Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

Hurricane Michael gets an upgrade to rare Category 5 status

Apr. 19, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — 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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday...

The Latest: Florida mayor not surprised Michael was a Cat 5

Apr. 19, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael being upgraded to a Category 5 storm (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The mayor of the Florida city that was ground zero for Hurricane Michael says he's not surprised by news that it's been reclassified as the strongest possible storm. Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey...

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Apr. 13, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents...

NOAA: Bryde's whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered

Apr. 12, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, facing threats including oil and gas exploration and development. "They're the only year-round baleen whales that make their home in Gulf of Mexico, and (they) have a unique and very important role...

Feds support tribe's push for only whale hunt in mainland US

Apr. 4, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel. The National Oceanic and...

Correction: Southern Flood Threat story

Mar. 22, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

In a story March 21 about the U.S. flooding outlook, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a weather forecaster. He is Kevin Low, not Lao. A corrected version of the story is below: Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say The National Weather Service says the flooding of Nebraska and...

Forecasters say spring could bring unprecedented US flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the spring flood threat in the U.S. (all times local): 12:05 p.m. U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation. In Thursday's spring forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than...

Young humpback whale freed from fishing gear off Hawaii

Mar. 8, 2019 1:12 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a joint statement that the "subadult" humpback was first spotted Wednesday...

Officials eye restrictions involving endangered whales

Mar. 7, 2019 5:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. officials are considering whether new fishing restrictions are necessary to help prevent the extinction of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound. The Seattle Times reports that new evidence of the fish the whales depend on and the risk posed to orcas by depleted prey has...

Tornado forecasting improves, but still deaths keep coming

Mar. 5, 2019 6:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometimes in forecasting tornadoes, you can get everything technically right, and yet it all goes horribly wrong. Three days before the killer Alabama tornado struck, government severe-storm meteorologists cautioned that conditions could be ripe for twisters in the Southeast on Sunday....