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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

#weather   #weatherenterprise  
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
https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/15037/sun-experiences-seasonal-changes-new-research-finds

#spaceweather   #heliophysics   #astronomy   #spacewx  
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 ...
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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!

https://youtu.be/TZeqgHyqXgo

(updated 3/20/2015 - better audio)

#wilfire   #flood   #hazards   #weather   #hydrology   #NCAR  
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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: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9060603998279374338

#climatechange   #policy   #ethics   #geoengineering   #climateintervention  
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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UCAR Member University Faculty: Send in your nominees by March 14 for the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop: Nominate a 3rd-year student to attend this competitive program in Boulder, Colorado, June 8-12.

ULW students tour NCAR and other nearby national research facilities, converse with renowned scientists, and learn about career opportunities in the atmospheric sciences.
 http://ow.ly/JhYTz

#highered   #NCAR   #meteorology  #chemistry #physics #socialscience   #computerscience  
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We're feeling much sympathy for Boston and New England as folks dig out and brace for the next snow storm. When it comes to doing something about it -- we just flew our brand new HIAPER Cloud Radar into the February 2 Nor'easter. We brought back lots of great data, so we can discover more about how these brutes operate and work toward more precise predictions in future! 

http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/in-brief/14213/nor-easter-radar

#BOSnow #NewEnglandWeather #NCAR #meteorology
February 9, 2015 | While some folks were looking to Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, scientists were learning about the weather through a different route: flying a highly advanced cloud radar on its maiden voyage above a major northeast storm. The dual-polarization radar, developed at NCAR ...
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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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#publichealth   #health   #climate   #climatechange  
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Space weather? Is that a thing? Well, yeah. NCAR's Sarah Gibson explains why we care, on HuffPo:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-gibson/living-with-space-weather_b_6981168.html

#spacewx   #solarstorms   #solarphysics   #astronomy  
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....
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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 http://nas-sites.org/atmchem/

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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5K run? Picnic in the park? What if you could check a detailed air quality forecast before making weekend plans? NCAR is working on it, with a recent $1.3 million grant from NASA to lay the groundwork for detailed 48-hour forecasts of ground-level ozone and fine particulates. Air pollution in the United States costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. If the forecasts shave just 1% off those numbers, that would be a huge benefit.

It's a collaborative effort led by NCAR and including NASA, NOAA, ‎University of Colorado Boulder,‬ and ‪University of Maryland‬.

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March 11, 2015 | Air pollution in the United States costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. But what if forecasters could issue detailed air quality forecasts days in advance? Such forecasts may be coming. NCAR and its research partners recently received a $1.3 million grant ...
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Fabulous photos from a unique research campaign to investigate wintertime air quality, underway along the East Coast, the Ohio Valley, and parts of the South. 

https://www.facebook.com/ncareol/posts/10153090784024520

About WINTER15: http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/in-brief/13978/cold-facts-air-pollution

#WINTER15 #AirQuality #NSF #NOAA #NCAR #C130 (4 photos)
WINTER15 is not only providing amazing photo opportunities, but great data as well! The science team is very happy with the data that has been collected...
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Funding to develop a new fire and flood prediction system is making its way to the Colorado legislature. There's NCAR research inside:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/thenow/colorado-lawmakers-to-propose-new-fire-and-flood-prediction-system01212015

#weather #wx #hazards #fire #flood #forecast #NCAR
Rushing waters and raging infernos. Coloradans are no stranger to fires or floods but now Colorado lawmakers are looking to science to help predict these natural disasters and help save lives.
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