CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2013 |
For the second time in a week, a fish from a rarely seen species has washed up on the California coastline. A 14-foot oarfish carcass was discovered Friday by a snorkeler off the beach in Oceanside. On Sunday, an 18-foot-long oarfish carcass was spotted off Catalina Island. The oarfish, which can grow to more than 50 feet, is the world's largest bony fish and lives mostly at great depths. Because of its size and menacing appearance, the oarfish may be the source of the sea serpent tales.
August 22, 2013 |
Bottlenose dolphins are turning up dead or dying along East Coast beaches in such alarming numbers this summer that national officials have declared an "unusual mortality event" and formed a team of experts to investigate the cause. The problem is particularly acute in New Jersey and Virginia, but stranded dolphins have also been reported in New York, Maryland and Delaware, Maggie Mooney-Seus of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday.
August 10, 2013 |
Federal forecasters have softened their prediction of an extreme storm season, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. That's a small drop from the seven to 11 hurricanes originally forecast in May, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's newer projections still threaten a highly active season. “Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized,” Gary Bell, NOAA's lead hurricane forecaster, said this week.
August 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Last year was one of the 10 hottest since global average temperatures have been recorded, according to an assessment of worldwide climate trends by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The State of the Climate in 2012," released Tuesday, paints a sobering portrait of vast swaths of the planet transformed by rising temperatures. Arctic sea ice reached record lows during the summer thaw. In Greenland, about 97% of its ice sheet melted in the summer, far greater than in years past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 |
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday that the northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great white sharks is not in danger of extinction and does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA had been researching the health of the great white population since last year, when the environmental groups Oceana, Shark Stewards and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition calling for endangered species...
May 21, 2013 |
Images showing the massive tornadoes spawned by "super cell" thunderstorms over Oklahoma, and the scars they left behind, have been released by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The images show the sudden outbreak of super-cell thunderstorms with strong, tight rotation. The storms form where air masses with different temperatures and water content collide -- a common occurrence during the spring in the lower Midwest, where warm, moist air currents originating in the Gulf of Mexico meet drier, colder air masses from the upper Plains and Canada.