Sailing for Science

In a study recently published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists from the University of Washington and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory use remotely-piloted sailboats to gather data on cold air pools, or pockets of cooler air that form below tropical storm clouds. “Atmospheric cold pools are cold air masses that flow outward beneath intense thunderstormsContinue reading “Sailing for Science”

Humans Have Always Dealt With Climate Change

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week Dr. Kaboth-Bahr and an international group of multidisciplinary collaborators identified ancient El Niño-like weather patterns as the drivers of major climate changes in Africa. This allowed the group to re-evaluate the existing thought regarding climate impacts on human evolution. Dr.Continue reading “Humans Have Always Dealt With Climate Change”

2020, We Remember You Well

Having the quality and quantity of weather data now at our disposal is awesome for forecasting. Sometimes though, it’s just plain cool. The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, aka Eumetsat, combined its own satellite images with contributions from the China Meteorological Administration, the Japan Meteorological Agency and the National Oceanic and AtmosphericContinue reading “2020, We Remember You Well”

The Hottest Place on Earth

Air temperature is measured about 6 feet above the ground in a ventilated shelter that is painted white. This method allows the temperature “in the shade” of air passing through the shelter. Using this process Death Valley, CA is known as the hottest place on Earth due to the Furnace Creek, CA temperature of 134.1°FContinue reading “The Hottest Place on Earth”

Cooperation works

Weather is a world-wide phenomenon that requires world-wide study and analysis. Scientists around the globe have overcome economic, political, and geographical barriers to work together in learning more about what makes out atmosphere tick. We all benefit from this collaboration. We have superb NOAA satellites monitoring the Western Hemisphere, but weather is a global system,Continue reading “Cooperation works”

2011 Tornado Super Outbreak

Prior to the spring of 2011, the record number of tornadoes in a single month was 542, set in May 2004, while the record for April was only 267. The 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak by contrast, had 362 confirmed tornadoes. A powerful low-pressure system combined with moist and unstable atmospheric conditions to produce this now-infamousContinue reading “2011 Tornado Super Outbreak”