Scott McIntosh

The Extended Solar Cycle: Muddying the Waters of Solar/Stellar Dynamo Modeling Or Providing Crucial Observational

Graph depicting extended solar cycles
Monday, December 3, 2018

In 1844 Schwabe discovered that the number of sunspots increased and decreased over a period of about 11 years, that variation became known as the sunspot cycle.

Role of Interaction Between Magnetic Rossby Waves and Tachocline Differential Rotation in Producing Solar Seasons

Synoptic maps
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mausumi Dikpati presents a nonlinear magnetohydrodynamic shallow-water model for the solar tachocline (MHD-SWT) that generates quasi-periodic tachocline nonlinear oscillations (TNOs) that can be identified with the recently discovered solar 'seasons'.

Deciphering Solar Magnetic Activity: Spotting Solar Cycle 25

Comparing the evolution of the daily hemispheric sunspot number and a data-inspired representation of activity band polarity and migration image
Friday, June 9, 2017

We present observational signatures of solar cycle 25 onset. Those signatures are visibly following a migratory path from high to low latitudes.

Rossby Waves On The Sun

Rossby waves on the Sun
Friday, April 14, 2017

Space weather forecasting capability is six decades behind terrestrial weather forecasting," you will often hear at gatherings of scientists determined to understand the connections between our star and our home on Earth. It is an accurate statement in terms of capability.

On the Connection between Propagating Solar Coronal Disturbances and Chromospheric Footpoints

SDO/AIA 171Å sub-fields
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore the (thermal) interface between the chromosphere, transition region, and the coronal plasma observed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The Sun, the Moon, and us: American eclipse of 2017

Scott McIntosh

Director Scott McIntosh gave a NCAR Explorer Series Lecture detailing the anticipated great American eclipse of 2017. This lecture was recorded live and is now available to watch!

Scott McIntosh

Dr. Scott McIntosh is Observatory Director in the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His primary focus of research is chromospheric dynamics and understanding the physical connectivity between the Sun's cool surface and its considerably hotter corona. 

The Sun's seasonal weather patterns

Scott McIntosh details the Sun's seasonal weather patterns and demonstrates how understanding the formation, interaction and instability of the Sun's activity bands will considerably improve forecast capability in space weather and solar activity over a range of timescales.

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