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Climate & Space Researchers Develop New Space Weather Prediction Model

Posted: September 25, 2016

Climate & Space Researchers Develop New Space Weather Prediction Model Photo: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Beginning next month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center will be able to better predict the intensity of solar storms and geographic areas affected by using a new, more sophisticated prediction model created by Climate & Space researchers.

CLaSP Professors Tamas Gombosi, Gabor Toth, and Dan Welling developed the new tool which will enable the agency provide more timely and detailed warnings for utilities.

“This is the first time we will get short-term forecasts of what the changes at the surface of the Earth will be,” says Bob Rutledge, lead forecaster at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. “We can tell a power-grid customer not only that it will be a bad day, but give them some heads-up on what exactly they will be facing.”

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