Posts tagged as NOAA

NOAA celebrates 25 years of developing climate services in Africa

Twenty five years ago Africa was faced with severe drought, resulting in famine across the continent and challenges for governments as they struggled to cope with the disaster. In response, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) pioneered the African Desk – a US contribution to the World Meteorological Organization […]

Measuring accurate heights across a country

A look at how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are changing the way heights is measured accurately across the United States. Scientists at NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) maintain a nationwide coordinate system that defines latitude, longitude, height, scale, gravity, orientation, and the national shoreline throughout the United States. This reference system […]

An open letter to solar companies: beware alliance with the gas industry

  Oil and gas companies are professing that the natural gas and solar industries should be partners, working together supposedly to mutual benefit. It is a strategy that should be avoided by all solar companies able to do so, in other words, those which are not owned by oil and gas companies, as long as […]

Has the solar maximum arrived?

  During 2008 and 2009 an eerie quiet descended on the sun.  Sunspot counts dropped to historically-low levels and solar flares ceased altogether.  As the longest and deepest solar minimum in a century unfolded, solar physicists wondered  whether  a solar maximum  would ever return and if so when? “It’s back,” says Dean Pesnell of the […]

Satellite detects a series of Kelvin waves, possible El Niño brewing

  Every ten days, the NASA/CNES (French Space Agency) Jason-2 satellite maps all the world’s oceans, monitoring changes in sea surface height – a measure of heat in the upper layers of the water.   Because our planet is more than 70% ocean, this information is crucial to global forecasts of weather and climate. Lately, a […]