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July 27, 2021 - Q&A: NWS employee and husband rescue child caught in rip current
NWS National Cooperative Observer Program Manager, Amy Fritz, and her husband, Ryan, heroically saved a young boy from a rip current while vacationing in North Carolina in August 2020.

July 22, 2021 - New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning category to trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on mobile phones
Starting August 2, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by adding a “damage threat” tag to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

July 21, 2021 - Breakthrough computer model to help NWS provide better space weather forecasts, more targeted warnings 
NOAA’s National Weather Service has transitioned a new computer model into operations to increase its understanding of space weather events and improve space weather forecasting capabilities.

July 20, 2021 - NOAA Upgrades Key Air Quality Prediction Model
NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center launched an upgrade to the Air Quality Model based on the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System to deliver improved air quality forecast guidance.