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The Earth at night: Suomi NPP satellite offers unprecedented views

The Earth at night: Suomi NPP satellite offers unprecedented views

Scientists today unveiled unprecedented snapshots of Earth at night. Global composite images, constructed from cloud-free nighttime images from the new NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite, were showcased at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

December 5, 2012 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
Research, response for future oil spills: Lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon

Research, response for future oil spills: Lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon


A special collection of articles about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill provides the first comprehensive analysis and synthesis of the science used in the unprecedented response effort by the government, academia, and industry.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

A new NOAA study finds that La Niña-related sea-surface temperature conditions were the most important factor leading to the drying out in Texas and the U.S. Southern Plains last year.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA seeks members for its new Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

NOAA seeks members for its new Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research is accepting applications from and nominations for individuals who are interested in serving on NOAA's Ocean Exploration Advisory Board.

November 15, 2012 0 Comments
An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

An East Side, West Side Story: Ozone Pollution in the United States

In a new study, academic and NOAA scientists found that ozone pollution is declining at rural sites in the East, but is steady or even increasing at most sites in the rural West, with strongest increases in spring.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models, forecasts

Weather data from nation’s largest wind farms could improve U.S. models, forecasts

Two of the nation's largest producers of wind-generated electric power will share weather data with NOAA, providing additional observations from wind farms across the nation for research and operations.
November 14, 2012 0 Comments
New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

New study finds direct evidence of summer climate change

In many parts of the world, summers just aren't what they were a generation or two ago. Summer climates in some places are changing—mostly, but not always, warming—according to a new analysis of 90 years of observational data.
November 13, 2012 0 Comments
New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

A new NOAA study explores the reasons behind diverging views on future Great Plains drought. The good news is that it will probably not be as dire as some earlier studies suggest.

October 25, 2012 0 Comments
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