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6860 228 Jan 18, 2018
noaa: Just in --> NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year

Just in --> NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for the globe -- & scientists confirm Earth’s long-term warming trend continues. Our global analysis is out this morning: *Read the report highlights and download images at (see our profile link). ​ change

11592 89 Jan 1, 2018
noaa: Happy New Year! NOAA’s GOES-East captured

Happy New Year! NOAA’s GOES-East captured this image of our home at 12:33 a.m. EST on January 1. Our Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth at a speed matching the Earth’s rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. The satellites, there’s a GOES-West too, provide constant coverage of the western hemisphere and they’re critical tools for identifying severe weather, snow storms, tropical storms, and hurricanes. saveslives

5253 15 Dec 31, 2017
noaa: As we prepare to say farewell to 2017

As we prepare to say farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year we’re sharing some of your favorite photos from NOAA Instagram. Thanks for joining us and don’t forget to follow NOAA on Twitter and Facebook too. We have a lot of other social media sites you may want to visit in 2018. You can check them out at (click our profile link) saveslives ,

6029 44 Dec 21, 2017
noaa: You won

You won't find these in your fir tree: What are they? See today's Ocean Fact from at

5564 41 Dec 12, 2017
noaa: The Arctic saw its 2nd warmest year in

The Arctic saw its 2nd warmest year in 2017 according to the Arctic Report Card, a NOAA sponsored, peer-reviewed annual update on how the region is faring environmentally. Included this year are special reports on how warming in the Arctic is affecting valuable fisheries in the eastern Bering Sea, compromising roads, homes, and infrastructure due to thawing permafrost, and threatening high latitudes with frequent wildfires. The Arctic Report Card represents the work of 85 scientists from 12 nations. For more information visit (click our profile link)

4311 18 Dec 5, 2017
noaa: Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and

Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, playing a critical role in everything from protecting lives and property to supporting thousands of businesses. The total economic value of coral reef services for the U.S.—including fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection—is over $3.4 billion each year. Follow from December 4-8 to learn more about the value and importance of coral reef ecosystems. For more information about Corals Week visit (see our profile link)

7588 57 Nov 30, 2017
noaa: Today, November 30, marks the official end of

Today, November 30, marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. More at (see our profile link). [IMAGE: This NOAA satellite image shows 3 of the season's hurricanes, (left), and (right). Captured by 16 satellite on September 8, 2017.] satellites

6132 36 Nov 18, 2017
noaa: And we have lift off! NOAA

And we have lift off! NOAA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, 1, was launched at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The advanced instruments aboard this satellite will improve weather forecasting, such as predicting a hurricane’s track, and aid in the recognition of climate patterns that can influence the weather, including El Nino and La Nina. They will also help emergency managers respond to events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions and help communities, recovering from severe storms, with better views of storm damage and show the extent of power outages. Data from this satellite will also be available to aid scientists monitor changes in our environment. For the latest about JPSS-1, visit (See our profile link). [Photo credit: ULA.]

3687 7 Nov 15, 2017
noaa: We have an update on the #JPSS1 satellite

We have an update on the 1 satellite launch: Unfortunately, excessive upper-level wind conditions delayed today's early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite. The launch team is assessing their options for the next launch date. For the latest, visit our profile link) and please follow on Instagram and Twitter. [Photo credit: ULA.] s

2349 7 Nov 13, 2017
noaa: 11/14 *UPDATE*: Today’s early morning launch

11/14 *UPDATE*: Today’s early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite -1 was rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 15 at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 EST. More at and ——————————— Heads up! Coverage of our 1 satellite launch begins at 4:15 am ET/1:15 am PT tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 14. Watch the liftoff, scheduled for 4:47 am ET/1:47 am PT, *LIVE* on at Visit for the latest launch information, photos and videos about this scientifically advanced polar-orbiting satellite that will increase the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts 3 to 7 days in advance of a severe weather event. PS: Don’t forget to live tweet during the main event using the hashtag 1! s

5014 35 Nov 2, 2017
noaa: Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the

Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the size of the ozone hole in 2017 to the smallest observed since 1988, NOAA and NASA scientists said today. [See our story at] Measurements from NASA satellites showed the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September grew to only 7.6 million square miles in extent (coverage) before starting to recover this year. The average peak area observed since 1991 has been roughly 10 million square miles. The ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States, and then declined through the remainder of September and into October. NOAA’s ground- and balloon-based measurements also found the least amount of ozone depletion since 1988. The two agencies have monitored the ozone hole for the past 25 years. PHOTO: This time-lapse photo shows the path of an ozonesonde as it rises into the atmosphere in the South Pole. Scientists release these balloon-borne sensors to measure the thickness of the ozone layer. Credit: Courtesy of Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota. Earth

4374 19 Oct 23, 2017
noaa: Happy Birthday, @NOAASanctuaries! Forty-five years ago, Congress

Happy Birthday, ! Forty-five years ago, Congress passed legislation establishing the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Today, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. Have you visited any of these spectacular parks? See why you should at [PHOTO: A research boat floats at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument. Credit: Paulo Maurin/NOAA Sanctuaries.] ocean