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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Several Western States Blasted by “Historic” Winter Weather Over The Weekend

Several Western States Blasted by “Historic” Winter Weather Over The Weekend

⚠️ Blizzard conditions continue at the airport. Airlines have ceased operations at DEN for the rest of the day. Peña Blvd is currently impassable with multiple disabled vehicles along the roadways, if you absolutely must come to the airport, please use the @RideRTD A-Line instead pic.twitter.com/uEnXERcDDd — Denver Int'l Airport (@DENAirport) March 14, 2021 A […]

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One Funny Thing: Punxsutawney Phil No Match for NWS

One Funny Thing: Punxsutawney Phil No Match for NWS

This past week, America’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, peeped out of his wintry lair to witness his own shadow and predict six more weeks of winter. But it turns out that everyone’s favorite rodent isn’t very good at his job. As CNN reported, In the past, Phil has been way more likely to see his […]

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Unprecedented: Two Major Storms In Succession Will Pound Gulf Coast

Unprecedented: Two Major Storms In Succession Will Pound Gulf Coast

An unprecedented “double whammy “of hurricanes is bearing down on the Gulf Coast — the first storm to reach the U.S. will be Marco, that became a hurricane yesterday afternoon and it is forecast to reach Louisiana by Monday late afternoon. 

Why This Matters:  As many news outlets reported, “There has never been anything we’ve seen like this before, where you can have possibly two hurricanes hitting within miles of each over a 48-hour period,”

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NOAA Predicts It’s Going To Be An Active Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicts It’s Going To Be An Active Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes and 3 to 6 become major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. The forecast is due to cooler ocean conditions in the Pacific and warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Why This Matters:  It could be a disastrous summer. The new climate normal on top of the COVID-19 pandemic will make things challenging everywhere.

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We Need To Expand the National Weather Service To Provide More Climate Services

We Need To Expand the National Weather Service To Provide More Climate Services

By Monica Medina, Founder and CEO of Our Daily Planet Earlier this year, I drafted a chapter for a book of “big” new environmental ideas entitled “A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future.”  In my essay, I propose that in order to brace ourselves for the impacts of climate change that we […]

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