PMEL in the News
Meteorologist: Social media may explain increase in Washington tornadoes
In the hours after a tornado touched ground in the small Mason County community of Shelton, National Weather Service (NWS) crews were out to asses the damage. “A tornado did reach the surface, because we’re seeing damage on the ground like this,” said NWS lead Meteorologist Carly Kovacik. Nick Bond is quoted.
A vast heat wave is endangering sea life in the Pacific Ocean. Is this the wave of the future?
A vast region of unusually warm water has formed in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and scientists are worried that it could devastate sea life in the area and fuel the formation of harmful algal blooms. Greg Johnson and Nick Bond are quoted.
New method gives first global picture of mutual predictability of atmosphere and ocean
University of Maryland (UMD) scientists have carried out a novel statistical analysis to determine for the first time a global picture of how the ocean helps predict the low-level atmosphere and vice versa. Samantha Wills is quoted.
The PNW is going to be a 'different place': Mount Hood resorts grappling with climate change
Scientists, meteorologists and ski resort employees all agree: Climate change could have devastating effects on the winter sports industry. Nick Bond is quoted.
USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica
A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. Adrienne Sutton is quoted.