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NOAA “reels in” data on Utah’s winter ozone problem

Novel research method allows precise tracking of ozone production rates

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A deep sea fishing rod is probably not the first tool that comes to mind when thinking about how to study air pollution in a remote inland desert, but it’s the heart of a new NOAA system that has given scientists a minute-by-minute look at how quickly the sun can convert oil and gas facility emissions to harmful ground-level ozone.

Climate change increased chances of record rains in Louisiana by at least 40 percent

NOAA and partners conduct rapid assessment of devastating August rains

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Human-caused climate warming increased the chances of the torrential rains that unleashed devastating floods in south Louisiana in mid August by at least 40 percent, according to a team of NOAA and partner scientists with World Weather Attribution (WWA) who conducted a rapid assessment of the role of climate on the historic heavy rain event. 

Capturing the genesis of Tropical Storm Hermine

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NOAA Hurricane Hunters are flying back-to-back missions to study the newly developed Tropical Storm Hermine in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing its evolution from a cluster of thunderstorms into a tropical storm. Getting data during such transitions can help improve hurricane models which currently don’t predict transitions well. Our understanding of the physical processes of early storm development remains limited, largely because there are few observations.  

NASA Global Hawk alerts NOAA National Weather Service of Gaston’s intensification

First time Global Hawk data used to upgrade a tropical storm to hurricane

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For the first time, NOAA’s National Weather Service National Hurricane Center used real-time weather data from the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to upgrade a tropical storm to a hurricane in the early morning hours Thursday. While the Hurricane Center recently downgraded Gaston back to a tropical storm, the recent forecast also notes it could intensify again on Saturday.


 


NOAA Discovers and Explores Japanese Cargo Ship, Amakasu Maru, near Wake Atoll

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On August 11, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer discovered and explored a Japanese cargo ship,  Amakasu Maru No.1, near Wake Atoll in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Using remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer, the team visually documented the wreckage, the condition of the ship, and living communities growing on and around the site. The dive was streamed live on the Internet - via telepresence - for archaeologists and scientists to participate in the dive in real time and for the public to follow along live.

NOAA and Federal Highway Administration commission national study on social science to improve weather response

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to engage academia, public and private sector in study

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While advances in meteorology fuel continual improvements to weather forecasts, there is growing awareness that a precise, timely forecast isn’t enough to prevent loss of lives and property. We must also deliver weather information to the public in ways that motivate people to take action to prevent loss of life and property.

A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

A look at progress in 40 years since Colorado's Big Thompson flood of July 31, 1976

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The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was one of three major flash floods during the span of five years in the 1970s that killed more than 450 people across the country -- tragic events that helped spur the modernization of NOAA’s National Weather Service flood forecasting system.

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