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Tropical Storm Dolly Heads toward Mexico

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning in effect from Cabo Rojo to Barra El Mezquital, Mexico as Tropical Storm Dolly approaches the country’s eastern coast.

Discarded Fishing Traps Wreaking Extensive Environmental Damage, NOAA Research Finds

It may not be something that you’ve ever given any thought to, but there are literally thousands of fishing traps that are lost or simply abandoned every year in US waters — what happens to these traps after being abandoned? It should...Show More Summary

NASA sees Hurricane Cristobal racing through North Atlantic

Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Cristobal racing through the North Atlantic on Friday, August 29 while losing its tropical characteristics. An image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite showed Cristobal headed south of Greenland. The previous day, NASA's TRMM satellite saw heavy rainfall occurring in the hurricane. read more

NASA animation shows Hurricane Marie winding down

NOAA's GOES-West satellite keeps a continuous eye on the Eastern Pacific and has been covering Hurricane Marie since birth. NASA's GOES Project uses NOAA data and creates animations and did so to show the end of Hurricane Marie. read more

Ocean Roundup: 20 Coral Species to Gain Federal Protection, Shell Files New Plan for Arctic Drilling, and More

Rough cactus coral, one of the new coral species to be listed as threatened. (Photo: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute / Flickr Creative Commons) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it will list 20 new species of coral as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, largely because of climate change. Show More Summary

The number of coral species with protected status just took their biggest jump ever, from just two s

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The number of coral species with protected status just took their biggest jump ever, from just two species to 22. NOAA described the drastically updated list as their " most extensive rulemaking ever undertaken." You can check out all 22 threatened species right here. Read more...

NASA sees a weaker Tropical Storm Marie

When NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of what is now Tropical Storm Marie, weakened from hurricane status on August 28, the strongest thunderstorms were located in the southern quadrant of the storm. read more

NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species As Threatened Due To Climate Change, Fishing And Pollution

The decision is a "result of the most extensive rulemaking ever undertaken by NOAA," according to the agency. The post NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species As Threatened Due To Climate Change, Fishing And Pollution appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Court Requests Changes to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program be Reconsidered

A National Marine Fisheries Service observer checks the dimensions of a net and its catch. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Observer Program) Earlier this month, the United States District Court for...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Florida Receives Federal Help for Oyster Recovery, Climate Change Linked to Iceland’s Puffin Decline, and More

An Icelandic puffin. (Photo: Martin Ystenes / Flickr Creative Commons) - Florida is receiving $6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for oyster recovery in Apalachicola Bay in northwest Florida—a fishery that crashed in 2012 and 2013. Show More Summary

NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on national issue of derelict fishing traps

Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in US waters. A new NOAA report is the first of its kind to examine the derelict fish trap problem, nationally, and recommends actions to better manage and prevent it.

NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on the national issue of derelict fishing traps

Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in U.S. waters and become what are known as derelict traps, which continue to catch fish, crabs, and other species such as turtles. These traps result in losses to habitat, fisheries, and the watermen who depend on the resources--losses that are largely preventable, according to a newly published NOAA study. read more

Satellite shows Hurricane Marie about to swallow Karina

Massive Hurricane Marie appears like a giant fish about to swallow tiny Tropical Depression Karina on satellite imagery today from NOAA's GOES-West satellite. Karina, now a tropical depression is being swept into Marie's circulation where it is expected to be eaten, or absorbed. An image from NOAA's GOES-West satellite on Aug. Show More Summary

Atlantic Sea Floor Is Burping Methane

The bottom of the Atlantic Ocean has been burping methane for at least 1,000 years, scientists have discovered. NOAA surveyed the Atlantic Coast using sound waves and found at least 570 methane "seeps" from Cape Hatteras to Nantucket, right where the continental shelf meets the ocean, LiveScience reports. They...

Ocean Roundup: Methane Seeping from U.S. Atlantic Seafloor, Iceland’s Caught Scores of Endangered Fin Whales, and More

Methane rising from the seafloor off Virginia. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr Creative Commons) - According to a new report by the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy, California is “woefully unprepared” for sea level rise. Show More Summary

U.S. Tornado Intensity Index Shows No Upward Trend

By Paul Homewood Is the intensity of tornadoes increasing in the United States, (or, for that matter, falling)? It’s a perennial question. NOAA gives us some clues, with their charts of EF-1+ and EF-3 to EF-5 tornadoes since 1954. (NOAA ignore EF-0’s, because many more of these weak tornadoes get to be reported nowadays than…

Cold summer: US daily record minimums outnumbering record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days

Plus, there have been new snowfall records, almost unheard of in summer. See the table: Source: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/datatools/records Daily records  Tmax=368  Tmin =1072 Monthly records Tmax=6 Tmin= 17 3 new snow records. I had noted earlier this year that the data … Continue reading ?

Hurricane Development Region Sea Surface Temperature Update – August 2014

The peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season is rapidly approaching.  See the NOAA Hurricane Climatology  graph to the right.  (Give it a click for a full-sized version.) Hurricane frequency tends to peak in mid-September. In the May 2014 post Hurricane … Continue reading ?

Ocean Roundup: Vaquita Porpoise Needs Swift Protection, Atlantic Ocean behind Global Warming Slow Down, and More

A vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus), the most endangered marine mammal. (Photo: "Vaquita5 Olson NOAA" by Paula Olson, NOAA, Wikimedia Commons) - New research shows that the Atlantic and Southern Oceans may just be behind the slowdown of sea surface temperatures increases after years of rapid warming. Show More Summary

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