NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency’s newly released report highlights five areas of focus, including planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, and ensuring access to space, which could be disrupted if, say, a flooded road delayed the delivery of rocket fuel to a launchpad.

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Field technicians greeted by thigh-deep snow

Christchurch-based environmental monitoring technicians Alec Dempster and Pieter Havelaar got way off the beaten track this week, heading to a snow-covered Mt Potts for weather station servicing in clear blue skies and some of the deepest snow they’ve ever worked in.

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

Apple's iOS 15 Is Here—These Are All the Top New Features

When you open the Photos app and go to the For You tab, you'll be greeted with a new version of Memories—this feature automatically generates a mini-movie of specific trips or events and automatically chooses a relevant song from Apple Music (but only if you have a subscription to the music service).

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

What Is ‘Fire Weather,’ and Why Is It Getting Worse?

But if you’re wondering why we don’t often hear about catastrophic fires in the plains states, like we do in California, Oregon, and Colorado, that’s because “fire weather” just means the conditions are right for a blaze—it doesn’t mean they necessarily happen.

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

The weather’s better in lockdown, right?

As for where this lockdown phenomenon is being felt the most, warmer than average days have been happening across the North Island, the top of the South Island and about Otago.

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

NIWA takes shot at golf course ratings

Dr Turner determined that using NIWA’s in-house, high resolution weather model, known as the NZCSM – New Zealand Convective Scale Model – could result in a fairer comparison across all golf courses.NZCSM mean wind speeds from the past four years were applied to the ratings calculation of almost 400 golf courses across the country.

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Here are three great new field guides that will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weather phenomena, how to identify bird nests, and the ins and outs of the bird families of North America.

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

June blows hot and cold – and possibly hottest of all

Mr Noll says the last few weeks have been substantially warmer than average across the country prompted by warm sea temperatures in the western Pacific fuelling northerly low pressure systems bringing warm air to New Zealand.

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

Climate scientists making shift to new “normal”

“This is especially important because there has been a proliferation of different types of weather stations in recent times and we need to ensure that they each measuring the variables the same way.”.Climate scientist Raghav Srinivasan says the process of changing the normal takes several steps.

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

“It’s a boom in import cargo beyond anything we've seen before,” says Lars Jensen, the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which advises clients in the container shipping industry.

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather

Last week, Texas was hit by a different kind of extreme weather event: Record-smashing cold temperatures and heavy snow.But other states manage much colder weather every year without these types of power outages.

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things you should know about regarding the 2020 Christmas climate, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll: The wet — although the Christmas/New Year period will feature plenty of dry weather, Christmas Eve will be an exception.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Eventually, Stahlman, who has since retired, decided that the problem was likely temperature: Something about spraying in high heat was rendering the herbicides less effective.

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

21 Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoors Gear (2020): Weights, Fitness Trackers, and More

We've waded through tons of Black Friday deals for the best fitness and outdoor gear that will help you stay in shape this cold winter.Running Gear Deals.Check out our Outdoor Gift Guide and roundup of the Best Outdoor Furniture and Gear for more picks.

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Recently, US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) engaged with the voting public via a big Twitch stream in which she played the party game/treachery simulator Among Us. Not long after, the game was plagued by a spam attack that launched a bevy of pro-Republican messages to players, which seems … possibly related.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Courtesy of NOAASo if you’re looking at the HRRR-Smoke map, on that same left-hand menu, click on “Near Surface Smoke.” This gives you smoke concentrations at about 8 meters off the ground, which are indicated on a light-blue-to-purple color scale at top right on the map.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

Once SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to orbit on operational missions, seats on Crew Dragon will cost roughly half the price of a seat on the Russian Soyuz capsule.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

It's Not Just the Extreme Heat. It's the Extreme Humidity

Intolerable bouts of extreme humidity and heat that could threaten human survival are on the rise across the world, suggesting that worst-case-scenario warnings about the consequences of global heating are already occurring, a new study has revealed.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

Lake scientist Piet Verburg was part of an international team of 39 researchers from 20 countries who carried out a recent review of current knowledge on how lake ecosystems respond to extreme storm events.

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal.The extremely dry conditions have prompted NIWA and Fire Emergency New Zealand to issue a video today highlighting the areas at greatest risk and alerting people to the fire danger.

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

The movie cuts to Hina falling through the sky like some celestial thing, witnessing supernatural weather patterns only she’s meant to see.The added water vapor caused by global warming, climate scientists have warned for decades, will coalesce as heavy rain not unlike the constant downpour in Weathering.

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years .These wild swings from one weather extreme to another are symptomatic of a phenomenon, variously known as “climate whiplash” or “weather whiplash,” that scientists say is likely to increase as the world warms.

Ten years of the weather with you

Ten years of the weather with you

The Seven Station Series dates back to 1909 and shows New Zealand’s average annual temperature has increased by about 1ᵒC over the past 100 years.Takahe Valley (Southland), 9.61 °C (record length 3419 days) Lowest average mean daily temperature :.

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

After several years of testing, NOAA is now preparing to purchase readings from commercial satellites that use GPS signals to measure the density of the atmosphere.