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July 2016

MAPP Programmatic Webinar: The MAPP Program and its FY 2017 Funding Opportunities

In this webinar, we will present on the OAR Climate Program Office, Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) program and its FY 2017 funding opportunities, and hold a Q&A session on program, competitions, and application process. We will provide an overview of the program, including our function within the Climate Program Office and NOAA, our research focus areas, and ways that we partner with other programs within and outside of NOAA. We will describe the two new FY 2017 competitions, which have just been published at and released on Finally, we will discuss the process of applying to MAPP competitions and will include personal tips for putting together a strong application. We will close the webinar with a Q&A session, in which we will answer your questions of general interest in real time via the chat function in WebEx.

Heat wave still scorching the nation

(CNN) Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the Pacific Northwest, summer’s been unflinchingly brutal this week.The so-called heat dome — a large area of high temperatures and humidity — has been baking a good portion of the country for days and there’s no relief in sight. The heat will continue to sear parts of the nation, right on through the weekend.

Could the Imminent U.S. Heat Wave Trigger a Flash Drought?

A massive upper-level high will envelop most of the contiguous U.S. in the last half of July, setting up what could be a prolonged bout of extreme heat for millions of Americans. If the scorching weather persists into August, the odds of a “flash drought” in the nation’s heartland will rise sharply (along with the odds that the U.S. will notch its hottest summer on record, in line with what’s very likely to be Earth’s warmest year on record).

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