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Mystery of Seal Strandings May Be Solved

Tests confirm dead seals in Maine had avian flu

(Newser) - The avian flu epidemic appears to have claimed its first known marine mammal victims in North America. The US Department of Agriculture has confirmed four Maine seals who died or had to be euthanized tested positive for the virus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. Officials tested the...

Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Hits Pre-Human Levels

At this rate, damage from climate change will increase, experts say

(Newser) - The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has shot past a key milestone—more than 50% higher than pre-industrial times—and is at levels not seen since millions of years ago when Earth was a hothouse ocean-inundated planet, federal scientists announced Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

NOAA Releases 2022 Hurricane Forecast

The agency expects another above-average storm season in the Atlantic

(Newser) - If NOAA’s predictions are correct, 2022 will be the seventh straight year with above-average hurricane activity in the Atlantic. The agency predicts between 14 and 21 named storms, compared to an average of 14. It also expects 3 to 6 major hurricanes, which have sustained winds of at least...

Is the Earth Sending Atmospheric Messages?
NOAA Spots Message
in the Clouds

NOAA Spots Message in the Clouds

Does somebody want us to 'go'?

(Newser) - Always looking for a good laugh, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday shared satellite images of an apparent skywriting attempt by Mother Earth. Per Space.com, an extremely large, well-formed capital “G” appeared off the west coast of Chile. In an initial tweet , NOAA had...

$20K Reward Offered for Those Who Drowned Stranded Dolphin

Texas beachgoers accused of harassing animal, leading to its death

(Newser) - A reward of up to $20,000 is up for grabs in exchange for information leading to the identification, arrest, or conviction of Texas beachgoers accused of harassing and ultimately drowning a stranded dolphin. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the reward following the April 10 episode at Quintana...

'Make No Mistake: Sea Level Rise Is Upon Us'

NOAA releases report detailing the acceleration

(Newser) - America's coastline will see sea levels rise in the next 30 years by as much as they did in the entire 20th century, with major Eastern cities hit regularly with costly floods even on sunny days, a government report warns. Brace yourself for some jarring numbers, which come compliments...

Trend Holds on Warming Planet
Trend Holds
on Warming Planet

Trend Holds on Warming Planet

2021 was the 6th hottest year on record, while the past 8 set a mark

(Newser) - Earth simmered to the sixth-hottest year on record in 2021, according to several newly released temperature measurements. And scientists say the exceptionally hot year is part of a long-term warming trend that shows hints of accelerating, the AP reports. Two US science agencies—NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Wreck of One of America's Most Storied Ships Found

US Revenue Cutter Bear served in Alaskan waters for decades

(Newser) - The wreckage of one of the most storied vessels in American history has been found in Canadian waters northeast of Boston, almost 60 years after it sank while being towed to Philadelphia. The US Revenue Cutter Bear, built as a sealing ship in Scotland in 1874, was bought by the...

People Love to Swim With These Dolphins. No More

Under Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA bans close encounters with nocturnal spinners

(Newser) - US regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rule under the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits swimming with or getting within 50 yards of a spinner dolphin...

Southwest Drought Is Worst on Record

Climate change has made it more severe, report says

(Newser) - Not only is the drought in the southwestern US the worst on record, it's not over yet, say researchers who leave no doubt the severity is connected to climate change. A team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent researchers found the 20-month period from January 2020...

July Was Earth's Hottest Month on Record
Global Heat Sets
142-Year Record

Global Heat Sets 142-Year Record

NOAA chief blames climate change

(Newser) - Anyone who used superlatives in describing the heat last month can be forgiven. July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday. The records date back 142 years, the Washington Post reports. "This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive...

These Two Look Familiar?
Hey, Look Who NOAA
Just Found in the Ocean
in case you missed it

Hey, Look Who NOAA Just Found in the Ocean

Expedition turns up real-life counterparts to SpongeBob and Patrick Star

(Newser) - A marine biologist with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History did a double-take while reviewing footage from a deep-sea drone. There, on the ocean floor, sat the real-life doppelgangers for SpongeBob SquarePants and his pal Patrick Star, reports Smithsonian . "I normally avoid these (references)..but WOW,"...

We Just Had the Coldest February Since 1989

Snow cover stretched from Mexico to Canada

(Newser) - The last time America had a February as cold as the one it shivered through this year, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan's second term had just ended, and Guns N' Roses' debut album was at the top of the charts. According to an National Oceanic and...

Remains Help Scientists Confirm New Whale Species

There are fewer than 100 Rice's whales living

(Newser) - A dead whale that washed up in Florida’s Everglades National Park in 2019 has helped researchers confirm the existence of a new species of the marine mammal that lives in the Gulf of Mexico, Fox23 reports. In the 1990s, per NPR , scientists discovered a small whale population living in...

Scientists to Explore a Deep Blue Hole Off Florida

Scientists to scour 425-foot-deep 'Green Banana' starting next month

(Newser) - Scientists are on the hunt for undiscovered phenomenon inside a 425-foot-deep "blue hole" off the Florida coast. Little is known about such holes, which are similar to sink holes on land and are "scattered across Florida's Gulf continental shelf" but very difficult to access, according to the...

'SharpieGate' Report Describes Political Pressure, Broken Rules

Investigation finds NOAA chief violated agency's scientific integrity policy

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's chief violated the agency's scientific integrity policy last year in backing President Trump's claim that a hurricane was headed for Alabama . In reproving employees for contradicting Trump, NOAA Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs "engaged in the misconduct intentionally, knowingly, or in...

Next Up: a Nasty Hurricane Season
Hurricane Forecast
Isn't Great News

Hurricane Forecast Isn't Great News

More storms than usual are forecast for the Atlantic

(Newser) - Because the pandemic wasn't enough of a challenge: A stronger-than-usual hurricane season is forecast for the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to 19 named storms, including up to 10 hurricanes, reports the Wall Street Journal . The typical numbers are 12 and 6, respectively. Of those...

Unusual Pandemic Casualty: Weather Forecasts

Airplanes that provide meteorological data aren't flying

(Newser) - Last month, the director general of the International Air Transport Association described the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest crisis to ever hit the industry, leaving airlines "with little to do," per Business Insider . One ramification now coming to light is the effect on weather forecasts. As NPR reports,...

A Dolphin Murder Is Followed by 2 More

Animals found dead within a week in Florida, prompting $20K reward

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering $20,000 for information on a dolphin killer or killers after two animals were found dead within a week. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found a dolphin that appeared to have been shot in the face off Naples...

Emails Show Fallout After 'Crazy' Trump Claim

NOAA scientists reacted to Trump saying that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama

(Newser) - A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the federal agency responsible for weather forecasting clearly illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Donald Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama, the AP reports. A top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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