Saturday, March 24, 2018


Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

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A new analysis of heat wave patterns appearing today in Nature Climate Change concludes that climate change driven by the buildup of human-caused greenhouse gases will overtake natural variability as the main cause of heat waves in the western United States by the late 2020s and by the mid-2030s in the Great Lakes region.

NOAA, Raytheon honored for flying unmanned aircraft to track hurricanes

Government, industry team receives Aviation Week Laureate Award

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Raytheon Company received Aviation Week magazine’s prestigious Laureate award for Defense Dual Use at Aviation Week’s 61st Annual Laureate Awards on March 1. The government/industry team was recognized for using the Raytheon Coyote® Unmanned Aircraft System to track and model hurricane behavior.

Consumer, industrial products now a major urban air pollution source

New study finds big impact from paints, pesticides, perfumes as vehicle emissions drop

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Chemical products like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes that contain compounds refined from petroleum now rival motor vehicle emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising NOAA-led study

Unique collaboration works to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades

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For more than two decades, Elizabeth Hunke has worked at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory to design, create and improve a model used to predict sea ice extent, thickness and movement in both the Arctic and Antarctica. From the beginning, Hunke understood that collaboration was the key to improving this model. At a time when sea ice prediction is needed more than ever, NOAA, the Navy and other agencies are working together to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades.

Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

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Editor's note: The following story is adapted from a news article released by the American Geophysical Union on February 13, 2018.

PORTLAND — Scientists have for the first time captured the sounds of snapping shrimp off the Oregon coast and think the loud crackling from the snapping of their claws may serve as a dinner bell for eastern Pacific gray whales, according to new research by NOAA and Oregon State University presented here today. 

New research reveals patterns of US and global ozone pollution

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Despite significant gains in controlling ground-level ozone pollution, some residents of California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic spent more than 15 days each year between 2010 and 2014 breathing unhealthy levels of pollution, according to information from a new global database developed with NOAA support.

Mining weather data from Civil War-era Navy logbooks

Old weather data helps scientists understand our changing climate

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A new grant will let a University of Washington-based project add a new fleet to its quest to learn more about past climate from the records of long-gone mariners. The UW is among the winners of the 2017 “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” awards, announced earlier this month by the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Library and Information Resources. Kevin Wood, a research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, a research center operated by NOAA and UW, will lead the project.

Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

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In one of our nation’s most relentless hurricane seasons, NOAA research scientists were on the front lines of gathering key data used to help produce forecasts that saved lives and protected property. They also worked behind the scenes pushing the frontiers of weather forecasting skill in storm track, wind speeds and rainfall amounts by running and refining experimental forecast models for the future. And they tested new drones in air and water to assess their ability to gather data that can improve hurricane prediction. 


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