A GeoColor image of the U.S. NOAA's GOES-16 satellite on July 18, 2023.

Biden-Harris Administration announces up to $7 million through Investing in America agenda to improve weather predictions

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced a $7 million funding opportunity through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to establish a new multi-university Data Assimilation Consortium that will improve weather predictions. As the climate crisis contributes to worsening extreme weather events affecting Americans nationwide, this investment will give Americans the information and tools they need to prepare and stay safe.

Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) will be mounted on this NSF/NCAR C-130

New Airborne Radar Partnership Will Give Close 3D Views Inside Clouds and Severe Storms

The Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) will be the world’s first phased array C-band, dual-Doppler, dual-polarization radar. WPO helped fund the initial research and development of APAR which received $91.8 million in June from the National Science Foundation. APAR will be mounted on the new C-130J hurricane hunter aircraft and allow the atmosphere to be sampled at a higher spatial resolution and probe deeper into storms.