House tells NOAA in new bill – focus on weather, not climate research

From the ECMWF is kicking your butt department: This legislation directs NOAA to prioritize its research House Approves Weather Forecasting Bill Apr 4, 2017 Press Release WASHINGTON- The U.S House of Representatives today unanimously approved the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Vice…

Reality-based climate forecasting

Continuing to focus on carbon dioxide as the driving force will just bring more bogus predictions Guest essay by Paul Driessen These days, even shipwreck museums showcase evidence of climate change. After diving recently among Key West’s fabled ship-destroying barrier reefs, I immersed myself in exhibits from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the fabled Spanish…

How lightning strikes can improve storm forecasts

From the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Humans have always been frightened and fascinated by lightning. This month, NASA is scheduled to launch a new satellite that will provide the first nonstop, high-tech eye on lightning over the North American section of the planet. University of Washington researchers have been tracking global lightning from the ground for more…

New tools for predicting severe hail storms

While climate models tend to be open-ended and impossible to verify for the future they predict until the future becomes the measured present, weather models can and have been verified, and they keep getting better. Here is one such example. NSF-supported research at the University of Oklahoma uses supercomputers and simulations to improve storm forecasts…