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.

FIREX-AQ scheduled for summer 2019 25 January 2018

FIREX-AQ scheduled for summer 2019

The NOAA FIREX and NASA FIREX-Chem field campaigns will merge into FIREX-AQ — a joint field program that will take place in summer 2019.

Global rainfall pattern could offer prediction skill three weeks out 19 January 2018

Global rainfall pattern could offer prediction skill three weeks out

A new study says that teleconnections with certain phases of a recurring tropical rainfall pattern could extend predictions up to 20-25 days in advance. The authors’ findings provide guidance on which tropical conditions might lead to improved forecasts beyond our current capability – and more time to prepare for extreme events.

UPDATED: FY18 Federal Funding Opportunities for Climate and Societal Interactions 17 January 2018

UPDATED: FY18 Federal Funding Opportunities for Climate and Societal Interactions

The three competitions would fund interdisciplinary research on planning and preparedness to extreme weather and climate.
Seismic sensors record hurricane intensity, study finds 8 January 2018

Seismic sensors record hurricane intensity, study finds

New line of information could help predict the storms’ future strength

A new study has found that seemingly trivial vibrations in the earth's surface can actually encode the power of hurricanes moving over ocean waters. The findings may make it possible to estimate the strength of past hurricanes, to reveal long term changes in the severity and frequency of these storms, and help scientists understand potential future changes.

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