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NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2020

NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2020

From predicting smoke movement from massive wildfires, to investigating how marine life is responding to a quieter ocean, 2020 was a big year for NOAA science. As this unprecedented year draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of our biggest research endeavors in 2020. Here are 5 of our most-read stories from the last year.

December 16, 2020 0 Comments
November 2020: The year is ending as it began, on a hot streak

November 2020: The year is ending as it began, on a hot streak

November has jumped 2020 back on the “top three warmest” track becoming the second warmest November in the 141 year record, according to the latest monthly summary from the National Centers for Environmental Information. 

December 16, 2020 0 Comments
Sea ice loss and extreme wildfires mark another year of Arctic change

Sea ice loss and extreme wildfires mark another year of Arctic change

NOAA’s 15th Arctic Report Card catalogs for 2020 the numerous ways that climate change continues to disrupt the polar region, with second-highest air temperatures and second-lowest summer sea ice driving a cascade of impacts.

December 8, 2020 0 Comments
A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

Due to human-caused climate change, our planet’s ocean has been heating up at a rate of 0.6 degrees C (0.11 degrees F) per decade over the past century. But this warming isn’t uniform.

December 4, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA scientists virtually discover new species of comb jelly

NOAA scientists virtually discover new species of comb jelly

November 23, 2020 0 Comments
Drones are helping scientists understand major weather events

Drones are helping scientists understand major weather events

November 12, 2020 0 Comments
After a busy summer, NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home

After a busy summer, NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home

NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home after a successful journey during the 2020 hurricane season. These gliders were deployed off the coasts of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern U.S. to collect data for scientists to use to improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. 

November 9, 2020 0 Comments
Large, deep Antarctic ozone hole persisting into November 2020

Large, deep Antarctic ozone hole persisting into November 2020

October 30, 2020 0 Comments
Elevating houses can protect against floods. But how high is high enough?

Elevating houses can protect against floods. But how high is high enough?

October 26, 2020 0 Comments
Sea Grant study finds ghost forests may contribute to climate change

Sea Grant study finds ghost forests may contribute to climate change

October 9, 2020 0 Comments
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