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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: 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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August 03, 2020

Hazard Services winter capabilities transitioned to NWS weather forecast offices

In August, a limited number of NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) will test and evaluate Hazard Services Winter Weather Watch/Warning/Advisory (WWA) capabilities. This will be possible through a special version of the software that GSL’s Evaluation and Decision Support Division has built and will make available to certain WFO’s. This will enabl...

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