St. Louis Public Radio: A New Tool Can Help Mississippi River Cities Plan For Future Floods. “The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and the U.S. Department of the Interior created an electronic portal in response to this year’s near-record flooding. The MRCTI Imagery and Information Viewer aggregates maps, weather forecasts and up-to-date data on floods and droughts — all information necessary for cities to better plan for natural disasters.” The tool contains historical water level data as well.
Digital Trends: A.I. cameras could help stomp out wildfires before they become disastrous. “This summer marks one year since California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire season ever. And while not for a second diminishing the devastation caused by that disaster, it’s not an isolated event. Many countries around the world are experiencing unprecedented heat waves, which pose similar fire risks. Could cutting-edge technology help?”
EurekAlert: Computer scientists predict lightning and thunder with the help of artificial intelligence. “At the beginning of June, the German Weather Service counted 177,000 lightning bolts in the night sky within a few days. The natural spectacle had consequences: Several people were injured by gusts of wind, hail and rain. Together with Germany’s National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, computer science professor Jens Dittrich and his doctoral student Christian Schön from Saarland University are now working on a system that is supposed to predict local thunderstorms more precisely than before.”
Phys .org: Database helps put Canadian tornadoes on the map . “While approximately 60 tornadoes are confirmed in Canada each year, the actual number is closer to 230. Collecting data from these events will help researchers understand their frequency and severity, as well as their connection to global climate change. Capturing that information is the inspiration behind the Northern Tornadoes Project Open Data site, launched by Western Libraries this week.”
CBS Miami: Social Media Becomes Growing Tool For Meteorologists Sharing Important Hurricane Forecasts, Updates. “Communicating before and during a storm is imperative for hurricane forecasters and meteorologists. Social media has become an integral tool in getting out information quickly and efficiently.”
Phys .org: New website for tracking marine heatwaves. “In order to better understand the impacts to the ocean, Dr. [Eric] Oliver co-organizes an international working group to observe marine heatwaves through an interactive website. The website allows users to click on any location in the global ocean and see the history of marine heatwaves from current day back to 1982.”
NASA: InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service. “No matter how cold your winter has been, it’s probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public can get a daily weather report from NASA’s InSight lander.” Big thanks to Matt S. for the heads-up.