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NOAA Head: Weather Forecasts at Risk Over Budget Cuts

NOAA Head: Weather Forecasts at Risk Over Budget Cuts

Automatic budget cuts set to take effect March 1 could add to the woes of the federal government’s troubled weather satellite programs, jeopardizing future forecasts, a top official said yesterday. “It’s not going to be pretty,” outgoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco said of the package of across-the-board … Read More

Good News, Bad News Continues for Drought Across U.S.

Good News, Bad News Continues for Drought Across U.S.

Thursday’s release of the latest U.S. Drought Monitor brought slivers of good news for some parts of the continental U.S., while more bad news for other regions. Storms that swept across the Southeast over the past week made a significant dent in drought conditions, eradicating the areas of “exceptional” drought — the worst category. Those rains … Read More

Thinning Ice Is Turning Arctic into an Algae Hotspot

Thinning Ice Is Turning Arctic into an Algae Hotspot

Shrinking, thinning Arctic sea ice appears to be accelerating the growth of algae in polar waters, a new study finds, a development that could alter the region’s ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Scientists cruising central Arctic waters last summer aboard the research ship Polarstern were stunned to discover dense, shaggy deposits of… Read More

NOAA: February 2012 to January 2013 Warmest on Record

NOAA: February 2012 to January 2013 Warmest on Record

January was warmer and wetter than average in the contiguous United States, despite the persistent drought in the central U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. The average temperature in the lower 48 states reached 32.0 degrees Fahrenheit last month. At 1.6 degrees above the 20th century average, January 2013 ties… Read More

New Weather Instrument To Hitch a Ride on Space Station

New Weather Instrument To Hitch a Ride on Space Station

Rather than building an entirely new, autonomous satellite, which could cost up to $1 billion or more, the agency is planning to attach the refurbished instrument to the International Space Station (ISS). Once it is safely attached, the instrument will not require any interaction with the Space Station crew, NASA said in a press release.… Read More

Senate Holds Briefing on the Latest Climate Science

Senate Holds Briefing on the Latest Climate Science

Following on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night where he challenged Congress to enact policies to fight climate change, the Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to address the latest findings in climate science research. The hearing, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)… Read More

Obama: Will Act on Climate, With or Without Congress

Obama: Will Act on Climate, With or Without Congress

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he will use his executive powers to enact new policies to fight climate change if Congress does not address the issue. In his fourth State of the Union address to Congress, Obama linked climate change to recent extreme weather events to make his case. “For the sake of our children and our future, we… Read More

NWS Confirms Sandy Was Not a Hurricane At Landfall

NWS Confirms Sandy Was Not a Hurricane At Landfall

In a technical report released on Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reaffirmed its initial conclusion that Hurricane Sandy was no longer officially a hurricane when it made landfall on Oct. 29 near Brigantine, N.J., just north of Atlantic City. Instead, it was a “post-tropical cyclone” packing hurricane-force winds… Read More