Category: Weather

Ocean warming leads to stronger precipitation extremes

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceDue to climate change, not only atmospheric, but also oceanic, temperatures are rising. Topic: Climate

In the Journals: Forecasting

A snowman at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Image Credit: National Park Service/Erin Whittaker

Earthzine examined the ramifications of inaccurate forecasts in its most-recent mini theme. Here are other examples of crystal balls being more cloudy than clear.

Weather, Risk, and Searching for Normal in a Rapidly Changing World

A rain storm over Colorado. Image Credit: David/Flickr

How will we adapt to climate change and increasingly severe storms if humans aren’t very good at interpreting risk?

Swansea Bay tidal energy scheme on brink of winning planning permission

Swansea Bay, the proposed site for a tidal lagoon energy scheme. A decision on planning permission is imminent. Photograph: Phil Rees/Alamy
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianRealisation of ambitious construction project, subject of vocal and high-profile opposition, will depend on subsidies from government Topic: Policy, Technology

The Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity

It’s not just the heat; it’s also the humidity. Together, they can be lethal, even if the heat doesn’t seem quite so extreme.

Originally Published by New York Times Op-Ed It’s not just the heat; it’s also the humidity. Together, they can be lethal, even if the heat doesn’t seem quite so extreme. Topic: Weather

Plan to build treetop bridges to save critically-endangered Hainan gibbons

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianArtificial canopy bridges in China’s rainforest will provide vital habitat needed to stop the first ape species from becoming extinct Conservationists will begin constructing a series of treetop bridges later this year in a bid to save a critically-endangered species of gibbon. Just 25 Hainan gibbons, Nomascus hainanus, are […]

The Birth of the Weather Forecast

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Originally Published by BBC News – MagazineThe man who invented the weather forecast in the 1860s faced scepticism and even mockery. But science was on his side, writes Peter Moore. Topic: Weather

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

Major winter storm poised to wallop U.S. Mid-Atlantic

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Originally Published by EarthSky – A major winter storm is poised to wallop the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states bring large amounts of snow to cities including Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C. area on March 2 and 3, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image on March 2, 2014 of the clouds associated with the winter storm as it continued moving east toward those cities.

Successful GPM Launch Marks New Era in Earth Observation

A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center on Feb. 27, 2014. Image Credit: NASA TV.
A joint mission between NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, will for the first time provide near real-time information about rain and snow around the globe.