The heat released when water condenses is an important driver of weather phenomena. And as a simple experiment shows, it also makes it tough to enjoy a frosty one in the summertime. Learn more; read this informative story by ATMO’s Dale Durran and Dargan Frierson in Physics Today.
There’s still no clear forecast for Earth’s temperature rise, but scientists are looking to the sky for answers. Read more in The Verge, where UW atmospheric scientist Yen-Ting Hwang is quoted.
Snow on the third day of spring has some people wondering: what gives? Well, actually, spring here began a long time ago, says KPLU weather expert and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass. Read or listen to the article on KPLU.
Climate change will affect different regions of the country in different ways. In the Southwest it may get warmer and drier. In the Northwest, however, climate models predict it getting warmer and wetter. Read about this new study that was published in Nature Climate Change on KUOW – Climate Impact Group’s Eric Salathé is quoted.
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.
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.
(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!