CVP News

Scientists say weak and wobbly polar vortex to blame for cold extremes 3 October 2017

Scientists say weak and wobbly polar vortex to blame for cold extremes

New research, funded by CPO's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program, shows that the polar vortex has shifted towards more frequent weak states and fewer strong states over the past few decades, with subsequent cold extremes seen during Eurasian winters. 

CPO highlights 2016 milestones and achievements 16 May 2017

CPO highlights 2016 milestones and achievements

CPO is releasing its 2016 Annual Report, which gives an overview of FY16 achievements and highlights the great work done by CPO Divisions and Programs to advance scientific understanding of climate and improve society's ability to plan and respond.

Persistent U.S. droughts could be forecasted years in advance 24 April 2017

Persistent U.S. droughts could be forecasted years in advance

Two new studies that hint at the tantalizing possibility that persistent drought conditions could be predictable one or more years in advance, using the influence of the tropical Pacific Ocean’s slow changes in temperature.

NOAA publishes agency-wide framework to optimize and accelerate modeling 29 March 2017

NOAA publishes agency-wide framework to optimize and accelerate modeling

A new NOAA report describes high-priority recommendations to improve the way NOAA develops and operates models.

How can I contribute to the National Climate Assessment? 27 March 2017

How can I contribute to the National Climate Assessment?

To find out how you can contribute to NCA4, go to http://www.globalchange.gov/nca4. The USGCRP will continually provide updates there on the status of the Assessment and opportunities for communities to engage.
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