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

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

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...
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NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve...
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Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

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...
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Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey that led to more than 60 deaths and thousands of rescues showed again that an accurate NOAA forecast by itself is not enough to ensure people grasp the risks and make sound...
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Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988 Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. 
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New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

Extensive, mature forest cover can mitigate the impact of severe heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes over large regions, according to new NOAA research published in the journal Nature Communications.
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NOAA scientists get rare chance to study the effects of an eclipse on weather NOAA scientists get rare chance to study the effects of an eclipse on weather

NOAA scientists get rare chance to study the effects of an eclipse on weather

The August 21 eclipse will give NOAA scientists an unprecedented opportunity to compare conditions of the atmosphere with and without the eclipse, and see how it interrupts processes in the lowest part of the...
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