NOAA Announces Big Upgrades to Its Global Weather Forecast System

NOAA Announces Big Upgrades to Its Global Weather Forecast System

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made a major upgrade to its Global Forecast System (GFS) that experts hope will equip the agency and weather services around the world to adapt to the challenges of climate change. The upgrade will greatly improve the forecasting of extreme weather events including hurricanes and high-altitude weather systems.

Why This Matters: Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense each year. But NOAA’s GFS hasn’t managed to keep up.

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Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US click button

Climate Change A Major Factor for Central American Migrants Fleeing to US

The mainstream media often cites Hurricanes Eta (a devastating Category 4 hurricane that caused heavy damage in early November 2020) and Iota (it underwent explosive intensification and became a rare Category 5 hurricane in mid-November) as a major factor driving the migration to the U.S. Southwestern border. 

Why This Matters:  Hurricanes like Eta and Iota will only become more commonplace as the globe continues to warm.  But the migration driving climate stressors go beyond severe coastal storms to drought, desertification, sea-level rise and heavy flooding.

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A Big Blow Up in Hurricane Science

A Big Blow Up in Hurricane Science

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, or AMO, was a term coined by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann to better understand temperature fluctuations of the North Atlantic Ocean. The AMO was thought to be a naturally occurring oscillation of warm and cool phases every 20-40 years and was used by scientists […]

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FEMA Proposes Major Cuts to Disaster Relief

FEMA Proposes Major Cuts to Disaster Relief

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Immediately following a record-breaking Hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing massive cuts to federal disaster aid that would make it more difficult for states to qualify for federal disaster aid.  The proposal, published Monday, would be one of the largest revisions of federal disaster policy […]

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2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

2020 Hurricane Season Winds Down After Record-Breaking Storms

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. 2020 had the most named storms ever recorded, ten of which were classified as “rapidly intensifying,” a record which occurred only in two other years, 1995 and 2010. […]

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Iota Marks 30 Named Atlantic Storm

Iota Marks 30 Named Atlantic Storm

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Hurricane Iota, the 30th named storm this year, made landfall in Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm. As it continues to move across Central America, it could still bring “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Iota was the […]

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