Climatology

A weather model with a yellow to greens color gradient showing wind speed.

Weather Forecasting Using Artificial Intelligence

Mark Altaweel

GraphCast is a Google DeepMind effort that uses deep learning to improve medium-range weather forecasting.

Two maps - the top has a deep blue to deep red raster temperature layer for an area in South Africa and the bottom has deep blue to deep red dots to represent individual elephant locations with temperature sensors.

Using Animals to Collect Weather Data

Caitlin Dempsey

Scientists suggest using sensors on wildlife to collect fine-grained weather data about the environments these animals move around in.

Three side-by-side satellite images showing the emergence of an ephemeral lake in Badwater Basin.

North America’s Lowest Point on Land is Currently a Lake

Caitlin Dempsey

Two recent heavy rainfall events have filled Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America on land, up with water.

A dark photo taken at night showing lightning and a purple sky around the lightning.

Geography of Lightning Strikes in the United States

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers recently mapped out data from the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) between 2017 and 2022 to see where lightning strikes the most across the contiguous United States.

A map showing moisture levels carried by an atmospheric river over the West Coast including California. High moisture levels are a dark blue-green and low moisture levels are brown.

What is the Outlook for California’s Atmospheric Rivers?

Caitlin Dempsey

During the winter months, atmospheric rivers carry enormous amounts of water to the state of California.

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