February 20, 2018

2017 was costliest year ever for U.S. weather disasters

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BY CNN WIRE From WTVR The year 2017 was the costliest year ever for weather and climate disasters in the United States, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday, totaling $306 billion. The previous record year, 2005, saw $215 billion in disasters. Highlighted by a string of hurricanes that pounded the southeastern US coast […]

Why the bomb cyclone hitting the [US] East Coast is so unusual

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By DAVID GOLDMAN/AP From Wired NOW, THE FIRST thing you should know about a bomb cyclone is it’s just a name—and unlike a sharknado, it’s not a literal one. The very real scientific term describes a storm that suddenly intensifies following a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure. Bombing out, or “bombogenesis,” is when a cyclone’s […]

US government climate report: Climate change is real and our fault

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By SCOTT K. JOHNSON From arsTECHNICA Report appears to have cleared federal review despite censorship fears. Information about the science and consequences of climate change has been removed from a number of federal agency websites since the Trump administration took over. But some agencies like NASA seem to have continued their work unhindered. And today […]

Hurricane season may be more active than first thought

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By Pierce Legeion From WCNT9 GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) –  The tropics are quiet right now, but we have a long way to go before hurricane season is over. And it’s a season that may be more active than initially thought. NOAA’s 2017 hurricane outlook calls for a normal or slightly above normal number of named storms. This […]

New ‘sister sanctuary’ agreement protects whales from New England to the Caribbean

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From NOAA Stellwagen Bank sanctuary joins Caribbean sanctuary in humpback whale research, monitoring, conservation May 4, 2017A new “sister sanctuary” agreement signed this spring between NOAA and the government of The Netherlands adds to a network of marine protected areas stretching from New England to the Caribbean Sea, and now provides refuge for North Atlantic […]

Hundreds tour Hurricane Hunter in Cayman Islands

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A huge crowd of eager residents toured a Hurricane Hunter aircraft at the Owen Roberts International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal yesterday (Wednesday, 26 April 2017), during a one day trip to promote hurricane readiness. Around 1,000 school students and members of the public had the rare opportunity to step into the world of the Hurricane […]

US had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

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By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press From Caribbean Business WASHINGTON, D.C. — With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that 2016 was the second hottest year in the […]

Carbon dioxide levels race past troubling milestone

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From Science Daily Date:October 5, 2016 Source: NOAA Summary: Carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere passed a troubling milestone for good this summer and locked in levels of the heat-trapping gas not seen for millions of years. Carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere passed a troubling milestone for good this summer and locked in levels of the heat-trapping […]

Bahamas named first “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors”

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From South Florida Caribbean News OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, […]

Undercurrents: World Meteorological Organization improves weather research in Caribbean

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BY BERNETIA AKIN From St Croix Source A regular Source column, Undercurrents explores issues, ideas and events developing beneath the surface in the Virgin Islands community. You may never have heard of an organization called Météo-France, but it just signed an agreement that could result in enhanced warnings for the Virgin Islands as the 2016 […]