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.
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 8, 2014 |
Massive sunspot AR 1944 is getting feisty, and doing some damage. Several Earth-lengths across, it is one of the largest sunspots seen in a decade. It is also complex, with dozens of dark cores. "Sometimes you see a nice, big simple brown sunspot, and even though it's big, it's boring," said Alex Young of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "But as soon as they start getting twisted and breaking apart and merging with each other, you know something exciting is going to happen.
November 6, 2013 |
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been doing some serious myth-busting after news reports this week claimed a massive island of debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami was headed for the U.S. West Coast. One problem: There is no floating mass of debris. The disaster swept millions of tons of material out to sea. While some has washed up on the West Coast and Hawaii, what remains afloat is widely scattered across the Pacific. The source of alarm was a map NOAA posted online without fanfare Sept.
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October 20, 2013 |
A 14-foot oarfish carcass found Friday on a Oceanside beach was taken away by scientists for possible study. Oceanside police responding to Friday's discovery contacted SeaWorld, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The fish was cut into sections and taken away by NOAA. Photos show a group of surfers and beachgoers examining the creature. Authorities said that they received a call from a witness believing it was actually a washed-up whale.
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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.