PMEL in the News
Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day
In the second episode of this two-part series, the search continues for signs of what happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Vasily Titov is featured discussing tsunami at around 10:33
An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane
To improve future tropical cyclone forecasts, researchers sent a remotely operated saildrone into the extreme winds and towering waves around the eye of a category 4 hurricane. Written by Gregory R. Foltz, Chidong Zhang, Christian Meinig, Jun A. Zhang and Dongxiao Zhang
Into the ice: A crab boat’s quest for snow crab in a Bering Sea upended by climate change
ABOARD THE PINNACLE, Bering Sea — Through the wheelhouse window, Capt. Mark Casto spotted a white line on the horizon. The edge of an ice floe was illuminated by bow lights piercing the morning darkness of the Bering Sea. He throttled back the engines. Soon, the Seattle-based crab boat began to nose through closely packed pancake-like pieces and bigger craggy chunks, some the size of boulders, which bobbed about in the currents and clanged against the hull. Phyllis Stabeno discusses sea ice.
Warmer Nights Are Adding Fuel to Nighttime Fires
Cool, moist nights are rarer than they were a few decades ago, and that’s giving wildfires an edge over crews trying to hold fire lines. Andy Chiodi is quoted.
This Tropical Weather Phenomenon Can Have a Big Influence on California Rain and Snow, But Key Connections Remain a Mystery
...Which is a way of saying: a lot of people ask what it takes to make it rain in California, and the answer relies on a bewildering variety of inputs, some of them very complex and very far away. One of the most intriguing, and least understood, is a weather phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO. Chidong Zhang is featured.