National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News

El Niño Forming in Pacific Is Turbocharged by Tropical Cyclones

The El Niño forming across the Pacific has been turbocharged by a series of tropical cyclones that helped to shift the direction of trade winds, potentially adding to warming that’s evoking parallels with the record 1997-98 event. Several cyclones, including …

NOAA Research Warns Global Warming Continues Unabated

The pace of global warming hasn’t slowed since 1998, a finding that contradicts a major United Nations study and challenges a key argument of skeptics of manmade climate change. Temperatures since 2000 have risen at a pace that is “virtually indistinguishable” …

NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter Planes Get $42 million Upgrade

The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar. Every hurricane season for nearly four decades, the two technologically packed planes have flown into storms at speeds of up …

Federal Water Center in Alabama to Provide Aid in National Water Crises

A new federal center will help improve forecasts and emergency response during future water crises like the California drought and flooding in Texas, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said this week. Pritzker’s comments came during the unveiling of the National Water …

NOAA in Miami to Send More Hurricane Drones into Atlantic this Season

Scientists are planning to send more drones flying into hurricanes that develop during the upcoming Atlantic storm season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first launched the 13-pound winged drones into Hurricane Edouard in September. This year, the unmanned aircraft …

Chance of Below-Normal Hurricane Season Now Up to 70%

Forecasters with the National Weather Service raised the likelihood for a below-normal season in their most recent Atlantic hurricane season outlook. The update predicts a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 25 percent chance of a near-normal season …

National Weather Service Warns Accuracy of Forecasts in Danger Over Damaged Buoys

The National Weather Service is set to start repairing 70 towering buoys used to track El Nino and La Nina patterns, whose damage has led scientists to warn the accuracy of forecasts is in danger. The Tropical Atmospheric Ocean Array, …

Oklahoma Congressman’s Proposal Would Extend Lead Time for Tornado Warnings

An Oklahoma congressman has proposed legislation that would make the protection of people and property a priority for federal weather forecasters and extend the lead time for tornado warnings. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has expressed his support for …

Neutral El Nino Condtions Forecast Through Spring: NOAA

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday it expects neutral El Niño weather conditions to persist in the Northern Hemisphere through spring. In its monthly report, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said that atmospheric and ocean conditions …

NOAA Updates Hurricane Forecast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday slightly lowered its forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season but said it still expected “above normal” storm activity this year. NOAA predicted the six-month season, which began on June 1 …