2:35pm

A new study led by NCAR’s Wei Yu and CU-Boulder’s Weiqing Han looks at the effects of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the largest source of intraseasonal (within one season) variability in the tropics, causing wet and dry periods to alternate.

Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 12:00am

May 1, 2011 - 11am

With the increasing awareness of global and regional climate change, water managers are rightly concerned about potential impact on water source in the western U.S., especially given recent studies...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 10:00am

Map of upper Midwest with dark blue areas of potentially severe icingFIP-Severity provides 12-hour icing forecasts to pilots and forecasters on the likelihood of encountering dangerous in-flight icing conditions.

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 10:02am

Alaska is among the fastest-warming places on Earth, with its interior region warming the most statewide. A study by NCAR’s Shannon McNeeley looks at the vulnerability to climate change of native rural communities.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 10:26am

near Mexico CityCities worldwide are failing to take necessary steps to protect their residents from the likely impacts of climate change.


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