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Stratosphere an Accomplice for Santa Ana Winds and California Wildfires

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stratosphere an Accomplice for Santa Ana Winds and California Wildfires

The hot and dry Santa Ana winds are associated with many of Southern California’s destructive wildfires, and even take the blame for tense, ugly moods. Now, NOAA researchers have found that on occasion the winds have an accomplice in contributing to California’s wildfires: atmospheric events known as stratospheric intrusions, which bring extremely dry air from the upper atmosphere down to the surface.

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Improve Wind Forecasting

The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry’s weather models for short-term wind forecasts, especially for those issued less than 15 hours in advance. With access to better forecasts, wind energy plant operators and industry professionals can ensure wind turbines operate closer to maximum capacity, leading to lower energy costs for consumers.

Summer of research to improve hurricane forecasting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer of research to improve hurricane forecasting

This summer, NOAA scientists and partners are launching a number of new unmanned aircraft and water vehicles to collect weather information as part of a coordinated effort to improve hurricane forecasts.  

Several of these research projects and other NOAA led efforts to improve hurricane forecasting were made possible, in part, because of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The act was passed by Congress and signed by the President in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It provides $60 billion in funding to multiple agencies for disaster relief. NOAA received $309.7 million to provide technical assistance to those states with coastal and fishery impacts from Sandy, and to improve weather forecasting and weather research and predictive capability to help future preparation, response and recovery from similar events.

Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

Monday, April 1, 2013

Researchers develop method to better predict severity of tornado outbreaks

NOAA researchers have developed a method to help forecasters better predict the severity of tornado outbreaks.

Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models,...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models,...

Two of the nation's largest producers of wind-generated electric power will share weather data with NOAA, providing additional observations from wind farms across the nation for research and operations.
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