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Evaluation of new aerosol data set

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper presents a thorough evaluation of a major new aerosol data set in one of the main aerosol source regions of the world. The Multiangle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) algorithm can produce products such as aerosol optical depth (AOD). The authors perform.... more

New Technique Could Help Scientists Track Nitrous Oxide Sources

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A long-term study in Switzerland reveals the promise of a new method to determine isotopic composition of the potent greenhouse gas.  Nitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas, with nearly 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Some sources of.... more

Snow Melt Onset Hinders Bromine Monoxide Heterogeneous Recycling in the Arctic

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper correlates the factors that control the seasonal dependence of bromine monoxide in the Arctic springtime boundary layer with the onset of snow melt. This is the first field evidence to show that the physical state of the surfaces where reaction take place has an effect.... more

Progress in regional modeling of Arctic permafrost characteristics

Editor’s Highlight—   Regional modeling of permafrost characteristics is rare in the scientific literature yet this is an important Arctic characteristic to get right. This paper compares the results obtained with two simulations of a model for the 1979-2014 period. The differences in simulated permafrost.... more

Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought

Press Release—Summer wildfires boost air pollution considerably more than previously believed. Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according.... more

How Storm Turbulence Can Spark Lightning

Mark Zastrow, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— The turbulent pockets of air inside storms can help to build up static electricity in the atmosphere, according to a new study. Whenever you’re on an airplane descending into a thunderstorm, it’s a good bet you’ll be in for a bumpy ride: storms are driven by convective.... more

Satellite snapshots of lightening and radar reflectivity in tropical cyclones

Editor’s Highlight—   This paper examines the relationships between total lightning and tropical cyclone intensity changes. It is a multidimensional problem and the authors make use of very large, robust, and complex databases. They consider total lightning (in-cloud plus cloud-to-ground) and radar.... more

Using Multiple Satellites Gives a Fuller View of Cloud Structure

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— The unique strengths of different satellites reveal different facets of cloud systems and precipitation.  Satellites enable scientists to study the three-dimensional vertical structure of clouds, which can hold clues about atmospheric conditions and precipitation..... more

Sorting Waves in the Sky

Alexandra Branscombe, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Gravity waves in the atmosphere drive weather around the globe. A new study helps interpret gravity wave data and identify annual patterns of this atmospheric mechanism.  In addition to seasonal changes, large-scale pressure systems, and tides, Earth’s atmosphere.... more