New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead 20 February 2018

New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead

A new study in the Nature Partner Journal Climate and Atmospheric Science describes a breakthrough in accurately predicting atmospheric river behavior several weeks ahead.

MAPP-Climate Test Bed research successfully transitions towards National Weather Service operations 29 January 2018

MAPP-Climate Test Bed research successfully transitions towards National Weather Service operations

The National Weather Service (NWS) recently reviewed four NOAA Climate Test Bed (CTB) MAPP program projects to evaluate whether or not some of the new research capabilities tested during the projects are ready for operational use. The review revealed that all projects had some modeling methodologies and/or prediction tools ready to be implemented in operations or that have already officially transitioned, according to the NWS reviewers.

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. 

UPDATE: FY18 MAPP Program competitions deadline postponed 15 September 2017

UPDATE: FY18 MAPP Program competitions deadline postponed

The new deadline for full applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, September 25, 2017

In view of the disruptions associated with hurricane Irma, the deadline for full applications to all FY18 MAPP Program competitions has been postponed to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, September 25, 2017.

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.

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