Latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration News

Hot again: Another month, another global heat record reached

Oct. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say the globe sizzled to a record tying hot month in September, driven partly by a sweaty United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2019 tied with 2015 for the hottest September on record globally. September averaged 60.71 degrees (15.95 Celsius),...

Beach drownings: Deadly currents stalk swimmers

Oct. 12, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Lorenzo may have spared the United States a direct hit, but its powerful currents and rough surf claimed at least four lives in North Carolina last week, including that of a top executive from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and two swimmers in...

‘Flash drought’ worsening across 14 Southern US states

Oct. 3, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires, scientists said Thursday. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report...

$1.25M to evaluate spillway effects on dolphins, sea turtles

Sep. 28, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will get $1.25 million to evaluate the effects of freshwater from a Louisiana spillway on dolphins and sea turtles in the Mississippi Sound. The money from federal oil and gas revenue-sharing will go to Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the...

As bluefin recover, a new fight about how to fish for them

Sep. 25, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal plan that could loosen the rules about fishing for one of the most debated species in the ocean has attracted the attention of fishermen and environmentalists, some of whom fear years of conservation work could be undone. Preservation of the Atlantic bluefin tuna has long...

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

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....