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NRAO's 'Orion Explorer' Tours Iconic Constellation, Extreme Space Weather-Induced Blackouts, A Potential Way to Prevent Vision Deterioration in Space, and More in the Space News Source

The latest in space and astronomy in the Space News Source

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Florida State University, FSU, Professor Henry Fuelberg, Tristan Hall, weather balloons, St. Maarten, Caribbean, Teamwork, Science

Young Scientists Soar with Help of Florida State Meteorology Professor

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FSU Professor Henry Fuelberg joined a research project spearheaded by high school students on a tiny Caribbean island. Fuelberg helped them build and launch a weather balloon.

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Extreme Space Weather-Induced Blackouts Could Cost US More Than $40 Billion Daily

New study finds more than half the loss occurs outside the blackout zone

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Wildlife, Avian Influenza, Weather, Waterfowl, Entomology, Ecology, poultry farms , California, U.S. Geological Survey

Researchers Use Weather Radar to Track Migrating Waterfowl, Avian Influenza

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University of Delaware researchers are part of an effort that will use weather radar to identify wetland hotspots used by waterfowl during the winter, which in turn can alert poultry growers about the potential risk of avian influenza. The lab at UD is one of the only labs anywhere using weather radar data to map bird distributions at the ground level.

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UF/IFAS Model Delivers Growers Severe Weather Data Specific to Their Farms

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“Growers kept asking us, ‘What is the probability of getting an extreme weather event on my farm when my crop is ready to harvest,’” said Caroline Staub, a post-doctoral researcher in the UF/IFAS agricultural and biological engineering department.

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California No Longer in Drought, Says UC Davis Watershed Expert

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Rapid Arctic Warming Has in the Past Shifted Southern Ocean Winds

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Ice core records from the two poles show that during the last ice age, sharp spikes in Arctic temperatures triggered shifts in the winds around Antarctica.

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seasonal energy storage, Solar Thermal, Energy Storage, sodium hydroxide, Ecological Applications, Heating And Cooling Systems

Summer Heat for the Winter

Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each other.

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Water, Water Resources, Water Scarcity, Precipitation, Groundwater, India, Agriculture, Irrigation, Drought, Indian Ocean, Climate Change, Global Warming, Food Security

Changing Rainfall Patterns Linked to Water Security in India

Changes in precipitation, which are linked to the warming of the Indian Ocean, are the main reason for recent changes in groundwater storage in India.

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tornado formation, Climate Change, Weather, Storms

Large-Scale Tornado Outbreaks Increasing in Frequency, Study Finds

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The frequency of large-scale tornado outbreaks is increasing in the United States, particularly when it comes to the most extreme events, according to research recently published in Science.

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UCI Introduces iRain Smartphone App

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Irvine, Calif., January 5, 2017– Climate researchers and weather forecasters get their rain data from a network of precipitation-sensing satellites that orbit Earth. iRain, a new mobile phone app developed by engineers at the University of California, Irvine puts the same precision rainfall information into the pockets of the public.

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Increasing Rainfall in a Warmer World Will Likely Intensify Typhoons in Western Pacific

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An analysis of the strongest tropical storms over the last half-century reveals that higher global temperatures have intensified the storms via enhanced rainfall. Rain that falls on the ocean reduces salinity and allows typhoons to grow stronger.

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More Frequent Hurricanes Not Necessarily Stronger on Atlantic Coast

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Active Atlantic hurricane periods, like the one we are in now, are not necessarily a harbinger of more, rapidly intensifying hurricanes along the U.S. coast, according to new research performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Climate Change, Global Warming, Satellite Data, Temperature Change, NASA, NOAA, Climatology, Meteorology, earth system science

2016 Edges 1998 as Warmest Year on Record

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Global Temperature Report: December 2016

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Flood, Flooding, Flood Risk, Rainfall, Climate Change, Global Warming, Precipitation, NASA, National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Hydrology

Flood Threats Changing Across US

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A University of Iowa study finds the threat of flooding is growing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South. The findings are based on water-height measurements at 2,042 stream and rivers, compared to NASA data showing the amount of water stored in the ground.

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For Critical Marine Low Clouds, a Research and Observation Plan

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Marine low clouds hover in the lowest couple of kilometers above the world’s oceans. They produce little but drizzle, and could never match their deeper mid-continent cousin clouds for dramatic weather and severe storms. But marine low clouds are vastly important to the world’s climate and energy balance.

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Supercomputer Simulations Confirm Observations of 2015 India/Pakistan Heat Waves

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A paper released December 15 during the American Geophysical Union fall meeting points to new evidence of human influence on extreme weather events. After examining observational and simulated temperature and heat indexes, the research team—which included three scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—concluded that two separate deadly heat waves that occurred in India and Pakistan in the summer of 2015 “were exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change.”

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How Soil Moisture Can Help Predict Power Outages Caused by Hurricanes

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In the days before Hurricane Matthew, researchers used satellite maps of soil moisture to help forecast where the power would go out along the East Coast.At the American Geophysical Union meeting this week, they report that their method worked with 91 percent accuracy.

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CROP, crop adaptation , drought tolerance, water stress, field test, field experiments

Rain Out, Research In

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In a new study, researchers describe a fully-automated, portable, and energy-independent rainout shelter. This new design will allow researchers to more effectively field test crop varieties for their tolerances to water stress.

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Biodiveristy, Evolution, Bivalves, Marine, latitude variation

Scientists Examine ‘Perfect Storms’ Fueling Vast Tropical Biodiversity

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Biodiversity on earth is greatest in the tropics with the number and variety of species gradually diminishing toward the poles. Understanding exactly what shapes this pattern, known as the latitudinal diversity gradient, is not just key to knowing the nature of life on Earth, but it also could help scientists slow biodiversity loss and protect areas of the globe that generate a disproportionate variety of species.







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