May 29, 2016 |
Already off to a precocious start, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to be friskier - and perhaps more destructive and costly - than those of some recent years, according to government forecasters. They also are offering, however, a potential silver lining for coastal residents, who own about $10 trillion worth of property, and U.S. taxpayers. Global warming aside, the Atlantic Basin might be undergoing a benign sea change that could mean generally less-active seasons for perhaps the next 20 years or more.
November 6, 2014 |
One day after coasting to reelection, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah faced deepening legal problems with the guilty plea of a second member of his inner circle. Political consultant Thomas Lindenfeld, 59, of Washington, pleaded Wednesday to a count of wire fraud for taking part in schemes that prosecutors say Fattah engineered to siphon off federal money to finance his losing bid for Philadelphia mayor in 2007. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Gibson said the government would seek a more lenient sentence for Lindenfeld because he was cooperating.
March 12, 2014 |
Despite a pool of more than $75 million in federal appropriations for fisheries disaster relief from Hurricane Sandy and other storm damage, at only $1.5 million, New Jersey has received a pittance compared with other regions, according to state legislators and anglers associations. Marine industry losses in both commercial and recreational fishing because of Sandy have been estimated at $121 million in New Jersey and $77 million in New York state. The two states have been told to split $3 million being allocated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service for the recovery, officials said.
May 17, 2010 |
With a premature hot spell, Philadelphia was quite warm in April - and so was Planet Earth in general. Worldwide, it was the warmest April on record, according to data published today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Based on microwave satellite data, released last week, it was the second-warmest April. NOAA computed a worldwide temperature of 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.37 degrees above the 130-year average. That beat the old record, set in 1998, by 0.09 degrees.
February 1, 2001 |
Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania's famous winter-predicting groundhog who will look for his shadow tomorrow, is a quack, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration charges. Phil has failed in nine of his last 13 annual predictions that Americans would, or would not, endure six more weeks of winter, the nation's weather service reported this week on its Web site (www.noaa.gov) in what it lightheartedly called a "reality check. " After a close comparison of the groundhog's predictions and average national temperatures at the agency's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., NOAA meteorologist Tom Ross reached this conclusion about Phil's prediction skill: "It's hit or miss.
March 20, 2012 |
Usually they post warnings of floods, tornados and assorted mayhem, but now government meteorologists are issuing warnings of another kind. They say that the White House's proposed cuts to the National Weather Service budget and the plans to implement them are dangerous. "We're putting people's lives at risk," said David A. Solano, a hydrologist a the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, which monitors flood threats in a five-state region that includes Philadelphia. At the center of the dispute is a plan to remove the Information Technology Officers (ITOs)
March 21, 2012 |
Usually they post warnings of floods, tornados and assorted mayhem, but now government meteorologists are issuing warnings of another kind. They say that the White House's proposed cuts to the National Weather Service budget and the plans to implement them are dangerous. 'We're putting people's lives at risk," said David A. Solano, a hydrologist at the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center in State College, which monitors flood threats in seven states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
February 10, 2013 |
Federal officials are asking vessels operating near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to travel at a reduced speed of less than 10 knots or to skirt the area to protect an aggregation of five highly endangered right whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service said the whales were spotted in the area Thursday. The voluntary speed restriction advisory remains in effect until Feb. 22, the service said. According to the NOAA, only about 300 North Atlantic right whales remain, making them one of the most endangered cetacean species.
May 6, 1988 |
In 1968, William E. Evans was one of a team of marine scientists trailing dolphins in the Pacific Ocean to study their behavior. After 10 days of recording the dolphins' movements every 15 minutes, "we were stuck with a room full of paper" on which the data had been recorded, said Evans, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Even when computers became the customary tool for storing information, marine scientists discovered that the sheer volume of the material made it unwieldy.
May 25, 2012 |
Like the trees, blossoms, and strawberries, the tropical storm season got off to an early start this year. In the end, however, the premature arrival of Alberto may be about as meaningful to the rest of the season as the snows of Halloween were to winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual hurricane outlook for the Atlantic Basin during a teleconference this morning. Concurring with outlooks released earlier by William Gray and Philip Klotzbach, at Colorado State University; Accu-Weather Inc., and WSI Corp., NOAA sees a near normal season in the basin, which includes the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.