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April 4, 2019

April ‘Weather Madness’: UW wins top team, individual prizes in national forecasting contest, now enters tournament round

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A University of Washington team placed first in a national weather forecasting contest that began in September. A UW graduate student also developed a model that for the first time beat out all human competitors.


February 8, 2019

Washington’s state climatologist comments on Puget Sound snowstorms

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Nick Bond, Washington’s state climatologist, comments on the unusual weather in Western Washington.


January 16, 2019

For 35 years, the Pacific Ocean has largely spared West’s mountain snow from effects of global warming

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A new study has found that since the early 1980s, a pattern of ocean temperatures and atmospheric circulation has offset most of the impact of warming on the West’s mountain snowpack.


November 26, 2018

UW, Tableau create interactive tool to explore more than a century of Pacific Northwest weather observations

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A new, free tool with temperature and precipitation records across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana as far back as 1881 lets users play around to discover significant trends. It also includes historical snow records for Washington state.


October 17, 2018

UW atmospheric scientists to study most extreme storms on Earth, up close

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UW atmospheric scientists leave next week for a six-week field campaign in South America to study the most intense storms on the planet.


October 2, 2018

Washington’s state climatologist predicts this will be an El Niño year

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Washington state climatologist Nick Bond explains what our upcoming El Niño winter means for the Pacific Northwest.


February 5, 2018

UW atmospheric scientists flying through clouds above Antarctica’s Southern Ocean

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UW atmospheric sciences faculty and graduate students are in Tasmania studying how clouds form over Antarctica’s Southern Ocean.


December 11, 2017

Q&A: UW’s Shuyi Chen on hurricane science, forecasting and the 2017 hurricane season

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New faculty member Shuyi Chen answers some questions about hurricane science, hurricane forecasting and the 2017 storm season.


January 25, 2017

Monsoons to mosquitoes: UW researchers attend national weather conference in Seattle

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Researchers from across the UW are presenting their work at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting this week in Seattle.


November 10, 2016

How lightning strikes can improve storm forecasts

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Research shows that real-time lightning observations could significantly improve forecasts of large storm events.


February 23, 2016

For weather forecasting, precise observations matter more than butterflies

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Small disturbances, like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, don’t really matter for weather forecasts. More important is boosting the accuracy of observations at larger scales.


January 29, 2016

Moon’s tidal forces affect amount of rainfall on Earth

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Satellite data show that the moon’s gravity puts a slight damper on rainfall on Earth.


November 11, 2015

UW, NASA measure rain and snowfall to gauge new precipitation satellite

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With high-tech weather radars, weather balloons, ground instruments and NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory, scientists will be watching rain and snow storms on Washington’s famously wet Olympic Peninsula.


April 2, 2015

UW, NASA prepare for effort to measure rain, snow on Olympic Peninsula

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The University of Washington and NASA are preparing for an effort next winter to measure rain in America’s rainiest place: Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. As part of the current gear-up phase, they are looking for volunteers to help track rain.


February 6, 2013

Smartphones, tablets help UW researchers improve storm forecasts

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Atmospheric scientists are using pressure readings from some new smartphones and tablet computers to improve short-term thunderstorm forecasts. A weather station in every pocket would offer an unprecedented wealth of data.


December 31, 2012

In rain and snow at home, Seahawks much more likely to win

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The Seahawks win four times as many home games as they lose when the weather is inclement, compared to less than two to one when it’s not.