PMEL in the News
‘Godzilla’ dust storm traced to shaky northern jet stream
The new findings identify yet another way in which a warming Arctic might disturb the weather half a world away. The root cause of the extra-wavy jet stream is under fierce debate, but some scientists believe Arctic warming and declining sea ice are to blame for Godzilla’s far-reaching effects. Jim Overland is quoted.
Advancing Knowledge of ENSO in a Changing Climate
A new book highlights research progress on El Niño Southern Oscillation dynamics and impacts and how they may change in a warmer world. McPhaden is a co-editor.
NOAA's Argo Program Has Been Observing the Oceans for Two Decades
The ocean is massive. It covers more than 70 percent of Earth's surface. The Pacific Ocean alone blankets 60 million square miles (155 million square kilometers) of the planet. This water regulates our climate and weather patterns by funneling heat from the equator to the poles, produces more than half of the world's oxygen, and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Greg Johnson is quoted.
Limited NOAA Research Team Suggests Cold Pool is Slowly Returning to Bering Sea
NOAA and EcoFOCI sent out one of few research cruises around the Bering Strait earlier this season. The cruise brought back information on the cold pool and marine mammals’ movements in the Bering Sea. Phyllis Stabeno is featured.
Hot, dry weather a factor in Washington wildfire season
High heat, along with an unusual tropical weather system heading north, helped kick off what is normally the toughest stretch of Washington state’s fire season. The strange part is the remnants of a tropical cyclone that worked its way up through California to the Pacific Northwest, bringing lighting and some rain. Nick Bond is quoted.