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NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA will revive a vital weather satellite that covers the Atlantic Ocean and East Coast after it went offline on May 22.… Read More

As Hurricane Season Starts, U.S. Facing Heightened Risk

As Hurricane Season Starts, U.S. Facing Heightened Risk

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season starts Saturday, and scientists are warning that it is likely to be a doozy, with more storms than average and more major hurricanes (Category 3 intensity or stronger). Not only are forecasters calling for an unusually active season, they also say that there are signs that the U.S., which hasn’t had a major hurric… Read More

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

A bill being drafted in the House could potentially undermine the climate science research activities and the oceans programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also would open up the weather satellite sector, which has been a troubled area for NOAA in recent years, to more private competition.… Read More

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

The sick satellite, which engineers are working to fix, is responsible for observing weather systems across the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, and is known as GOES-13, or “GOES East.” It is a geostationary satellite, which means that it stays in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles above the equator, allowing it to keep a consta… Read More

Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Oklahoma Tornado Shows Progress in Weather Warnings

Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs. In an era of budget cuts that threaten things such as new weather satellites and improved hurricane prediction, … Read More

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates the nation’s fleet of weather satellites, the weather satellite, known as GOES-13, initially malfunctioned at 3:40 AM on Wednesday morning, and an initial recovery procedure was unsuccessful at restoring it to operation.… Read More

Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

Weather Service to Add Major Might to Computing Power

The NWS plans to use $25 million of the $48 million provided to it in the Sandy supplemental bill, along with funds that are called for in President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, to bring about "unprecedented" computing upgrades — going from an operational computing capacity of 213 peak teraflops at the end of the current fiscal year, t… Read More

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

The U.S.: A Nation Divided By Drought

What was once a coast-to-coast drought now divides the U.S. into two distinct pieces, pitting the water haves, in the Midwest, versus the have-nots, in the West. One of those regions is in for a long, hot, dry, and potentially smoky summer. (Hint: It's not the Midwest.)… Read More