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.
January 24, 2014 |
Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found 25 dead pilot whales off Kice Island, Fla., on Thursday, adding to the state's high whale death toll. Although Blair Mase, NOAA stranding coordinator, said such incidents "come in spurts," the number of pilot whale strandings in the last year is higher than usual. "It's unusual and something we are looking at," Mase told reporters on Thursday. The 25 dead mammals -- 16 females and nine males -- were discovered just two days after eight other pilot whales were found dead about 40 miles north of Kice Island in Lovers Key. In December, 51 pilot whales were stranded in the Florida Everglades . Eleven died after beaching themselves in the Everglades and 11 others died in the Florida Keys, about 70 miles away.
March 22, 2008 |
Storms and snow notwithstanding, this winter was still warmer than average. The global temperature for December, January and February averaged 54.38 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.58 degree warmer than normal for the last century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday.
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September 14, 1995
Trying to understand the unusual weather? Check out the El Nino Theme Page at http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/toga-tao/el-nino/home.html, where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides up-to-the-minute data on the powerful Pacific Ocean current that is believed to disrupt weather patterns worldwide.
January 9, 2014 |
Forget the polar vortex and turn your eyes to the sky -- if you live in the right latitudes to catch the northern lights tonight. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say there's a 90% chance of a strong geomagnetic storm on Thursday that will cause skies in northern latitudes to light up in brilliant and beautiful shades of greens and reds. The storm could be strong enough that the auroras will be visible as...
January 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Last year was marked by extremes in precipitation around the country, with unusually wet weather east of the Rockies and drought worsening in the West, particularly California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual State of the Climate report, NOAA said California had its driest year on record in 2013, after receiving only 32.8% of its average annual precipitation. But the drought that extended over 61% of the country in January shrank to only 31% by December.