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Carbon Dioxide at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory reaches new milestone: Tops 400 ppm

Carbon Dioxide at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory reaches new milestone: Tops 400 ppm

On May 9, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958.

May 10, 2013 0 Comments
The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

Scientists have found that wispy cirrus clouds have cores of dust and metallic particles, answering questions about how these clouds form and giving insight into their climatic implications in the future.

May 9, 2013 0 Comments
Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century

For scientists studying summer sea ice in the Arctic, it’s not a question of “if” there will be nearly ice-free summers, but “when.” A new study says it could be before 2050.
April 12, 2013 0 Comments
Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt

Clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point.

April 3, 2013 0 Comments
New NOAA study estimates future loss of labor capacity as climate warms

New NOAA study estimates future loss of labor capacity as climate warms

A new NOAA study projects that heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate. The impact will be felt the most by those who work outside or in hot environments.
February 25, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA research finds new way to identify which El Niño events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather

NOAA research finds new way to identify which El Niño events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather

New research from NOAA and the University of Washington suggests that using satellites to detect heat from deep convective cloud tops may be a way to detect El Niño and could help forecasters predict the unusual weather it causes.
February 7, 2013 0 Comments
New smart phone app lets public report rain, hail, sleet and snow to NOAA

New smart phone app lets public report rain, hail, sleet and snow to NOAA

The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma, has launched a free app for users to anonymously report precipitation from their Apple or Android mobile device.

February 6, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address effects of climate change

NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address effects of climate change

Arizona and New Mexico will receive $3.5 million in grants from NOAA over five years to help them prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change.
January 16, 2013 0 Comments
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