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JUST IN: #NOAA forecasters expect near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season: http://bit.ly/2018AtlanticHurrSeasonOutlook
Today we released our 2018 Atlantic #HurricaneSeason Outlook: There's a 70% likelihood of 10-16 named storms of which 5-9 could become hurricanes, including 1-4 major hurricanes.
Remember: It only takes 1 storm to devastate a community. Last year produced 6 major hurricanes, including #Irma, #Maria, and #Harvey that alone resulted in 251 lives lost and caused more than $265 billion in damages. 2017 was the 7th most active season on record and the most active season since 2005.
Many communities are starting the 2018 hurricane season while still working to recover from last year. **Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, so be prepared NOW. For late-breaking hurricane watches and warnings this season, bookmark http://www.hurricanes.gov, hurricanes.gov/mobile, mobile.weather.gov, and follow the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Twitter at @NHC_Atlantic and NOAA's U.S. National Weather Service (@NWS). NOAA also issued seasonal outlooks for the 2018 central Pacific and eastern Pacific hurricane seasons (See story link above). Follow NOAA's National Hurricane Center Twitter feed for the Pacific basin at @NHC_Pacific for late-breaking storm updates.
Going, going, gone: A NOAA weather balloon floats into the pre-dawn Antarctic sky over the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in this time-lapse photograph taken September 15, 2017. The balloon was carrying an ozonesonde -- an instrument to measure ozone during NOAA's annual monitoring of the Antarctic ozone hole. Rising emissions of a strictly regulated chemical threatens recovery of the ozone hole, according to new NOAA research published in the journal Nature, May 16, 2018. For more information visit http://www.noaa.gov/news/emissions-of-ozone-destroying-chemical-are-rising-again #science#nature#ozonehole#Antarctica#SouthPole#balloonlaunch@NOAAResearch#NOAA
In case you missed this yesterday, here’s full-disk imagery from @NOAASatellites#GOESEast (formerly GOES-16) #satellite of the #sunrise over Earth captured on #EarthDay, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Our wonderful and amazing #BlueMarble! --> Plus, see our new story, "5 new tools for Earth watchers" at https://t.co/hQZOHux7cX.
Happy #EarthDay to all! When it comes to our Earth, it’s not all bad news. See these Earth Day-inspired stories and video about NOAA science and people serving the only planet we call home: http://bit.ly/EarthDayNOAA2018 (What can you do to help? Check out NOAA’s citizen science volunteer opportunities highlighted in this story.) #EarthDayNOAA
About this image: An Earth with more than a few views -- This satellite imagery, captured on August 24, 2017, by NOAA’s GOES-16 (now GOES-EAST), demonstrates how the Advanced Baseline Imager sensor onboard this satellite can capture our planet. The 16 different bands on the sensor can detect energy and light allowing data scientists to highlight and colorize certain features of the planet like water vapor in the atmosphere or temperature on the ground. [Credit: @NOAASatellites. Download it at http://bit.ly/2HGTImP.] #nature#Earth#planet#GOESEast#GOES16#satellite#space#science#citizenscience
So you think you're ready for #spring? The year's first green growth is still months away for NOAA's staff at the #BarrowAtmosphericObservatory, one of NOAA's most important global atmospheric monitoring stations.
But at least the sun is back, bathing the landscape in warm(ish) rose and cool blue light. > See our story at http://bit.ly/2JmJvKn. [Photo by #NOAA station technician Ross Burgener.] #science#nature#Arctic#Alaska#observatory@NOAAResearch
Featured photo: It’s lights out at the bottom of the world, for now --> The #SpringEquinox in the Northern Hemisphere feels like a moment of promise, as the year swings toward warmth, birdsong and blossoms.
For researchers at NOAA's #SouthPole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, March 20 was a different kind of seasonal marker: A dimming sun dropped below the horizon and won’t rise again for six long months. See our story at http://bit.ly/2G0pmaN via @NOAAResearch [Photo: Courtesy of Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota]
Rejoice! Spring is practically here, and today NOAA released its #SpringOutlook 2018: http://bit.ly/2FBMd08.
NOAA @NWS forecasters are predicting moderate #flooding and warmer-than-normal temps, with persistent drought in Southwest and south-central Plains.
They say it’s likely that the southern 2/3rds of the country will be warmer-than-average, with below-average precipitation in the West and South and wetter-than-average conditions likely across the North. >> WATCH: NOAA’s Mike Halpert explains more in our video: http://www.climate.gov/spring2018 >> Be sure to follow @NWS this spring on Twitter and Facebook for the latest spring storm information, alerts, watches and warnings. [Photo: #Dandelion seeds. iStock]
#InvasiveSpeciesWeek: Voracious and intrusive – two words to describe #invasivespecies. Capable of causing the extinction of native organisms and altering habitats, invasive species have an enormous impact on U.S. coastal and Great Lake ecosystems.
In this photo, #NOAA diver Kelly Gleason injects the invasive crown-of-thorns starfish with ox bile, a natural substance that kills the creature, but does no harm to the reef. (Credit: Greg McFall/NOAA Diving Program.) READ the story at https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/may15/crown-of-thorns.html.
WATCH our video about invasive species at https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/invasive.html, from @NOAAOcean Service. #nature#science#crownofthorns#starfish#sanctuaries #diving#diver
Countdown to launch! Thursday, March 2, 5:02 p.m. ET || GOES-S (#GOES17) is one powerful satellite machine that can have a real impact on saving lives. WATCH the full video at https://youtu.be/xRjRf0sjrIA. >> Want to see the liftoff live? Watch it and other prelaunch coverage on @NASA TV at www.nasa.gov/nasatv or www.nasa.gov/nasalive.
Countdown to launch on March 1, 2018, 5:02 pm ET || The payload fairing containing #NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S, #GOESS (to be renamed #GOES17 once it reaches geostationary orbit) is lifted up by crane at the United Launch Alliance (@ULALaunch) Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 at #CapeCanaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The fairing-encapsulated GOES-S spacecraft was mated with the launch vehicle February 16, 2018. @NOAASatellites' GOES-S is scheduled for launch March 1. **For the latest on the launch visit: http://bit.ly/GOESSLaunch2018 or click our profile link. [Photo credit: @NASA/Glenn Benson. Download at flickr.com/noaasatellites.] #science#space#satellites#GOES#satellite#launch#rocket#KennedySpaceCenter