National Center for Atmospheric Research – In Brief

  • Nationally recognized internship program to reach more students than ever
    July 26, 2017 | As a protégé in UCAR's SOARS program during 2003 and 2004, Deanna Hence learned the key skills that would take her through graduate school and beyond, from working with data sets to coping with increasing work demands. Now a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University... Read more »
  • NCAR to take rare infrared measurements during solar eclipse
    July 20, 2017 | Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) plan to use the total eclipse on Aug. 21 to comprehensively measure, for the first time, the infrared radiation streaming out from the Sun's corona. The results could help researchers better understand the structure and evolution of... Read more »
  • Raising forecasting skills in Africa and beyond
    May 9, 2017 | Africa is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather, affecting food and water security and public health. In 2016 alone, Nigeria and South Africa suffered droughts, and Ethiopia's highlands were battered by floods.But African meteorologists have been hindered by a relative dearth of weather observing stations and a... Read more »
  • Promoting diversity in high-performance computing
    May 2, 2017 | Justin Moore was supporting his family of four with a job at an auto parts store while juggling classes at Salish Kootenai College, a Native American college in Montana, when he heard about a computing internship in 2014 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)... Read more »
  • Capturing a detailed portrait of wind
    April 28, 2017 | For two autumns in the early 1980s, researchers covered an isolated, gently sloping hill in Scotland with dozens of scientific instruments to measure the behavior of wind as it blew up and over from the nearby coast. More than three decades later, the resulting data set gathered... Read more »
  • Building roads to match tomorrow's weather
    April 20, 2017 | When engineers design roads, bridges, and other types of transportation infrastructure, they need to account for local weather patterns. Extreme heat or freeze-thaw cycles can lead to ruts and cracks in roads, and heavy rains can overwhelm inadequate drainage systems, washing out bridges and flooding key... Read more »
  • Drones need aviation forecasts, too
    UAS Weather ForumWhat: An opportunity for stakeholders from the UAS community -- including manufacturers, operators, regulators, and researchers -- to come together to discuss weather effects on drones and the support needed to mitigate those impacts.When: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday, May 8, 2017Where: XPONENTIAL, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas Click... Read more »
  • Opening doors to a career in geoscience
    March 8, 2017 | Michael Bell, recently honored as one of America's outstanding early-career scientists, took an unconventional path to becoming a top tropical cyclone researcher.Bell said he always had an interest in meteorology but the University of Florida, where he first attended, didn't have that major. "I started as... Read more »
  • From GOES-16 to the world
    March 6, 2017 | As atmospheric scientists around the world look forward to seeing extraordinarily detailed images from the new GOES-16 satellite, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are preparing for central roles in disseminating the satellite's data.The first of a series... Read more »
  • UCAR staff add climate storybook to Elementary GLOBE's line-up
    March 2, 2017 | In a new illustrated storybook, a group of school children travel with a scientist to Greenland and the Maldives to learn about tools used to study climate change and its impacts. After seeing the challenge of melting glaciers and rising seas, the students come back with... Read more »