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Released: 22-Feb-2019 10:00 AM EST
Field campaign flies through icy weather
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Winter in the United States can produce some of the most dangerous weather for the aviation industry, including freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet. Those are the ideal conditions for a field campaign focused on collecting in-flight data in some of the most treacherous North American icing conditions.

Released: 24-Jan-2019 8:00 AM EST
Major Northeastern Snowstorms Expected to Continue with Climate Change
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Even though climate change is expected to reduce the total amount of U.S. snowfall this century, it's unlikely to significantly rein in the most powerful nor'easters that pummel the East Coast, new research indicates.

Released: 19-Dec-2018 10:00 AM EST
Cover crops may increase winter temperatures in North America
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Cover crops grown in fields during winter may be warming temperatures in the northern United States and southern Canada, according to a new study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The crops, a land management strategy farmers use between growing seasons, create a darker surface than a snow-covered field, absorbing more heat from the Sun and producing a local warming effect.

Newswise: NCAR-Based Climate Model Gets a Significant Upgrade
Released: 3-Jul-2018 3:05 PM EDT
NCAR-Based Climate Model Gets a Significant Upgrade
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has released an updated version of its flagship climate model to include a host of new capabilities

Released: 17-May-2018 8:00 AM EDT
UCAR, Skymet Team Up to Improve Forecasts in India
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The $1 million agreement will enable Skymet to use a cutting-edge automated weather prediction system to improve forecasts for residents throughout India, including tens of millions of farmers, business executives, and emergency officials.

Newswise: U.S. Gains in Air Quality Are Slowing Down
Released: 2-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
U.S. Gains in Air Quality Are Slowing Down
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

After decades of progress in cleaning up air quality, U.S. improvements for two key air pollutants have slowed significantly in recent years, new research concludes. The unexpected finding indicates that it may be more difficult than previously realized for the nation to achieve its goal of decreased ozone pollution, scientists said.

Newswise: North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain
Released: 4-Dec-2017 11:05 AM EST
North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate

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Released: 7-Nov-2017 2:05 PM EST
New Approach to Geoengineering Simulations Is Significant Step Forward
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Using a sophisticated computer model, scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a new research approach to geoengineering could potentially be used to limit Earth’s warming to a specific target while reducing some of the risks and concerns identified in past studies, including uneven cooling of the globe.

Newswise: Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability to Disinfect Lakes, Coastal Waters
Released: 23-Oct-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability to Disinfect Lakes, Coastal Waters
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

One of the largely unanticipated impacts of a changing climate may be a decline in sunlight's ability to disinfect lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, possibly leading to an increase in waterborne pathogens and the diseases they can cause in humans and wildlife.

Newswise: Eclipse Science Along the Path of Totality
Released: 4-Aug-2017 1:30 PM EDT
Eclipse Science Along the Path of Totality
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Leading U.S. solar scientists today highlighted research activities that will take place across the country during next month's rare solar eclipse, advancing our knowledge of the Sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field and its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

Newswise: Michael Farrar Joins UCAR Leadership
Released: 30-Jun-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Michael Farrar Joins UCAR Leadership
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Weather Service executive named UCAR senior vice president/chief operating officer

Released: 4-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT
NCAR to Develop Advanced Wind and Solar Energy Forecasting System for Kuwait
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Expanding its work in renewable energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching a three-year project to develop specialized forecasts for a major wind and solar energy facility in Kuwait.

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Released: 9-Feb-2017 4:05 PM EST
New Supercomputer Triples Earth System Science Capability with Greater Efficiency
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is launching operations this month of one of the world's most powerful and energy-efficient supercomputers, providing the nation with a major new tool to advance understanding of the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences.

Newswise: Days of Record-Breaking Heat Ahead
Released: 6-Dec-2016 11:05 AM EST
Days of Record-Breaking Heat Ahead
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

U.S. record high temps could outpace record lows by 15 to 1 before century's end

Newswise: UCAR Congressional Briefing Highlights Flood, Drought Prediction
Released: 3-Oct-2016 2:05 PM EDT
UCAR Congressional Briefing Highlights Flood, Drought Prediction
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The nation is poised to make major advances in "water intelligence" with more detailed forecasts of floods, streamflow, and potential drought conditions, a panel of experts said at a congressional briefing today.

Newswise: The Comet That Disappeared: What Happened to Ison?
Released: 19-Aug-2016 3:05 PM EDT
The Comet That Disappeared: What Happened to Ison?
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

New study suggests the comet broke up before reaching the Sun

Released: 16-Aug-2016 2:30 PM EDT
U.S. Taps NCAR Technology for New Water Resources Forecasts
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

As NOAA launches a comprehensive system this month for forecasting water resources, it's turning to NCAR technology. The new forecasting system uses a powerful, NCAR-based computer model, known as WRF-Hydro, to provide continuous predictions of water levels and potential flooding in rivers and streams from coast to coast.

29-Jun-2016 12:00 PM EDT
Expanding Antarctic Sea Ice Linked to Natural Variability
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The recent trend of increasing Antarctic sea ice extent — seemingly at odds with climate model projections — can largely be explained by a natural climate fluctuation, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Released: 13-Jun-2016 10:00 AM EDT
Future Summers Could Regularly Be Hotter Than the Hottest on Record
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

If climate change continues on its current trajectory, the probability that any summer between 2061 and 2080 will be warmer than the hottest on record is 80 percent across the world's land areas, according to a study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. If greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, however, that probability drops to 41 percent, according to the study.

Newswise: 3D-Printed Weather Stations Fill Gaps in Developing World
Released: 2-Jun-2016 11:05 AM EDT
3D-Printed Weather Stations Fill Gaps in Developing World
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Scientists have successfully installed the first wave of low-cost weather stations that are designed to provide critically needed information to farmers and other residents in developing countries. The stations are built largely with 3D-printed parts that can be easily replaced if they wear out in the field. They were created by weather experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing entity, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Newswise: Widespread Loss of Ocean Oxygen to Become Noticeable in 2030s
Released: 27-Apr-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Widespread Loss of Ocean Oxygen to Become Noticeable in 2030s
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Newswise: COSMIC Turns 10
Released: 12-Apr-2016 6:05 PM EDT
COSMIC Turns 10
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

A constellation of six small satellites — rocketed into space a decade ago — has made outsized contributions to our ability to forecast severe weather events, track climate change, and understand space weather.

Newswise: Ocean Temps Predict U.S. Heat Waves 50 Days Out, Study Finds
Released: 28-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Ocean Temps Predict U.S. Heat Waves 50 Days Out, Study Finds
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern half of the United States up to 50 days in advance.

Newswise: Potential Zika Virus Risk Estimated for 50 U.S. Cities
Released: 16-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EDT
Potential Zika Virus Risk Estimated for 50 U.S. Cities
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Key factors that can combine to produce a Zika virus outbreak are expected to be present in a number of U.S. cities during peak summer months, new research shows.

Newswise: Searing Heat Waves Detailed in Study of Future Climate
Released: 23-Feb-2016 10:00 AM EST
Searing Heat Waves Detailed in Study of Future Climate
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Aggressive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will translate into sizable benefits, starting in the middle of the century, for both the number and intensity of extreme heat events, according to a new study led by NCAR.

Newswise: NCAR Announces Powerful New Supercomputer for Scientific Discovery
Released: 11-Jan-2016 8:00 AM EST
NCAR Announces Powerful New Supercomputer for Scientific Discovery
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

NCAR has selected its next supercomputer for advancing atmospheric and Earth science. The new 5.34-petaflop system will help scientists nationwide lay the groundwork for improved predictions of a range of phenomena, from thunderstorm outbreaks to regional climate changes to the timing of the 11-year solar cycle.

Newswise: Flying Lab to Investigate Southern Ocean's Appetite for Carbon
Released: 5-Jan-2016 10:00 AM EST
Flying Lab to Investigate Southern Ocean's Appetite for Carbon
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

An NCAR-led team of scientists is launching a series of research flights this month over the remote Southern Ocean in an effort to better understand just how much carbon dioxide the icy waters are able to lock away.

Newswise: NCAR Develops Method to Predict Sea Ice Changes Years in Advance
Released: 8-Dec-2015 10:30 AM EST
NCAR Develops Method to Predict Sea Ice Changes Years in Advance
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Climate scientists at NCAR present evidence in a new study that they can predict whether the Arctic sea ice that forms in the winter will grow, shrink, or hold its own over the next several years.

Newswise: Global Food System Faces Multiple Threats From Climate Change
Released: 2-Dec-2015 1:05 PM EST
Global Food System Faces Multiple Threats From Climate Change
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

A new international report warns that climate change will likely have far-reaching impacts on food security worldwide, especially for the poor and those in tropical regions. The report, issued today at the Paris climate talks, finds that warmer temperatures and altered precipitation patterns can affect food production, transportation, and safety.

Newswise: Picturing the Forecast: National Weather Service Graphics Developed with NCAR Research
Released: 29-Jun-2015 11:45 AM EDT
Picturing the Forecast: National Weather Service Graphics Developed with NCAR Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The National Weather Service this summer is introducing new online forecasts based on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR. The new graphics will better communicate local forecasts and potential weather threats for the millions of Americans who rely on the NWS website.

Newswise: Scientists Tackle Mystery of Thunderstorms That Strike at Night
Released: 20-May-2015 12:45 PM EDT
Scientists Tackle Mystery of Thunderstorms That Strike at Night
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

From June 1 through July 15, NCAR researchers and their colleagues from across North America will fan out each evening across the Great Plains to study the mysterious phenomenon of nighttime thunderstorms.

Newswise: Exposure of U.S. Population to Extreme Heat Could Quadruple by Mid-Century
Released: 18-May-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Exposure of U.S. Population to Extreme Heat Could Quadruple by Mid-Century
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century, due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research by NCAR scientists.

Newswise: Biting Back: Scientists Aim to Forecast West Nile Outbreaks
Released: 7-May-2015 12:05 PM EDT
Biting Back: Scientists Aim to Forecast West Nile Outbreaks
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

New research led by NCAR and CDC has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.

Newswise: Coral Reveals Long-Term Link Between Pacific Winds, Global Climate
19-Dec-2014 10:30 AM EST
Coral Reveals Long-Term Link Between Pacific Winds, Global Climate
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

New research indicates that shifts in Pacific trade winds played a key role in twentieth century climate variation and are likely again influencing global temperatures. The study, led by NCAR and the University of Arizona, uses a novel method of analyzing coral chemistry to reveal winds from a century ago.

Newswise: Greenhouse Gases Linked to Past African Rainfall
Released: 4-Dec-2014 12:30 PM EST
Greenhouse Gases Linked to Past African Rainfall
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

New research led by NCAR shows that an increase in greenhouse gases thousands of years ago helped cause substantially more rainfall in two major regions of Africa. The finding provides new evidence that the current increase in greenhouse gases will have an important impact on Africa’s future climate.

Newswise: Boulder Team Wins International Water Prize
Released: 28-Oct-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Boulder Team Wins International Water Prize
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

A groundbreaking technological development has been recognized this month with one of the world’s most prestigious awards for innovations related to water resources. The research team, including the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, has developed a way to use GPS to measure soil moisture, snow depth, and vegetation water content.

Newswise: Trash Burning Worldwide Significantly Worsens Air Pollution
Released: 26-Aug-2014 11:30 AM EDT
Trash Burning Worldwide Significantly Worsens Air Pollution
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by NCAR estimates that more than 40 percent of the world’s garbage is burned in such fires, with emissions that can substantially affect human health and climate.

Released: 13-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Story Ideas From NCAR: Seasonal Hurricane Forecasts, El Niño/La Niña, Wind Energy, and More
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Researchers at NCAR and partner organizations are making significant headway in predicting the behavior of the atmosphere on a variety of fronts. Highlights include improving weather forecasts, advancing renewable energy capabilities, helping satellites avoid space debris, and estimating the risk of a crop slowdown due to climate change.

Newswise: Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years
Released: 25-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to NCAR and Stanford University research. Such a slowdown would occur as global demand for crops rapidly increases.

Released: 15-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Scientists Launch Far-Ranging Campaign to Detail Front Range Air Pollution
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Scientists at NCAR and partner organizations are launching a major field project across Colorado’s Front Range this month to track ozone pollution. Results from the month-long study, which uses aircraft, ground sensors, and other instruments, will provide needed information to officials to ensure that air in the region is healthy.

Newswise: Climate Change Threatens to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution
Released: 5-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Climate Change Threatens to Worsen U.S. Ozone Pollution
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Ozone pollution across the continental United States will become far more difficult to keep in check as temperatures rise, according to new research led by NCAR. The detailed study shows that Americans face the risk of a 70 percent increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels by 2050.

Newswise: Scientists to Examine Pacific’s “Global Chimney”
Released: 7-Jan-2014 10:30 AM EST
Scientists to Examine Pacific’s “Global Chimney”
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

NCAR scientists and partners next week launch a field project in the tropical Pacific, a remote region that holds a key to understanding worldwide climate. The warm waters fuel huge clusters of thunderstorms that act as a global chimney, lofting gases and particles into the stratosphere and affecting the planet.

Newswise: New Technology Targets Slick Winter Highways
Released: 17-Dec-2013 10:50 AM EST
New Technology Targets Slick Winter Highways
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Snowplows are getting more intelligent this winter, thanks to a new digital intelligence system that equips them with custom sensors to measure road and weather conditions. The system, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and designed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is intended to reduce accidents and save states millions in winter maintenance costs.


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