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Energy firms tune in to weather forecasts

— posted on Jun 20, 2014 09:42 AM

Professor George Young sheds some light on the relationship between modern weather forecasting and how suppliers and producers use it to predict client demand and supply levels.

Climate change had political, human impact on ancient Maya

— posted on Nov 12, 2012 09:19 AM

The role of climate change in the development and demise of classic Maya civilization, ranging from AD 300 to 1000, has been controversial for decades because of a lack of well-dated climate and archaeological evidence.

NSF awards $11.9 million for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

— posted on Oct 12, 2012 08:41 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An interdisciplinary team of scholars received an $11.9 million award from the National Science Foundation to support the establishment of a multi-institution research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management strategies.

Report: When it rains, state's downpours are getting worse

— posted on Sep 28, 2012 03:02 PM

Raymond Najjar, a climate scientist in Penn State's Department of Meteorology, said, "Decades of climate research have led us to the inescapable conclusion that fossil-fuel emissions make the atmosphere warmer, moister, and more prone to producing intense precipitations."

Funding Opportunity for Students in STEM

— posted on Jul 09, 2012 10:31 AM

The Institute for Broadening Participation, a National Science Foundation and NASA grantee, is promoting resources for Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Multiple proxy datasets can clarify ancient climate regimes

— posted on Jul 03, 2012 03:53 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tree ring and oxygen isotope data from the U.S. Pacific Northwest do not provide the same information on past precipitation, but rather than causing a problem, the differing results are a good thing, according to a team of geologists.

The Inside Scoop On 5 Kinds Of Crazy Weather

— posted on Oct 15, 2012 02:59 PM

Most of us had never heard the term "derecho" until Friday, when we learned that's what meteorologists call the kind of massive storm that swept through the Midwest and blitzed the Eastern Seaboard, killing at least 20 people and leaving a 700-mile swath of destruction and downed power lines in its wake.

Home Run Weather 2012

— posted on Jul 07, 2012 04:47 PM

PSU Alumnus, Paul Dorian has developed a mobile app that determines if the local weather conditions are favorable for home runs

Unidata and Penn State Bring Weather Data to Students

— posted on May 22, 2012 01:23 PM

The Unidata Local Data Manager (LDM) package provides a stable mechanism for the dissemination of meteorological data from various sources to the greater Unidata community over the Unidata Internet Data Distribution (IDD) network.

Why don't TV meteorologists believe in climate change?

— posted on May 11, 2012 03:01 PM

In recent years, the world's scientists have begun to show that climate change is altering the magnitude and frequency of severe weather, and polls say a majority of Americans now link droughts, floods and other extremes to global warming.

'Hold on to your hamburgers'

— posted on May 11, 2012 02:31 PM

"Welcome to Salina ... the heart of Tornado Alley. We experience a lot of extreme weather here," said Koch, the director of Saline County Emergency Management.

Politics Aside, Climate Science Faces Real Uncertainties

— posted on May 09, 2012 09:34 AM

Those standing on the two main sides of the climate debate are easy for most Americans to recognize. There is the majority of researchers who actually study the climate and see abundant evidence that the earth is warming, driven largely by the human burning of fossil fuels. And there is a vocal minority of doubters, many of whom draw on critiques of the science promoted by industry-financed campaigns.

Probing Question: What is the jet stream?

— posted on May 15, 2012 09:21 PM

If you've seen the movie Finding Nemo, you probably recall the depiction of the "EAC," a fast-moving ocean current that the film's surfer-dude sea turtles ride with flair.

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