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NOAA teams up with India to strengthen ocean observations

NOAA teams up with India to strengthen ocean observations

A team of 20 NOAA scientists are in Goa, India, to meet with 200 of India’s leading ocean, atmosphere and fisheries scientists to mark a decade of productive collaboration on ocean and atmospheric observations, with life-saving economic benefits for both nations. The...
June 12, 2018
To improve seasonal storm track forecasts, look to the tropical stratosphere

To improve seasonal storm track forecasts, look to the tropical stratosphere

People have become familiar with “bomb cyclones” this winter, as several powerful winter storms brought strong winds and heavy precipitation to the U.S. east coast, knocking out power and causing flooding.

March 27, 2018
The Experts Weigh In: How To Close the Gap Between Weather and Climate Predictions

The Experts Weigh In: How To Close the Gap Between Weather and Climate Predictions

Meteorologists can tell you whether it will storm 10 days before your wedding, and climatologists can determine if you’re likely to have a hot and dry summer almost a year in advance. But the time period in between, known as the subseasonal to seasonal (S2S)...
March 27, 2018
Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

A new analysis of heat wave patterns appearing today in Nature Climate Change concludes that climate change driven by the buildup of human-caused greenhouse gases will overtake natural variability as the main cause of heat waves in the western United States by the...
March 19, 2018
New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead

New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead

Those long, intense plumes of moisture in the sky known as atmospheric rivers are a vital water source to communities along the U.S. West Coast. In their absence, desiccating droughts can develop. But in their presence, they can cause extreme rain and floods that...
February 20, 2018
NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve regional water forecasts.
January 24, 2018
A new NOAA tool is helping to predict US droughts, global famine

A new NOAA tool is helping to predict US droughts, global famine

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index, or EDDI, provides early warning of oncoming droughts and crop impacts by measuring the "thirst" of the atmosphere.

November 30, 2017
Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

In one of our nation’s most relentless hurricane seasons, NOAA research scientists were on the front lines of gathering key data used to help produce forecasts that saved lives and protected property. They also worked behind the scenes pushing the frontiers of weather...
November 30, 2017
Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey that led to more than 60 deaths and thousands of rescues showed again that an accurate NOAA forecast by itself is not enough to ensure people grasp the risks and make sound decisions that save lives and property.

November 2, 2017
Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. 

November 2, 2017
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