US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season

Science 05/23/19, 13:07

The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four ...

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 strongest possible storm.In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 fle photo, ...

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 means Michael was the first hurricane to make landfall in ...

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) have a unique and very important role in the ecosystem," ...

Feds support tribe’s push for only whale hunt in mainland US

U.S. 04/04/19, 15:57

Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced its ...

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 of what forecasters expect the rest of the spring, said ...

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 swollen rivers rise.In this Monday, March 11, 2019 photo, backflow ...

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 was first spotted Wednesday morning by a dive boat off ...

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 green, and snow has fallen in the usually temperate suburbs ...

El Nino is back but it’s late, weak and probably no big deal

Science 02/14/19, 15:37

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but forecasters don't expect it to last more ...

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 different ways, but each came to the same conclusion Wednesday: ...

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 respond to marine mammals, including whales and seals, when the ...

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 $144.3 billion in sales from commercial fishing in 2016 was ...

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 the bleakest pictures yet of dramatic and dangerous warming in ...

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