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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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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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Despite Improvement, Drought Taking a Toll

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:13:40 EDT
Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06% on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section has slightly reduced drought’s imprint. Nevertheless, drought still covers a substantial portion of the central and southern Plains and the western U.S.. On June 3, the highest level of drought—D4, or exceptional drought—was noted in portions of California (25%), Oklahoma (21%), Texas (9%), Nevada (8%), Kansas (2%), and Colorado (2%). California also led the nation with 77% coverage of extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4). In addition, California topped the U.S. with 70% of its rangeland and pastures rated in very poor to poor condition on June 1, according to USDA. Following California were New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nevada. Details...

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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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4.95 - 41.1 miles N of Nenana

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:04:51 +0000

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:36:58 UTC
Lat/Lon: 65.1522/-149.001
Depth: 15.2843


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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 in Wyoming

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:58:03 EDT
Increasing flow aloft coupled with a strengthening surface pressure gradient will help support sustained westerly winds around 25 to 30 MPH with gusts over 35 MPH. This combined with a very dry air mass and temperatures expected to climb into the low to mid 80S will result in a critical fire weather threat across central Wyoming. Elevated to locally critical fire weather conditions exist across the most of the remaining portion of Wyoming. Elevated conditions are also present in northern California and southern Oregon. Details...

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River Conditions

13 Aug 2009 19:55:25 GMT

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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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 Currents on East and West Coasts from Hurricanes

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:01:00 EDT
The dangerous surf and rip current conditions along portions of the California Coast and Eastern Seaboard are due to hurricanes offshore. Learn how to break the "grip of the rip" Details...

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Severe Weather
Severe Weather

Monday's Severe Weather Outlook

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:06:46 EDT
There is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms from lower Michigan and southeastern Wisconsin through the Midwest and mid Mississippi Valley to eastern Kansas and far northeastern Oklahoma. 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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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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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
Kilauea VAN/VONA issued Oct 20, 2014 19:45 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
The June 27th flow remains active. The flow front has not advanced downslope since October 17, but there are several breakouts within about 1.3 km (0.8 mi) upslope of the front. Along the south side of the flow, a narrow breakout has moved about 80 m/day in the past week, and could overtake the distal tip of the flow in the next couple of days. The flow front remains about 1.4 km (0.9 mi) upslope from Apa`a St. along the steepest descent path and 1.1 km (0.7 mi) upslope from Apa`a St. along a straight line. Lava discharge from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō into the June 27th lava tube ... Details...

Cleveland Daily Update issued Oct 20, 2014 12:33 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No activity was detected in partly cloudy satellite images from today. Seismicity remains at low levels. Details...

Shishaldin Daily Update issued Oct 20, 2014 12:33 Volcano Alert Level WATCH - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Elevated surface temperatures were detected in satellite images from today. Elevated seismic activity, including small explosions, continues to be observed in local seismic data. Details...

Kilauea Daily Update issued Oct 20, 2014 08:57 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
Activity Summary: Kīlauea continued to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone, and gas emissions remained elevated. There was a small amount of net deflation at the summit, and the lava lake fell slightly before leveling off. At the middle East Rift Zone, the June 27th flow remains active but moved no closer to Pāhoa. Active breakouts are scattered across the flow near its front and about mid-way along its length. June 27th Lava Flow Observations: A Civil Defense overflight this morning found no advancement at the front of the flow, though breakouts ... 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

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 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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