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1 July 2022

In Case You Were Wondering About This…

In case you were wondering… IF Bonnie has a recognizable circulation (Tropical Depression), into the Pacific, and then regenerates, the name Bonnie will continue to be used by the National Hurricane Center. If it falls apart to a disturbance, and then regenerates, then a Pacific cyclone name will be assigned. I must say, this makes scientific sense and it is something that comes up, although rarely. Since the mid-1800’s, only …

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11 February 2022

February birthdays – the discipline of oceanography and early NOAA organizations

The month of February is a month with some significant beginnings in ocean science

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15 June 2020

“Sharpie-Gate” Report says Two Top NOAA Officials Violated Scientific Integrity Guidelines

When NOAA leadership reprimanded the NWS office in Birmingham over a social media post, there was outrage among both government and private sector meteorologists. The reason, of course, it that the tweet was accurate even though it conflicted with a statement by the President. The NWS office had no knowledge of that statement, but without scientific doubt, the NWS office was correct. A NOAA report today found that this was …

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12 December 2019

NWS Makes Needed Changes to Flash Flood Warnings

What is the number one weather killer in the United States? Did you say tornadoes or hurricanes? If so, you are wrong, but don’t feel bad because everyone misses this question. What IS the main weather killer? In most years it is heat but close behind is floods and particularly flash floods. It seems that nearly every year brings a flood event with great damage and several fatalities. Then there’s …

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19 November 2019

NOAA: October 2019 Was 2nd hottest. 5 Hottest Octobers All since 2013.

This from NOAA : The combined global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second-highest for October in the 140-year record at 0.98°C (1.76°F) above the 20th century average 14.0°C (57.1°F). This value is just 0.06°C (0.11°F) shy of tying the record warm October set in 2015. The 10 warmest Octobers have occurred since 2003; however, the five warmest Octobers have all occurred since …

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10 September 2019

NWS Director and Chief Science Officer at NOAA Back NWS Hurricane Tweet; Who Wrote NOAA Friday Statement??

In a (not really) surprising turn of events, Monday, the Director of the National Weather Service Louis Uccinelli and NOAA’s chief science officer publicly backed a tweet issued by the NWS office in Birmingham on Sept. 1st. That tweet (which was scientifically accurate) told residents that Hurricane Dorian would not be a threat to Alabama. It was posted after their phones melted with rumors that Alabama would be hit much …

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8 September 2019

American Meteorological Society & NWS Leadership Issue Statements Supporting NWS Employees/ WAPO- Forecasters Warned Not To Give Opinions on Forecast!

The American Meteorological Society tonight posted a statement supporting the NWS office that was criticized by an unsigned NOAA statement Friday night. (See here and here). In addition, an all-hands email was sent Saturday by NWS Director Uccellini and the Deputy Director/Executive Council. Note the sentence I highlighted in the email. Note the Washington Post is reporting tonight that top NOAA officials warned employees not to correct the President in …

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7 September 2019

Anger Among Public and Meteorologists after False Unsigned NOAA Statement

Last Sunday morning the forecasters at the NWS were giving a huge sigh of relief. It had been certain for at least two days that Hurricane Dorian would not be an issue there. The forecast cone from the NHC by midday Saturday continued to show Florida and areas up the Eastern Seaboard would be in the path of Dorian.  Then the phones started ringing off the hook and social media …

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6 September 2019

NOAA Issues False Statement About Alabama Hurricane Impacts

On Sunday the NWS in Birmingham put this tweet out: It was correct based on the guidance and on the public forecasts issued by the National Hurricane Center. Their forecast was actually nearly spot-on as well.  Tonight an unnamed person at NOAA issued this statement (below) Friday evening. This statement is false. The tweet from the NWS in Birmingham was correct. This is a dark day for NOAA. I have …

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19 June 2019

Hydrographic information driving marine knowledge [World Hydrography Day 2019]

First celebrated in 2006 and on June 21st every year since, World Hydrography Day aims to make the public aware of the increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, as well as the work to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports, and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas.

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10 June 2019

Presidential proclamations of National Ocean Month, 2006-2019

Did you know that NOAA wasn’t even mentioned in the first Presidential proclamation for this celebration? And the first celebration was for a National Ocean Week, not a month? And that the Great Lakes are mentioned in several of these statements? Explore links to these Presidential proclamations going back to President Bush in 2006. 

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18 October 2018

Sounds of a Solar Storm

High school students listening to audio tracks of NOAA satellite data have identified the sounds of solar storms buffeting Earth’s magnetic field. The results of a UK-led citizen science project suggest that the approach of converting physical data into sound signals could help NOAA and other scientists make sense of massive amounts of data from satellites and other instruments.

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20 July 2018

A Space and History Lesson on the 49th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

It was 49 years ago today that Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and while I remember it vividly, I often think about those who were born after that event. Can they truly imagine the wonder of it? If you’re under 50, you grew up in a world where people walking on the Moon was a part of our history and I know you appreciate the event, but likely not …

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7 June 2018

AGU Policy Action Center facilitates advocacy for NOAA funding [World Oceans Month]

I can’t emphasize how quick and easy this was to do. AGU has done the legwork in setting up the interface for taking action on important policy issues. If you have never visited or used this interface, please explore the link and connect with your Senators while we still have time to support NOAA during World & National Oceans Month.

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5 June 2018

Celebrate the ocean and NOAA in June [World Oceans Month]

I challenge every scientist and educator to take some time in June to share their own ocean knowledge and experiences, and to share beyond the month of June. A one-month media blitz will not generate the change we need to see to protect, conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

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16 April 2018

Notes From A Slow Motion Disaster

Assateague Nat. Seashore is one of the jewels of Maryland and I never tire of soaking in the beauty of this windswept barrier island at the edge of the continent. This past weekend I grabbed my camera and spent some time with the famous pony’s on the back side of the barrier island away from the beach. While doing so, I noticed something that few visitors would: climate change underway …

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13 March 2018

A conversation about science communication with NOAA’s RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D.

How do we tell the stories of NOAA? Do we focus on the “bells and whistles” of the satellites, or take people on a journey of the start of satellites and why they matter? Dr. Gallaudet has been thinking about this approach…

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8 March 2018

Look at What the Coastal Storms Have Done to the Chesapeake Bay

  It is amazing what we can see from satellite remote sensing now. Check out what the NOAA Satellite and Information Service says about it: The Chesapeake Bay is experiencing high sediment throughout the Bay, due to several different simultaneous events. River discharge from the Susquehanna River at the north end of Bay has been high (more than 100,000 cubic feet per second) for approximately two weeks, and the high winds …

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4 March 2018

Turn your students into citizen scientists with the mPING app

Help NOAA scientists improve observations with your own reports of ground precipitation submitted through the mPING app

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18 January 2018

2017 Was Another Year of Amazing Heat. It’s not Natural, and It IS the Greenhouse Gases

NASA and NOAA both announced their global temperature results for 2017 today. NASA says it was the second warmest year on record and NOAA which does the analysis slightly differently came up with the 3rd hottest. Interestingly, if you remove the impacts of El Nino and La Nina, 2017 was THE hottest on record (see below). Forest Vs. Trees There are only three things that affect Earth’s temperature: Incoming radiation …

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