1. Heavy rain on a window

    Half of the world's annual precipitation falls in just 12 days, new study finds

    Currently, half of the world's measured precipitation that falls in a year falls in just 12 days, according to a new analysis of data collected at weather stations across the globe. By century's end, climate models project that this lopsided distribution of rain and snow is likely to become even more skewed, with half of annual precipitation falling in 11 days.

    • Climate,
    • Weather

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  2. Bouza, Niger

    Big data project explores predictability of climate conditions years in advance

    As scientists work to forecast climate patterns from years to as much as a decade in advance, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has created a vast new set of computer simulations to help identify the types of events that are most predictable.

    • Climate,
    • Data

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  3. Hurricane Florence as captured by a camera on the International Space Station

    Attributing the impact of climate change on Florence in near real time

    Days before Hurricane Florence collided with the Carolinas, battering them with catastrophic rains and strong winds, scientists were already working to quantify if climate change may have contributed to the storm's characteristics.

    • Climate,
    • Weather

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  4. A green roof on Chicago's city hall

    Beating the heat in Chicago

    With cities facing more extreme heat waves, scientists used NCAR-based WRF-Urban model to study which Chicago neighborhoods would benefit most from green roofs

    • Climate,
    • Weather

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  5. A boat sits on dry land in Texas

    Impacts of El Niño and La Niña to intensify as climate warms

    When an El Niño or its opposite, La Niña, forms in the future, it's likely to cause more intense impacts over many land regions — amplifying changes to temperature, precipitation, and wildfire risk — due to the warming climate.

    • Climate

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