January 8, 2013 |
Last year was the hottest year on record for the contiguous 48 states, marked by near-record numbers of extreme weather events such as drought, wildfire, tornadoes and storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In its annual report, State of the Climate, NOAA reported that the average annual temperature was 55.3 degrees - 3.3 degrees greater than the average temperature for the 20th century. It was also a full degree higher than the previous record-high temperature, set in 1998 - the biggest margin between two record-high temperatures to date.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Much of the West continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions, raising the prospect of another year of wildfires, stunted crops and unnavigable stretches of river in various parts of the country, according to a federal assessment. More than two-thirds of the country is under abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, "which, although serious, is a slight improvement since fall 2012," said the National Drought Early Warning Outlook. While the report said the drought was over in most of the nation east of the Mississippi River, the portion of the country still facing drought - most of the West and Florida - should expect it "to persist or intensify.
April 10, 2014 |
A weather-altering El Niño is increasingly likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean later this year, according to a U.S. government forecast issued Thursday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists now believe an El Niño has a 66% chance of forming by this winter. If the prediction materializes and the influential climate pattern sets in, it could bring wetter weather to California and the southern U.S., suppress the Atlantic hurricane season and compound global warming by boosting temperatures in 2015.
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April 23, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The passenger steamer was located once before in the murky depths. The year was 1890 and the City of Chester had gone down just two years prior after colliding with another ship in dense fog near the Golden Gate Bridge of today. On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- successor to the agency that made the initial find by dragging a wire across the ocean floor -- announced the wreck has been located again. NOAA officials said they will share the story of the City of Chester through a planned waterfront exhibit at the San Francisco headquarters of the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
July 15, 1998 |
The first half of this year was the warmest six months ever recorded globally and July is likely to set a record as well, federal climate experts said Tuesday. "There is no time in recorded data history that we have seen this sequence of record-setting for six consecutive months," said James Baker, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He called the findings "remarkable and sobering."
September 17, 1986 |
After 16 delays, a rebuilt 25-year-old Atlas rocket thundered into space today, carrying a $37.3-million weather satellite into polar orbit in a boost for the troubled space program. It was America's second successful space shot in two weeks. Before the successful launch of a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 5, the nation had suffered three failures in four orbital launchings, beginning with the Jan. 28 Challenger disaster.