Extreme tornado outbreaks have increased in frequency, says new research in Nature Communications 14 March 2016

Extreme tornado outbreaks have increased in frequency, says new research in Nature Communications

A new study in Nature Communications, funded by the CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program, evaluates how the average annual number of tornadoes per outbreak and spread in the data has changed over time.
CPO highlights milestones and achievements in 2015 Annual Report 11 March 2016

CPO highlights milestones and achievements in 2015 Annual Report

NOAA's Climate Program Office released its FY15 Annual Report on March 11, 2016. The report gives an overview of CPO's achievements  in FY15 and highlights the great work done by the Office's Divisions and Programs to advance scientific understanding of climate and improve society's ability to plan and respond to a changing climate.

Will future global cloud changes amplify global warming? 3 March 2016

Will future global cloud changes amplify global warming?

A new paper supported by NOAA’s Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) program describes where we are in understanding whether subtropical clouds (and the atmosphere above and below them) will act as a positive or negative feedback to global warming.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office helped convene workshop to select sea ice model for NOAA’s Next Generation Global Prediction System 3 March 2016

NOAA’s Climate Program Office helped convene workshop to select sea ice model for NOAA’s Next Generation Global Prediction System

The NOAA Climate Program Office Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program co-sponsored and co-organized the recent Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) Community Sea Ice Model Recommendation Workshop in Boulder, Colorado on February 3rd through 4th. The overall goal of the workshop was to advance NOAA sea ice forecasting on weather to seasonal timescales.
Different Control of Tropical Cyclone Activity in the Eastern Pacific for Two Types of El Niño 1 March 2016

Different Control of Tropical Cyclone Activity in the Eastern Pacific for Two Types of El Niño

Newly published research in Geophysical Research Letters by Boucharel et al.--and supported by CPO's Climate Variability and Predictability program--seeks to understand these modes of expression, or "flavors," of El Niño, and their influence on tropical cyclones.

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