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El Niño has arrived. What does that imply for climate in 2019?

El Niño has arrived in 2019. So far, it’s pretty weak. That doesn’t mean it will stay that way.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that this natural climate phenomenon — which is triggered by warmer temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can significantly affect weather in the U.S. — will...CONTINUE READING

The Arctic we as soon as knew is long gone

Atop the globe, there’s probably no turning back. Melting trends in the Arctic today are increasingly stark. The 2018 Arctic Report Card, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), depicts a thawing world that is continuing to warm and melt at an unprecedented pace. “I think that the report demonstrated everything we’ve been...CONTINUE READING

Mysterious U.S. whale die-off is now deep in its 2nd year. We still don’t know the cause.

Using a tractor, state and town officials in coastal New Hampshire attempted to drop the carcass of a minke whale into a dumpster in mid-September. But the dead cetacean proved too big, bouncing off the red bin and flopping onto the pavement of a beachside parking lot. The minke whale — which can weigh up...CONTINUE READING

Hurricane Florence is on its way to the East Coast. Here’s what to expect.

Despite facing heavy winds late last week, Hurricane Florence beat the odds. The hurricane, which is now whipping up winds at 130 mph, is a Category 4 storm and forecast to make landfall later this week on the coast of the Carolinas.  “Florence is quickly becoming a powerful hurricane,” The National Hurricane Center said in...CONTINUE READING

Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space

On Wednesday, Hurricane Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 season in the Atlantic Ocean.  On Thursday, astronauts saw the ominous storm swirling from space.  NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured images of Florence as it strengthened on Thursday from his post on the International Space Station. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Florence is our first...CONTINUE READING

Watch as NOAA storm hunters enter the stadium-like eye of Hurricane Lane

Hurricane scientist Lisa Bucci took a jarring ride through the strengthening Hurricane Lane Tuesday evening. Eventually, her plane emerged from the swirling clouds into the vast, stadium-like eye of the storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hurricane hunter plane comes out of the clouds at about the 20-second mark in the video. At...CONTINUE READING

Bursts of solar energy severed radio communication during 2017’s hurricane mayhem

While three hurricanes swirled in the Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans on September 6, 2017, the sun blasted off a powerful flare of energy, which soon smacked into Earth and severed radio communications across half the planet for hours. Just four days later, another solar flare — an intense burst of radiation from the sun —...CONTINUE READING

The rogue emitters of an ozone-killing chemical have been exposed. How can they be stopped?

A crooked industry in China has been releasing ozone-depleting chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere for years. Now, many of the culprits have been exposed.  CFC-11, an illegal chemical used to make foam insulation used in homes and buildings, has been banned globally for decades. But scientists spotted an uptick in the chemical’s abundance in the air...CONTINUE READING

This Atlantic hurricane season may be quieter than expected, and no one’s complaining

At the end of May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2018 hurricane forecast, predicting a likely active or above active season in the Atlantic Ocean — though certainly not on par with 2017’s exceptionally stormy season. But almost a month later, conditions in the Atlantic are showing signs that the 2018...CONTINUE READING

After filming giant squids, scientists ponder what else lurks deep within the oceans

For centuries, sailors spoke about a tentacled monster called “the Kraken” that lurked in the oceans.  “There were tales of them pulling ships and men to their death, which may have been partially true, although sailors tell tales,” Edith Widder, a marine biologist, said in an interview. The Kraken, however, might exist — in the...CONTINUE READING
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