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Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help 8 September 2021

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help

For the past two decades, the southwestern United States has been desiccated by one of the most severe long-term droughts—or ‘megadroughts’—of the last 1,200 years. And now, scientists say the risk of similar extreme megadroughts and severe single-year droughts will increase in the future as Earth’s temperature continues to rise, according to a new study in Earth’s Future.

Research Links Extreme Cold Weather in the United States to Arctic Warming 7 September 2021

Research Links Extreme Cold Weather in the United States to Arctic Warming

The study provides insights that could potentially extend the warning lead time of cold extremes in the United States, Canada, and Asia.

How Much Snowpack in the Colorado River Basin Comes from Atmospheric Rivers? 24 August 2021

How Much Snowpack in the Colorado River Basin Comes from Atmospheric Rivers?

Since the Colorado River is the southwest United States’ most important surface water source, the findings have important implications for managing this resource in the face of a warming climate

CPO-funded Scientist Receives AMS Meisinger Award 24 August 2021

CPO-funded Scientist Receives AMS Meisinger Award

CPO-funded scientist Dr. Isla Simpson recently received The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Outcomes of the MAPP S2S Prediction Task Force 14 June 2021

Outcomes of the MAPP S2S Prediction Task Force

The Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Task Force helped advance NOAA’s and the nation’s capability to model and predict sources of predictability between weather and seasonal timescales.
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