2016-Oct-18 Soil moisture, snowpack data could help predict 'flash droughts' U.S. Drought Monitor map showing 2012 drought

New research suggests that "flash droughts" — like the one that unexpectedly gripped the Southern Rockies and Midwest in the summer of 2012 — could be predicted months in advance using soil moisture and snowpack data.

2016-Oct-06 Advanced computer model focuses on Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew simulation by NCAR MPAS model

As Hurricane Matthew churns toward the southeastern U.S. coast, NCAR scientists study how well MPAS can predict it.

2016-Jul-01 NCAR weather ensemble offers glimpse at forecasting's future The snow accumulation forecast made by two ensemble members for a January storm

NCAR's ensemble forecasting system has become a favorite among professional weather forecasters and atmospheric researchers.

2016-May-18 Sizing up cyclones  Satellite imagery of Hurricane Ivan

NCAR scientists have developed a new index for quantifying a hurricane's ability to cause destruction.

2016-May-17 A 3D window into a tornado  still image from animation shows vortices as tubelike structures

Scientists use advanced software to visualize details of the powerful storms.

2016-Mar-24 Rising Voices melds indigenous, western science perspectives Rising Voices participants at a workshop in Boulder.

Hosted at NCAR, the program brings scientists and engineers together with Native American community members to build bonds and discuss ways to adapt to a changing climate.

2016-Feb-26 NCAR weather modeling system aids Antarctic rescue effort image captured from AMPS Antarctic weather model

The Antarctic-tuned system was used to get a specialized forecast for the LC-130 ski plane sent to rescue more than 30 people stranded at an Australian research station.

2016-Feb-04 Southwest dries as wet weather systems become more rare  A dry lake bed in Colorado

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the southwestern United States are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into a drier climate state.

2016-Jan-21 The quest to predict severe weather sooner NCAR MPAS hexagonal mesh grid

A global weather model developed at NCAR offers a new way of simulating the atmosphere while providing scientists with flexibility when focusing on a specific area.

2015-Nov-17 Saving farmers money in tropical West Africa Ignitia chief executive and 2 farmers inspecting rice in northern Ghana

A Swedish company has adapted NCAR's WRF platform to produce rainfall forecasts and deliver them to farmers' cell phones.