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Weather Outlook for Tuesday

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:09:00 EDT
A strengthening surface low will track across the Dakotas and into Manitoba, Canada by Wednesday night. This will also be associated with an upper level low that is lifting northward from the central Rockies. At the surface, a slow moving cold front is expected to extend southward from this low with another wave of low pressure forming along it over the central Plains. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms extending from Texas to the Upper Midwest with locally heavy rainfall will be possible ahead of the cold front. A few severe storms are possible. Elsewhere across the country, showers can be expected from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast as a weak upper level low combines with moisture advecting westward from the Atlantic Ocean. Scattered showers and storms are in the forecast for the central Gulf Coast and Florida. Out west over the northern Rockies, some high elevation snow showers are likely above 8000 feet. Latest local weather forecasts, warnings, watches, and advisories...

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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...


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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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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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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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...

Learn more about 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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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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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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13 Aug 2009 19:55:25 GMT

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Southeast Rains

Sun, 13 May 2012 07:52:38 EDT
Heavy rain is expected from the central Gulf Coast into the Tennessee Valley and over portions of the central Appalachians. Precipitation amounts of 1 to 2 inches over three hours is possible with storm totals of up to 4 inches. Bands of heavy convective rains could redevelop in the vicinity of the Florida Panhandle later this afternoon and evening over an area that has already received locally heavy rain. Details...

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NOAA, USGS Warning System to Help Protect Southern Californians from Debris Flows and Flash Floods

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:25:45 EDT
A debris flow and flash flood warning system developed jointly by NOAA's National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey will help protect Southern Californians from potentially devastating debris flows—commonly known as mud slides— and flash floods in and around burn areas created by the recent wildfires. Details...

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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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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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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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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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Weather in one part of the country can have a significant impact on airport delays in other parts of the country. For the latest information on airport delays, check the Federal Aviation Administration site at

To check on the latest road conditions, as well as construction delays, the U.S. Department of Transportation offers traffic information at their site

Learn more about hurricanes and tropical cyclones

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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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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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...

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...

Tsunami Information from West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
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Tsunami Information for Hawaii
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Tsunami Information

29 Dec 2010 07:03:09 -0000
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Tsunami Information for the Caribbean Sea
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Tsunami Information Statement

20 Jan 2010 11:11:39 -0000
Caribbean Tsunami Information

Tsunami Information for the Pacific Ocean
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Tsunami Information Bulletin

29 Dec 2010 07:02:26 -0000
Pacific Tsunami Information

Tsunami Information for the Indian Ocean
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Indian Ocean Tsunami Watch Cancellation

25 Oct 2010 16:57:41 -0000
Indian Ocean Tsunami Information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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...

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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...

Landslide Information from USGS

USGS Issues Landslide Alert for Hurricane Sandy

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:05:58 +0000

Earthquake Information from the U.S. Geological Survey
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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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3.6 - 14.0 km (8.7 mi) NW of Coso Junction, CA

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:31:53 +0000

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:31:15 UTC
Lat/Lon: 36.136/-118.056
Depth: 0.23


Volcano Information from USGS
Learn more about volcanoes Kilauea Status Report issued Oct 24, 2014 15:56 Volcano Alert Level WARNING - Aviation Color Code ORANGE
HVO scientists completed a helicopter overflight of the June 27th lava flow early Friday afternoon and have been observing the flow from the ground throughout the day. Today's mapping shows that the lava flow has advanced 730 m (800 yd) over the past two days. The leading edge of the flow is moving downslope along two fronts: a narrow finger and a slower-moving and broader lobe that split from the narrow finger and is moving slightly to the SE. The narrow finger was 50 m (55 yd) wide at its leading edge, which was 135 m (150 yd) from Cemetery Road and advancing about 10 m (11 yd) per ... Details...

Katmai Weekly Update issued Oct 24, 2014 12:10 Volcano Alert Level NORMAL - Aviation Color Code GREEN
Strong winds in the Katmai area picked up loose 1912 volcanic ash and carried it east again this week on Thursday (10/23/14). AVO detected a cloud of resuspended ash blowing from the vicinity of Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes across and beyond Kodiak Island. The National Weather Service estimated the top of the plume at 4,000 feet (1,219 m) above sea level. This phenomenon is not the result of volcanic activity and occurs seasonally in the spring and fall during times of high winds and dry snow-free conditions in the Katmai area and other young volcanic areas of Alaska. No ... Details...

Cleveland Weekly Update issued Oct 24, 2014 12:10 Volcano Alert Level ADVISORY - Aviation Color Code YELLOW
No unusual activity was detected in partly cloudy satellite and webcam images from Cleveland volcano throughout the week. Seismicity remains at low levels. Details...

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