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Dead endangered whale found south of Long Island

Sep. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal ocean officials say a whale found dead south of Long Island is a member of a declining, endangered species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it received reports of a dead North Atlantic right whale floating four miles south of Fire Island Inlet off Long...

US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals

Sep. 12, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality event." The cause of death for nearly 300 ringed, bearded and spotted seals since June 1, 2018, is not known,...

Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

Sep. 11, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. Trump responded to a New York Times report that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told...

Weather chief thanks Alabama employees for Dorian forecast

Sep. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Struggling to keep his emotions in check, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration both defended President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday and thanked forecasters who contradicted the president's claims about Hurricane Dorian threatening Alabama....

NOAA scientist: agency likely broke science integrity rules

Sep. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian threatened...

NOAA assailed for defending Trump's Hurricane Dorian claim

Sep. 8, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama. They say NOAA's action risks the...

Agency reverses course on Trump's Alabama hurricane claim

Sep. 7, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency has reversed course on the question of whether President Donald Trump tweeted stale information about Hurricane Dorian potentially hitting Alabama, upsetting meteorologists around the country. On Sunday, Trump had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia,...

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast

Sep. 5, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, researchers with the...

Upper atmosphere gridlock stalled Dorian

Sep. 3, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

Hurricane Dorian is finally moving. But for a day-and-half it just sat on and pounded Grand Bahama Island because nothing high up in the atmosphere was making it budge. That meteorological gridlock, which slows or stalls storms, is happening more often in a warming world, studies show. Before Dorian picked up...

The Latest: Whale calf found dead in Hawaii mass stranding

Aug. 30, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on whales stranded on a beach in Hawaii (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Authorities say one whale calf has been found dead on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui near where 10 other whales were found stranded alive. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Marine...