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What does “normal” mean anyway?

What does “normal” mean anyway?

In the Great Lakes region, memories of the brutal winter of 2013-2014 are still fresh in residents’ minds. That winter brought very cold surface water temperatures and high ice cover well into the 2014 spring. Coupled with a record-setting water level surge of nearly three feet between January 2013 and December 2014, people who live along the shore of Lake Michigan have been wondering whether this is the “new normal” for the lake.
May 4, 2015 0 Comments
Army Corps hydrologist named new director of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Army Corps hydrologist named new director of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Deborah H. Lee, the chief of water management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, has been named the new director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). Lee is slated to begin on December 1, 2014.

September 22, 2014 0 Comments
NOAA flies through atmospheric rivers off California coast

NOAA flies through atmospheric rivers off California coast

Scientists aboard the NOAA Gulfstream IV aircraft are flying over the Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast this week to measure air pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction to help better understand atmospheric rivers - narrow conveyor belts of water vapor that can bring beneficial water supply and snowpack as well as create dangerous floods.

February 5, 2014 0 Comments
Rainwatch remote monitoring program helps West African nations adapt to seasonal swings in weather

Rainwatch remote monitoring program helps West African nations adapt to seasonal swings in weather

Knowing when, where and what to grow or graze animals can be the difference between a bumper harvest and facing starvation.  Rainwatch provides monsoon rainfall data in real time from monitoring stations and tracks the key seasonal attributes important for food production. 

August 28, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

Independence Day is right around the corner, and Michigan's Lake St. Clair residents and tourists are gearing up for a holiday weekend filled with fishing, swimming and boating activities. Beach managers can now view NOAA water quality predictions in real-time, instead of waiting 24 hours as before, to make timely decisions to safeguard public health and avoid unnecessary beach closures.

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin’s water in coming decades. NOAA-funded researchers at the University of Washington and co-authors at eight institutions across the West aim to explain this wide range, and provide policymakers and the public with a framework for comparison.

July 1, 2013 0 Comments
Create a rain garden, protect the environment with new NOAA Sea Grant-funded app

Create a rain garden, protect the environment with new NOAA Sea Grant-funded app

Rain Garden, a new free iPhone app, guides users on how to create and install rain gardens that curtail runoff of pollutants, prevent erosion, and provide wildlife habitat.

January 30, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA, California partner to improve forecasts of powerful 'atmospheric river' winter storms

NOAA scientists and colleagues are installing the first of four long-term "atmospheric river observatories" in coastal California this month, to better monitor and predict the impacts of landfalling atmospheric rivers.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
New NOAA experimental tool offers customizable views of Great Lakes water level data

New NOAA experimental tool offers customizable views of Great Lakes water level data

The new NOAA Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard presented this week at the American Geophysical Union annual fall meeting this week offers interactive displays of water level data for the North American Great Lakes.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA researchers join large, international flash flood project in Europe

NOAA researchers join large, international flash flood project in Europe

NOAA, NASA and the University of Connecticut are representing the United States in the Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment (HyMeX), the largest weather field research project in European history.

September 12, 2012 0 Comments
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