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2023 Gets Its First Category 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Lee strengthening, hits wind speeds of up to 160mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Lee whirled through open waters toward the northeast Caribbean late Thursday, becoming the first Category 5 storm of the Atlantic season, the AP reports. Lee was not expected to make landfall although forecasters said tropical storm conditions are possible on some islands. Meteorologists said it was too early...

This Year's Hurricane Season Could Be Brutal

NOAA revises prediction, says there's likely to be an 'above-normal level of activity'

(Newser) - More than two months after the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised its prediction that it's likely to be near-normal or below normal. NOAA says there's now a 60% chance of an "above-normal level of activity," with...

Reward Offered After 'Hateful Act' Involving Young Seal

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal Malama was found dead of blunt-force trauma on Oahu

(Newser) - An endangered Hawaiian monk seal rescued as a severely malnourished pup was released back into the wild and subsequently killed by a human, officials say. The female juvenile known as Malama, officially dubbed RQ76, was found dead on Oahu's Ohikilolo Beach on March 12, just two months after her...

Forecasters Say Good Riddance to La Nina

Weather phenomenon that worsens Western drought is gone after 3 years, NOAA says

(Newser) - After three nasty years, the La Nina weather phenomenon that increases Atlantic hurricane activity and worsens western drought is gone, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. That’s usually good news for the United States and other parts of the world, including drought-stricken northeast Africa, scientists said. The...

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, 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...

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