PMEL in the News
Warmer Nights Are Adding Fuel to Nighttime Fires
Cool, moist nights are rarer than they were a few decades ago, and that’s giving wildfires an edge over crews trying to hold fire lines. Andy Chiodi is quoted.
This Tropical Weather Phenomenon Can Have a Big Influence on California Rain and Snow, But Key Connections Remain a Mystery
...Which is a way of saying: a lot of people ask what it takes to make it rain in California, and the answer relies on a bewildering variety of inputs, some of them very complex and very far away. One of the most intriguing, and least understood, is a weather phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation, or MJO. Chidong Zhang is featured.
It’s Getting Hot in Here: Ocean temperatures are on the rise
TheLog NewsCast Ep. 3: Katherine interviewed three experts about a recent study published on Feb. 1 by Plos Climate and written by Kisei R. Tanaka, and Kyle S.Van Houtan found more than half of the planet’s ocean surface has regularly surpassed historical extreme heat thresholds starting in 2014. To gain a better understanding Katherine spoke with Dr. Gregory Johnson from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Anna Marie Laura Director of International Government Relations at Ocean Conservancy, and President and CEO of Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach Dr. Peter Kareiva. Each expert brings insight to the study and an in-depth explanation of what the world can expect.
Simulation Shows How Tonga Tsunami Spread Across the Pacific
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a simulation of last month’s tsunami that triggered warnings in Humboldt County and around the Pacific. The “tsunami propagation” animation, put together by the Tsunami Research NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, shows tsunami waves and ocean disruption produced by the massive volcanic eruption on the uninhabited South Pacific island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai on January 15.
Fish Hum, Purr and Click Underwater -- and Now Machines Can Understand Them
(Inside Science) -- As the sun rises over the island of American Samoa, a chorus of animal voices drifts upward. They're not the calls of birds, though -- the purrs, clicks and groans are coming from under the water. New research shows how automation can make it increasingly easy to eavesdrop on the fish making the sounds and uncover how their environment impacts them. Jill Munger is quoted.