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Radar, Weather Systems At Odds With Wind Farms
2011-11-07 09:54:07

Wind farms are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow, but growing evidence suggests they could be disrupting the military radar and weather tracking of today, reports Fox News. Government agencies that depend on radar, such as the Department of Defense and National Weather Service, are now spending millions of dollars to preserve their detection capabilities due to “blank spots” that are being caused by these wind farms. And some government officials are opposing...

2011-10-22 05:05:32

On Oct. 28, Reporters are invited to join NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathryn Sullivan to view the launch of the nation's newest Earth-observing satellite at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. Garver and Sullivan will be available for interviews following the launch. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...

2011-10-21 11:44:38

On Oct. 28, Reporters are invited to join NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathy Sullivan to view the launch of the nation's newest Earth-observing satellite at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. Garver and Sullivan will be available for interviews following the launch. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California...

Image 1 - Space Weather Prediction Model Improves NOAA’s Forecast Skill
2011-10-21 03:07:21

[ Watch the Video ] NOAA is now using a sophisticated forecast model that substantially improves predictions of space weather impacts on Earth. Better forecasts offer additional protection for people and the technology-based infrastructure we use daily. Explosions in the sun´s outer atmosphere — tracked and forecast by NOAA scientists — can cause geomagnetic and solar radiation storms at Earth that can impede the operation of electrical power grids, interfere with the...

La Nina Coming Back For Another Season
2011-09-09 04:52:29

  U.S. forecasters said Thursday that La Nina is returning for another season, bringing more droughts, heavy rains and severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center said in a statement that experts upgraded last month's La Nina watch to a La Nina Advisory. NOAA said the back-to-back emergence of the trend is not unheard of and happens about half the time. "La Nina, which contributed to extreme weather around the globe...


Latest National Weather Service Reference Libraries

Weather Pack For July 30, 2012
2012-08-01 12:22:59

Weather Pack is our way to envision what is happening with the weather and create a weather forecast for a certain area of the United States. Today’s focus is on Southwest Mississippi along the Mississippi River. On the left side we have a Skew-T which is used to help us determine what is happening in the upper levels at our forecast location. On the right side is our morning satellite image; both of these features are important to creating an accurate forecast. The Skew-T will show...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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