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October 12, 2018 - Brian Gross, Ph.D. selected as director for NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center
EMC is a leader in the field of earth system model development in the United States, delivering foundational guidance used by forecasters to produce life-saving watches and warnings.

September 4, 2018 - Hurricanes: Common Misperceptions
Millions of people were affected by hurricanes last year. Their perceptions have now been reset, but some don’t line up with reality. Social science may be the answer to fixing it.

August 21, 2018 - EAA AirVenture: NWS Keeps Aviators, Public Safe From Weather Impacts
For one week each summer, Oshkosh, Wisconsin turns into a mecca for aviation enthusiasts as more than 600,000 people and some 10,000 airplanes come to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “AirVenture,” dubbed “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

August 15, 2018 - Making a Difference, One Rip Current at a Time: Rip Current Awareness Webinar
Check out this webinar to learn how to stay safe at the beach as we look ahead to Labor Day and the last of summer weather.

July 12, 2018 - National Weather Service Field Offices Get Major Internet Upgrade
This week, the National Weather Service is celebrating the completion of the OneNWS network. Today we’re talking to Michelle Mainelli, director of dissemination, about ushering in this new high tech era at the nation’s weather agency.

July 10, 2018 - National Weather Service pushes flood safety with catchy new “Turn Around Don’t Drown" PSA
Today, the National Weather Service unveiled its new public service announcement aimed at reducing the approximately 100 U.S. deaths each year attributed to floods, about 50 percent of which involve a motor vehicle.

June 18, 2018 - There’s a new director in town - Ken Graham takes the reins of NHC
Ken Graham became the 11th official director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami. Florida, on April 1st. It’s one of the most demanding positions in the National Weather Service.

May 17, 2018 - NWS Birmingham produces weather safety videos for deaf and hard of hearing community
Informing and educating citizens on severe weather threats, safety, and preparedness is challenging due to various disabilities and language barriers which can hinder reach and effective messaging.

May 7, 2018 - NOAA adopts technology to automate weather balloon launches
NOAA’s National Weather Service is tapping technology to automate weather balloon launches in Alaska, a move that will allow staff to improve public service across the state while saving federal tax dollars.

April 24, 2018 - NWS Austin / San Antonio provides Impact-Based Decision Support during Final Four Weekend in San Antonio, TX
The NCAA Final Four activities took place Friday, March 30th through Monday, April 2nd in downtown San Antonio. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, and continuing through the Final Four weekend, NWS Austin/San Antonio worked with various partners on weather preparedness, awareness, contingency plans and more.

April 5, 2018 - NWS Receives Outstanding Achievement Award at National Hurricane Conference
The prestigious award recognizes the outstanding achievement of operationally implementing new, official, storm surge watches and warnings in 2017 for the U.S East and Gulf coasts.

March 26, 2018 - Get to know our newest satellite: NOAA-20
The first light images from NOAA-20's CERES FM6 Earth-observing instrument are here!

March 8, 2018 - NWS Topeka Meteorologists Give Back to their Hometown Schools
A dozen classes of instruction and hands-on severe weather forecasting activities were provided to over 300 students.

January 31, 2018 - Improved High-Resolution Models Support Accurate Forecast of a Very Rare Winter Storm
On January 3, 2018, a significant winter storm struck northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, an event that occurs once every 25-50 years.

2017 News Around NOAA

 

December 21, 2017 - NWS Expands Winter Weather Products
NOAA’s National Weather Service is expanding its experimental local winter weather pages – a one stop shop for winter weather information.

December 13, 2017 - New Marine Graphical Atlantic Forecast Becomes Operational
On Tuesday December 12, NOAA began delivering High Seas Gridded Forecasts from NHC, and Offshore Gridded Forecasts from OPC, for the first time operationally in the Atlantic basin.

December 12, 2017 - Report Highlights Social and Economic Impacts of Space Weather
A new report funded by NOAA's National Weather Service begins to quantify impacts from space weather on the United States economy.

December 5, 2017 - A Season to Remember
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is in the record books and it won’t be forgotten.

November 19, 2017 - New National Hurricane Center Capabilities Introduced this Hurricane Season
The National Hurricane Center describes three new capabilities introduced in the 2017 hurricane season.

October 19, 2017 - NWS Aviation Team Bids Farewell to an Old Friend
After serving the nation as one of the primary products of the Aviation Weather Center since the 1930s the CONUS Aviation Area Forecast is now retired.

October 18, 2017 - United Nations Calls for Support for World Tsunami Awareness Day
Recognizing that the tsunami hazard poses a global threat that requires international attention and cooperation, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

September 13, 2017 - The Atlantic highlights how NWS is building a Weather-Ready Nation
A feature article in The Atlantic on September 12 titled, “The National Weather Service’s New Philosophy” gave the public an insider’s view of backup hurricane forecast operations at WPC and showcased our important strategic goal to create a Weather-Ready Nation.

August  2, 2017 - FV3: The Next Step for NOAA’s Global Forecast Modeling
The NWS is overhauling its old global modelling software piece by piece. The new core of our global model comes from NOAA Research, and it's powering the future of forecasts using some impressive advances.

NWS logoJuly 26, 2017 - Q&A with Polar Modeler Bob Grumbine
Bob Grumbine of the National Weather Service’s Environmental Modeling Center is one of hundreds of scientists working to improve weather and sea-ice forecasting in the Arctic and Antarctic through The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP).

NWS logoJuly 14, 2017 - WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard Provides Support to Emergency Managers Who Rescued 80 Children Trapped by Wildfire
During the incident, the NWS Weather Forecast Office Los Angeles/Oxnard provided critical fire weather forecast information to help the local emergency managers conduct the operation as safely as possible. During the evening of the event the NWS provided several written forecasts focusing specifically on that fire, as well as being in verbal contact to provide updates.

NWS logoJuly 3, 2017 - Hazard Simplification changes set to be implemented
The first changes to the NWS Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system will be implemented on October 1 based on social science findings from the Hazard Simplification (Haz Simp) project. These initial changes will apply to some our winter WWA products only.

May 30, 2017 - NWS Leads #SafePlaceSelfie Campaign
If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? For many, that one action is to know ahead of time where their safe place is located. In early April, NWS offices encouraged their social media followers to take a “selfie” and post with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie.

May 5, 2017 - Building a “Hurricane-Ready Nation” One Community at a Time
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities’ (FPC) initiative is working to reduce the human impact and high cost of flooding and rebuilding that typically follows natural disasters in ways that help ensure communities don’t just build back, but build smarter.

NWS logoApril 25, 2017 - Weather-Ready Nation Reaches 5,000 Ambassadors
Fittingly, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador number 5,000 comes from the heart of our nation. We would like to congratulate Real Country 97.3 KBLR Radio as Ambassador #5,000 in our effort to make the United States a weather-ready nation.

NWS logo April 7, 2017 - New Tsunami.gov Website Represents Back to List PagesMajor Advance in Tsunami Warning Center Product Dissemination
NOAA’s tsunami warning capabilities have greatly improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and efforts continue to further enhance tsunami warning center operations to better meet the needs of our domestic and international partners.

NWS logoApril 6, 2017 - Coordinated Action Prevents Worst of Wildfire Outbreak Impacts in Southern Great Plains
On February 23-24, the Southern Great Plains region was dry and windy, optimal conditions for even the smallest spark to roar into a life and property-threatening wildfire. Large portions of the northernmost Panhandle of Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico, eastern Colorado, and westernmost Kansas were ripe for an outbreak.

NWS logoApril 3, 2017 - GOES-16: Taking Weather Forecasting to New Heights
NOAA's latest geostationary weather satellite is on orbit and sending back beautiful images of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. GOES-R successfully launched on November 19, 2016 and became GOES-16 when it reached geostationary orbit.

NWS logo March 21, 2017 - Wireless Emergency Alerts continue to save lives; and we are hearing about it
On the night of February 19, tornadic thunderstorms tore through northern sections of San Antonio, Texas. Audrey Gagné and her husband were unknowingly heading toward them, on the way home from a trip to Dallas.

NWS logo March 1, 2017- IDSS ramped up in preparation of the most significant storms in past 6 years across southern California
Starting the week of January 16, 2017, NWS San Diego began alerting partners of a high confidence significant winter storm which could bring significant impacts from high wind, and flooding.

February 27, 2017- Weather-Ready Nation Saves Lives During Louisiana Tornado Outbreak
A tornado outbreak in a highly populated area is a meteorologist’s worst nightmare. On February 7, 2017 at least six tornadoes touched down in and around around New Orleans, LA, home to more than three million people.

Heather WadeFebruary 21, 2017- SPC forecasters develop and document new tool to assess severe weather risk
Storm Prediction Center forecasters John Hart and Ariel Cohen are working together on a major project to improve the way forecasters perform short-term threat assessment of severe thunderstorm hazards.

 

2016 News Around NOAA

 

NWS logo December 21, 2016 - Get your snowstorm smarts on: 6 forecast tools to use this winter
Geek out with us to learn about 6 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with online. In the process, see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted — important information to share with your friends and family this winter.

NWS logoDecember 7, 2016 - Experimental Snowfall Graphics
New snowfall graphics now available from local NWS websites.

November 23, 2016 - NWS giving thanks to their communities
This year the National Weather Service gave back to their local communities in many different ways, ultimately showing thanks to all those they serve every day of the year.

Heather WadeNovember 22, 2016 - Observing and Predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño
Alongside colleagues in Australia and Peru, NOAA scientists involved with observing and predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño co-authored an article about the event and prediction.

Heather WadeNovember 21, 2016 - Improving the Communication of Flood Risk for Better Decision-Making
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) published a study in its September 2016 edition titled, “Effectively Communicating Risk and Uncertainty to the Public."

NWS logoNovember 15, 2016 - NOAA’s advanced GOES-R weather satellite launching this month
This month NOAA will be launching its most advanced weather satellite to date, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R).

October 25, 2016 - NWS and Chilean Navy Leaders collaborate to improve Tsunami Warning Capabilities
Collaboration will improve tsunami warning capabilities in both countries and the whole Pacific Basin.

NWS logoOctober 3, 2016 - OneNWS Network: A Faster and Stronger National Weather Service
NWS updates data networks to keep pace with new technologies.

Heather WadeSeptember 9, 2016 - Hazard Simplification Project
For decades, NWS has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system - is it time for a change?

NWS logoSeptember 8, 2016 - U.S. experiences 5th warmest summer on record
Every state in the continental U.S. and Alaska was warmer than average this summer.

September 1, 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: National Preparedness Month
Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share.