Update: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

U.S. 04/19/19, 10:58

The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local):11:55 a.m.The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the ...

Post-mortem upgrade: Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

U.S. 04/19/19, 09:03

Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.The upgraded status ...

NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered

U.S. 04/12/19, 16:27

Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, with threats including oil and gas exploration and development."They're the only year-round baleen whales that make their home in Gulf of Mexico, and (they) ...

Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

U.S. 03/21/19, 11:05

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other Midwestern states is a preview ...

Update: Forecasters: ‘historic’ flooding could hit South

U.S. 03/21/19, 10:33

The Latest on the upcoming flood threat in the South (all times local):11:25 a.m.Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say flooding could reach unprecedented levels in parts of the U.S. later this spring, as winter snow melts and ...

Young humpback whale freed from fishing gear off Hawaii

Science 03/08/19, 01:11

A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a joint statement that the "subadult" humpback ...

Winter storms wash away California drought, burnish snowpack

U.S. 02/28/19, 18:33

California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago. Drought conditions have almost been eliminated, hills blackened by huge wildfires are sporting lush coats of ...

2018 was 4th warmest, but next 5 years could break records

Europe 02/06/19, 14:27

While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking.Two U.S. agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization analyzed global temperatures in slightly ...

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

U.S. 01/23/19, 09:55

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to ...

Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops

U.S. 12/13/18, 15:35

U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, buoyed by growth in key species such as sea scallops and American lobsters, the federal government reported on Thursday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the total of ...

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Science 12/11/18, 17:36

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth's polar regions at times they don't expect, like winter, and in places they don't expect, like eastern Antarctica.New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one of ...

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