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Nighttime thunderstorms aren't just beautiful; they're also mysterious. Scientists want to understand them - especially their formation and evolution - as well as we understand thunderstorms that strike during daylight hours. This summer, the severe weather community aims to do just that. Scientists from across North America are gathering in Kansas for a six-week field campaign, #PECAN15   (Plains Elevated Convection at Night), that will focus entirely on nocturnal storms. The project kicks off June 1.

Collaborators include Center for Severe Weather Research, Colorado State University, NASA Langley Research Center, National Science Foundation (NSF), NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), University of Wyoming, and U.S. Department of Energy.

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Data-Driven Geoscience: Applications, Opportunities, Trends, and Challenges - June 22-25 in Boulder. Whether you're a seasoned user of Unidata or a wannabee, this workshop's the place to share ideas, innovations, and challenges with a growing user community. Unidata provides streaming data, analysis, and visualization tools for classroom and research use. More info and registration here:
"We’re becoming increasingly resilient to the impacts of weather. The primary reason: dramatically improved weather forecasts." To maintain that edge and keep advancing requires a national investment, says UCAR President Tom Bogdan. He outlines the costs of weather and benefits of improved forecasting in an op-ed in today's Capital Weather Gang​. What do you think?

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Our society is more vulnerable than ever to the weather. We need to ensure it is prepared to meet the dangers.
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Seasons on the Sun: "There is a process in the Sun's interior that links these dramatic events - they are not as random as we thought," says NCAR's Scott McIntosh. The collaborative research may help improve space weather prediction:

Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

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BOULDER – The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability, with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This behavior affects the peaks and valleys in the ...
Fire and flood hazard forecasting gets a boost :: After working for more than a decade to tackle the challenges, NCAR and its research partners have developed the capability to build two new prediction systems — one for wildfires and one for floods. The lead researchers give you a tour in this new video. Like it, share it, let us know what you think!

(updated 3/20/2015 - better audio)

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The arguments for studying proposed geoengineering methods as a way of curbing climate change include bringing the policy and ethical issues to light - the need to understand unintendended consequences, for example. Explore these questions further with this upcoming free webinar from the UCAR/UN Climate Voices network:: "Geoengineering: What are the potential geopolitical and ethical issues?" Register here:

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From the recent release of the “Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth” by the National Science Academy to recent articles in major mainstream news sources, climate intervention, or geoengineering, is a topic in which the public has increasing interest.
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We know the planet is getting hotter. We know the U.S. population is growing and some of the fastest growing cities - from Phoenix to Houston to Atlanta - are also the hottest. But what happens when scientists examine those two trends together? They find out that the U.S. population's exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century. Big numbers when you consider that heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer.

NCAR and CUNY (The City University of New York) collaborated on the project.

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BOULDER – 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. The study, by researchers at the National Center for ...
West Nile virus has no vaccine or specific treatment. New research by NCAR and the CDC could lead to new forecast tools to assess the risk for this mosquito-borne disease several weeks or months in advance, before its warm-weather peak. Learn more about the correlations between weather and West Nile outbreaks:

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BOULDER – New research 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. The study, by researchers with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) ...
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For the first time, scientists are able to "watch" gravity waves as they ripple through the atmosphere -- and the view is mesmerizing. See for yourself by checking out this video, which shows a simulation of the waves as they transform from relatively small phenomena to atmospheric giants. (Read more at

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Comments sought: An opportunity for climate and health scholars and practitioners to weigh in on the USGCRP draft report on “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment”

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Space weather? Is that a thing? Well, yeah. NCAR's Sarah Gibson explains why we care, on HuffPo:

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Just as a hurricane drives rain, wind, and floods, the space weather arising from a solar eruption can come in different forms. First comes the light from a solar flare, disrupting high-frequency radio communications more or less immediately....

Atmospheric Chemistry Research Futures - 4 NRC Town Halls  + Online

Town Hall 1 in Boulder, CO:
Tuesday, March 31at 4:30pm - 6:30pm
in the main auditorium on the NCAR|UCAR Center Green Campus:
3080 Center Green Drive Boulder Colorado 80301

The National Research Council, at the request of the National Science Foundation, is seeking guidance from the atmospheric science community on the prioritization of research and facilities for the coming decade. The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research committee has been assembled for this task. 

The committee will be holding four in-person town hall meetings across the country. The first takes place at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado on March 31. 

More information on each of the scheduled Town Hall meetings, as well as RSVP forms, may be found at

To submit your input online, please fill out the brief Virtual Town Hall questionnaire, also linked from the NAS website.

The deadline to submit comments is May 7, 2015.
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