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NOAA Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, pla

  • 05.12.2017 18:44
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Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, playing a critical role in everything from protecting lives and property to supporting thousands of businesses. The total economic value of coral reef services for the U.S.—including fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection—is over $3.4 billion each year. Follow @noaaocean from December 4-8 to learn more about the value and importance of coral reef ecosystems. For more information about Corals Week visit http://bit.ly/2017CoralsWeek (see our profile link) #corals #coralreef #CoralsWeek

NOAA Today, November 30, marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurric

  • 01.12.2017 00:45
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Today, November 30, marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. More at http://bit.ly/2kej2Gx (see our profile link). [IMAGE: This NOAA satellite image shows 3 of the season's hurricanes, #Katia (left), #Irma and #Jose (right). Captured by #GOES16 satellite on September 8, 2017.] #nature #science #satellites #space #hurricanes @noaa @nws @noaasatellites #HurricaneSeason #HurricaneOutlook

NOAA And we have lift off! NOAA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, #JPSS1,

  • 18.11.2017 18:52
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And we have lift off! NOAA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, #JPSS1, was launched at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The advanced instruments aboard this satellite will improve weather forecasting, such as predicting a hurricane’s track, and aid in the recognition of climate patterns that can influence the weather, including El Nino and La Nina. They will also help emergency managers respond to events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions and help communities, recovering from severe storms, with better views of storm damage and show the extent of power outages. Data from this satellite will also be available to aid scientists monitor changes in our environment. For the latest about JPSS-1, visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 (See our profile link). [Photo credit: ULA.] #nature #science #satellite #launch #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

NOAA We have an update on the #JPSS1 satellite launch: Unfortunately, exces

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

  • 15.11.2017 18:23
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We have an update on the #JPSS1 satellite launch: Unfortunately, excessive upper-level wind conditions delayed today's early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite. The launch team is assessing their options for the next launch date. For the latest, visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1(see our profile link) and please follow @NOAASatellites on Instagram and Twitter. [Photo credit: ULA.] #nature #science #satellite #launch#satellites #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

NOAA 11/14 *UPDATE*: Today’s early morning launch of NOAA’s newest pola

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

  • 14.11.2017 00:13
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11/14 *UPDATE*: Today’s early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite #JPSS-1 was rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 15 at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 EST. More at https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 and @noaasatellites ——————————— Heads up! Coverage of our #JPSS1 satellite launch begins at 4:15 am ET/1:15 am PT tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 14. Watch the liftoff, scheduled for 4:47 am ET/1:47 am PT, *LIVE* on @NASA_TV at www.nasa.gov/nasatv. Visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 for the latest launch information, photos and videos about this scientifically advanced polar-orbiting satellite that will increase the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts 3 to 7 days in advance of a severe weather event. PS: Don’t forget to live tweet during the main event using the hashtag #JPSS1! #nature #science #satellite #launch #satellites #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

NOAA Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the size of the ozon

  • 02.11.2017 18:36
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Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the size of the ozone hole in 2017 to the smallest observed since 1988, NOAA and NASA scientists said today. [See our story at http://bit.ly/2017OzoneHole] Measurements from NASA satellites showed the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September grew to only 7.6 million square miles in extent (coverage) before starting to recover this year. The average peak area observed since 1991 has been roughly 10 million square miles. The ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States, and then declined through the remainder of September and into October. NOAA’s ground- and balloon-based measurements also found the least amount of ozone depletion since 1988. The two agencies have monitored the ozone hole for the past 25 years. PHOTO: This time-lapse photo shows the path of an ozonesonde as it rises into the atmosphere in the South Pole. Scientists release these balloon-borne sensors to measure the thickness of the ozone layer. Credit: Courtesy of Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota. #science #nature #ozonehole #Antarctica #SouthPole #balloonlaunch @NOAAResearch @NASAEarth @NASA #NOAA #NASA

NOAA Happy Birthday, @NOAASanctuaries! Forty-five years ago, Congress passe

  • 23.10.2017 21:23
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Happy Birthday, @NOAASanctuaries! Forty-five years ago, Congress passed legislation establishing the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Today, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. Have you visited any of these spectacular parks? See why you should at http://bit.ly/45YearsofNOAASanctuaries. [PHOTO: A research boat floats at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument. Credit: Paulo Maurin/NOAA Sanctuaries.] #nature #sanctuary @noaa @noaaocean #marinesanctuaries #science #conservation #marinesanctuary

NOAA Winter IS coming: It might be early fall, and maybe your thoughts are

  • 19.10.2017 18:40
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Winter IS coming: It might be early fall, and maybe your thoughts are on the leaves changing and pumpkin EVERYTHING -- but it’s never too soon to keep an eye on winter weather. Today NOAA’s National Weather Service issued it’s 2017-18 #WinterOutlook. NOAA forecasters are predicting a cooler, wetter North and a warmer, drier South this winter. NOAA’s Mike Halpert explains more in our video: https://youtu.be/cogg59V6PL0 (click our profile link) More: Read our news release and download our temperature and precipitation prediction maps at http://bit.ly/WinterOutlook2017-18 Be sure to follow @NWS this winter on Twitter and Facebook at @U.S. Weather for the latest winter storm information, alerts, watches and warnings. #science #nature #winter #weather @nws @noaa @noaaclimate

NOAA This year's busy Atlantic hurricane season with back-to-back strong st

  • 12.10.2017 23:16
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This year's busy Atlantic hurricane season with back-to-back strong storms and multiple landfalls has everyone asking: Why is this happening? Well, the season is playing out as NOAA predicted in May and August. Let's dive into the science behind this year’s hurricane season with NOAA's lead hurricane season forecaster Dr. Gerry Bell. Read our Q&A with Dr. Bell at http://bit.ly/2xCAVVC. [Photo: @NOAASatellites#GOES16 image of #hurricanes #Katia (left), #Irma (center) and #Jose (right) captured on September 8, 2017.] #nature #science #satellites #space #Atlantic #hurricane #tropicalcyclone @noaa @nws

NOAA NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite, the first of the new JPSS satellite constella

  • 12.10.2017 18:50
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NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite, the first of the new JPSS satellite constellation, will rocket into space on November 10, 2017. Don't miss the chance to chat live on @Reddit with two NOAA scientists and learn more about the satellite, its mission, the launch and the science behind it all! * Join our Reddit Science AMA TODAY, October 12, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. ET and "ask these experts anything!"--> Go to https://redd.it/75wrix or click our profile link. For years, Dr. Mitch Goldberg, JPSS chief program scientist, and Thomas Wrublewski, NOAA physical scientist, have been working with their @NOAASatellites Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) colleagues to prepare this next-generation polar-orbiting satellite for its trip into space. Now, the big day is almost here! Launch is scheduled for November 10, 2017. Learn more at https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1. #nature #weather #science #satellites #launch #space #JPSS1 #noaa #redditAMA

NOAA From NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on October 7, 2017: 1. Life-t

  • 07.10.2017 17:00
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From NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on October 7, 2017: 1. Life-threatening storm surge flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, and a storm surge warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida. Residents in these areas should heed any evacuation instructions given by local officials. 2. A hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama, and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion in these areas. 3. Nate will bring heavy rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with isolated totals of 10 inches east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley, and the southern Appalachians through Monday, resulting in the potential for flash flooding in these areas. Get the full NHC advisory and images at www.hurricanes.gov [click our profile link.] Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. [PHOTO: NOAA GOES-East satellite image of Nate, October 7, 2017] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites #Nate #stormsurge

NOAA For years NOAA's National Weather Service has used the Watch, Warning,

  • 02.10.2017 17:51
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For years NOAA's National Weather Service has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory system to alert you about forecasted hazards. But we've also heard that some users find the terminology confusing. With that in mind the NWS is exploring alternatives for more effectively communicating those messages. And today, the National Weather Service is simplifying its winter weather forecasts. For more information go to http://bit.ly/2yROIod #sciencesaveslive #amazingnature #instacool #NWS #NOAA #NWS #science #weather #winter #frozen #ice #cold #snow #blizzard #nature #brrrr