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Globe Img May 11, 2017 - Building a “Hurricane-Ready Nation” One Community at a Time
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities’ (FPC) initiative is working to reduce the human impact and high cost of flooding and rebuilding that typically follows natural disasters in ways that help ensure communities don’t just build back, but build smarter.


Tsunami Img April 25, 2017 - Weather-Ready Nation Reaches 5,000 Ambassadors
Fittingly, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador number 5,000 comes from the heart of our nation. We would like to congratulate Real Country 97.3 KBLR Radio as Ambassador #5,000 in our effort to make the United States a weather-ready nation.


NWS logo April 7, 2017 - New Website Represents Major Advance in Tsunami Warning Center Product Dissemination
NOAA’s tsunami warning capabilities have greatly improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and efforts continue to further enhance tsunami warning center operations to better meet the needs of our domestic and international partners.


NWS logo April 6, 2017 - Coordinated Action Prevents Worst of Wildfire Outbreak Impacts in Southern Great Plains
On February 23-24, the Southern Great Plains region was dry and windy, optimal conditions for even the smallest spark to roar into a life and property-threatening wildfire. Large portions of the northernmost Panhandle of Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico, eastern Colorado, and westernmost Kansas were ripe for an outbreak.


NWS logo April 3, 2017 - GOES-16: Taking Weather Forecasting to New Heights
NOAA's latest geostationary weather satellite is on orbit and sending back beautiful images of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. GOES-R successfully launched on November 19, 2016 and became GOES-16 when it reached geostationary orbit.


NWS logo March 21, 2017 - Wireless Emergency Alerts continue to save lives; and we are hearing about it
On the night of February 19, tornadic thunderstorms tore through northern sections of San Antonio, Texas. Audrey Gagné and her husband were unknowingly heading toward them, on the way home from a trip to Dallas.


NWS logo March 1, 2017- IDSS ramped up in preparation of the most significant storms in past 6 years across southern California
Starting the week of January 16, 2017, NWS San Diego began alerting partners of a high confidence significant winter storm which could bring significant impacts from high wind, and flooding.


February 27, 2017- Weather-Ready Nation Saves Lives During Louisiana Tornado Outbreak
A tornado outbreak in a highly populated area is a meteorologist’s worst nightmare. On February 7, 2017 at least six tornadoes touched down in and around around New Orleans, LA, home to more than three million people.


Heather WadeFebruary 21, 2017- SPC forecasters develop and document new tool to assess severe weather risk
Storm Prediction Center forecasters John Hart and Ariel Cohen are working together on a major project to improve the way forecasters perform short-term threat assessment of severe thunderstorm hazards.


NWS logo December 21, 2016 - Get your snowstorm smarts on: 6 forecast tools to use this winter
Geek out with us to learn about 6 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with online. In the process, see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted — important information to share with your friends and family this winter.


NWS logo December 7, 2016 - Experimental Snowfall Graphics
New snowfall graphics now available from local NWS websites.


November 23, 2016 - NWS giving thanks to their communities
This year the National Weather Service gave back to their local communities in many different ways, ultimately showing thanks to all those they serve every day of the year.


Heather WadeNovember 22, 2016 - Observing and Predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño
Alongside colleagues in Australia and Peru, NOAA scientists involved with observing and predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño co-authored an article about the event and prediction.


Heather WadeNovember 21, 2016 - Improving the Communication of Flood Risk for Better Decision-Making
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) published a study in its September 2016 edition titled, “Effectively Communicating Risk and Uncertainty to the Public."


NWS logo November 15, 2016 - NOAA’s advanced GOES-R weather satellite launching this month
This month NOAA will be launching its most advanced weather satellite to date, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R).


October 25, 2016 - NWS and Chilean Navy Leaders collaborate to improve Tsunami Warning Capabilities
Collaboration will improve tsunami warning capabilities in both countries and the whole Pacific Basin.


NWS logoOctober 3, 2016 - OneNWS Network: A Faster and Stronger National Weather Service
NWS updates data networks to keep pace with new technologies.


Heather WadeSeptember 9, 2016 - Hazard Simplification Project
For decades, NWS has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system - is it time for a change?


NWS logoSeptember 8, 2016 - U.S. experiences 5th warmest summer on record
Every state in the continental U.S. and Alaska was warmer than average this summer.


September 1, 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: National Preparedness Month
Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share.


NWS logoAugust 23, 2016 - Op-Ed: Building a ‘Weather-Ready’ Nation
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlights the benefits of the National Water Model to millions of Americans.


Heather WadeAugust 19, 2016 - NWS Aware August (PDF)
News from NWS for emergency managers and other partners.


NWS logoAugust 16, 2016 - NOAA launches America’s first national water forecast model
New forecasting tool paves the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.


Heather WadeAugust 5, 2016 - Q & A: How can social science improve weather safety?
Kim Klockow, Ph.D., brings together the study of meteorology and human behavior to help the public better use weather information..


NWS logoAugust 4, 2016 - NOAA and Federal Highway Administration commission national study on social science to improve weather response
Will create a research agenda for conducting and applying social and behavioral science to improve weather forecasting, weather preparedness and response.



NWS logoJuly 27, 2016 - Three things to like about DSCOVR, your new space weather satellite
America's primary warning system when solar activity is detected.


Heather WadeJuly 26, 2016 - NWS Aware July (PDF)
News from NWS for emergency managers and other partners.


May 18, 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: Hurricane Preparedness Week
Each May, Americans set aside a week to raise awareness of the threat posed by hurricanes.


NWS logoMay 17, 2016 - National Weather Service names new Alaska Region director
Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Alaska Region in Anchorage, Alaska.


NWS logoMay 12, 2016 - NWS Aware - May (PDF)
News from NWS for emergency managers and other partners.


Heather WadeMay 11, 2016 - NOAA´s premier forecast model goes 4–D
Powerful new supercomputers pave the way for upgrade to primary model for weather prediction.


May 10, 2016 - NOAA and Raytheon Launch Weather-Ready Nation Safety Application
Designed to teach students and adults to prepare for, survive, and recover from weather and water emergencies.



Fodor April 26, 2016 - Never Turn Your Back on a River During Breakup
Flooding caused by ice jams can be a major problem in Alaska during the spring months.


Heather WadeApril 21, 2016 - NWS Will Stop Shouting at You!
New forecast software means the ends of all caps in forecasts.


Heather Wade April 15, 2016 - NWS Aware - April (PDF)
News from NWS for emergency managers and other partners.


Heather WadeApril 14, 2016 - FY15 Education Accomplishments Report (PDF)
The Accomplishments Report highlights education achievements throughout NOAA in 2015.


Fodor March 24, 2016 - NOAA’s National Weather Service Equipment Repair Center Opens in Grandview
New facility repairs and warehouses computers, electronics, and radar equipment used by meteorologists.


NOAA logoMarch 23, 2016 - World Meteorological Day
NWS joins with global organizations to highlight the importance of preparing for a changing climate.


Heather Wade March 11, 2016 - The Adventures of Owlie Skywarn and Sanctuary Sam
Join these colorful mascots on a spring break trip!


Heather WadeMarch 8, 2016 - National Weather Service Celebrates Women's History Month 2016
NWS honors female employees who work hard to protect lives and property, every day.



Heather WadeFebruary 4, 2016 - Jack Elrod: Friend to the National Weather Service
Jack Elrod, writer of the “Mark Trail” comic strip, recently passed away at the age of 91. Through his comic strip, he promoted the use of NOAA Weather Radio and was a partner – and a friend –of NOAA’s National Weather Service.


NOAA logoJanuary 21, 2016 - Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Discusses Innovative Ways to Address Extreme Weather
Through the Evolve initiative, NWS is improving its ability to put life-saving data into the hands of government partners and decision makers.


Heather Wade January 12, 2016 - People of Weather-Ready Nation: Garry Harris
Harris is the Managing Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities-Atlanta and President of the Sustainability Solutions Group.


Heather WadeDecember 7, 2015 - NWS Helps Pacific Northwest during December Flooding
Record rainfall impacted the the region from December 7 - 11, 2015.


FodorDecember 1, 2015 - Coastal Flooding in California
Californians may see significant coastal flooding more often this winter. Find out why.


NOAA logoDecember 7, 2015 - First Code Improvements Adopted Based on NIST Joplin Tornado Study
New changes apply to the nation's most tornado-prone regions.


Heather WadeDecember 1, 2015 - NOAA and Environment Canada meet to strengthen collaborative efforts
NWS Director Louis Uccellini recently met with his Canadian counterpart, Assistant Deputy Minister and head of Environment Canada’s (EC) Meteorological Service, David Grimes.


Heather WadeNovember 1, 2015 - Snow… when, where, how much? Winter weather tools you can use
NOAA has added the experimental Day 4-7 Winter Weather Outlook.


FodorNovember 1, 2015 - Lost at sea during WWII, weathermen to get their Purple Hearts at last
The first National Weather Service employees to be awarded the Purple Heart for service in the line of duty. (Washington Post)


Heather WadeNovember 18, 2015 - NOAA awards $5.7 million to improve hazardous weather forecasts
Research to focus on improved prediction of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, snow.


Heather WadeSeptember 15, 2015 - Faster Radar Data Means More Advanced Warning for Hazardous Weather
Weather forecast offices are testing a newly developed radar tool to help them provide more advanced warning of threatening weather.


Heather WadeAugust 19, 2015 - As Wildfires Rage, NOAA's Meteorologists Provide Timely Forecasts
Specially trained meteorologists known as Incident Meteorologists provide weather forecasts critical to fighting wildfires.


July 29, 2015 - Photo Contest Winners Announced!
Winning images of weather, water and climate from around the country.


May 27, 2015 - NOAA researchers will use 2015 season to improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts
NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research will work with NOAA’s National Weather Service to upgrade weather forecast models and conduct research with unmanned air and water craft.


Heather WadeMay 27, 2015 - NOAA: Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year
Hurricane forecasting evolving with new storm surge products, upgraded modeling.


Heather WadeMay 26, 2015 - National Water Center opens on University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa
New facility is poised to become an incubator for innovative breakthroughs in water prediction products and services.


Heather WadeApril 30, 2015 - NOAA’s expanded flood information tool promotes resilience
Provides users with maps, data, and information to assess risks and vulnerabilities related to coastal flooding and hazards.


Heather WadeApril 17, 2015 - TweetChat: Spring Weather Preparedness - April 29, 2PM ET
Get answers to your weather questions from the experts @NWS.


April 23, 2015 - People of WRN: Lloyd Colston
The Director of Emergency Management for Altus, OK, shares how he's helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation.


Heather WadeApril 15, 2015 - Collaborations under NOAA-Environment Canada MOU reaping mutual benefits
Now in its seventh year, the memorandum of understanding between NOAA and Environment Canada (EC) is continuing to enhance the capabilities of both partners.


Heather WadeMarch 25, 2015 - Women in Weather Google Hangout 3/25 Noon ET
Discover all of the exciting possibilities women have in the weather enterprise on March 25 at 12:00pm ET for a Google Hangout On Air.


March 23, 2015 - World Meteorological Day
World Meteorological Day is annually held on March 23 to remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on that date in 1950.


Heather WadeMarch 1, 2015 - Spring Has Sprung! Get Ready for Some of America's Wildest Weather
Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis - learn how to prepare for spring hazards.


Heather WadeFebruary 19, 2015 - NOAA’s growing weather observations database goes into full operations
More robust observational data gives weather forecasters better information to develop a forecast.


February 11, 2015 - NOAA’s new deep space solar monitoring satellite launches
DSCOVR will deliver better information for better space weather forecasts.


January 30, 2015 - NOAA’s investments in weather models and partnerships paying off
Early improvements effective in forecasting recent Nor’easter; future forecast model upgrades planned.


Heather WadeJanuary 5, 2015 - NOAA announces significant investment in next generation of supercomputers
Increased supercomputing capacity will improve accuracy of weather forecasts.


Heather WadeDecember 31, 2014 - U.S. tornado activity below normal in 2014
Third in a row with below-average numbers, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.



Heather WadeDecember 18, 2014 - New NOAA spacecraft readies for launch next month
NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory will ensure high accuracy space weather warnings.


Heather WadeDecember 18, 2014 - People of Weather-Ready Nation: Cheryl Nelson
Mrs. Virginia International works to raise awareness about family and pet preparedness.


December 15, 2014 - Novak to lead NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center
Will oversee the development, provision and enhancements to NWS's suite of national forecasts for heavy rainfall, snowfall, and hazardous weather up to seven days in advance.
Get the latest space weather forecasts, watches and warnings.


Heather WadeDecember 1, 2014 - DeWitt to lead NOAA's Climate Prediction Center
Will lead the efforts to provide forecasts on timescales from weeks to seasons, and to better understand and forecast short-term climate fluctuations such as El Niño/La Niña and their impacts.


Heather WadeNovember 10, 2014 - People of Weather-Ready Nation: Erik Salna
Being prepared for severe weather has to become a way of life, according to Salna.


Heather WadeNovember 3, 2014 - Tolman to lead NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center.
Scientist is best known for developing ocean-wave forecast model


October 16, 2014 - NOAA study shows pattern of fewer days with tornadoes, but more tornadoes on those days
Researchers looked at records of all but the weakest tornadoes in the United States from 1954 to 2013 for the study.


October 22, 2014 - Changes to Storm Prediction Center Outlooks
To better communicate the risk of severe weather, outlooks issued by the NOAA National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center will add two new categories.


Marguerite TortorelloOctober 9, 2014 - Forecasters get new system to manage ‘flood’ of weather data, improve forecasts
NOAA puts into operation Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor system developed at National Severe Storms Laboratory.


Heather WadeOctober 8, 2014 - NOAA Sea Grant Awards $15.9 million for projects to build resilient coastal communities
Grants help coastal communities be more resilient to a range of natural hazards.


October 3, 2014 - How the National Weather Service Works to Reach the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
While technology has changed, the need for accessible weather warnings has not.


September 30, 2014 - NOAA’s weather forecasts go hyper local with next-generation weather model
High-Resolution Rapid Refresh will help forecasters predict a storm’s path, timing and intensity better than ever.


Marguerite Tortorello September 25, 2014 - People of WRN: Marguerite Tortorello
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is committed to building a Weather-Ready Nation. image: can you create a thumbnail of Marguerite?.


Heather WadeSeptember 15, 2014 - New mission for the Global Hawk
NOAA is testing data collected by unmanned aircraft to improve weather forecast operation.


August 27, 2014 - Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Lighting Safety for Outdoor Venues
Guidance for event organizers on keeping spectators safe from lightning.


August 22, 2014 - Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Going Beyond Forecasts and Warnings (AccuWeather)
NWS Director Dr. Louis Uccellini hopes to see communities across the country become better prepared and informed about extreme weather.


August 19, 2014 - Summer of research to improve hurricane forecasting
Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 helps support research to improve severe weather forecasting.


Heather Wade August 6, 2014 - Weather Ready Nation: An update from Louis Uccellini
The NWS Director discusses forecast improvements, social media and partnerships.


August 05, 2014 - NWS Seeks Comments on EM Decision Support Document
Comments from emergency managers and other stakeholders due by August 31.


Pilots: Got Weather?
The National Weather Service has joined the FAA and the general aviation community’s eight month "Got Weather?" national safety campaign.


August 1, 2014 - Paramount Pictures Helps NOAA Build a Weather-Ready Nation (video)
NOAA teamed up with Paramount to "flood" the public with weather safety advice for a screening of the film Noah.


July 31, 2014 - People of Weather-Ready Nation: Heather Wade
As a Coastal Planning Specialist, Heather Wade helps communities plan for the future.


Jul 23, 2014 - Are you Weather-Ready? (video)
NOAA's National Weather Service and the National Environmental Education Foundation ask you to become Weather-Ready .


July 21, 2014 - NOAA honors New York farmer for 84 years of service as volunteer weather observer
When Richard G. Hendrickson logged his first weather observation, Herbert Hoover occupied the White House.


July 02, 2014 - Ten Dangers at the Beach
Plan your summer beach visit with safety tips from NOAA's National Ocean Service.


June 10, 2014 - Atlanta Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Moves City into Gear
After a crippling snowstorm, Atlanta knew that it had to do better.


Historical Hurricane Tracks
This interactive mapping application easily searches and displays global tropical cyclone data.


May 22, 2014 - NOAA predicts near-normal or below-normal 2014 Atlantic hurricane season
El Niño expected to develop and suppress the number and intensity of tropical cyclones .



May 14, 2014 - The People of Weather- Ready Nation: Logan Johnson, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist
The People of Weather-Ready Nation is an interview series that profiles the people responsible for building a Weather-Ready Nation.


May 16, 2014 - Weather-Ready Nation: International
Strengthening partnerships for a Weather-Ready Nation doesn't stop at our borders. We are all in this together.


White House releases third National Climate Assessment
Report: Climate change affecting every region of USA, key sectors of economy.


April 25, 2014 - Slow slosh of warm water across Pacific hints El Niño is brewing
On a global scale, no other single phenomenon has a greater influence on whether a year will be warmer, cooler, wetter, or drier than average.


April 28, 2014 - Presidential Message: America's PrepareAthon PDF File [PDF]
By planning for severe weather and other emergencies, you can protect yourself and your family and contribute to your community's preparedness.


April 23, 2014 - NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan named to TIME 100 List of Most Influential People
John Glenn calls her "the world's weatherwoman" and "the right person for the right job at the right time." .


April 15, 2014 - Adam Clark wins prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Meteorologist is recognized as a pioneer in the development of the next generation of weather models that will predict individual thunderstorms over large parts of the globe.


April 15, 2014 - Researcher Receives Presidential Early Career Award
Scott Weaver recognized for his work to link regional and large-scale climate variability and climate change.


April 3, 2014 - Launch of DMSP-19 satellite means more data for NOAA weather forecasts
Since the mid-1960's, the DMSP's low earth-orbiting satellites have provided the military and civilian communities with important and reliable environmental information.


April 9, 2014 - nominated for Webby Awards
NOAA site nominated in both the 'Government' and 'Green' categories.


How can paleoclimatology tell us about drought?
Climate records from tree rings, lake and dune sediments, historical records, and archaeological remains provide information about past droughts.


March 19, 2014 - Launch of
Climate initiative will make federal data about our climate more open, accessible, and useful to citizens, decision-makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators.


March 25, 2014 - NOAA Sponsors National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 23-29
President Obama joins with NOAA to ask people to know their tsunami risk and prepare in case one were to strike.


March 19, 2014 - Remembering the Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami of 1964
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America occurred 50 years ago, on March 27, 1964. With a magnitude of 9.2, "The Great Alaska Earthquake" caused massive tsunamis .


March 20, 2014 - NOAA Releases 2014 Spring Outlook
According to NOAA's Spring Outlook released today, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in .


March 14, 2014 - FEMA and NOAA: Floods Happen Everywhere, Be Prepared
During Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16 to 22, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management .


March 13, 2014 - Aviation Weather Center to debut web page upgrades
The NWS Aviation Weather Center will roll out a design refresh of the center's website on March 25, 2014. Users will be able to access and comment on the upgrade .


March 3, 2014 - NOAA’s Newest Weather Model Provides Clearer, Faster Forecast of Severe Weather
Later this year, NOAA’s National Weather Service will usher into daily operations a sophisticated model called the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh, or HRRR, that will update forecasts hourly .


February 20, 2014 - NWS Eastern Region Provides Decision Support for Super Bowl XLVIII
Amidst thousands of fans and a flurry of activity in the nation’s largest metropolitan area, the National Weather Service coordinated with emergency management operations for Super Bowl XLVII


February 12, 2014 - Radio hour brings weather readiness across borders
Once each month, NWS Forecaster Maria Torres takes the microphone to participate in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program that reaches across the Rio Grande.


February 7, 2014 - "Turn Around Don't Drown" Turns Ten
Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related.


January 23, 2014 - Weather-Ready Nation: Two Years in Review
From massive supercomputers to innovative pilot projects, NOAA pursued a comprehensive strategy to build a Weather-Ready Nation through 2011 and into 2013


January 7, 2014 - NWS Helps Countries Forecast Typhoons and Other Disasters
With the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan in early November of 2013, many asked the question – how does the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) play a part in world weather events?


January 6, 2014 - Lapenta named director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction
NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to help save lives and protect property.


December 12, 2013 - Southwest Airlines Teams Up with NOAA to Improve Weather Forecasting
Water Vapor Sensing Systems provide real-time humidity data when aircraft takeoff and land at airports around the country.


December 4, 2013 - Winter is Coming: Be Ready
Help spread the word about staying safe this winter with Game of Thrones-inspired eCards from the Centers for Disease Control.


December 9, 2013 - Federal Faces: Andrea Bleistein
The Washington Post profiles the Weather-Ready Nation road map execution manager.


Winter Weather Survival Tips
Are you ready for winter weather? Learn what you can do to prepare for winter storms and extreme cold.


November 21, 2013 - Media Roundup: November 17 Tornadoes
Weather warnings distributed through traditional and social media saved lives during a deadly outbreak of tornadoes.


November 21, 2013 - NWS Director Louis Uccellini Addresses Super Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change
In the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, many have asked whether there’s a link between the intensity of Haiyan and climate change. It’s a question that National Weather Service Director Louis .


November 15, 2013 - National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities prepare for drought
The National Drought Resilience Partnership will make it easier to access Federal drought resources, and will help link information such as monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and .


November 13, 2013 - NOAA Sea Grant Helps Build a Weather-Ready Nation
Between 1970 and 2010, the population of the U.S. coastal watersheds has increased by 45 percent to a total of 164 million, or 52 percent of the nation's population. Learn how NOAA Sea Grant helps coastal communities prepare for and respond.


November 7, 2013 - Remembering the November 1913 "White Hurricane"
Hurricane force winds on the Great Lakes led to the largest inland maritime disaster in U.S. history.


November 01, 2013 - Executive Order -- Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
On November 1, 2103, President Obama signed an Executive Order to strengthen the Nation’s preparedness for and resilience to the impacts of climate change.


October 31, 2013 - Primary GOES-R instrument cleared for installation onto spacecraft
The Advanced Baseline Imager is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and is a significant improvement over instruments on NOAA’s current geostationary satellites.


November 2013 Drought Outlook
Drought improvement or removal is anticipated across south central and eastern Texas and along the middle and lower Mississippi Valley, while drought development is possible across parts of the Southeast.


June 4, 2013 - Why did Earth’s surface temperature stop rising in the past decade?
During the last decade, a longer than usual solar minimum cycle, several volcanic eruptions, and relatively low amounts of water vapor in the stratosphere may have helped cool the atmosphere .


NOAA invests $1.3 million with university and federal researchers for hurricane forecasting advances
These important projects will help improve the information and tools that NOAA forecasters and researchers use to forecast tropical cyclones that impact the U.S.


August 2013 - Weather State of the Nation: August 2013
28th warmest month on record as 50% of the contiguous U.S experienced drought conditions, up 4.5 percent since the end of July.


August 27, 2013 - NOAA's Historical Hurricanes Track
New online tool displays more than 150 years of historical hurricane landfalls.


September 12, 2013 - Emergency Response Specialists Keep Scouts Safe
The 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree was held at its new home at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va., from July 15 through 24.


August 19, 2013 - After 10 years of service, NOAA retires GOES-12 satellite
GOES-12 has seen it all, from Hurricane Katrina that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, to the Christmas blizzard that crippled the Central United States in 2009.


August 20, 2013 - Commerce Agencies Participate in Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force
Strategy serves as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild.


August 7, 2013 - Estuaries: Coastal Climate Change Bellwethers
New report highlights the key role of national estuaries in monitoring effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems


August 13, 2013 - Tweet Chat Archive: National Hurricane Center
A recap of the August 13, 2013, #HurriChat with the NOAA National Hurricane Center on hurricane preparedness and forecasting.


NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets
Ready reference fact sheets containing phone numbers and Web site information residents can use during potentially life-threatening weather emergencies.


July 17, 2013 - Scientists launch balloons to study thunderstorms
Project designed to learn more about how lightning works.


This Month in Climate History: Earth's Hottest Temperature
Death Valley holds the record for the world’s highest surface air temperature ever recorded.