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.
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 19, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- As part of its campaign to step up efforts to address climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced the creation of a new website to serve as a one-stop location for the enormous amount of climate data housed at different federal agencies. The initiative to make the information more accessible to communities, researchers and industries trying to adapt to global warming is the latest move by the White House to deliver on a pledge that President Obama made last June to use his executive authority to address the causes and effects of climate change in light of congressional inaction on the issue.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2000
State Sen. Ray Haynes (R-Riverside) says that God brought him to the Legislature and that God urged him to run for the U.S. Senate (Feb. 23). He also calls environmentalists "clean-air Nazis" and says global warming is hocus-pocus. On the same day "Climate Is Warming at Steep Rate, Study Says" reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, backed by the National Academy of Sciences, indicated that the Earth's climate is warming at an unprecedented rate. It may well be that Haynes' evangelical Christian right conservatives may one day inherit the Earth--a dead planet.