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Early Season Storms One Indicator of Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/early-season-storms-one-indicator-of-active-atlantic-hurricane-season-ahead

Update to the prediction for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.  Now sees strong possibility of above-normal number of tropical storms with 14-19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3920195/Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report.pdf

The 673 page draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies on climate change and the role that humans have played in warming the atmosphere. Provides the scientific foundation for the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Not yet released by the U.S. government; copy made public by the New York Times.  Also available at Stanford University Digital Repository.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

EPA Announces Superfund Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-superfund-task-force-recommendations

Agency press release on recommendations for streamlining and improving the operation of the Superfund Program. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Assessing the U.S. Climate in June 2017

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201706

Provides details about the 2nd warmest year-to-date in the U.S. including temperatures, precipitation, and other major weather events during the first half of 2017.  From the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

Forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center foresee a 45% chance of an above-normal season and a 35% chance of a normal season, largely due to a weak El Nino effect.  A normal season is one with 12 named storms of which 6 become hurricanes and 3 are major hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

State of the Climate: National Overview Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201613

Finds that the average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit or 2.9 degrees above the 20th century average.  It was the second warmest year on record.  Also includes precipitation, statewide highlights, seasonal summaries, snow and ice, hurricanes and tropical storms, and tornadoes.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

State of the Climate: Global Analysis Annual 2016

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201613

Reviews global weather patterns for the past year and finds that 2016 was the warmest year in 137 years of recordkeeping by the federal government.  Twelve warmest years have all occurred within the past 20 years.  Covers global temperatures and precipitation.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

U.S. Winter Outlook Predicts Warmer, Drier South and Cooler, Wetter North

Categories: Weather/Disasters

http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/us-winter-outlook-predicts-warmer-drier-south-and-cooler-wetter-north

Predicts La Nina phenomenon will influence mild winter weather conditions in South and Mid-Atlantic.  Covers precipitation, temperature, and drought possibilities.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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