Snow is hard. This is a fact of meteorological life. A forecaster trying to predict snowfall has to track many variables: the amount of precipitation, the intensity of precipitation, the air temperature, the surface temperature, the atmospheric structure, the timing of everything, the migration of the rain/snow line, and so on. ATMO’s Cliff Mass is mentioned in this discussion of the challenges of snow-casting; Read the full article from the Washington Post.
The National Center for Science Education is offering a free preview (PDF) of ESS’ Peter D. Ward‘s The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps
Weather forecasters have long known that El Niño events can throw seasonal climate patterns off kilter, particularly during winter months. Now new research from JISAO and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationsuggests that a different way to detect El Niño could help forecasters predict the unusual weather it causes. Andrew Chiodi is a co-author; click here to read more.
Check out OCEAN’s Michelle Weirathmueller’s guest blog post at Deep Sea News, wherein she discusses the possibility of saving right whales by installation of passive acoustic monitoring. Also check out her personal science blog, which is super cool and we are so glad we found it!
If you look up in the sky in north Seattle, you will likely see them every evening around sunset: Hundreds, perhaps thousands of crows flying overhead, headed in the same direction, just like clockwork. Those crows join up with more crows along their nightly route and eventually a murder of many thousands of crows converges on the rooftops and trees around the University of Washington, Bothell campus. SEFS‘ Professor John Marzluff explains this pattern, and how the crows keep alert for predators during their massive slumber party.
Millions of cubic yards of sediment once trapped behind the dams on the Elwha River is moving downstream and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The rapid formation of gravel bars since December has been gaining the attention of researchers, including OCEAN‘s Andrea Ogsdon and Emily Ediam. Read more about this process, and why scientists think that these changes are just a drop in the bucket compared to the changes to come.