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Hurricane Sandy's Mid-Atlantic Blackout Captured By Suomi NPP Satellite
2012-11-02 07:27:24

NASA The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellitecaptured a night-time view of New York City, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania that revealed the extent of the power outages caused from Hurricane Sandy's landfall on October 29. Suomi NPP is a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP captured a night-time view of the...

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2010-12-15 23:16:46

It's one of the more frustrating parts of summer. You check the weather forecast, see nothing dramatic, and go hiking or biking. Then, four hours later, a thunderstorm appears out of nowhere and ruins your afternoon.Thunderstorms can bring intense rain, hail, lightning and even tornadoes, but "predicting them a few hours out is one of the great problems of meteorology," says Chian-Yi Liu, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.And the consequences can be more serious...

2009-06-17 15:16:53

 Satellite observation of cloud temperatures may be able to accurately predict severe thunderstorms up to 45 minutes earlier than relying on traditional radar alone, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center.Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) have developed a way to measure temperature changes in the tops of clouds to improve forecast times for rapidly growing storms."The value of...

2008-12-16 11:21:22

The U.S. space agency says it is releasing oceanography data that will help scientists around the world better understand climate change. The data being made public comes from the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, a spacecraft known as OSTM/Jason-2 that was developed jointly by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the French space agency. Launched June 20, the mission's first validated data products in support of improved weather, climate and ocean forecasts are now being...

2008-09-02 03:00:25

By Docksai, Rick A layer of dust won't complement your bookshelf, but its presence may be a sign of good news about future hurricanes. The 2008 hurricane season was milder due to the increased presence of dust clouds over the Atlantic Ocean, according to Amato Evan, a researcher for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. "If those dust storms continue to intensify, that would certainly help to quell this period of intense hurricane...

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2006-10-10 00:30:00

MADISON - After more than a dozen hurricanes battered the Atlantic Ocean last year, scientists are wondering what - if anything - might be causing stronger and more frequent storms. Some have pointed to rising ocean temperatures, brought on by global warming. Others say the upswing is simply part of a natural cycle in which hurricanes get worse for a decade or two before dying down again. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have put forward an intriguing theory that...

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2005-08-24 12:40:00

NASA -- The outlook for predicting the weather is improving. Beginning this month the complex computer programs used by forecasters are getting more data on temperatures, water vapor and gases in the air and on how the ground affects the weather. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today outlined research that has helped to improve the accuracy of medium-range weather forecasts in the Northern Hemisphere. NASA and NOAA scientists at the Joint Center for...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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