A new podcast from our colleagues at NOAA's National Ocean Service...

The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network

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You've seen those amazing weather images from NOAA satellites but did you know they're also an important part of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System, or SARSAT? Last year NOAA satellites helped save 307 lives, including one rescue in the Bering Sea where forty-six crew members were pulled from their sinking fishing vessel. Here's more: [ T.co Link ]
With eight consecutive record warm months kicking off the year from January to August, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2016 ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists.

The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69 degrees F or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average. This...
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You may have seen reports about atmospheric rivers and how they're impacting weather in California this week. Here's a great story from NOAA's National Ocean Service.

What is the Pineapple Express?

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Our latest Every Full Moon video episode is out -- take a look:
According to the January 10 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 20.8% of the contiguous U.S.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 10, 2017

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2016 wasn't just "warm" for Alaska: some places shattered average temperature records by more than 5 degrees. Many communities around the state recorded their highest average temperatures ever.

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This map shows the sites of record and near-record warmth in Alaska in 2016. The red dots show places where it was the warmest-year on record, orange shows...
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The rising and falling of the sea is a phenomenon upon which we can always depend. Tides are the regular rise and fall of the sea surface caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their position relative to the earth.There are some factors that cause the tides to be higher than what i...

NOAA High Tide Bulletin: Winter Outlook

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This #TravelTuesday, discover the national marine sanctuary created to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i: [ Hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov Link ]

Photo: Doug Perrine, NOAA Permit # 88
LIVE CHAT Thursday Jan. 12 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT: Join us for a Reddit Science "Ask Us Anything" online Q&A about #microplastics in our ocean -- a critical environmental challenge: [ Reddit.com Link ]

Microplastics Reddit Science AUA: January 12, 2017

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Our year-end U.S. climate report is in: 2016 was 2nd warmest year on record for U.S.; 15 weather and climate disasters caused 138 deaths, $46B in damages. More at [ Noaa.gov Link ]

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information - Climate

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Looks like a wet weekend for California and the Pacific Northwest!
Amazing aurora as seen on March 16, 2013, from Madeline Lake, Yellowknife, Canada. Photo by permission and courtesy of NOAA Aurora Spotter VNG Photography on flickr.com at [ Flickr.com Link ]. Join our NOAA Aurora Spotters Group on flickr at [ Flickr.com Link ].
Happy New Year! NOAA’s GOES East captured this image on January 1. Our Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth at a speed matching the Earth’s rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. For more about these satellites and all of NOAA’s mission, be sure to visit
It’s the last day of 2016 and your favorite post this year showcased the last light at the South Pole. NOAA's South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory is part of the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and, at an altitude of 9,305 feet with temperatures that can dip below -100°F, is one of the most inhospitable research sites on Earth.
For your next favorite Facebook post of 2016 we’re venturing seven miles down to the Challenger Deep trough in the Mariana Trench near Micronesia.
Our Valentine’s Day post was one of your favorites this year. This cloud formation was “seen” by one of NOAA’s geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES). NOAA currently operates the GOES-13 satellite in the “GOES East” position, GOES-15 in the “GOES West” position, and GOES-14 as an on-orbit back-up. In addition, NOAA launched its newest GOES satellite, GOES-16, last month. The...
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You might like or hate the cold white stuff, but do you know how snowflakes come to be? Take a look at this: [ Noaa.gov Link ]

How do snowflakes form? Get the science behind snow

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We continue our look at your favorite NOAA Facebook posts of 2016. This one is from February 29 and features a tornado research project from NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory.