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Global Temperatures Were Hot In September
2012-10-16 07:10:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This past summer has been a record setting season. We have seen the lowest ice extent in the Antarctic, the largest number of wildfires and acres burned, the hottest year to date in the U.S., and the hottest month in 118 years of temperature recordings (July 2012) in the U.S. That brings us up to September, which has just tied for the hottest September globally since 1880. September 2012 matched the record for September 2005 for...

Acting Back-Up Temporarily Substituted For NOAA's GOES-13 Weather Satellite
2012-10-01 08:07:29

NOAA's GOES-13 weather satellite has been temporarily substituted with the back-up GOES satellite as engineers work to fix the satellite's issues. NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-13 sits in a fixed orbit over the eastern U.S. and provides continuous coverage of weather systems over the continental U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean basin. According to NOAA, the GOES-13 Imager went out of service since September 23, 2012 at 2122 UTC (5:22 p.m. EDT), and the...

America Needs A National Weather Commission
2012-09-28 10:20:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An expert panel called on Congress yesterday to create the first U.S. Weather Commission to help guide policymakers to leverage weather expertise across government and the private sector. The goal is to better protect lives and businesses during weather events that could conceivably cost billions of dollars. "The nation must focus its weather resources on the areas of greatest need in order to keep our economy competitive and provide...

Coral Hotspots Found In Deepwater Canyons
2012-09-28 04:33:26

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people think of coral reefs, they are transported to temperate waters in a tropical locale. To even locate a coral ecosystem in the cold waters of the mid and north Atlantic would be a difficult endeavor. Or, at least, one would have thought. A recent exploration of the continental shelf and slope of the Northeastern United States has revealed coral hotspots. These are areas that have an abundance of sea life existing in...

NASA Keeps Eye On Tropical Storm Nadine As Watches Go Up For Azores
2012-09-19 08:03:08

Tropical Storm Nadine is nearing the Azores and watches have gone up for the northwestern group of the islands. NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured a visible image of Nadine as it continues moving northeast through the Atlantic. On Sept. 18, 2012, a tropical storm watch is in effect for the islands of Flores and Corvo in the northwestern Azores. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. The Azores are made up of...

Climate Change Shrinking Sea Ice, Seal Species Threatened
2012-09-17 15:49:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that the ringed seal is being threatened by shrinking sea ice in the Arctic. The ringed seal uses ice to build caves for its young, which need at least 8-inches of snow drifts on sea ice in order to be supported. Without sea ice, the platform that allows the snow to pile up disappears, reducing the area where seals can raise their pups. The researchers were...

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2012-09-13 18:23:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Environmentalists are going to extreme measures to try and save seals by taking on the government in court. The Center for Biological Diversity claim the National Marine Fisheries Service has illegally delayed listings for the ringed seal and the bearded seal. The agency proposed listing the seal species as threatened back in December 2010, but the National Marine Fisheries Service missed the statutory deadline to formally...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.