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Low Ice on the Great Lakes this Winter


By Ice coverage has reached a record low in the Great Lakes for this time of year. As of February 13, 2023, only 7 percent of these five freshwater lakes were covered in ice, which is significantly below the 35-40 percent ice cover that is expected for this time of… SEE MORE

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Worried about Sea Level Rise? Look for the Lichens.


By Ian Rose. One of the great infrastructure challenges of the next few decades is to figure out which coastal sites should be abandoned and which can be saved. Lichens can help. Lichen on rock via Wikimedia Commons The clock is ticking for many low-lying coastal areas. Sea level is rising… SEE MORE

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The Difference Between Meteorological and Astronomical Seasons


By NOAA. Astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun, whereas meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle. The Earth’s annual trip around the sun forms the basis for the astronomical calendar in which seasons are defined by two solstices and… SEE MORE

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How Will Changes in Habitat Affect Fish in and Near the Chesapeake Bay?


By NOAA-funded research has explored how different species, including the commercially important summer flounder and black sea bass, may change their habitat use due to climate change. In the Mid-Atlantic Bight—the coastal and estuarine waters from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina—water temperature is increasing at twice… SEE MORE

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NOAA Explains: Why Electronic Charts are Better Than Paper


By NOAA Ocean Podcast: Episode 46 NOAA is moving into the digital age by phasing out paper nautical charts over five years. In this episode, we talk with NOAA Corps Capt. EJ Van Den Ameele, chief of Coast Survey’s marine chart division, to learn how this transition will affect… SEE MORE

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March 2023 ENSO update: no more La Niña!


By La Niña—the cool phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern—has left the building! After a year and half of non-stop La Niña, the tropical Pacific ocean-atmosphere system has transitioned to neutral, allowing NOAA to issue its “Final La Niña Advisory”. What can we expect for ENSO through the summer and… SEE MORE

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Equinox: Almost Equal Day and Night


By Aparna Kher Equinox in Latin means equal night, giving the impression that the night and day on the equinox are exactly 12 hours long. And even though this is common wisdom, it isn’t entirely accurate. The day and night are only nearly equal on the September equinox and the March equinox. In fact, most locations on Earth… SEE MORE

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Latest Updates: What’s Happening With Daylight Saving Time?


By Eric Suni. For much of the United States, daylight saving time is set to start again at 2 a.m. local time on March 12, 2023, — despite efforts to legislate out the time change. On March 15, 2022, just days after clocks were adjusted to “spring forward,” the U.S.… SEE MORE

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How to Get Your Boat Ready for Spring


By Make Spring Easier with Proper Winterizing If May rolls around, it’s a little late for this step, but you can always remember it for next year. To get your boat ready for spring, it helps to winterize the boat properly. By thoroughly preparing your boat for winter storage, it… SEE MORE Upper_Neuadd_Reservoir_-_geograph.org_.uk_-_753942

December 2022 water levels break eight historical records


By From Alaska to Washington, several of NOAA’s water level stations observed their highest recorded water levels. December was an active month for NOAA’s National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON). A staggering eight stations observed all-time high water levels — some of which broke records in place for 40 years.… SEE MORE

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Fishermen facing climate change: crab crashes and wind power threats


By Five thousand miles apart on their own oceans, New England trawlers and Alaska crabbers say they are up against twin threats from climate change: warming waters changing the marine environment, and hasty, risk-filled decisions in response from U.S. policy makers. Fishing red king crab | Kirkenes, Norway |… SEE MORE

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How to choose the best rain gear for any fishing condition


By Getting wet is simply a part of fishing. Conditions can quickly change on the water, and everyone eventually gets caught in a storm. In many cases, anglers intentionally fish in the rain — but never in lightning — to take advantage of hot bites happening despite the soggy… SEE MORE

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Researchers reveal add-on benefits of natural defenses against sea-level rise


By  Researchers modeled how investing in environmental conservation and protection can help San Mateo County adapt to rising seas. The findings provide incentives for policymakers to prioritize nature-based approaches when planning for sea-level rise. Crescent_City_California_harbor_aerial_view via Wikimedia Commons Investments in the environment are paying off for a California county… SEE MORE

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Huge Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf


By Iceberg_with_hole_near_sanderson_hope_2007-07-28_1 via Wikimedia Commons An iceberg the size of metro London has broken off of Antarctica’s Brunt Ice shelf. The calving event was confirmed Monday by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) which first detected growing cracks in the 150-meter-thick ice shelf about a decade ago. The BAS iceberg… SEE MORE

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The Bizarre History of Groundhog Day


By CNN Every year, Americans in snowy states wait with bated breath to see whether Punxsutawney Phil will spot his shadow. And every year, we take Phil’s weather forecast – six more weeks of winter, or an early spring? – as gospel, meteorology be damned. It’s about as strange (and… SEE MORE