Active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Hurricane Sandy as seen from NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite on October 28, 2012. Download here (Credit:NOAA/NASA) In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Centeris forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of…

NOAA’s latest mobile app provides free nautical charts for recreational boating

MyNOAACharts, a mobile app beta test for Android tablets, can easily integrate the user’s location, the nautical chart, and all the navigational information from the U.S. Coast Pilot. Download here (Credit: NOAA) As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new…

Final report of Sandy service assessment

  This image was taken on October 29, 2012 from NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP polar-orbiting satellite. Using its Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, the satellite provides forecasters more information about the storm’s cloud structure. Download here (Credit: NOAA/NASA) After a thoughtful and deliberate review, today NOAA released a report on the National Weather Service’s performance during…

Louisianians Need “Game Plan” for Hurricane Season

BATON ROUGE – With hurricane season set to begin June 1st, Governor Bobby Jindal and Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Director Kevin Davis are urging Louisianians to “Get a Game Plan” to ensure they are prepared for a storm or natural disaster. Governor Jindal said, “Whether it’s Isaac, Gustav, Rita or Katrina…

Top Ten Deadliest Oklahoma Tornadoes (1882-Present)

  Rank City/Town Date F-Scale Fatalities Injuries 1 Woodward 04/09/1947 F5 116  782 The most deadly tornado to ever strike within the borders of the state of Oklahoma occurred on Wednesday, April 9, 1947 in the city of Woodward. The Woodward tornadic supercell thunderstorm began in the Texas Panhandle during the afternoon of April 9, 1947, and…

The Function of Clouds

New study shows clouds will be important in region’s future April 3, 2013 The ICECAPS Mobile Science Facility at Summit Station against a backdrop of Arctic clouds. ICECAPS is short for Integrated Characterization of Energy, Clouds, Atmospheric state and Precipitation.Download here (Credit: CIRES/University of Colorado ) Clouds over the central Greenland Ice Sheet last July were “just…