A new approach enables meter-scale localization of lightning strikes. And it’s already illuminating the basic physics of the phenomenon.
radar & radio
A Close Look at Melting Below Antarctica’s Largest Ice Shelf
Radar data reveal where, when, and how fast the base of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf has been losing mass in recent years.
Monitoring Moisture from Afar
Undisturbed tropical rain forests are experiencing more frequent droughts, but the ecosystems are isolated and difficult to assess. Scientists are using remote sensing to expand the depth and scope of monitoring efforts.
Gigantic Jet of Lightning Mapped over Oklahoma
The most powerful gigantic jet ever recorded fortuitously appeared over a sensor array in Oklahoma, enabling scientists to map the structure of the phenomenon for the first time.
Advanced Real-Time Prediction of Storms With 30-Second Refresh
A new-generation weather radar and a massive supercomputing system enables forecasts of storms refreshed every 30 seconds, a significant development in severe weather prediction.
Radar Diagnosis of the Thundercloud Electron Accelerator
Altitude-resolved S-band radar observations of graupel are used to decipher thunderstorm ground enhancements in surface electric field and gamma ray flux.
Newly Discovered Lake May Offer a Glimpse into Antarctica’s Past
Scientists dive in—metaphorically—to Lake Snow Eagle, only recently revealed through ice-penetrating radar.
Amateur Radio Observations Help Monitor Space Weather
Amateur radio observations provide a new method for studying large-scale ionospheric disturbances and HF communication impacts, and are important applications in ionospheric space weather monitoring.
Impact Structure Hidden Under Arctic Ice Dates to the Paleocene
Greenland’s Hiawatha impact structure, more than 30 kilometers in diameter, is much older than previously thought, new results suggest.
Melting Layer Characteristics of Cyclones
Dual‐frequency Precipitation Radar observations reveal the characteristics and microphysical processes of the melting layer in cyclone precipitation over the western North Pacific.