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2014-05-21 23:15:47

KatRisk (http://www.KatRisk.com), a leading provider of natural catastrophe risk models and data, is pleased to announce the release of unprecedented high resolution flood risk data covering the entire lower 48 United States. This new flood risk data allows insurance and financial companies, as well as home and business owners, to gain a full understanding of flood risk for individual sites across the entire country. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014 The KatRisk data extends beyond FEMA...

El Niño: 2014 Looking Like 1997
2014-05-21 03:21:35

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA [ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: El Niño – Is 2014 The New 1997? ] Every ten days, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite maps all the world's oceans, monitoring changes in sea surface height, a measure of heat in the upper layers of the water. Because our planet is more than 70% ocean, this information is crucial to global forecasts of weather and climate. Lately, Jason-2 has seen something brewing in the Pacific—and it looks a lot like...

2014-05-20 23:02:07

Moore, Okla. demonstrates leadership in building resilience. Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 One year ago today, a deadly EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, making it the third most violent storm in less than 15 years to pummel the small city, which was struck by an EF5 tornado in 1999, and an EF4 in 2003. Since May 20, 2013, this community has taken significant steps to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter than ever before. “On this solemn anniversary, our hearts go out to...

United States' Cultural Heritage At Risk Due To Changing Climate
2014-05-20 14:19:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From Faneuil Hall in Boston to the Bering Land Bridge National Monument in Alaska, Americans treasure numerous national landmarks and a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that many of these sites are under threat from the effects of climate change. “Today these sites face a perilous and uncertain future in a world of rising sea levels, more frequent wildfires, increased flooding, and other damaging effects of...

Power Plant Emissions Verified Remotely At Four Corners Sites
2014-05-20 03:06:50

Los Alamos National Laboratory The study is the first to show that space-based techniques can successfully verify international regulations on fossil energy emissions. Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from two coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico, the largest point source of pollution in America, were measured remotely by a Los Alamos National Laboratory team. Led by Laboratory senior scientist Manvendra Dubey, the study is the first to...

2014-05-19 23:10:39

Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance will be a featured exhibitor at the Snow and Ice Management Association’s annual Snow & Ice Symposium, to be held in Columbus, Ohio, June 18-21, 2014. After such an extreme winter, snow insurance will be on the minds of many in the industry. Liberty, MO (PRWEB) May 19, 2014 Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., the leading domestic broker of snow insurance and other snow-related risk management products, will be attending the Snow...

2014-05-16 12:23:07

Progress Report Shows Help and Support One Year After Deadly Storms WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross today released a progress report on its work to help people and communities in Oklahoma rebuild and recover since a series of deadly tornadoes hit the state last May. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20090108/RedCrossLOGO The Oklahoma Tornados One-Year Update describes the response of the Red Cross immediately after the storms, its work to support...

Lightning Strikes May Be More Intense Due To Solar Wind Activity
2014-05-16 12:40:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From the ancient Greeks to Benjamin Franklin, man has long been fascinated by lightning. Previous research has found that the electrical bolts are caused by cosmic radiation and a new study has found that streams of high-energy particles from the Sun accelerated by the solar wind also play a role. Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the new study revealed a considerable raise in lightning rates throughout Europe...

CHIRPS rainfall dataset
2014-05-16 06:16:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the fact that it has become a widely accepted practice to use modern weather satellites to monitor terrestrial rainfall, establishing a reliable context for relating space-based rainfall observations to current and historical ground-based rainfall data has been difficult. A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a new dataset that can be used for environmental...

california wildfires
2014-05-16 09:15:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: May 16, 2014 (9:15AM CDT) The ongoing California wildfires have apparently claimed their first victim, as firefighters discovered a badly burned body in a transient encampment in Carlsbad, city officials confirmed on Friday. According to Erik Ortiz and Erin McClam of NBC News, the body was found in the area of Ambrosia and Calliandra. The individual has not yet been identified, and officials said that there were no...


Latest Atmospheric sciences Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Climate Change
2013-04-01 11:05:27

Climate change is a substantial and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time ranging from decades to millions of years. It might be a change in the average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a result of factors that include oceanic processes, biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received buy Earth, volcanic eruptions, and plate tectonics, and human induced alterations...

Weather Model Discussion:  How To Use Surface Dew-points For Weather Forecasting Purposes
2013-01-29 08:53:47

Surface Dew-points can play a huge role in weather forecasting. The first such role is that it helps determine the amount of moisture in the atmosphere for a given point. If we look at the current dew-point map above from January 28, 2013 we can note several things of interest. First, if we look at where the black circle is around the number 70, we can make note that this air right off the coast of Texas is at a dew point of 70F. The temperature outside must be above 70F, because the...

Weather Education - Air Mass Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 10:30:47

Air mass thunderstorms are found in marine time tropical air. In short they are also known as MT Thunderstorms. Air mass thunderstorms represent what is known as the common three stage thunderstorm development. This means that an air mass thunderstorm goes through the stages of Cumulus which is represented by the updrafts only being present; secondly it moves into the mature stage where it has both updrafts and downdrafts; finally it goes into the dissipating stage where you see only the...

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