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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Climate Change Scenarios for GISAugust 21, 2012 - 10:30am

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) users can now access climate data more easily thanks to a recent redesign of the Climate Change Scenarios web page (...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 6:00am

St. Louis skyline at dusk

July 2012 promises to go down as the hottest month ever recorded in a number of U.S. locations.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6:00am

Rows of wind turbines

A 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 - 6:00am

UCAR Magazine

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 6:00am

 Gulfstream II research jet flying near clouds

Thanks 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 - 6:00am

wind turbine

A 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.

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 6:00am

UCAR Magazine

Specially 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 - 6:00am

UCAR Magazine

Many 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 - 6:00am

UCAR Magazine

Taking 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

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:00am

Japanese cherry tree blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington, DC

Days 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 "asynchrony," and there's an...

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 5:00am

Scientist examines laser instrument for measuring snow

Scientists are working to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground.


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