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Picturing the forecast :: The National Weather Service is rolling out brand new graphics with NCAR research behind them. Our shared goal is to help the millions of people checking weather.gov figure out if there's a picnic-buster or a major threat in store, how to tell the difference at a glance, and the likely timing, too. Let us know what you think!

https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/16094/picturing-forecast-national-weather-service-graphics-developed-ncar-research
BOULDER – New online graphics being rolled out this summer by the National Weather Service (NWS) are based on research by a team of risk communication experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) who focused on how to better convey forecast information visually.
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Hydrologic models vary drastically, so water managers sometimes use several different models and compare their results. But when future scenarios differ a lot, it can be difficult to pinpoint why. Introducing the SUMMA model, which lets users test and untangle what actually accounts for differences in modeling results. Have it your way!

https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/just-published/15772/have-it-your-way-new-hydrologic-model-lets-user-decide

Brought to you by NCAR and the Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado State University, Oregon State University, University of Adelaide, University of Bristol, University of Washington, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Utah State University

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June 17, 2015 | Water falls from the sky, runs across the earth, funnels into drainages, and fills rivers. It seems simple. But total precipitation does not equal total streamflow. Along the way, some of the water gets sucked up by plants, absorbed by the soil, or evaporated into the air.
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Calling all weather buffs: NCAR's real-time ensemble forecasts, once available only to storm-studying scientists in the field, are now online for anyone to view and analyze. Find out why scientists at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory are calling the forecasts "one of the best storm-scale ensemble systems currently being tested" at https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/in-brief/15617/storm-proven-forecasting-gets-yearlong-trial

Then check them out yourself at http://ensemble.ucar.edu/ 

#NCAR   #weather   #wx   #forecasting   #compsci  
June 3, 2015 | Storm-studying scientists have made their next-generation forecasting system available online so the wider weather community can put it to the test. After using the real-time system during short-lived field research campaigns, developers at the National Center for Atmospheric ...
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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.

#NCAR   #CUNY   #cimatechange   #publichealth   #cityplanning  
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 ...
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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:

https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/15431/biting-back-scientists-aim-forecast-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 https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/just-published/15335/watch-invisible-waves-rumble-through-atmosphere)

#science   #visualization   #weather   #climate   #hpc  
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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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California drought, Colorado floods, Superstorm Sandy - did climate change increase their impact? Scientists at NCAR and the University of Reading argue that many researchers looking for links between human-induced climate change and extreme weather have been asking the wrong question - and suggest another way to analyze the connections.

https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/perspective/16000/extreme-weather-changing-climate-asking-right-questions

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June 22, 2015 | When a deadly heat wave lingers for an especially long time; when a hurricane makes landfall with particular ferocity; or when droughts, winter storms or cold snaps break records, the public is increasingly interested in knowing if human-induced climate change played a role.
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If you're from Wyoming and you're missing the wide open spaces, a new program aimed at recruiting highly skilled professionals back to the state is calling you.

In this Wyoming PBS video, Joan Evans - Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Dale Steenberger - Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and Gary New - NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, discuss the debut of the new program, aimed at recruiting skilled young professionals who may have left the state earlier in their careers to come back to Wyoming.

http://video.wyomingpbs.org/video/2365506094/

#Wyoming   #Careers  
Wyoming Grown is a new program with the goal of attracting Wyo. workers back to the state.
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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.

#severeweather   #thunderstorms   #meteorology   #science  
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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:
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"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?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/04/10/congress-must-sustain-investment-in-weather-forecast-research

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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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