Can atmospheric patterns help predict coastal flooding? 6 September 2019

Can atmospheric patterns help predict coastal flooding?

A new study shows significant potential in using atmospheric patterns to forecast coastal flooding that occurs without rainfall during high tides.

Coupling Land and Lake Models to Improve Climate Forecasts 3 September 2019

Coupling Land and Lake Models to Improve Climate Forecasts

Over the last several decades, climate models have significantly improved due to enhancements in technology and data. However, producing reliable climate forecasts remains a challenge due to the climate models’ inability to include local and mesoscale land and atmospheric processes. 

Could El Niño Break the Global Mean Surface Temperature Record in the 21st Century? 26 August 2019

Could El Niño Break the Global Mean Surface Temperature Record in the 21st Century?

Causing unusually warm waters off the coast of Central and South America, an El Niño event refers to a large scale ocean and atmospheric interaction that results in the warming of sea surface temperatures across the Equatorial Pacific. 





 

How Well Do Models Forecast MJO Propagation? 19 August 2019

How Well Do Models Forecast MJO Propagation?

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an eastward moving disturbance of clouds, rainfall, winds, and pressure located in the tropical longitudes, which can drive atmospheric circulation around the planet. On average, this atmospheric disturbance travels across the tropics and returns to its initial starting point every 30 to 60 days.

Anomalous Warming in Pacific Ocean During 2014-2015 Winter Not Linked to El Niño 8 August 2019

Anomalous Warming in Pacific Ocean During 2014-2015 Winter Not Linked to El Niño

During the winter of 2014 and 2015, the US west coast (USWC) experienced record high temperatures extending from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. This record warming, as high as 3°C in some areas, greatly impacted the California Current System (CCS) and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystems. However, tropical Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies were weak during 2014, calling into question their role in the USWC warming period.

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