Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:00am

 Microburst looms near Denver's Stapleton International Airport, July 6, 1984

It takes a sharp eye to find something positive in the wreckage of the worst swarm of U.S. tornadoes on record: the 1974 Jumbo Outbreak. Millions of Americans are safer in the air because of Fujita's subsequent analysis of microbursts and tools developed by NCAR and...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:00am

 Depiction of global temperature increase from Community Earth System Model

Three scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research who served as authors of the assessment will be available for interviews after the report is released.

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:53pm

GIS Climate Inspector ToolFebruary 10, 2014 - 1:45pm

Climate Inspector is the newest addition to the NCAR GIS Program's Climate Change Scenarios web...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 5:00am

Winter driving on I-84 at Meacham Hill, Oregon

Three states are deploying snowplows this winter with custom-designed sensors to better monitor weather and road conditions.

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 4:15am

Longmont Flood - 2013 - credit Payton PetersonOctober 4, 2013 - 3:00pm

The deadly flood that occurred in the Front Range during the week of September 10th, 2013 is believed to be...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:48am

Roelof Bruintjes receives Schaefer AwardAugust 28, 2013 - 11:00am

The Weather Modification Association (WMA) recently recognized RAL scientist Roelof Bruintjes with the Schaefer Award – described by the WMA as their most...

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 6:00am

 Photo of dry, cracked lakebed

Drier ski slopes, reduced river flows, and increased wildfires can potentially discourage tourists from coming to Colorado. Should local officials and business leaders do more to plan for these impacts?

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 4:30pm

UCAR Ban Ki-moon visitJune 7, 2013 - 3:30pm

One of the most distinguished guests in NCAR’s 53-year history paid a whirlwind visit to the Mesa Lab this morning. Accompanied by security and support staff, United Nations...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:00am

 Wind turbines in northeast Colorado

The custom forecasting systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar and wind energy.

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:00am

 Ethan Gutmann checks automated equipment

If predicting snow is a tough business, measuring it is no piece of cake either.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 5:00am

Fred Carr (U. of Oklahoma) chats with David Gochis (RAL)

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:00am

 Solar panels arrayed in rows at Shelby Farms solar farm

NCAR is spearheading a nationwide project to create unprecedented 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:00am

gravity waves

New research points to gravity waves, which ripple unseen through the atmosphere, as the culprit in many cases of clear-air turbulence. If those waves can be forecast, the research suggests that planes in many cases could be rerouted around them.

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 5:00am

Hurricane Sandy storm surge-wreckage of New Jersey roller coaster

More than two days ahead of landfall, it was clear that Hurricane Sandy could bring higher water than New York and New Jersey had seen in decades. But for thousands of people in the area, the threat simply didn’t register. (Part 1 of 2)

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 5:00am


West Antarctica is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:00am

The new system provides 8-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions over remote ocean regions

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 6:00am

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:00am

Juneau Airport, with high mountains in background

A new NCAR turbulence avoidance system has been approved at Juneau International Airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:00am

September 5, 2012 - 10:00am

Colleagues and admirers of the late scientist Thomas T. Warner at NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) and Advance Study Program (ASP) recently created an internship program in his...

Friday, August 31, 2012 - 6:00am

UCAR Magazine

Researchers at NCAR are working with forecasters and emergency managers to unravel the communication challenges around hurricanes like Isaac, which had relatively weak winds but a strong storm surge.


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