Posted on February 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Findings could help improve long-range winter forecasts
Shifting cycles of warmer and cooler water in the central Pacific influence weather patterns around the world.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A new study that sorts El Niño events into two categories could help forecasters develop better long-range forecasts to predict how the periodic warming of equatorial East Pacific waters may affect winter weather.
Part of the data for the research came from an array of buoys across the Pacific called the TAO-Triton array. The buoys observes conditions in the upper ocean to forecast El Niño months in advance, and for monitoring it as it grows and decays.
After analyzing all El Niño events since 1979, the NOAA and University of Washington scientists said the El Niños that show a drop in outgoing long-wave radiation from the tops of deep convective clouds are the ones that tend to play havoc with winter weathers. Continue reading
Filed under: climate and weather, Drought, El Niño, seasons | Tagged: El Niño-Southern Oscillation, El Nino, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, University of Washington, winter weather ENSO | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 5, 2011 by Jenney Coberly
Atmospheric & ocean conditions ripe for tropical storm development
Tropical storm Emily on August 3 — photo courtesy NOAA
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — NOAA issued its updated 2011 Atlantic hurricane season outlook today raising the number of expected named storms from its pre-season outlook issued in May. Forecasters also increased their confidence that 2011 will be an active Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, updates its Atlantic hurricane season outlook every August.
“The atmosphere and Atlantic Ocean are primed for high hurricane activity during August through October,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center. “Storms through October will form more frequently and become more intense than we’ve seen so far this season.”
Filed under: climate and weather | Tagged: 2011 hurricane season, Atlantic hurricane season outlook, Climate Prediction Center, List of Atlantic hurricane seasons, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, NOAA, Tropical cyclone | 1 Comment »