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October 29, 2020

New research finds reduced observations from commercial aircraft impact regional weather model’s accuracy

National Weather Service says accuracy of official forecasts has not been affectedAircraft-based observations are one of the most important meteorological observation sources within the modern global observing system. Flight reductions related to the COVID-19 pandemic raised questions about whether the loss of meteorological observations from ai...

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October 19, 2020

Oct 27-29: GSL to host Hazard Services Functional Forecaster Assessment Test (FAT) to evaluate marine and non-precipitation weather products

Oct 27-29: GSL researchers will virtually host more than a dozen participants for a Functional Forecaster Assessment Test (FFAT) of new Hazard Services capabilities. FAT will be Oct. 27-29, all virtual using the Amazon Web Services cloud platform and will evaluate marine and non-precipitation weather products. Because the software already includ...

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October 02, 2020

GEFS-Aerosols implemented into operations

The Global Ensemble Forecast System - Aerosols (GEFS-Aerosols) was transitioned to operations on September 23, 2020. GEFS-Aerosols is an atmospheric composition model that integrates weather and air quality using the Finite Volume Cubed Sphere (FV3) core. The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) led the project, with contributions from the Chemical S...

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October 01, 2020

GSL's Tom LeFebvre receives Isaac Cline Award from the National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center has given GSL’s Tom LeFebvre the local Isaac M. Cline award for his work on the High-Seas Forecast package that includes a set of tools that forecasters use to define the wind, waves, and weather in gridded form over the High Seas Area of Responsibility. Then the High Seas formatter samples those grids and formats t...

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September 28, 2020

On the limits of tropical cyclone track prediction

September 28, 2020 - Recent research shows the range of skillful tropical cyclone track forecasts is expected to be extended by a day per decade in the future. The study, by scientists Feifan Zhou from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Zoltan Toth from NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory, was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorologic...

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September 10, 2020

GSL’s SOS team offers new educational tours on SOS Explorer™ mobile app

The Global Systems Laboratory’s (GSL) Science On a Sphere® (SOS) team has launched educational tours on its free mobile app - SOS Explorer™ (SOSx) including post-tour exercises for students. You can find the tours here: https://sos.noaa.gov/education/sosx-tours/Science On a Sphere Explorer™ datasets can be quite complex. Tours guide users throu...

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August 26, 2020

When smoke is in the air, all eyes turn to this NOAA weather model

With smoke from western wildfires poised to spread from coast to coast this week, people will be looking to a NOAA smoke model for guidance on everything from how it might impact their area, to the weather, to scheduling school recesses. The High Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke model may still be experimental, but many depend on it already, said...

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August 18, 2020

GSL Staff honored with 2020 NOAA Silver Sherman Awards

Two GSL staff were honored with a NOAA Silver Sherman Award. The Silver Sherman is awarded on an ad hoc basis by each member of the NOAA Leadership. It recognizes an individual who has performed work above his or her normal requirements, achieved a milestone that contributed significantly toward the attainment of a particular program goal, or de...

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August 04, 2020

NOAA GSL experimental model predicts smoke movement from California fire

While the eastern seaboard deals with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, the Apple Fire in southern California is poised to send smoke across much of the southwest United States over the next few days. NOAA’s experimental HRRR-Smoke model predicts that by midnight on Wednesday, August 5, smoke from the Apple Fire will drift over Arizona, N...

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