National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News

U.S. Raises Average Number of Named Storms for Atlantic Hurricane Season

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has changed the number of storms that constitute an average Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said in a statement on Friday. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is using 1991-2020 as the 30-year period-of-record …

Tropical Storms Could Set a Record at 25 This Season

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last Thursday predicted up to 16 more named tropical storms this year, to as many as 25, the highest in the agency’s history. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June …

Farewell 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season: 18 Storms, 6 Hurricanes

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends on November 30, was marked by tropical activity that churned busily from mid-August through October, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The season produced 18 named storms, including six hurricanes …

Addressing Florida’s Rising Tide of Flood Exposures

In the past five years, all 50 states have experienced some type of flooding. Flooding has led to disasters throughout the decades, and this year, it is expected to become unprecedented yet again. Despite a long history of flood-related disasters …

Major Flooding on Rivers Increases 63% Over Last Five Days

The United States Geological Service and NOAA are reporting that 415 river gauges in the U.S. show flood conditions as of 9:26 AM New York time on May 29. 346 flood locations were in flood status on May 24 Major …

NOAA Upgrades Hurricane Michael to Category 5

Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle last fall, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992. The announcement by the …

Red Tide Found in Gulf Off Alabama Shore

The Alabama Department of Health says that red tide has been found in water samples taken near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. WKRG-TV reports the department says water samples taken from Alabama Point to Little Lagoon Pass showed the presence …

Scientists Blame Extreme Weather, Heat on Man-Made Climate Change

Some of last year’s crazy weather — including extreme heat around the world to unusually warm waters in the Bering Sea — can be blamed on man-made climate change, according to a report from a group of weather researchers. Scientists …

Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Looms – as Odds Drop of El Niño Formation

Forecasters again lowered the odds of El Niño forming by year’s end, a scenario that may mean more Atlantic hurricanes at a time when federal agencies charged with predicting and responding to natural disasters lack top administrators. The updated forecast, …

Higher Arctic Temperatures Likely to Shift Global Weather in 2017: WMO

Unusually warm weather in the Arctic is helping shift weather patterns this year from North America to the Middle East, after global warming shattered records in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Rising ocean temperatures that are melting polar …