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Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01986)
Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01986)
This image shows a tornado from a vantage point along Wyoming SH 151 in Goshen County, several miles east of La Grange. It was observed on June 5, 2009 during VORTEX2, the second field phase of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment. VORTEX2 is designed to improve our understanding of tornado formation, which ultimately will better allow us to assess the likelihood of tornadoes in supercell thunderstorms and possibly tornado intensity, longevity, and cyclic behavior.
Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01987)
Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01987)
This image shows a tornado from a vantage point along Wyoming SH 151 in Goshen County, several miles east of La Grange. It was observed on June 5, 2009 during VORTEX2, the second field phase of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment. VORTEX2 is designed to improve our understanding of tornado formation, which ultimately will better allow us to assess the likelihood of tornadoes in supercell thunderstorms and possibly tornado intensity, longevity, and cyclic behavior.
Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01988)
Wyoming tornado, June 5, 2009 (DI01988)
This image shows a tornado from a vantage point along Wyoming SH 151 in Goshen County, several miles east of La Grange. It was observed on June 5, 2009 during VORTEX2, the second field phase of the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment. VORTEX2 is designed to improve our understanding of tornado formation, which ultimately will better allow us to assess the likelihood of tornadoes in supercell thunderstorms and possibly tornado intensity, longevity, and cyclic behavior.
Xuanyong Xu
Xuanyong Xu
Xuanyong Xu
Yellow leaves against a blue sky (DI02644), Photo by Carlye Calvin
Yellow leaves against a blue sky (DI02644), Photo by Carlye Calvin
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors.
Yellowstone Supercomputer view from the Visitor's Center (DI02643), Photograph by Caryle Calvin
Yellowstone Supercomputer view from the Visitor's Center (DI02643), Photograph by Caryle Calvin
The latest chapter in the story of NCAR computing begins in the fall of 2012, as the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center opens for business.
Yellowstone Supercomputer with imagery on screens (DI02648), Photograph by Carlye Calvin
Yellowstone Supercomputer with imagery on screens (DI02648), Photograph by Carlye Calvin
Years ago, it became clear that the computing center at NCAR's Mesa Laboratory was reaching the limits of its ability to provide space, power, and cooling for ever-larger supercomputers. The center's search for an alternative led to Cheyenne, where the NWSC now stands as the latest example of an expanding research corridor of tech-oriented development along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Yellowstone supercomputers head-on (DI02676)
Yellowstone supercomputers head-on (DI02676)
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and universities across the country are launching a series of initial scientific projects on the center's flagship, a 1.5-petaflop IBM supercomputer known as Yellowstone. These first projects focus on a wide range of Earth science topics, from atmospheric disturbances to subterranean faults, that will eventually help to improve predictions of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and other natural hazards.
Ying-Hwa "Bill" Kuo (DI02354)
Ying-Hwa "Bill" Kuo (DI02354)
NCAR senior scientist Bill Kuo directs the program office for the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate, or COSMIC. This globe-spanning satellite network, launched in April 2006, will furnish round-the-clock weather data, monitor climate change, and improve space weather forecasts by using signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS). Kuo served as the U.S. project director for the Taiwan Area Mesoscale Experiment and is a recognized leader in the fields of mesoscale numerical modeling and data assimilation. For many years he was the lead developer of the MM5 weather model, used around the world. His scientific interests include mesoscale modeling, explosive marine cyclogenesis, mesoscale convective systems, heavy rainfall prediction, data assimilation, the use of GPS for meteorological research, and model initialization. Kuo divides his time between COSMIC and NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division.
Yuan Sui
Yuan Sui
Yuan Sui
Yucca Plant, Mexico (DI01227),  Photo by David Gochis
Yucca Plant, Mexico (DI01227), Photo by David Gochis
Climate change will cause major changes in the distribution of plant life. Different kinds of plants need different kinds of climatic conditions. As global temperatures increase and global climate changes, researchers expect the plant zones found in the world today to shift away from the equator and toward the poles. This photo was taken during NAME, North American Monsoon Experiment, June 2004, near Mazatlan, Mexico.

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