Ready for summer heat? Study finds new primary driver of extreme Texas heat waves 28 June 2018

Ready for summer heat? Study finds new primary driver of extreme Texas heat waves

A team of scientists found that a strengthened change in ocean temperatures from west to east (or gradient) in the tropical Pacific during the preceding winter is the main driver of more frequent heat waves in Texas. 

Growing the RISA Network to Better Serve the Nation 4 June 2018

Growing the RISA Network to Better Serve the Nation

This story map describes the NOAA RISA program and highlights success stories from teams within the RISA Network. 

RISA and NWS Present: Wildfire is a Joint Venture Enterprise (Recording available) 16 April 2018

RISA and NWS Present: Wildfire is a Joint Venture Enterprise (Recording available)

In this webinar, the National Weather Service and the RISA Program present stories about researchers, forecasters, and fire managers working together to improve public and wildland firefighter safety. 

Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Pacific Northwest 12 April 2018

Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Pacific Northwest

CIRC RISA has compiled a comprehensive report detailing what they've learned and accomplished from 2010 to 2017, providing a kind of mini climate assessment of the Pacific Northwest. 

To improve seasonal storm track forecasts, look to the tropical stratosphere 28 March 2018

To improve seasonal storm track forecasts, look to the tropical stratosphere

Stony Brook University scientists have identified an influential force in the tropical stratosphere that could help better forecast storm tracks and their extreme impacts, like future winter "bomb cyclones". 

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