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Air Quality
air quality

Smoke from wildfires causing poor air quality in parts of the Northwest

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 07:17:23 EDT
Due to recent wildfires, the air quality is unhealthy in several areas along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, especially in the Trout Lake and Ellensburg areas. At times, smoke will also impact areas in and around the Columbia basin. The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an air quality alert, which is in effect until noon PDT Monday. Details...

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Climate
climate

NOAA Climate Program Office

Wed, 23 Aug 2000 22:15:51 EDT
Created in October 2005, the Climate Program Office incorporates the Office of Global Programs, the Arctic Research Office, the Climate Observations and Services Program, and coordinates climate activities across NOAA. Details...

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Coral Bleaching
Coral Bleaching

Scientists use NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch to monitor coral reefs

Wed, 23 Aug 2000 22:22:44 EDT
Corals start to feel stressed when the sea surface temperature is more than 1°C above the average we expect to see in the hottest month. Even more important for corals is build-up of warm-water stress over time. Details...

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Drought
Drought

Storms Ease Western Drought But Much More Precipitation Needed

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:18:20 EDT
Drought eased in some areas but encroached into others in the four weeks ending March 4, resulting in a slight overall reduction, to 35.85 percent of the 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Storms in late February and early March rolled the portion of California in extreme to exceptional drought (D3-D4) back to 65.89 percent of the state by March 4, from 73.83 percent a week earlier. A blockbuster storm struck California as the calendar turned from February to March, averting a record-breaking season for dryness. The potent storm and a weaker, initial system accounted for more than 75 percent of the season-to-date precipitation in California locations such as Burbank (4.78 of 5.28 inches), downtown Los Angeles (4.52 of 5.72 inches), Camarillo (3.66 of 4.85 inches), and Sandberg (3.04 of 3.93 inches). Details...

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Earthquakes
U.S. Geological ServiceLatest Earthquake Information from U.S. Geological Survey

M 4.6, near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia

Wed, 08 May 2013 13:34:02 GMT
May 08, 2013 13:34:02 GMT Details...

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6.6 - BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:19:24 +0000

Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:04:03 UTC
Lat/Lon: -6.6787/155.085
Depth: 24.4

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earthquakes

M3.0 - 6km NW of The Geysers, California (test feed)

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:19:19 EDT
Location and Magnitude contributed by: Northern California Seismic Network, UC Berkeley USGS Menlo Park. Event Time 2013-07-25 22:36:37 UTC 2013-07-25 15:36:37 UTC-07:00 at epicenter 2013-07-25 18:36:37 UTC-04:00 system time Location 38.810°N 122.811°W depth1.3km (0.8mi) Nearby Cities 6km (4mi) NW of The Geysers, California 22km (14mi) SW of Clearlake, California 22km (14mi) NNE of Healdsburg, California 29km (18mi) N of Windsor, California 117km (73mi) WNW of Sacramento, California Details...

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Education / Outreach
Education / Outreach

NOAA Seeks Applicants for the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:15:58 EST
NOAA is accepting applications through January 30, 2009 for a scholarship program in honor of retired South Carolina Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, who promoted oceanic and atmospheric research throughout his career. This is the fifth year this scholarship is being made available to students interested in pursuing degrees in ocean and atmospheric sciences and education. Details...

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El Niño / La Niña
El Nino/La Nina

Latest El Nino/Southern Oscillation discussion includes a La Nina Watch

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 06:05:24 EDT
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has issued its monthly El Nino/Southern Oscillation discussion, which also includes a La Nina Watch. This indicates that La Nina--a cooling of Equatorial Pacific Ocean waters--is expected during the next three months. This could enhance the strength of the Atlantic hurricane season. Details...

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Excessive Heat
Excessive Heat

Mid Summer Heat Wave Continues

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:55:08 EDT
An oppressively hot area of high pressure will influence the Northeast, northern Ohio Valley and Midwest today and into Saturday. Very humid conditions combined with temperatures rising into the mid to upper 90s will result in heat indices of 100 degrees and greater this afternoon. A cold front from the northwest is expected to push through the Northeast Saturday night and bring an end to the heat wave. Details...

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Fire Weather
Fire Weather

Critical Fire Conditions for Wednesday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:13:30 EDT
Critical fire weather areas are in effect for portions of eastern New Mexico, western Texas, western/southern New Mexico, western/central Oklahoma, and south-central Kansas today. Elevated fire conditions surround those critical areas as well. Details...

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Flooding
Flooding

River Conditions

13 Aug 2009 19:55:25 GMT
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Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)
Harmful Algal Blooms

Web Site Tracks Predicted New England Red Tide Outbreak

Mon, 19 May 2008 12:45:47 EDT
On April 24, 2008 scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) forecasted the potential for a larger-than-normal Alexandrium bloom in the Gulf of Maine. Depending on weather and ocean conditions, this year’s bloom could be comparable to the historic bloom of 2005 that resulted in an estimated direct impact of $18 million to the commercial shellfishing industry in Massachusetts. Red tides, also known as harmful algal blooms or HABs, can produce potent neurotoxins that accumulate in filter-feeding shellfish and other parts of the marine food web. Shellfish contaminated with the toxin from Alexandrium, if eaten in large enough quantity, can cause illness or death from paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP. States have well-established, rigorous shellfish monitoring programs to protect human health, so consumers are assured that commercially available shellfish are safe for consumption. Details...

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NOAA Homeland Security Program Office
Homeland Security

September is National Preparedness Month

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:01:20 EDT
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held in September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. National Preparedness Month 2007 is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Details...

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Hurricanes/Tropical Weather

Hurricanes/Tropical Weather

NOAA hurricane outlook indicates an above-normal Atlantic season

Thu, 19 May 2011 11:52:59 EDT
The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year: 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 winds of 111 mph or higher).Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Details...

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U.S. CensusNews releases on hurricanes & tropical storms from the U.S. Census Bureau

New Version of OnTheMap for Emergency Management Web Application

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:22:09 -0500
New features in the Census Bureau's OnTheMap application improve access to workforce and demographic statistics for emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities. The application automatically incorporates real-time data updates from the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ... Details...


Oil & Chemical Spills
Oil Spills

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 06:00:27 EDT
NOAA provides coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations. Experts from across the agency have mobilized to help contain the spreading oil spill and protect the Gulf of Mexico’s many marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, shellfish, and other endangered marine life. NOAA spill specialists are advising the U.S. Coast Guard on cleanup options as well as advising all affected federal, state and local partners on sensitive marine resources at risk in this area of the Gulf of Mexico. Overflights are conducted on a daily basis (weather permitting) to provide field verification of model trajectories. NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) is supporting the response work in the Gulf with NOAA-owned ships and aircraft. Details...

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Rip Currents
Rip Currents

Rip Current Risks

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 05:20:14 EDT
Along the coast, swells from distant Tropical Storm Leslie will result in higher surf on the beaches of the East Coast. Long period swells from were reaching East Coast beaches. This usually generates strong rip currents. Rip Current Statements have been issued along the East Coast. Details...

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Severe Weather
Severe Weather

Severe Weather Outlook for Sunday

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:11:17 EDT
There is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. Surrounding this area is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms across parts of the central Plains, southern Plains, Ozarks, ArkLaTex and lower to mid Mississippi Valley. Details...

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Space Weather
Space Weather

Minor solar storm forecast to impact Earth on Saturday

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 07:29:00 EDT
A Coronal Mass Ejection, which is a burst of solar wind and magnetic fields from an active region of the Sun, erupted from the Sun on Thursday afternoon and is expected to impact the earth today. The experts at the NWS Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) expect minor (G1) storming, with the chance of attaining moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm activity after 9:00 AM EDT Saturday morning. Details...

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Tsunamis
Tsunamis

Update on Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Event

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:10:32 EST
A Tsunami Warning continues for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California, to the Oregon-Washington border. A Tsunami Advisory continues for the coastal areas of California from the California-Mexico Border to Point Concepcion, California, and coastal areas of Washington - British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington Border to Attu, Alaska, and the entire state of Hawaii. Elsewhere in the Pacific, a Tsunami Warning remains in effect for Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Niue, Tonga, Mexico, French Polynesia, Pitcairn /Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru Details...

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Volcanoes
VolcanoesNOAAWatch Volcano/Volcanic Ash Headline

Volcanic Ash from Iceland

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:28:32 EDT
Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to spew ash into the atmosphere up to 16,000 feet. The majority of the ash is forecast over the northern Atlantic. Air Travel over much of Europe has resumed with more than 80 percent of Europe free of airspace restrictions along with most airspace over the United Kingdom. Additional information is available from the London Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC). Details...

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U.S. Geological ServiceLatest Volcano Information from U.S. Geological Survey
Cascade Range Weekly Update issued Apr 18, 2014 13:28 Volcano Alert Level NORMAL - Aviation Color Code GREEN
Activity Update: All volcanoes in the Cascade Range of Oregon and Washington are at normal levels of background seismicity. These include Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams in Washington State; and Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Sisters, Newberry, and Crater Lake in Oregon. Recent Observations: A swarm of approximately 10 very small earthquakes occurred ~4km south of the summit of Mount Hood between April 15th and 16th. Swarms like this typically occur several times per year near Mount Hood and are consistent with usual background activity. Details...

Cleveland Weekly Update issued Apr 18, 2014 12:08 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No activity observed in satellite data during clear periods over the past week. Details...

Veniaminof Weekly Update issued Apr 18, 2014 12:08 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Seismicity over the past weeks remains slightly above background. Web camera images during periods of clear weather show typical steaming from the previously active cone. Satellite images show weakly elevated surface temperatures consistent with cooling of the 2013 lava flows. Details...

Shishaldin Weekly Update issued Apr 18, 2014 12:08 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Elevated surface temperatures consistent with low-level eruptive activity in the summit crater were observed in satellite data earlier in the week during periods of clear weather. Small explosions continue to be observed in seismic data, but no ash emissions have been detected. Minor steaming observed in web camera images during clear periods over the past week. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Apr 18, 2014 07:43 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Activity Summary: The eruption continued at the summit and within the east rift zone with no significant changes. The summit tiltmeter network recorded continued DI inflationary tilt and the level of the circulating summit lava lake continued to rise. At the middle east rift zone, Pu`u `O`o vents continued feeding the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow whose distal end showed signs of activity in webcam views. Gas emissions remained elevated. Recent Observations at Kilauea summit: The summit tiltmeters recorded continued DI inflationary tilt (+4.5 microradians over the past 3.5 d). The ... Details...

Pagan Weekly Update issued Apr 18, 2014 09:35 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Low-level unrest continued at Pagan Volcano throughout the past week. Seismic activity remains above background. A vapor plume was visible in web camera and satellite images during clear periods this week. This level of unrest is typical of the past several months. Volcanic gas from Pagan may be noticed downwind of the volcano as distinctive sulfurous odors. Additional information about volcanic gas and vog can be found on the web at this address: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/hazards/FAQ_SO2-Vog-Ash/main.html Access to the island may be restricted by the CNMI government. Contact the EMO for ... Details...

Cleveland Daily Update issued Apr 17, 2014 12:00 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Satellite observations partly obscured by clouds over the past day. No activity observed. Details...

Veniaminof Daily Update issued Apr 17, 2014 12:00 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
Seismicity over the past day is slightly above background. Web camera images show typical steaming from the previously active cone. No activity observed in satellite images. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Apr 17, 2014 12:00 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Minor steaming observed in web camera images during clear periods over the past day. Satellite images show no evidence of eruptive activity. No significant changes observed in seismic data. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Apr 17, 2014 07:29 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Activity Summary: The eruption continued at the summit and within the east rift zone with no significant changes. The summit tiltmeter network recorded continued DI inflationary tilt and the level of the circulating summit lava lake continued to rise. At the middle east rift zone, Pu`u `O`o vents continued feeding the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow whose distal end showed renewed signs of activity in webcam views. Gas emissions remained elevated. Recent Observations at Kilauea summit: The summit tiltmeters recorded continued DI inflationary tilt (+4 microradians over the past 2.5 d). ... Details...


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Winter Weather
Winter Weather

Snow for the Mid-Atlantic and Northwest

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:40:28 EST
The surface low across the Ohio Valley continues to fill in as the primary low nears the Virginia/North Carolina border coast. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for much of the Ohio River Valley and Mid-Atlantic States, as well as portions of the southern Appalachians. Winter Storm Watches are also in effect for portions of southeastern New England. Snowfall accumulation rates will be most favorable west of the fall line (west of I-95), particularly farther west toward the higher elevations/Appalachians. Low pressure drifting into the Pacific Northwest will bring snow to the higher elevations of the Oregon Cascades and central/northern Sierras should receive the highest snow totals, with some locations likely receiving in excess of 12 inches. Details...

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Landslide Alerts from U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geological Service

USGS Issues Landslide Alert for Hurricane Sandy

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:05:58 +0000
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Health and Human Service Channel 1
Health and Human Service

Health and Safety PSAs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Related to Hurricane Irene

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:43:35 EDT
Because hurricane damage is a public safety issue, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers 30-second PSAs on how your listeners can stay safe and cope. The advice, all approved by public health experts from HHS, covers points such as preparing for a hurricane, evacuation, staying safe in a home, emergency wound care, food and drug safety, and avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning when power is out. The PSAs tell people what they need to know before, during and after a hurricane, so they are for spot use. The feed also includes TV crawls ready to be run across the bottom of screens, and text for cell phone alert messages. The PSAs on the Internet link below are to sound files in .MP3 format as well as matching live-read texts. There are matching TV PSAs for many spots contact Ira Dreyfuss at ira.dreyfuss@hhs.gov or (202) 401-5920. Details...

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Health and Human Service Channel 2
Health and Human Service

Why has the summer of 2012 proved so hospitable to the West Nile virus and the mosquitoes that carry it

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:00:41 EDT
A mild winter allowed more mosquitoes than usual to survive, while the unusually high temperatures this summer further increased their numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of August 14, 2012, more than 40 states have reported West Nile virus (WNV) infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 693 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 26 deaths, have been reported to CDC. The CDC has posted a fact sheet containing important information that can help you recognize and prevent West Nile virus. Details...

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