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Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

A new analysis of heat wave patterns appearing today in Nature Climate Change concludes that climate change driven by the buildup of human-caused greenhouse gases will overtake natural variability as the main cause of heat waves in the western United States by the late 2020s and by the mid-2030s in the Great Lakes region.

March 19, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA Science Report highlights 2017 research accomplishments

NOAA Science Report highlights 2017 research accomplishments

The NOAA Annual Science Report provides an overview of the agency’s research portfolio, and highlights a selection of NOAA’s Research and Development accomplishments. NOAA research aided emergency response efforts across the country in 2017, from wildfires in the western United States to hurricanes in east, advanced weather forecasting, improved fisheries management, and helped improve aquaculture production.

March 9, 2018 0 Comments
New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead

New research offers potential to predict atmospheric river activity up to 5 weeks ahead

Those long, intense plumes of moisture in the sky known as atmospheric rivers are a vital water source to communities along the U.S. West Coast. In their absence, desiccating droughts can develop. But in their presence, they can cause extreme rain and floods that can disrupt travel, cause landslides, and trigger infrastructure failures.

February 20, 2018 0 Comments
Consumer, industrial products now a major urban air pollution source

Consumer, industrial products now a major urban air pollution source

Chemical products like household cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes that contain compounds refined from petroleum now rival motor vehicle emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to a surprising NOAA-led study

February 15, 2018 0 Comments
Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

Editor's note: The following story is adapted from a news article released by the American Geophysical Union on February 13, 2018.

PORTLAND — Scientists have for the first time captured the sounds of snapping shrimp off the Oregon coast and think the loud crackling from the snapping of their claws may serve as a dinner bell for eastern Pacific gray whales, according to new research by NOAA and Oregon State University presented here today. 

February 12, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown sets sail to boost ocean data for weather prediction

NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown sets sail to boost ocean data for weather prediction

NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown steamed out of Charleston, South Carolina, on February 15, 2018, for a multi-stage trip around the world to improve ocean data that informs US and global weather prediction.

February 10, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve regional water forecasts.

January 24, 2018 0 Comments
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