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Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

May. 24, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

Federal meteorologists are forecasting a record-shattering seventh straight unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Tuesday that the summer in the Atlantic will produce 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 becoming...

Hawaii hurricane season forecasted to be slow with La Nina

May. 18, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Central Pacific basin should expect two to four hurricanes, tropical depressions or tropical storms this year, federal forecasters said Wednesday. The annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outlook predicts there is a 60% chance of a...

US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

May. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion,...

Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population highest in decades

May. 05, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals has surpassed a level not seen in more than two decades, according to federal officials. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials this week said that the seal population has steadily increased over...

NOAA acknowledges shortage of gear to protect whales

Apr. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is acknowledging that supply chain issues will prevent all lobstermen from having gear needed to protect North Atlantic right whales before a May 1 deadline. The rules will still go into effect on that date, but the National Oceanic and...

NOAA seeks person who impaled dolphin found dead in Florida

Apr. 16, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the public for helping finding the person who impaled a dolphin that was found dead on a Florida beach last month. The bottlenose dolphin was impaled with a spear-like object just above its...

NOAA: Potent heat-trapping methane increases at record pace

Apr. 07, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

Global atmospheric levels of the potent but short-lived greenhouse gas methane increased a record amount last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday, worrying scientists because of the large role methane has in climate change. The preliminary...

EXPLAINER: Why South gets more killer tornadoes at night

Mar. 23, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

Forget “The Wizard of Oz.” Tornadoes are causing far more deaths and destruction east and south of Kansas these days. And they’re often doing it in the dark of night. Tuesday night’s deadly tornado that struck the New Orleans area is the ideal example of what experts say is...

Hot spring forecast: Drought deepens in West, flooding ebbs

Mar. 17, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

There’s no relief in sight for the West’s record-shattering megadrought, which will likely only deepen this spring, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its seasonal outlook Thursday. But central and eastern states should be mostly spared from significant flooding. ...

Team frees humpback whale tangled in line off Hawaii

Mar. 16, 2022 22:13 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A male humpback whale that was tangled so tightly in heavy line off Hawaii that his life was in danger has been freed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday. A tour boat first reported the entangled whale outside Maalea, off the island...