Saturday will mark the 50th day without measurable precipitation in our area. Next Wednesday, CIG‘s Nate Mantua will be talking about regional climate variability, what it has to do with our dry summer, and what it might mean for us in the future. Read more here.
Two years of precipitation-rich winters in the Pacific Northwest (even more than normal) could well be broken if climatic conditions in the equatorial Pacific shift from so-called neutral conditions toward El Niño. Read more about the current predictions, CIG‘s Nate Mantua is quoted.
Springtime blooms of the tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton are major factors in the global carbon cycle. Scientists have thought that these blooms were triggered mainly by sunlight, but a new study published in Science suggests that eddies in the ocean are triggering the springtime blooms. Oceanography‘s Eric D’Asaro and Craig Lee are co-authors. Read more here, or check out this video!
Some say that “climate is what we expect, weather is what we get”. But is the funding for climate hurting our ability to forecast weather? This Washington Post blog post is centered on this discussion, and cites ATMOS‘s Cliff Mass‘ blog heavily. Read more here.
New research by Atmospheric Sciences’ Stephen Po-Chedley and Qiang Fu has identified a calibration error in a key data set, allowing for a correction in climate models that brings these models closer to observed data. Read more here. Also check out these FAQ‘s!
A new study out in Nature finds that human-emitted aerosols may be largely to blame for the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation–and therefore that this apparently cyclical climate phenomenon may be neither multidecadal nor an oscillation. Read a perspective on this article here.