(full story here!) Just when we thought we had ended all that icky winter stuff for the gray, damp cool of a Northwest spring, we have this to deal with: rain and wind around Seattle, and snow measured by the foot in the mountains and an increased avalanche danger there. ATMO‘s Cliff Mass is quoted; read more here!
The next advance in weather forecasting may not come from a new satellite or supercomputer, but from a device in your pocket. University of Washington atmospheric scientists are using pressure sensors included in the newest smartphones to develop better weather forecasting techniques. ATMOS‘ Cliff Mass, Gregory Hakim, and Luke Madaus are mentioned; read more here!
Dirty air is also very warming, new study finds. (Image Source: Benutzer/Creative Commons)
A new study finds that soot, smoke and smog — black carbon — is the second largest contributor to climate change, after carbon dioxide. These results are surprising, and may point the way to some immediate paths for climate change mitigation. JISAO‘s Sarah Doherty and ATMOS‘ Stephen Warren are co-authors; read more here or check out the paper!
Image Source: Simon Colferai/Creative Commons
Atmospheric scientists and app developers are working to feed air pressure information, already being collected from thousands of Android phones, into sophisticated new climate models. With enough use of these apps, users could receive highly certain information about thunderstorms and tornadoes right where they are. ATMO‘s Cliff Mass is one of the scientists working with this new technology; read more here!
With the darkest days of the year upon us, many start to feel — to insist, even — that rain and cold is all that Seattle ever gets. But of course that’s not true, and scientists like ATMO‘s Cliff Mass are happy to remind us of the brighter side of Seattle. Read more about the myths of Seattle weather here!
Image source: NASA World Wind.
University of Washington scientists have tracked the long-term rise in atmospheric acidity by examining Greenland’s ice. ATMO‘s Lei Geng presented this research at last week’s fall meeting of the American Geophysicists’ Union; read more here!
Eleven University of Washington researchers, including ATMO’s Robert A. Houze, are among 702 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, in recognition of meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Houze was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of atmospheric sciences, which include over 200 publications, and key insights into cloud dynamics and the meteorology of the Tropics. Congratulations Robert!