Researchers Shed Light on Perplexing Bay of Bengal Monsoon Oscillations

WASHINGTON — Oceanographers and meteorologists with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory concluded an ambitious field research program in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Naval Research aimed at understanding the role of the Indian Ocean on monsoon intra-seasonal oscillations. More

NRL meteorologist tracks transcontinental dust storms’ magnitude and impact

WASHINGTON — This meteorological phenomenon involves an extremely hot, dry air mass, carrying large concentrations of Saharan dust from Northern Africa across the Atlantic Ocean into the Greater Caribbean, South America, the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern United States. More

The drive to create the next generation of weather models

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t Joan Gardner’s first time seeing a polar bear. Over the years, while conducting research on floating ice in the Artic, she had often spotted them wandering the outer periphery of her work site. Now it was 2016, and her team was outside the city of Barrow (Utqiaġvik), in the Alaska North Slope. Her field of vision was restricted by goggles. She was looking down while sampling the ice and taking measurements. More

Predicting Hurricane Dorian using NRL’s tropical cyclone model COAMPS-TC

WASHINGTON— At the time, senior scientist Jim Doyle was a little worried. Projections by his team’s tropical cyclone model were deviating from those of the other major weather models, which were predicting Hurricane Dorian would make landfall in Florida. His own team’s model showed the storm would curve northward along the coast. More

NRL researching rivers in the sky

WASHINGTON – Meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory plan to take a harder look in 2020 at a prime, yet difficult to model, component of the global water cycle known as atmospheric rivers.

Rivers in the sky, sometimes known as the Maya or Pineapple Express, account for most of the horizontal moisture transported outside of the tropics – the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn – and even up into the Arctic. More

NRL Marine Meteorology Division Overview

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to better understand the atmosphere, the coupled environment, and their mission impacts so that they can be better simulated, better predicted, and help the U.S. Military. More

Weather forecasting team tracks, predicts ‘fire-cloud’ phenomenon

MONTEREY, Calif. – Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory advanced their ongoing work to understand and predict formation of pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds in 2019, collected the most detailed sampling of the clouds in history. More

Earth System Prediction Capability

Long-range mission planning is vital to Naval operations and often performed months in advance. Knowing the environment where ships, aircraft, Sailors and Marines will be operating is crucial information. Historically, planners have had to rely only on climatological conditions, but climatology only provides the average conditions of the environment and can be far different from reality. This need to know what to expect in the total environment is why researchers at the U.S. More

NRL Tropical Cyclone Forecast Updates Go Live

WASHINGTON — U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s updated tropical cyclone prediction software becomes operational just before the first tropical system of the season to reach the U.S. makes landfall July 13. More


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