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Helsinki, Finland - April 8, 2013 - Vaisala is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network® (NLDN), the most accurate, reliable and scientifically validated lightning detection network in the United States. Since the first lightning location data was recorded on June 1, 1983 the NLDN has contributed 30 years of lightning data, improving meteorological forecasting of storm activity; protecting critical power, utility and communications infrastructure from lightning damage; and enabling issuing safety warnings and educating the public about the dangers of lightning.

Throughout the NLDN's 30-year history, Vaisala has continued to develop the technology further, making a number of upgrades to improve the network's detection efficiency, location accuracy and overall performance. The data collected by the NLDN has helped advance meteorological and scientific understanding of lightning and severe storms, and agencies such as the National Weather Service, major utility companies, and many airports have come to rely on the accuracy of the data and the reliability of the network.

BOULDER – With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century.

The research team found that reductions in four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily forestall the rate of sea level rise by roughly 25 to 50 percent.

“To avoid potentially dangerous sea level rise, we could cut emissions of short-lived pollutants even if we cannot immediately cut carbon dioxide emissions,” says Aixue Hu of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the first author of the study. “This new research shows that society can significantly reduce the threat to coastal cities if it moves quickly on a handful of pollutants.”

BOULDER -- The main source of online weather training for hundreds of thousands of forecasters, emergency managers, and others in the United States and abroad is turning to donations from users in order to try to stay in service.

The COMET Program, managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), is taking this unprecedented step in the face of a funding shortfall of nearly $2 million. The deficit reflects this year’s government sequestration as well as further federal budget cuts anticipated in fiscal year 2014.

More than 275,000 meteorologists, pilots, firefighters, emergency managers, other professionals, and students rely on COMET's MetEd website (

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David Hosansky, NCAR/UCAR Media Relations

Marijke Unger, NCAR CISL External Relations

David Hosansky, UCAR/NCAR Media Relations
April 1st, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time in its 53-year history, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has opened a full-time office in Washington. The new office, which begins operations today, will advocate on behalf of its 104 member universities that study the atmosphere and work to improve weather forecasting.

It will also pursue business development opportunities with private sector businesses and foundations that have an interest in atmospheric research.

“UCAR will advocate for the nation’s entire weather enterprise out of this office,” says UCAR president Thomas Bogdan. “Having representation in Washington, where decision makers and most of our funders are located, is critical as we work toward improving the nation’s forecasting capabilities.”