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Newswise: NASA product tracks global growing seasons
Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:25 PM EST
NASA product tracks global growing seasons
South Dakota State University

Scientists can track the growing season globally for free through the NASA land surface phenology project.

Newswise: Urban Land and Aerosols Amplify Hazardous Weather, Steer Storms Toward Cities
Released: 15-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
Urban Land and Aerosols Amplify Hazardous Weather, Steer Storms Toward Cities
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Urban landscapes and human-made aerosols have the potential to not only make gusts stronger and hail larger; they can also start storms sooner and even pull them toward cities, according to new research exploring the impact of urban development on hazardous weather, led by PNNL researchers.

Newswise:Video Embedded a-i-model-shows-promise-to-generate-faster-more-accurate-weather-forecasts
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Released: 15-Dec-2020 2:20 PM EST
A.I. model shows promise to generate faster, more accurate weather forecasts
University of Washington

A model based solely on the past 40 years of weather events uses 7,000 times less computer power than today’s weather forecasting tools. An A.I.-powered model could someday provide more accurate forecasts for rain, snow and other weather events.

Newswise: Wind Farm Weather Influence
Released: 9-Dec-2020 1:35 PM EST
Wind Farm Weather Influence
University of Delaware

While offshore wind projects provide clean and renewable energy, a new study from the University of Delaware shows that they can also have unintended effects on local weather in the form of minimal, though statistically significant, impacts when it comes to wind speed and reduced precipitation at nearby onshore locations.

Newswise: Outside Oz, GLINDA Reports on Tornado Acoustics
1-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
Outside Oz, GLINDA Reports on Tornado Acoustics
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

During tornado formation, sound waves are produced at very low frequencies. And if your name is GLINDA, you do not need to be in Oz to hear them. Brandon White, at Oklahoma State University, is part of an engineering team that developed the Ground-based Local Infrasound Data Acquisition (GLINDA) system for the acoustic measurement of weather phenomena. He will discuss its design and capabilities at the 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Dec. 7-10.

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Released: 4-Dec-2020 11:40 AM EST
The climate changed rapidly alongside sea ice decline in the north
University of Copenhagen

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen have, in collaboration with Norwegian researchers in the ERC Synergy project, ICE2ICE, shown that abrupt climate change occurred as a result of widespread decrease of sea ice.

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Released: 3-Dec-2020 1:25 PM EST
Once in a lifetime floods to become regular occurrences by end of century
Stevens Institute of Technology

Superstorm Sandy brought flood-levels to the New York region that had not been seen in generations.

Released: 18-Nov-2020 1:30 PM EST
Word choice matters in weather communications
University of Georgia

Research shows certain phrases can make people feel helpless when facing storms

Newswise: COVID-19 Shutdown Effect on Air Quality Mixed
Released: 12-Nov-2020 11:55 AM EST
COVID-19 Shutdown Effect on Air Quality Mixed
University of Delaware

In April 2020, as remote work and social distancing policies were in place in Delaware and a number of other states, there was a sense the skies were clearer and less polluted with fewer people on the road. But new research from a team led by University of Delaware, Penn State and Columbia University researchers found a murkier picture.

Newswise: 3D-printed weather stations could enable more science for less money
Released: 10-Nov-2020 6:15 PM EST
3D-printed weather stations could enable more science for less money
Argonne National Laboratory

3D printing and low-cost sensors have made it possible to build a weather station for a few hundred dollars. Could these inexpensive, homegrown versions perform as well as their pricier counterparts?

Released: 6-Nov-2020 12:55 PM EST
Climatologist Warren Knapp, acid rain expert, dies at 82
Cornell University

Warren Knapp, professor emeritus of meteorology and climate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University, and the second director of Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center, died Oct. 3 in Ithaca. He was 82.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Expect more mega-droughts
University of Queensland

Mega-droughts - droughts that last two decades or longer - are tipped to increase thanks to climate change, according to University of Queensland-led research.

Newswise: Are climate scientists being too cautious when linking extreme weather to climate change?
Released: 16-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Are climate scientists being too cautious when linking extreme weather to climate change?
University of Washington

Climate science has focused on avoiding false alarms when linking extreme weather to climate change. But when meteorologists warn of hazardous weather, they include a second key measure of success -- the probability of detection.

Newswise: Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW–Madison, officially confirmed
Released: 25-Sep-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW–Madison, officially confirmed
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nearly 30 years after recording a temperature of minus 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.6 Celsius) in Greenland, the measurement has been verified by the World Meteorological Organization as the coldest recorded temperature in the Northern Hemisphere. The measurement was first recorded by a University of Wisconsin–Madison Antarctic Meteorological Research Center Automatic Weather Station in December 1991.

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Released: 25-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Remnants of an ancient asteroid shed new light on the early solar system
Hiroshima University

Researchers have shaken up a once accepted timeline for cataclysmic events in the early solar system.

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Released: 24-Sep-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Solving the strange storms on Jupiter
California Institute of Technology

At the south pole of Jupiter lurks a striking sight--even for a gas giant planet covered in colorful bands that sports a red spot larger than the earth.

Newswise: 5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
Released: 24-Sep-2020 6:00 AM EDT
5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that will provide faster cell phone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts, according to a Rutgers study on a controversial issue that has created anxiety among meteorologists.

Newswise: How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants
Released: 21-Sep-2020 6:00 AM EDT
How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

How much carbon dioxide, a pivotal greenhouse gas behind global warming, is absorbed by plants on land? It’s a deceptively complicated question, so a Rutgers-led group of scientists recommends combining two cutting-edge tools to help answer the crucial climate change-related question.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Droughts in the Amazon rainforest can be predicted up to 18 months in advance
University of Copenhagen

Droughts impact millions of people and threaten the delicate ecosystems of the Amazon rainforest in South America.

Newswise: Turbulence affects aerosols and cloud formation
Released: 16-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Turbulence affects aerosols and cloud formation
Michigan Technological University

Turbulent air in the atmosphere affects how cloud droplets form. New research from Michigan Technological University’s cloud chamber changes the way clouds, and therefore climate, are modeled.

Newswise: NYS Mesonet, Con Edison Partner to Launch ‘NYC Micronet’ Weather Observation Network
Released: 9-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
NYS Mesonet, Con Edison Partner to Launch ‘NYC Micronet’ Weather Observation Network
University at Albany, State University of New York

A new cluster of weather-monitoring stations will offer New York City’s energy provider real-time data to keep service reliable and resilient for its customers.

Newswise: A derecho debrief: Not even a scientist/storm chaser expected the August 10 storm
Released: 1-Sep-2020 1:20 PM EDT
A derecho debrief: Not even a scientist/storm chaser expected the August 10 storm
Iowa State University

Bill Gallus, an Iowa State storm expert (and chaser), was as surprised as anybody by the Aug. 10 derecho that blew across Iowa and the Midwest. He expects researchers will take a good look at why the violent, straight-line winds didn't show up in forecasts.

Newswise: OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute
Released: 28-Aug-2020 3:20 PM EDT
OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute
University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

The University of Oklahoma is leading a National Science Foundation AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography that is being hailed as a “historic milestone in environmental science.”

Released: 26-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New study warns: We have underestimated the pace at which the Arctic is melting
University of Copenhagen

Temperatures in the Arctic Ocean between Canada, Russia and Europe are warming faster than researchers' climate models have been able to predict.

Released: 26-Aug-2020 10:55 AM EDT
OU Receives $20 Million Grant to Lead Inaugural National Science Foundation Artificial Intelligence Institute
University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

NSF recently announced an investment of more than $100 million to establish five AI Institutes to support research and education hubs nationwide. Amy McGovern, an OU professor with dual appointments in the School of Computer Science in the Gallogly College of Engineering and in the School of Meteorology in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, will lead the NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, which received $20 million of the NSF funding.

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Released: 17-Aug-2020 2:55 PM EDT
New research reveals effect of global warming on Greenland ice melt
University of Lincoln

New analysis of almost 30 years' worth of scientific data on the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet predicts global sea level rise of at least 10 centimetres by the end of the 21st Century if global warming trends continue.

Newswise: Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast
Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Application of machine learning can optimize hurricane track forecast
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

When a hurricane approaches, providing a few extra hours’ notice can be the difference between life and death. Now, Penn State researchers report that applying a machine learning technique to a group of possible storm paths could help meteorologists provide more accurate medium-term forecasts and issue timely warnings to communities in the path of these potentially deadly storms.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 3:25 PM EDT
UCI engineers evaluate snow drought in different parts of the world
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 3, 2020 — Environmental engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world. Using this tool to analyze conditions from 1980 to 2018, the researchers found a 28-percent increase in the length of intensified snow-water deficits in the Western United States during the second half of the study period.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:55 PM EDT
NASA follows potential tropical cyclone 9 into eastern Caribbean
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 after it moved into the Eastern Caribbean Sea and continued bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for New Atmospheric Research
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $19 million in funding for 31 new projects in atmospheric sciences aimed at improving the power of Earth system models to predict weather and climate.

Newswise: Predicting the spread of COVID-19 infection
Released: 23-Jul-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Predicting the spread of COVID-19 infection
Indiana University

IUPUI’s Daniel Johnson is working to develop a predictive model of COVID-19 based on the physical environment, social environment and cases of infection.

Released: 17-Jul-2020 8:50 PM EDT
Reduction in commercial flights due to COVID-19 leading to less accurate weather forecasts
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Weather forecasts have become less accurate during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the reduction in commercial flights, according to new research.

Newswise: Data analytics can help predict global warming trends and heat waves
Released: 15-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Data analytics can help predict global warming trends and heat waves
Arizona State University (ASU)

New data analytics process evaluates how global energy consumption, as well as urban green infrastructure, can affect climate change.

2-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Newer Solar Power Equipment Ages Better Than Older Units
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Utility-scale photovoltaics are the largest sector of the overall solar market within the U.S. and the fastest-growing form of renewable power generation, and this fleet of utility-scale photovoltaic projects is relatively young and hasn’t been operating long enough to establish a lengthy history of operational field service. In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers assess the performance of 411 utility-scale photovoltaic projects built within the U.S. from 2007 through 2016.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
In the Arctic, spring snowmelt triggers fresh CO2 production
San Diego State University

Studies have shown the Arctic is warming roughly twice as fast as the rest of the world, and its soil holds twice the amount of carbon dioxide as the atmosphere. New research from San Diego State University finds that water from spring snowmelt infiltrates the soil and triggers fresh carbon dioxide production at higher rates than previously assumed.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
FSU experts available to comment on geochemical effects of Saharan dust cloud
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: July 1, 2020 | 1:25 pm | SHARE: More dust from the Sahara Desert is forecast to come to the United States this week. The massive dust plume known as the Saharan Air Layer has a myriad of effects on air quality, fertilizing ecosystems and more.Florida State University has experts available to comment on some of the surprising features related to the meteorological phenomenon.

Newswise: Jefferson Project Makes Lake George Science Data Publicly Available Through New Digital Dashboard
Released: 16-Jun-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Jefferson Project Makes Lake George Science Data Publicly Available Through New Digital Dashboard
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Jefferson Project at Lake George is making real-time water quality and weather data from its unprecedented scientific monitoring and research program available directly to the public through a new digital Data Dashboard at jeffersonproject.live.

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Released: 3-Jun-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Climate change could dramatically reduce future US snowstorms
Northern Illinois University

A new study led by Northern Illinois University scientists suggests American winters late this century could experience significant decreases in the frequency, intensity and size of snowstorms.


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