'Doppler radar' for solar storm detection

Rice researcher part of team that used Doppler shifts to ID phenomenon; may help predict space weather  HOUSTON – (July 2, 2012) – Doppler measurements that help track storms on Earth may also be useful for understanding storms on the sun. A Rice University astrophysicist is part of an international team that combined Doppler techniques…

Ocean temperatures can predict Amazon fire season severity

From the  NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center GREENBELT, Md. — By analyzing nearly a decade of satellite data, a team of scientists led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine and funded by NASA has created a model that can successfully predict the severity and geographic distribution of fires in the Amazon rain forest and…

In space, there are no Jiffy Lubes

Dr. Roy Spencer reports that AMSR-E shut down today, too much torque on the rotating element, and all it needs to keep going is a lube job. AMSR-E Ends 9+ Years of Global Observations by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. UPDATE #1: See update at end. The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing…

Sea Ice News: Arctic sea ice "may" have turned the corner

UPDATES: New NSIDC data and a press release from them added below. While some folks (Joe Romm in particular) are touting the recent University of Bremen press release suggesting a new record low has been met, declaring record minimum Arctic extent was reached on Sept 8 at 4.24 million km2, (See http://iup.physik.uni-bremen.de:8084/amsr/minimum2011-en.pdf) five other sources of…