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Unprecedented 2018 Bering Sea ice loss repeated in 2019

Unprecedented 2018 Bering Sea ice loss repeated in 2019

During winter 2018 the sea ice in the Bering Sea reached record-low levels thanks to persistent warm southerly winds. These conditions caused the ice to retreat to the northern reaches of the 800,000 square mile body of water.

August 14, 2019 0 Comments
Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

A sooty cloud generated by a 2017 firestorm provided an ideal opportunity for researchers to test a climate model that simulated the lifetime of that soot in the stratosphere.

August 8, 2019 0 Comments
Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

Airborne research shows East Coast cities emitting twice as much methane as estimated

A new NOAA and University of Michigan study using an instrumented airplane has found unexpectedly large emissions over five major cities along the East Coast - twice the total amount of methane and almost 10 times the amount estimated from natural gas.

July 22, 2019 0 Comments
Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

A recent NOAA-led study found the speed of movement of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, has been slowing in recent decades, with more storms lumbering slowly over land and potentially causing more flooding. However, new research published in Nature by another NOAA scientist casts some doubt that tropical cyclones are slowing and that there’s a link to climate change.

June 6, 2019 0 Comments
Former NOAA employee Christina Koch greets NOAA from the International Space Station

Former NOAA employee Christina Koch greets NOAA from the International Space Station

It's not every day you get a message from space.

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
High temperatures bring citizen scientists to map the hottest places in D.C. and Baltimore

High temperatures bring citizen scientists to map the hottest places in D.C. and Baltimore

With the Mid-Atlantic region expecting a stretch of days with above-normal summer temperatures,  NOAA and its partners will lead a group of citizen scientist volunteers on a mission this week to collect data that will be used to map the hottest places in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

August 27, 2018 0 Comments
A bird’s eye view of the Arctic - and future weather research

A bird’s eye view of the Arctic - and future weather research

New NOAA research demonstrates that drones and weather balloons can gather data needed to improve weather forecasts in severe working environments. 

July 5, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA teams up with India to strengthen ocean observations

NOAA teams up with India to strengthen ocean observations

A team of 20 NOAA scientists are in Goa, India, to meet with 200 of India’s leading ocean, atmosphere and fisheries scientists to mark a decade of productive collaboration on ocean and atmospheric observations, with life-saving economic benefits for both nations. The NOAA and Indian scientists will also board NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown to launch new observational buoys in the Indian Ocean to improve the vitally important Indian Ocean observing system of buoys, a key tool for India and the United States to forecast everything from monsoons to severe weather in the United States.

June 12, 2018 0 Comments
Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, the highest monthly averages ever recorded.

June 7, 2018 0 Comments
Study: In 2016’s record Arctic warmth, a glimpse of the future

Study: In 2016’s record Arctic warmth, a glimpse of the future

An analysis of the record heat afflicting the Arctic in 2016 finds that it couldn't have happened without climate change.

May 4, 2018 0 Comments
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