We’re on location for today’s SpaceX launch of the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite. Afterwards, SpaceX will make their first barge landing attempt in the Pacific Ocean. Join us as we report live from Vandenberg Air Force Base!
SpaceX is launching the planet’s newest oceanographic satellite tomorrow morning. Here’s the scoop on Jason-3, and how “sea level” is one of those little white lies you learned in school.
What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? NOAA released a graphic that charts out the probability that you’ll have some snow on December 25th, based on historical norms.
Here’s your feel good story for the day. NOAA researchers have captured what are probably the best aerial photos of wild Killer Whales ever and are here to explain how the images demonstrate an incredibly strong, collaborative family bond.
We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark.
Two robotic submersibles, or ROVs, have just plunged into the warm waters off the coast of Hawaii and are plunging 2100 meters to the sea floor to explore. And it’s happening right now, live. You can watch the squid swim by and visit this remote region that’s never been explored by humans.
How would your coastline fare in a flood? This flood mapping tool from NOAA answers that question in a remarkably complete way—charting out exactly where sea level rises will hit, what percentage of the area lies in a flood zone, and where storm surges might be expected to bury us in water.
The Blob has been there for over a year—a cauldron of extra-warm ocean temperatures off the coast of the Pacific Northwest that just won’t budge. The Blob has already affected food availability and habitats for marine life, and now scientists are starting to see at least one dangerous side-effect of the Blob: A…
Ecologist Barbara Schroeder is the National Sea Turtle Coordinator (!) for NOAA, overseeing the conservation and recovery of turtles in U.S. waters. In honor of National Sea Turtle Week, she’s hosting an AMA over at /r/science. Got a question about sea turtles? She’ll be answering questions from 2:00 pm—4:00 pm ET.
In the 121 years that precipitation has been recorded in the contiguous U.S., no months were as wet as the one experienced this past May.
Results published this week by NOAA indicate that the monthly global average concentration of CO2 surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015—the first time since recordkeeping began in 1959 that the monthly average has exceeded that level worldwide.
The temperatures have been steadily rising here on the surface, but what about below ground? Temperatures are going up there as well, as you can see in this map of changes over the last several decades in ground conditions. And it has something troubling to tell us about our water.
The climate figures for February are out, and it doesn't look good. According to a new NOAA report, global average temperature over both land and ocean surfaces for February was the second highest for the month since recordkeeping began. What's more, we just experienced the warmest year-to-date (Jan-Feb) on record.
Coral bleaching is among nature's spookiest reactions. One day, a section of coral is teeming with life and color. Then, suddenly, all that's left is the bleached out outline of that empty coral, a ghost coral in empty waters. And we could be headed for a truly landscape altering coral bleaching this year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] has announced the long-predicted El Niño for this year has finally arrived. But it doesn't look quite like we thought it would.
Whether you're heading out around town or you're planning a long-distance trip, you probably want to know what the weather will be like when you get where you're going—or later that day. A good, reliable weather site or service can tell you, in useful, accurate terms, and this week we're looking at five of the best,…
This beautiful photograph reveals an oil pipeline hugging the shore of an Alaskan lake. The lake waters are slowly merging with the melting tundra beneath the pipeline, creating dark fissures around puzzle pieces of land.