Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time

Jun. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's not America's Top 40, but it's a cutting edge song. Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers used moored acoustic...

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Jun. 16, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of...

NOAA: 279 dolphins dead on Gulf Coast, triple usual number

Jun. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the U.S. Gulf Coast since Feb. 1, triple the usual number, and about 98 percent of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects...

Near-record 'dead zone' predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Jun. 11, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. "A major factor contributing to the large dead zone this year is the abnormally high amount of spring rainfall in many parts of the Mississippi River...

The Latest: Storm thrashes NJ, NYC tornado warning expires

May. 28, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on damaging storms across the central United States (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Powerful storms swept through northern New Jersey, downing trees and causing widespread power outages. Police in Sussex County Tuesday night were investigating reports that a "possible tornado"...

US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season

May. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two...

Forecasters predict busy Central Pacific hurricane season

May. 22, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during this year's hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Wednesday there will be five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region from June 1 through Nov. 30. Four to five...

Sea Lions cause trouble at Northwest ports

May. 13, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They're smart and fun to watch from a safe distance, but also noisy, smelly and proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas. "It's a free zoo kind of, just don't pet...

NOAA picks URI to host its new ocean exploration institute

May. 6, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that it has picked the University of Rhode Island as the home of a new institute for ocean exploration. NOAA said URI will host its Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute and Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard will...

Young humpback whale dies after 2 strandings in Alaska

Apr. 30, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A young humpback whale that twice beached in Alaska was found dead south of Anchorage. The whale on Sunday and Monday twice become stranded along Turnagain Arm, KTUU-TV reported . The second time, the whale was just south of Girdwood, a ski resort community at the southern boundary...