PMEL in the News
Fires are lasting longer into the night, and researchers may have found out why
A new study showed nighttime air in the western U.S. is getting drier and warmer, potentially prolonging fire activity. Andy Chiodi is quoted.
The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees
Local evidence of the cataclysm has literally washed away over the years. But Oregon’s Douglas firs may have recorded clues deep in their tree rings. Bob Dziak is quoted.
OSU Scientists say ocean oxygen levels too low, too early
Scientists at Oregon State University are troubled by the levels of hypoxia off the Pacific Northwest coastal line. Richard Feely and NOAA webstory is referenced.
Autonomous "Saildrones" built to survive hurricanes and provide unprecedented data
A 1500 pound, solar-powered craft will sail into the eyewalls of future hurricanes and report back data that could improve the ability of scientists to predict where storms will make landfall and at what strength. CBS News senior environmental correspondent Ben Tracy has the details. This video features NOAA PMEL/AOML joint research mission.
Record-breaking extreme heat and cold events may result from similar underlying mechanisms
The highest temperature ever verifiably recorded on Earth—54.4 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) in Death Valley, California, on July 9, 2021—comes just months after record-low temperatures were recorded across Asia and the United States. In sweltering heat, the results of a rapidly warming Earth are clear. In a blizzard, it can be more difficult to understand how global warming can cause such freezing cold. An international research team examined three extreme events from the past winter to elucidate the mechanisms underlying such swings in temperature and weather. Jim Overland is quoted.