Atmospheric

NASA Examines How Hurricanes Are Powered

In the eye of a furious hurricane, the weather is often quite calm and sunny. But new NASA research is providing clues about how the seemingly subtle movement of air within and around this region provides energy to keep this central "powerhouse" ...

Article - News Staff - May 14 2007 - 12:14pm

New Technique Provides Continual View Of Approaching Hurricanes

Forecasters will test a new technique this summer that provides a detailed 3-D view of an approaching hurricane every six minutes and allows them to determine whether the storm is gathering strength as it nears land. The technique, developed by researchers ...

Article - News Staff - May 17 2007 - 12:18pm

El Niño And African Monsoon Have Strongly Influenced Intense Hurricane Frequency In The Past

The frequency of intense hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean appears to be closely connected to long-term trends in the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the West African monsoon, according to new research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ( ...

Article - News Staff - May 24 2007 - 1:24am

Will The Air In Rome Make You High?

Scientists at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy have discovered particles of cocaine and marijuana in the air around Rome, they revealed today. Rome's atmosphere contained 0.1 nanograms per cubic meter of cocaine at its height during their a ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 1 2007 - 12:47pm

Earth's Climate Is Approaching 'dangerous' Point, Say Researchers

NASA and Columbia University Earth Institute research finds that human-made greenhouse gases have brought the Earth’s climate close to critical tipping points, with potentially dangerous consequences for the planet. From a combination of climate models, sa ...

Article - News Staff - May 31 2007 - 6:15pm

Understanding What Causes Rain

Weather models are not good at predicting rain. Particularly in hilly terrain, this can lead to great damage arising from late warnings of floods, or even none at all. From June 1 to September 1, 2007 Delft University of Technology is participating in a ma ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 5 2007 - 10:08am

Can You Solve Global Warming? Make Your Own Computer Climate Model And See

Think you know how to solve global warming? You'll soon get a chance to find out. A new Web-enhanced version of the most commonly used climate modeling system will allow scientists, students or anyone else to test their theories about the planet' ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 7 2007 - 5:47pm

Climate Models Consistent With Ocean Warming Observations

Climate models are reliable tools that help researchers better understand the observed record of ocean warming and variability. That's the finding of a group of Livermore scientists, who in collaboration with colleagues at Scripps Institution of Ocean ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 18 2007 - 6:40pm

New Tools To Forecast Hurricane Rainfall Inland

All eyes are on where hurricanes make landfall, but the massive storms actually cause the most deaths inland, where severe flooding often surprises residents. Now, researchers are learning how to predict where tropical storms and hurricanes will dump the m ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 19 2007 - 12:41pm

NASA Airborne Expedition Chases Climate, Ozone Questions

NASA's Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling (TC4) field campaign will begin this summer in San Jose, Costa Rica, with an investigation into how chemical compounds in the air are transported vertically into the stratosphere and how that tra ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 28 2007 - 2:10am