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First six months of 2015 are the hottest on record

Not only was the heat dialed up in June of this year, but the whole first six months were warmer than usual around the globe. Weather scientists are saying the record-breaking temperatures even exceed the record heat recorded in 2010.

Lake Erie 2015 algae bloom to be worst ever says new study

University of Michigan researchers, in collaboration with NOAA, are predicting the Lake Erie algae bloom season of 2015 will be the most severe in recent years, and could set the record as the second-worst season behind the record 2011 algae bloom.

Major solar storm hits Earth, brings beauty to U.S. night skies

The Earth was hit by a massive solar storm on Monday. While the sun's potent energy could disrupt the power grid and GPS, it is also bringing rare sightings of auroras to parts of the US.

Op-Ed: Noah-like rain hits town near NOAA headquarters Special

Denver - In Denver this spring, the heavy rains remind us of both the biblical Noah and the government agency NOAA up the foothills in Boulder. Precipitation is twice the norm for the year.

Scientists discover new sea creatures off Puerto Rico coast

A team of U.S. scientists involved a project backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has conducted groundbreaking exploration of the ocean floor off the coast of Puerto Rico and discovered previously unknown marine creatures.

Meet the pocket shark: Extremely rare and only seen once before

Sharks are handsome creatures, and generally, most of us don't think of them as cute. Chances are, many of us may think of them as stately, graceful, and cunning creatures, but no, not cute. Except for the pocket shark. It is very cute, and very rare.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

57 tons of garbage removed from national marine monument

Imagine if you will, a 57 ton pile of garbage sitting in your front yard. It's not a pretty sight. Now, imagine a beautiful underwater world, teeming with living corals and sea creatures, all trying to survive with 57 tons of garbage on top of them.

Vancouver Aquarium uses drone to track killer whales in the wild

Vancouver - Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used a drone to observe killer whales (Orcas). It is the first time an unmanned aerial vehicle tracked wild marine mammals.

With no place to rest, 35,000 walrus gather on Alaska beach

It can get very tiresome swimming around the Arctic Ocean without having any place to take a rest. And if you are a Pacific walrus, and spend your winters in the Bering Sea, it's essential that sea ice be present to use as a resting place.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Methane gas plumes erupting along Atlantic Coast

A two-year sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led to an astounding discovery. From 2011 to 2013, scientists documented 570 methane gas seeps along the continental slope break.

New England's cod population in dire straits

It has been bad news for the Atlantic cod fish for the past several years, and now it has just gotten worse. A recently released survey of the Gulf of Maine cod population by NOAA shows their numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate.

Divers take a plunge with an ocean giant: the Goliath grouper

Miami - At first glance, an adult goliath grouper can appear intimidating. Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause.

Hurricane Arthur's early 2014 hurricane season opener

Ocracoke - Hurricane Arthur kicked off the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season along the United States’ eastern seaboard, Thursday night, making landfall as far north as North Carolina.

Amazing rescue of humpback whale caught on GoPro (Video)

Santa Barbara - Back on April 27, rescuers found a humpback whale in Monterey Bay with a steel rope wrapped around its tail and dragging a 300-pound crabpot. The whale was in serious trouble, but has this week finally been freed.

NASA data shows tornado-breeding weather system on the move

Washington - If the devastating plague of tornadoes in the last few days has been bad enough, there are more on the way. A large weather system is being tracked by NASA, showing a monster system over the Arizona/New Mexico region.

Climate Change reaches another unpleasant milestone Special

Notch up more bad news about climate change. For the entire month of April, carbon dioxide levels have remained higher than 400 ppm. One scientist says if we act now, we can still prevent devastating climate change.

Weather service seeks storm watchers in Northern California Special

Benicia - The US National Weather Service in Sacramento is seeking volunteers to join its teams of storm-watchers in Northern California.

Last month was warmest November ever recorded

US government scientists reported Tuesday that last month was the warmest November on record across the earth since record-keeping began in 1880.

Sea ice extent at both poles has scientists shaking their heads

The earth's sea and ice cover is not a static thing, but changes continually. This year is a good example, with Antarctic sea ice extent setting a growth record, while the Arctic sea ice did better than 2012's record low sea ice extent.

Loss of sea ice causes 10,000 walruses to take over Alaskan coast

For generations, the Pacific walrus population has inhabited and used the sea ice offshore in the northern Chukchi Sea as platforms during their winter stay, diving on the shallow continental shelf to reach snails, crabs and worms.

Dolphin deaths along US Atlantic seaboard linked to measles

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with responsibility for fisheries along US coasts, said a measles-like virus is the most likely cause for the high rate of bottlenose dolphin deaths this summer along the US Atlantic seaboard.

New records for Arctic ice melt and CO2 emissions during 2012

Boulder - This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published its climatic report card for 2012, “State of the Climate in 2012.” The report makes gloomy reading, highlighting record Arctic ice melt and unprecedented CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

NOAA to track 'sudden drought changes' with new monthly forecasts Special

Citing President Obama’s call from last week’s climate speech for federal agencies to help communities prepare for extreme weather events, NOAA said yesterday that it will begin releasing monthly drought outlooks, or MDOs.

NASA captures image of massive solar flare

As the sun reaches peak intensity of its 11-year sun cycle, solar flares become increasingly common. This latest solar flare was ejected from the sun at approximately 6:49 p.m. on June 7, 2013 and was powerful enough to disrupt long-range communications.

U.S. Atlantic puffin population at-risk according to CBC

The Atlantic puffin population is at risk in the United States, and there are signs the seabirds are in distress in other parts of the world, says CBC.

Video: NOAA scientists on high alert for 2013 solar maximum

NOAA scientists are on high alert as the Sun enters a period of solar maximum over the next 14 months during which we will see a burst of activity that could have catastrophic effects on global power grids and communications systems.

Google's 'crisis map' merges Hurricane Sandy info into one place

Google is once again being proactive when a natural disaster strikes: Its crisis map is pooling Hurricane Sandy data to inform visitors about the hurricane's path, emergency shelters and crowdsourced YouTube videos.

Mermaids don't exist, NOAA says after Animal Planet show mix-up

The NOAA have been forced to issue a statement saying there is no evidence that half-human, half-fish "humanoids" exist after they received several phone calls following a fictional Animal Planet documentary titled "Mermaids: The Body Found."
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Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island  Alaska
Fukushima debris washed up on Montague Island, Alaska
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Specific areas for designation include 38 occupied marine areas within the range of the Northwest At...
Specific areas for designation include 38 occupied marine areas within the range of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS. These areas contain one or a combination of habitat types: Nearshore reproductive habitat, winter area, breeding areas, constricted migratory corridors, and/or Sargassum habitat.
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Global temperatures  November 2013
Global temperatures, November 2013
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Map showing percentages of extreme precipitation events starting in 1858 through 2012.
Map showing percentages of extreme precipitation events starting in 1858 through 2012.
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World map showing areas where researchers studied weather events.
World map showing areas where researchers studied weather events.
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Divers shown collecting trash for removal.
Divers shown collecting trash for removal.
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Divers aboard the Oscar Elton Sette spent 33 days removing 57 tons of garbage from the marine conser...
Divers aboard the Oscar Elton Sette spent 33 days removing 57 tons of garbage from the marine conservation area.
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The elongate jewel squid (Histioteuthis reversa)  so called because the photophores festooning its b...
The elongate jewel squid (Histioteuthis reversa), so called because the photophores festooning its body make it appear bejewelled
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Last 5 days daily average CO2
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Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea  near Pt. Lay
Pacific walruses hauled out on a remote barrier island in the Chukchi Sea, near Pt. Lay
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Rare sighting of a fin whale off Georgia coast
Rare sighting of a fin whale off Georgia coast
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In June  NOAA redirected the aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the Gulf spill site. A new stud...
In June, NOAA redirected the aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the Gulf spill site. A new study by NOAA and CIRES scientists found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.
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In the image  you can see that there are two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) projected to influence th...
In the image, you can see that there are two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) projected to influence the Earth's magnetosphere in the next few days. The first is associated with the R1 (Minor) flare observed on 09 Sep while the second is related to yesterday's R3 (Strong) flare.
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Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise ...
Atmospheric CO2 levels from 1960 to 2010 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory. An almost constant rise since measurements began.
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Satellite image of 2011 bloom  the worst bloom in recent years  which impacted over half of the lake...
Satellite image of 2011 bloom, the worst bloom in recent years, which impacted over half of the lake shore.
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This chart shows ocean heat content data to a depth of 2,000 meters, from NOAA.
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The super typhoon  Yolanda  has made landfall and is now battering Visayas  with maximum sustained w...
The super typhoon "Yolanda" has made landfall and is now battering Visayas, with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour
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