Robotic weather balloon launchers spread in Alaska

SCIENCE U.S. weather service union fears that automation threatens jobs and sacrifices forecasters’ local knowledge Last week, things began stirring inside the truck-size box that sat among melting piles of snow at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. Before long, the roof of the box yawned open and a weather balloon took off into the sunny … More Robotic weather balloon launchers spread in Alaska

The Carbon Harvest

SCIENCE Vast bioenergy plantations could suck up carbon and stave off climate change. They would also radically reshape the planet On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman to glimpse a vision of the future. Some are scientists, but most … More The Carbon Harvest

How an ocean climate cycle favored Harvey

SCIENCE Human factors may prolong storm-boosting Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation phase Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005, but in some ways, it was long overdue. For decades now, tropical storms have been getting a boost from a powerful but still mysterious long-term cycle in North Atlantic … More How an ocean climate cycle favored Harvey

California rains put spotlight on atmospheric rivers

Forecasts of moisture conduits could aid water managers California has no mighty rivers like the Mississippi, but rivers of a kind are flooding the state. Since the new year, more than a meter of precipitation has fallen in some places, unleashing floods, triggering landslides, and, last week, bringing the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam, … More California rains put spotlight on atmospheric rivers