National Center for Atmospheric Research- Perspective

  • A record winter during the American Revolution almost put independence on ice
    December 18, 2017 | The seasonal forecasts are in for this winter, and they generally indicate relatively average conditions across much of the country's midsection, with wetter-than-normal weather likely in the north and dryness in the South.Continuing to improve these longer-term forecasts can help communities and businesses prepare for particular... Read more »
  • Eclipse science, then and now
     Eclipse Megamovie updatesAugust 22, 2017 | The Eclipse Megamovie project is gathering still images and video captured by the public to compile a nonstop view of the eclipse as it crossed the continental United States. There is still time to submit your images: the movie will expand with new ones... Read more »
  • NWSC benefits Wyoming with jobs and education
    UCAR President Antonio J. Busalacchi co-wrote this perspective about the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center with Randy Bruns (CEO of the Cheyenne-Laramie County Corporation for Economic Development) and William A. Gern (vice president for research and economic development at the University of Wyoming). The Cheyenne Tribune Eagle on March 28 published it... Read more »
  • 50 years ago: NCAR camera snaps game-changing eclipse picture
    Nov. 8, 2016 | A half-century ago, a team of scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) trekked to a point 13,000 feet above sea level in a remote region of Bolivia. There they set up a massive new camera, designed and built by expedition leader Gordon Newkirk... Read more »
  • Advanced computer model focuses on Hurricane Matthew
    Oct. 6, 2016 | As Hurricane Matthew churns toward the southeastern U.S. coast, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are testing an advanced research computer model to see how well it can predict the powerful storm's track and intensity.The Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) uses an... Read more »
  • 40 Earths: NCAR's Large Ensemble reveals staggering climate variability
    Sept. 29, 2016 | Over the last century, Earth's climate has had its natural ups and downs. Against the backdrop of human-caused climate change, fluctuating atmosphere and ocean circulation patterns have caused the melting of Arctic sea ice to sometimes speed up and sometimes slow down, for example. And the... Read more »
  • Days of our lives are getting longer
    June 16, 2016 | With the days at their longest this time of year, consider this: They're lingering a tiny bit more because of climate change. That's because the runoff from melting ice sheets and glaciers is indirectly slowing the planet's rotation. As the water makes its way to the tropics,... Read more »
  • Forecast for big data: Mostly cloudy
    May 31, 2016 | The rise of big data has big implications for the advancement of science. It also has big implications for the clogging of bandwidth. The growing deluge of geoscience data is in danger of maxing out the existing capacity to deliver that information to researchers. In response, scientific... Read more »
  • Sizing up cyclones
    UPDATE: 2016 SEASONAL FORECASTThe NCAR-based Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) has issued its first seasonal forecast using the Cyclone Damage Potential index. The forecast is for a hurricane season with higher-than-average potential to cause damage. This year's forecasted seasonal CDP is 5.7, compared to an average seasonal CDP of... Read more »
  • A 3D window into a tornado
    This simulation was created by NCAR scientist George Bryan to visualize what goes on inside a tornado. The animation is the "high swirl" version in a series that goes from low, to medium, to high. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy Goerge Bryan, NCAR. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit... Read more »