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Scientists Project More Ice Cover on Great Lakes in 2021

1/22/2021 by US Harbors

NOAA scientists project the maximum Great Lakes ice cover for 2021 will be 30 percent, higher than last year’s maximum of 19.5 percent, but part of a long-term pattern of declining ice cover likely driven by climate change. The maximum typically occurs between mid-February and early March. The 30-percent projected… SEE MORE

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NOAA Finalizes Citizen Science Strategy

1/19/2021 by US Harbors

NOAA released its Citizen Science Strategy, providing a path to better observe, predict, and understand the environment, and manage and conserve natural resources by harnessing the power of the crowd. NOAA engages the public in support of key mission areas through the rapidly growing field of citizen science — a… SEE MORE

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Offering 6 Paid Summer Internships

1/13/2021 by US Harbors

College students, are you considering a career in marine biology, oceanography, environmental education, climate science, or a related field? We invite you to apply for one of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office’s six summer 2021 internships. Applications for all six internships are due by February 20. SEE MORE

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5.7 Earthquake Hits 127 Miles Off Oregon Coast

1/12/2021 by US Harbors

By The Associated Press, KOIN 6 News Staff. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck about 127 miles (204 kilometers) off the Oregon coast late Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake struck just after 11 p.m., west of Bandon, Oregon. The Northwest National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska,… SEE MORE

Sudden Stratospheric Warming Could Mean Wild Winter Storms

1/11/2021 by US Harbors

By Jeff Berardelli. In the span of a week, from late December to early January, temperatures high in the atmosphere above the Arctic jumped by 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While this may sound alarming, it’s a natural phenomenon that happens every couple of years, but experts say human-caused climate change may be… SEE MORE

Coast Guard Warns of Heavy Weather in Northern California

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

The Coast Guard urges the public to use caution on or near the water as winter weather forecasts include heavy seas and strong winds in Northern California through Tuesday evening. With large waves forecasted to reach 22 feet and wind gusts expected to exceed 40 mph, the public should check weather,… SEE MORE

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2020 Took Weather to New Extremes

1/4/2021 by US Harbors

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow. As most of us are breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is over, many meteorologists are doing the same thing. The year featured devastating wildfires and hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos and flooding, and just about everything else the atmosphere has to offer. Wildfires and… SEE MORE

Boating 101: How to Read Navigational Charts

12/29/2020 by US Harbors

By Pete McDonald. There’s an old saying you used to hear that states: “It’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there.” With the speed and accuracy of today’s chart plotters, it seems like the “how” part of boating has never been easier. But don’t let the ease of… SEE MORE

Winter Weather Preparation Tips

12/16/2020 by US Harbors

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. A winter storm can: Last a few hours or several days. Cut off heat, power and… SEE MORE

King Tides May Bring Major Waves to Pacific Northwest this Weekend

12/11/2020 by US Harbors

By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff. This month’s King Tides session along the Oregon and Washington coast promises to be a biggie, maybe even larger than usual. In Washington and Oregon, the king tides happen December 13 to 15 along the coastlines, while Washington’s inland seas / Puget Sound see it on… SEE MORE

What are Your Chances for a White Christmas this Year?

12/11/2020 by US Harbors

For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, this map depicts which places have the best chance of being a winter wonderland according to weather history. The “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the climatological probability of at least 1 inch of snow being on the ground… SEE MORE

Record-breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws to an End

12/7/2020 by US Harbors

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. While the official hurricane season concludes on November 30, tropical storms may continue to develop past that day. NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlooks accurately… SEE MORE

Are Tides And Waves The Missing Piece Of The Green Energy Puzzle?

12/3/2020 by US Harbors

By Alexander C. Kaufman. On a foggy October afternoon, a strange vessel chugged slowly through the East River’s mist toward Roosevelt Island. It looked almost like it was upside down: three 16-foot rotors, attached on a triangular metal base, sat motionless atop the deck of the rusted barge. They resembled… SEE MORE

Hurricane Eta Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

11/11/2020 by US Harbors

By Madeline Holcombe. Eta strengthened again to a Category 1 hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday morning, and it could soon veer toward Florida bringing heavy downpours and dangerous flash flooding, river flooding and landslides. Hurricane watches are in effect from Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown, Florida, meaning hurricane… SEE MORE

U.S. Winter Outlook: Cooler North, Warmer South with Ongoing La Nina

10/28/2020 by US Harbors

NOAA’s winter forecast for the U.S. favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North, thanks in part to an ongoing La Nina. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service — are also closely monitoring persistent… SEE MORE