NOAA: Back to school: Find NOAA resources with our new online database

New-to-me, from NOAA: Back to school: Find NOAA resources with our new online database . “With a new school year just around the corner, teachers and educators are gearing up to create lesson plans and find engaging activities for their students. We have a tool to make it easier than ever to include NOAA resources in your classroom: NOAA Sea to Sky, a new education resource database that houses over 1,200 educational resources created by NOAA and our partners.”

Texas A&M Today: Using Historical Weather Data To Optimize Power Grid

Texas A&M Today: Using Historical Weather Data To Optimize Power Grid. “Weather information has been used in electric grid planning and operations since the 1880s. However, no one has yet introduced the idea of incorporating this information into the power flow, or load flow, of the grid, which is a system used to determine how the power flows from the generators through the transmission system to the distribution system (which is then used by consumers).”

NOAA: Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat

NOAA: Biden Administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat. “Today, the Biden Administration through the interagency National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) launched Heat.gov, a new website to provide the public and decision-makers with clear, timely and science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat. Heat.gov will provide a one-stop hub on heat and health for the nation and is a priority of President Biden’s National Climate Task Force and its Interagency Working Group on Extreme Heat.”

‘Send help’: Texans are venting frustrations about the scorching heat in hilarious TikTok videos (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle: ‘Send help’: Texans are venting frustrations about the scorching heat in hilarious TikTok videos. “It’s hot in Texas. It’s so hot that Texans are hilariously taking to TikTok to vent their frustrations about the scorching climate. User Texastori1990’s driveway pavement was so hot that she placed a skillet on it, added oil, a heap of salt and fried an egg. ‘Welcome to Texas,’ she said. ”

New Zealand Herald: New Zealand tsunami database details history of monster waves and lost settlements

New Zealand Herald: New Zealand tsunami database details history of monster waves and lost settlements. “Monster 12-metre waves, an entire settlement swept out to sea, and a bridge lifted and dumped a kilometre upriver are a few examples of the might of tsunami that have struck New Zealand in the last two centuries. Toka Tū Ake EQC and GNS Science have combed hundreds of years worth of historical tsunami data to create a new public resource, detailing all recorded tsunamis since 1835.”

Engadget: NOAA triples its supercomputing capacity for improved storm modeling

Engadget: NOAA triples its supercomputing capacity for improved storm modeling. “Last year, hurricanes hammered the Southern and Eastern US coasts at the cost of more than 160 lives and $70 billion in damages. Thanks to climate change, it’s only going to get worse. In order to quickly and accurately predict these increasingly severe weather patterns, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Tuesday that it has effectively tripled its supercomputing (and therefore weather modelling) capacity with the addition of two high-performance computing (HPC) systems built by General Dynamics.”

Hack A Day: Monitor Space Weather And The Atmosphere With Your Cellphone!

Hack A Day: Monitor Space Weather And The Atmosphere With Your Cellphone!. “Above our heads, the atmosphere is a complex and unpredictable soup of gasses and charged particles subject to the influence of whatever the Sun throws at it. Attempting to understand it is not for the faint-hearted, so it has for centuries been the object of considerable research. A new project from the European Space Agency and ETH Zurich gives the general public the chance to participate in that research in a small way, by crowdsourcing atmospheric data gathering to a mobile phone app.”

The Verge: Global science project links Android phones with satellites to improve weather forecasts

The Verge: Global science project links Android phones with satellites to improve weather forecasts. “Collecting satellite data for research is a group effort thanks to this app developed for Android users. Camaliot is a campaign funded by the European Space Agency, and its first project focuses on making smartphone owners around the world part of a project that can help improve weather forecasts by using your phone’s GPS receiver.”

InfoSecurity Magazine: West Blocks Russia’s Access to Weather Data

InfoSecurity Magazine: West Blocks Russia’s Access to Weather Data. “Western weather-related agencies are curbing Russia’s access to meteorological data over fears that the country may use such information to attack Ukraine with biological or chemical weapons. Data that agencies want kept secret from Russia include near-instantaneous measurements of wind speed and direction, sunlight and precipitation.”

Spotted via Google Alerts: Hawaiʻi Climate Data Portal

This is one of those resources that I learn about from a firmly-paywalled article, careen around looking for more details and a non-paywalled source, don’t find one, and give up with a Spotted via Google Alerts: Hawaiʻi Climate Data Portal. It’s apparently officially launching later today. From the home page: “The overarching goal of the HCDP is to provide streamlined access to high-quality reliable climate data and information for the State Of Hawai‘i. This includes the production of both near-real-time monthly rainfall and daily temperature maps and a user-friendly tool to visualize and download them. Easy access to high quality climate data, information and products through the HCDP allows researchers to focus more time on their analyses and less time on data collection and processing.”