Today, researchers launched the Mesoscale Predictability EXperiment (MPEX) field project to collect data on pre-storm and post-storm environments in an effort to better predict where and when thunderstorms will form. MPEX runs from May 15 – June 15, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Forecast Research News
NSSL, partners: Thin, low Arctic clouds played an important role in the massive 2012 Greenland ice melt
A team of scientists, including NSSL’s Dave Turner published a new study in Nature that showed how clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just right” for driving surface temperatures there above the melting point.
High atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, cloudy skies portend warmer temperatures and higher winds. These clouds alter the surface energy budget, diminish the strong near-surface atmospheric stability, and precipitate ice crystal to the surface.
The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), in partnership with the University of Oklahoma and has launched an app where users can anonymously report precipitation from their iPhone or Android through the “mobile Precipitation Identification Near the Ground “mPING” app.
A NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) scientist is leading an experiment to collect a comprehensive dataset on vertical turbulence and thermodynamic profiles in a portion of the lower atmosphere known as the boundary layer.