ARL Weekly News – September 1, 2023

Recent Events

Notes From the Field – USCRN Installations in Alaska

Two new stations are now online in the  U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) USCRN Team members – Josh Blackwell, Blake Randolph, Zack Henderson, Brandon McCloy, Chuck Lindsey, John Kochendorfer, and Mark Hall – recently returned from Alaska. Despite the numerous obstacles, wildlife, loads of equipment, and weather concerns, the installation late last week in the remote locations. For more details and pictures, please see the ARL field notes.

Real-time data and station information is here:

AK Huslia 27 E Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
AK Galena 44 SW
Innoko National Wildlife Refuge

Installation progresses as the tower nears completion


State of the Climate 2022

State of The Climate in 2022, The Tropics

On September 6, 2023, the annual State of the Climate Report for 2022 was formally released. This annual publication is compiled by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information and is based on contributions from over 600 scientists from around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space. This is the 33rd issuance of the annual assessment now known as State of the Climate, published in the Bulletin since 1996. As a supplement to the Bulletin, its foremost function is to document the status and trajectory of many components of the climate system. However, as a series, the report also documents the status and trajectory of our capacity and commitment to observe the climate system. ARL’s Dr. Howard Diamond served as the lead editor for the Chapter on the Tropics and this was his 18th report; and he has plans to do this again in 2024 for the 2023 report. The links to the full report and Tropics Chapter can be found as follows:


Prince Georges Chamber of Commerce Tours Air Resources Car

The Prince Georges County Chamber of Commerce leadership council visited the NCWCP last week. As part of their visit, they toured the Air Resources Car to better understand the research as well as local community influences on emissions and greenhouse gases. Ariel Stein, Xinrong Ren and Phil Stratton showed the car as well as some local measurements in the county.

Local business leaders view the ARL Air Resources Car.

SPLASH Campaign

Mark Heuer, Dominick Christensen and Sreenath Paleri traveled to Gothic near Crested Butte and removed the two ARL installations that were a major contributor to the Study of Precipitation, the Lower Atmosphere and Surface for Hydrometeorology (SPLASH) campaign. In addition, progress was made on completing the SEBN site at the NOAA GML Table Mountain Facility.  SPLASH was a comprehensive, state-of-the-art observing network in the East River watershed of the Colorado mountains with a goal of advancing weather and water prediction capabilities in areas with complex terrain.

Back to School – Homeschool visitors

On 31 August, Temple Lee, Nebila Lichiheb, and Randy White met with three homeschooled students and their parents from east Tennessee to talk about the work that scientists and engineers do at NOAA / ARL and ATDD. Temple, Nebila, and Randy first discussed the different platforms used in the field, including rawinsondes, small uncrewed aircraft systems, meteorological towers, and mobile measurements, before giving the group a tour of the lab and the meteorological monitoring equipment installed outside ATDD.