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Currents and rainfall around Florida
August 10, 2016

Robust surface ocean currents around Peninsular Florida, namely the Loop and the Florida Currents, are shown to affect the terrestrial wet season of Peninsular Florida. New research shows that differences in the ocean bathymetry (or topography) of two novel numerical climate model integrations can influence the ocean currents and their impact on regional climate.

Salinity and atmospheric circulation
June 2, 2016

Ocean-to-land moisture transport leaves an imprint on sea surface salinity, making this “nature’s rain gauge” to measure the variations of the water cycle. Two new studies provide strong evidence that salinity in the subtropical North Atlantic is a skillful predictor for precipitation in the African Sahel and the US Midwest.

Cold winter days in US
October 13, 2015

In early January 2014, an Arctic air outbreak brought extreme cold and heavy snowfall to central and eastern North America, causing widespread disruption and monetary losses. However, new research using state-of-the-art climate model simulations finds that the risk of North American daily cold extremes decreases in the future.

Extreme precip
August 24, 2015

Extreme precipitation and associated flooding has a high societal and economic cost. In the Northeast US extreme precipitation has increased by more than 70% in the last 50 years and is projected to continue to increase.

Sea surface temperatures Pacific Ocean 2015
May 20, 2015

As of spring 2015, a wide strip of relatively warm water was present along the entire West Coast of North America. The causes and effects of this warm ocean water event is sometimes referred to as the “blob” and are the results of a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters.

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