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Blending Synthetic Air To Measure Climate Change
2014-02-27 09:59:21

National Physical Laboratory Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have produced a synthetic air reference standard which can be used to accurately measure levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. This will greatly help scientists contribute to our understanding of climate change. A paper published in Analytical Chemistry describes how researchers at NPL have created a synthetic gas standard for the first time, which is comparable to the World...

2014-02-27 08:24:19

LINCOLN, Ill., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a one-time waiver of their Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules for the use of a "live" Tornado Warning (EAS code TOR) during the annual statewide tornado exercise in Illinois on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 am CST. This information released by the Illinois Broadcasters Association in cooperation with the Illinois EAS broadcast system. The National Weather Service (NWS)...

2014-02-26 23:33:25

StructureMEDIC is currently providing water damage remediation and repair services to homeowners in the city who experienced frozen and burst pipes and subsequent water damage as a result of the recent winter ice storm. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 26, 2014 StructureMEDIC, water damage remediation specialists in Atlanta, are working with homeowners affected by the recent winter storms that thrashed the city with snow, ice, power outages and freezing temperatures. The extended periods of...

2014-02-26 23:04:15

Jason Pirtle, P.E., senior structural engineer at TLM Associates, Inc., spoke at the 2014 National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City, Okla. about creating safe rooms within schools’ existing hallways. The tornado shelters are retrofitted in partnership with Remagen SafeRooms, and they provide schools with a space that meets all FEMA 361 and ICC 500 requirements for loading, impact and life safety. Jackson, TN (PRWEB) February 26, 2014 During severe weather season when school tornado...

Ancient Megacities Were Displaced Due To A Changing Climate: Study
2014-02-26 13:52:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Bronze Age Indus civilization, which spanned across northwest India and Pakistan, flourished for thousands of years and mysteriously declined as some type of development forced these ancient people to abandon the mega-cities they had constructed. A newly published paper in the journal Geology has asserted that climate change may be behind this abrupt change in the Indus way of life. "We think that we now have a really strong...

NASA Working On Better Water Resource Management For California
2014-02-26 12:23:24

[ Watch the Video: How Is NASA Helping With The California Drought? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is developing a new technology that could help better manage and monitor water resources in California during the state’s historic drought. The space agency is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and...

Hurricanes Could Be Tamed By Offshore Wind Farms
2014-02-26 11:45:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to providing a renewable source of energy and reducing society’s carbon footprint, wind turbines may provide the added benefit of taming the power of a hurricane. According to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change, thousands of offshore wind turbines could diminish hurricanes' wind speeds, wave heights and storm surge. "We found that when wind turbines are present, they slow down the outer rotation winds of...

New Hurricane Model Can More Accurately Predict Storm Path, Intensity
2014-02-26 07:15:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When Hurricane Sandy slammed into southern New Jersey in October 2012, it had essentially confounded both the NOAA's Global Forecast System (GFS) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Now, a new real-time hurricane analysis system being developed at Penn State University has been shown to accurately predict the track and intensity of the deadly storm. "For this particular study aircraft-based Doppler...

2014-02-25 23:36:06

EMJ Cleaning has experienced a surge in homeowners requesting housecleaning services due to damages caused by the ice and snow storm that recently hit Atlanta. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 Atlanta cleaning services EMJ Cleaning has noted a surge in business and requests for home cleaning in the last two weeks following the ice, snow and sleet that shut down the city of Atlanta and the surrounding metro area for several days. EMJ Cleaning has received requests to schedule...

2014-02-25 23:25:53

The Atmosphere is Drying Out But there Is Hope, Says Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research Sharon Kleyne. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 Because of air pollution and other factors, reports water and health researcher Sharon Kleyne, Earth’s atmosphere is losing its life-sustaining humidity. This humidity loss could threaten the survival of all life on Earth, including humans. The key to our survival, says Kleyne, is intensified water research and greater awareness of the problem...


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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