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  • Protect Your Drinking Water... National Water Quality Month

    Protect Your Drinking Water... National Water Quality Month

    Our drinking water can come from two sources... surface water and/or groud water.Our drinking water can come from two sources... surface water and/or groud water.
    Did you know that water utilities in the United States treat nearly 34 billion gallons of water every day and Americans drink nearly one billion glasses of tap water daily! The next time you fill your glass… think about where your drinking water comes from. Sources include streams… rivers… lakes and underground aquifers.
    Did you know that water utilities in the United States treat nearly 34 billion gallons of water every day and Americans drink nearly one billion glasses of tap water daily! The next time you fill your glass… think about where your drinking water comes from. Sources include streams… rivers… lakes and underground aquifers.
  • Summer in the City... Urban vs Rural Heat

    Summer in the City... Urban vs Rural Heat

    Urban heat island refers to the tendency for a city or town to remain warmer than its surroundings.Urban heat island refers to the tendency for a city or town to remain warmer than its surroundings.
    Cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside… a phenomenon known as an urban heat island. The general idea… this happens because concrete… asphalt and shingled roofs absorb heat more easily than fields and forests… then hold on to this heat more effectively at night than the surrounding countryside.
    Cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside… a phenomenon known as an urban heat island. The general idea… this happens because concrete… asphalt and shingled roofs absorb heat more easily than fields and forests… then hold on to this heat more effectively at night than the surrounding countryside.
  • Ground Level Ozone... Bad for Your Health

    Ground Level Ozone... Bad for Your Health

    Close to the ground… ozone contributes to an increased incidence of lung inflammation… asthma attacks and other respiratory problems… particularly in children and young adults.Close to the ground… ozone contributes to an increased incidence of lung inflammation… asthma attacks and other respiratory problems… particularly in children and young adults.
    Ozone is found in two regions of the Earth's atmosphere… at ground level and in the upper regions of the atmosphere. Both types of ozone have the same chemical composition (O3). In the upper atmosphere… ozone is a good thing. Close to the ground… however… ozone isn't such a good thing to have around.
    Ozone is found in two regions of the Earth's atmosphere… at ground level and in the upper regions of the atmosphere. Both types of ozone have the same chemical composition (O3). In the upper atmosphere… ozone is a good thing. Close to the ground… however… ozone isn't such a good thing to have around.
  • New On-Board Radar System gives Pilots extra detail on approaching storms

    New On-Board Radar System gives Pilots extra detail on approaching storms

    Artist's rendition of how the Honeywell Aerospace IntuVue 3-D radar works.Artist's rendition of how the Honeywell Aerospace IntuVue 3-D radar works.
    As you likely know… flying into airports can be challenging for pilots in the warm season… when thunderstorms can pop up in minutes. And weather costs the aerospace industry billions of dollars each year… weather-related delays cancellations cost the U.S. economy $18B in 2007.
    As you likely know… flying into airports can be challenging for pilots in the warm season… when thunderstorms can pop up in minutes. And weather costs the aerospace industry billions of dollars each year… weather-related delays cancellations cost the U.S. economy $18B in 2007.
  • Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

    Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

    What thinner snow cover will mean for sea ice is not certain.What thinner snow cover will mean for sea ice is not certain.
    New research led by NASA and the University of Washington, Seattle confirms that springtime snow on sea ice in the Arctic has thinned significantly in the last 50 years… by about a third in the Western Hemisphere and by half near Alaska.The new study… published this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research… tracks changes in snow depth over decades.
    New research led by NASA and the University of Washington, Seattle confirms that springtime snow on sea ice in the Arctic has thinned significantly in the last 50 years… by about a third in the Western Hemisphere and by half near Alaska.The new study… published this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research… tracks changes in snow depth over decades.
  • Heat Wave and the High Pressure Aloft

    Heat Wave and the High Pressure Aloft

    High pressure in the middle layers of the atmosphere acts as a dome... allowing heat to build up at the earth’s surface.High pressure in the middle layers of the atmosphere acts as a dome... allowing heat to build up at the earth’s surface.
    A little weather 101 to talk about this morning! Over the next 3 days our temperatures are going to be sizzling... and when we talk about heat wave development like this... we usually refer to high pressure areas at the mid-levels of the atmosphere... which help bring this hot and dry pattern by forcing large scale atmospheric motion to sink.
    A little weather 101 to talk about this morning! Over the next 3 days our temperatures are going to be sizzling... and when we talk about heat wave development like this... we usually refer to high pressure areas at the mid-levels of the atmosphere... which help bring this hot and dry pattern by forcing large scale atmospheric motion to sink.
  • It's National Radio Day... Detailed Importance of Weather Radios!

    It's National Radio Day... Detailed Importance of Weather Radios!

    NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office.NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office.
    It's National Radio Day! I'm celebrating NOAA Weather Radio. It airs warnings… watches… forecasts and other hazard info. One of the most important things that you can have as part of your emergency safety kit is a weather radio.
    It's National Radio Day! I'm celebrating NOAA Weather Radio. It airs warnings… watches… forecasts and other hazard info. One of the most important things that you can have as part of your emergency safety kit is a weather radio.
  • Up, Up and AWAY! Weather Balloon Launch!

    Up, Up and AWAY! Weather Balloon Launch!

    At the height of the balloon you are above 99% of the Earth's atmosphere and it can be as cold as -60. You can see the curvature of the Earth and see black sky above you.At the height of the balloon you are above 99% of the Earth's atmosphere and it can be as cold as -60. You can see the curvature of the Earth and see black sky above you.
    I thought today's blog would show a very cool weather experiment that 6th graders at Beaufort Middle did at the end of this past school year… launching a weather balloon! At the end of May... sixth grade students from Beaufort Middle School launched a 1,600 gram weather balloon into space from Southeastern Technical College in Glennville… Georgia.
    I thought today's blog would show a very cool weather experiment that 6th graders at Beaufort Middle did at the end of this past school year… launching a weather balloon! At the end of May... sixth grade students from Beaufort Middle School launched a 1,600 gram weather balloon into space from Southeastern Technical College in Glennville… Georgia.
  • NOAA Study: ‘Nuisance Flooding’ an Increasing Problem as Coastal Sea Levels Rise

    NOAA Study: ‘Nuisance Flooding’ an Increasing Problem as Coastal Sea Levels Rise

    Top ten U.S. areas with an increase nuisance floodingTop ten U.S. areas with an increase nuisance flooding
    According to a new NOAA technical report… Eight of the top 10 United States cities that have seen an increase in so-called “nuisance flooding”… which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures… overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure… are on the East Coast. 
    According to a new NOAA technical report… Eight of the top 10 United States cities that have seen an increase in so-called “nuisance flooding”… which causes such public inconveniences as frequent road closures… overwhelmed storm drains and compromised infrastructure… are on the East Coast. 
  • New Research Links Tornado Strength and Frequency to Climate Change

    New Research Links Tornado Strength and Frequency to Climate Change

    New research shows we may be less threatened by tornadoes on a day-to-day basis… but when they do come… more come than they used to… and they are more intense.New research shows we may be less threatened by tornadoes on a day-to-day basis… but when they do come… more come than they used to… and they are more intense.
    New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States. Professor James Elsner writes that though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year… they are forming at a greater density and strength than ever before.
    New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States. Professor James Elsner writes that though tornadoes are forming fewer days per year… they are forming at a greater density and strength than ever before.
  • SPC Adds New Threat Levels to its Convective Outlooks

    SPC Adds New Threat Levels to its Convective Outlooks

    The Storm Prediction Center is adding two threat levels to its U.S. weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds.The Storm Prediction Center is adding two threat levels to its U.S. weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds.
    The Storm Prediction Center announced earlier this week it will add two threat levels to its weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes… hail or high winds. Forecasters can say whether slight risk days are "enhanced" or "marginal" or just plain "slight." The other 2 categories remain… "moderate" and "high" risk.
    The Storm Prediction Center announced earlier this week it will add two threat levels to its weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes… hail or high winds. Forecasters can say whether slight risk days are "enhanced" or "marginal" or just plain "slight." The other 2 categories remain… "moderate" and "high" risk.
  • Bug Season

    Bug Season

    Here is a look at the mospuito life cycle.Here is a look at the mospuito life cycle.
    This is the time of year when we open our windows… work on our lawns and gardens and get ready for that cookout! Just one slight problem: those little blood-sucking insects would like to enjoy the warm temperatures… too … while hanging out with you. Weather has a big impact on mosquito populations!
    This is the time of year when we open our windows… work on our lawns and gardens and get ready for that cookout! Just one slight problem: those little blood-sucking insects would like to enjoy the warm temperatures… too … while hanging out with you. Weather has a big impact on mosquito populations!
  • Smokey the Bear Turns 70 Years Old!

    Smokey the Bear Turns 70 Years Old!

    Happy 70th Birthday to Smokey the Bear!Happy 70th Birthday to Smokey the Bear!
    Since 1944… Smokey the Bear has been proclaiming “Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” His 70th birthday was this past Saturday… August 9. Smokey the Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests.
    Since 1944… Smokey the Bear has been proclaiming “Remember . . . Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires.” His 70th birthday was this past Saturday… August 9. Smokey the Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America's forests.
  • Ten Years Later... Remembering Hurricane Charley

    Ten Years Later... Remembering Hurricane Charley

    Hurricane Charlie in 2004... making landfall along the southwest coast of Florida.Hurricane Charlie in 2004... making landfall along the southwest coast of Florida.
    This week marks ten years since Hurricane Charley ripped through portions of Florida. After moving briskly through the Caribbean Sea… Charley crossed Cuba on August 13 2004 as a Category 3 hurricane… causing heavy damage and four deaths.
    This week marks ten years since Hurricane Charley ripped through portions of Florida. After moving briskly through the Caribbean Sea… Charley crossed Cuba on August 13 2004 as a Category 3 hurricane… causing heavy damage and four deaths.
  • Updated Colorado State University Seasonal Hurricane Forecast

    Updated Colorado State University Seasonal Hurricane Forecast

    July 310 seasonal hurricane forecast from CSU still sees below normal activity.July 310 seasonal hurricane forecast from CSU still sees below normal activity.
    The updated July 31st hurricane seasonal forecast from Colorado State University indicates that the remainder of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than the average 1981-2010 season. They estimate that the remainder of 2014 will have about 3 hurricanes, 9 named storms, 36 named storm days and 13 hurricane days.
    The updated July 31st hurricane seasonal forecast from Colorado State University indicates that the remainder of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will be less active than the average 1981-2010 season. They estimate that the remainder of 2014 will have about 3 hurricanes, 9 named storms, 36 named storm days and 13 hurricane days.
  • Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

    Satellite Study Reveals Parched U.S. West Using Up Underground Water

    The Colorado River Basin supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. Major cities outside the basin also use water from the Colorado River.The Colorado River Basin supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. Major cities outside the basin also use water from the Colorado River.
    In a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine… scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.
    In a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine… scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.
  • National Heatstroke Prevention Day

    National Heatstroke Prevention Day

    July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.
    Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. Even on a mild 70 degree day… the temperature inside of a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. The temperature can continue to climb much higher than it is outside… and cracking the windows doesn’t help. 
    Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. Even on a mild 70 degree day… the temperature inside of a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. The temperature can continue to climb much higher than it is outside… and cracking the windows doesn’t help. 
  • 7 Dangers at the Beach

    7 Dangers at the Beach

    Here are the top beach dangers you'll need to look out for.Here are the top beach dangers you'll need to look out for.
    Rip currents... lightning and sharks are only a few potential dangers at the shore. Trips to the beach aren't always fun in the sun. Plan your summer beach visit with the following safety tips in mind... from the National Ocean Service.
    Rip currents... lightning and sharks are only a few potential dangers at the shore. Trips to the beach aren't always fun in the sun. Plan your summer beach visit with the following safety tips in mind... from the National Ocean Service.
  • State of the Climate 2013

    State of the Climate 2013

    NOAA's Annual State of the Climate Report (2013) has been issued.NOAA's Annual State of the Climate Report (2013) has been issued.
    In 2013... the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators... greenhouse gases... sea levels... global temperatures, etc... continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet... according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report... released online less than 2 weeks ago by the American Meteorological Society. Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C... served as the lead editors of the report.
    In 2013... the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators... greenhouse gases... sea levels... global temperatures, etc... continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet... according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report... released online less than 2 weeks ago by the American Meteorological Society. Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C... served as the lead editors of the report.
  • Staying Cool... Efficiently!

    Staying Cool... Efficiently!

    Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Home Cooling.Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Home Cooling.
    It's the dog days of summer... and the chill of an air conditioned room is a welcome respite from the heat! But cranking up the AC can increase your home energy use…and your energy bills. Two-thirds of U.S. homes have air conditioners and homeowners collectively spend 11 billion dollars each year to power them!
    It's the dog days of summer... and the chill of an air conditioned room is a welcome respite from the heat! But cranking up the AC can increase your home energy use…and your energy bills. Two-thirds of U.S. homes have air conditioners and homeowners collectively spend 11 billion dollars each year to power them!
  • NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology and Carbon Cycle

    NASA Kicks Off Field Campaign to Probe Ocean Ecology and Carbon Cycle

    The SABOR (Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research) experiment will be conducted for three weeks this summer.The SABOR (Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research) experiment will be conducted for three weeks this summer.
    NASA embarked last week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States... an effort to advance space based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are tiny ocean plants that absorb carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to Earth’s atmosphere.
    NASA embarked last week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States... an effort to advance space based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton are tiny ocean plants that absorb carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to Earth’s atmosphere.
  • NOAA Honors New York Farmer for 84 Years of Volunteer Weather Observations

    NOAA Honors New York Farmer for 84 Years of Volunteer Weather Observations

    Cooperative observers are very much a part of the National Weather Service... collecting much needed weather data.Cooperative observers are very much a part of the National Weather Service... collecting much needed weather data.
    When Richard G. Hendrickson logged his first weather observation for the U.S. Weather Bureau… the precursor to NOAA's National Weather Service… Herbert Hoover occupied the White House. Since then the Bridgehampton, New York, farmer has filed twice daily reports… tallying more than 150,000 individual weather observations… and playing a critical role in building our nation's climate history.
    When Richard G. Hendrickson logged his first weather observation for the U.S. Weather Bureau… the precursor to NOAA's National Weather Service… Herbert Hoover occupied the White House. Since then the Bridgehampton, New York, farmer has filed twice daily reports… tallying more than 150,000 individual weather observations… and playing a critical role in building our nation's climate history.
  • Detecting Roost Rings on Doppler Radar

    Detecting Roost Rings on Doppler Radar

    As birds leave their 'roost'… the doppler radar beam detects them up until they are out of reach. These rings are called roost rings.As birds leave their 'roost'… the doppler radar beam detects them up until they are out of reach. These rings are called roost rings.
    The radar signature on the left… known as a "roost ring”… occurs as birds leave their roost and fly into the air. The roost ring expands until the birds begin foraging after dispersing. Often… just before sunrise…you might notice a curious doughnut pattern has appear over locations on doppler radar imagery. This roost ring occurs when the radar beam detects thousands of birds simultaneously taking off.
    The radar signature on the left… known as a "roost ring”… occurs as birds leave their roost and fly into the air. The roost ring expands until the birds begin foraging after dispersing. Often… just before sunrise…you might notice a curious doughnut pattern has appear over locations on doppler radar imagery. This roost ring occurs when the radar beam detects thousands of birds simultaneously taking off.
  • Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

    Shifting sands along the North Carolina coast.Shifting sands along the North Carolina coast.
    Each and every day… waves move sand back and forth… onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along our coastline shifts constantly… especially during hurricanes… nor’easters and other extreme storms.How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina... Ike or Sandy paid a visit? What did your beach at Tybee or Hilton Head look like 50… 100 or 150 years ago?
    Each and every day… waves move sand back and forth… onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along our coastline shifts constantly… especially during hurricanes… nor’easters and other extreme storms.How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane like Katrina... Ike or Sandy paid a visit? What did your beach at Tybee or Hilton Head look like 50… 100 or 150 years ago?
  • GPM Satellite Sees First Atlantic Hurricane

    GPM Satellite Sees First Atlantic Hurricane

    The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times earlier this month… between July 1 and July 5. Arthur was the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. GPM began its prime mission on May 29… just in time for the hurricane season. The five GPM passes over Arthur are the first time a precipitation-measuring satellite has been able to follow a hurricane through its full life cycle.
    The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory flew over Hurricane Arthur five times earlier this month… between July 1 and July 5. Arthur was the first tropical cyclone of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. GPM began its prime mission on May 29… just in time for the hurricane season. The five GPM passes over Arthur are the first time a precipitation-measuring satellite has been able to follow a hurricane through its full life cycle.
  • Scientists Say Global Warming will Likely Increase Intensity of El Nino

    Scientists Say Global Warming will Likely Increase Intensity of El Nino

    El Niño is the result of an on-going "dialog" between the ocean and atmosphere in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It's part of a natural... combined oceanic-atmospheric cycle referred to as El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).El Niño is the result of an on-going "dialog" between the ocean and atmosphere in the tropical Pacific Ocean. It's part of a natural... combined oceanic-atmospheric cycle referred to as El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
    With the potential for a developing el nino later this year… a recent study relates the strength of these el ninos to global warming.And scientists say they are more certain than ever about the impact of global warming these critical weather patterns.The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) occurs in the Pacific Ocean but plays an important part in the world's climate system.
    With the potential for a developing el nino later this year… a recent study relates the strength of these el ninos to global warming.And scientists say they are more certain than ever about the impact of global warming these critical weather patterns.The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) occurs in the Pacific Ocean but plays an important part in the world's climate system.
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