CBR: IBM Weather Forecasting Crowd Sources Data Via Phones and Planes. “The Weather Company, a subsidiary of IBM, has unveiled the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) which will provide hourly-updated weather forecasts with a high degree of accuracy. GRAF will gather data in a crowd source manner from millions of devices and sensors worldwide to build a dataset of constantly updating weather informatics.”
Weather .com: Our Meteorologists’ Favorite Weather Websites. “We all have our favorite websites either for getting work done, reading news, or enjoying a hobby. You may wonder what the go-to weather websites are for our meteorologists.” Short list but decent annotations.
University of Washington: UW, Tableau create interactive tool to explore more than a century of Pacific Northwest weather observations. “The University of Washington’s College of the Environment has teamed up with Seattle visual analytics company Tableau Software to create a new, interactive visualization for historical observations of temperature and precipitation in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana, and for Washington snowpack. The free online tool lets anybody interact with the records going back as far as 1881 and look for significant trends.”
Nature Asia: A data toolbox for studying heatwaves. “A database that provides insights into current and past heatwaves – The Global Heatwave and Warm-spell Record (GHWR) – is published online this week in Scientific Data. The GHWR, which is available to researchers, will facilitate the study of heatwaves and their impact on humans and the environment.”
Phys .org: Professor creates climate data visualization tool that can reveal changes in atmosphere in real time. “PolarGlobe is a large-scale, web-based four-dimensional visualization tool allowing climate data access to anyone with an internet connection. It’s capable of illustrating changes in the atmosphere vividly in real time. Designed specifically for polar scientists seeking to understand the ice caps, the tool is also useful for high school science teachers and weather fanatics.”
NASA: Can NASA help predict fires? New database includes fire danger forecasts. “NASA researchers recently created a model that analyzes various weather factors that lead to the formation and spread of fires. The Global Fire Weather Database (GFWED) accounts for local winds, temperatures, and humidity, while also being the first fire prediction model to include satellite–based precipitation measurements. Predicting the intensity of fires is important because smoke can affect air quality and increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
Coastal Review: ‘Harm’s Way’ Exhibit Shows Century of Storms. “The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center has collected accounts and artifacts from the storms that have molded the coast into what it is today and has compiled ‘Harm’s Way: How Storms Have Shaped Our Communities, Our History and Us,’ an exhibit and online resource that tells how the last hundred-plus years of storms have affected Hatteras, Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County.”