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 Arthur John “A.J.” Reiss (Photo: NOAA)

Reiss Named Director of NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center

NOAA has selected Arthur John “A.J.” Reiss, as the director of NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) in College Park, Maryland. OPC provides marine forecasts and critical decision support services for mariners, ensuring the safety of lives and vessels at sea by alerting to hazards like hurricane-force winds and high seas.“The nation’s maritime shipping industry is a $2.1 trillion economic activity for the U.S., making accurate and reliable weather forecasts at sea economically critical,” said Grant Cooper, Ph.D., acting NCEP Director. “A.J.'s maritime

Photograph of Hurricane Edouard taken from the International Space Station on September 17, 2014. (Credit: NASA JSC/ISS)

Why Do Some Hurricanes Rapidly Intensify?

of the Atmospheric Sciences. The study’s authors include: Hua Leighton; Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan; Jun A. Zhang and Robert F. Rogers from NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory; Zhan Zhang and Vijay Tallapragada from NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center in College Park, Maryland

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'Above-normal' Hurricane Season Forecasted

said there was a 70 percent chance of seeing between 11 and 17 named tropical storms this season, which begins on June 1 and runs for six months.   "There is a potential for a lot of storm activity this year," Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator, said at a press conference in College Park, Maryland.   Five to nine of the storms could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, including two to four major hurricanes, with winds of at least 111 miles per hour, Friedman said.   A normal season consists of an average of 12 tropical storms and six hurricanes

A new study compared sea surface temperatures with endangered Galapagos Penguin population counts and found that the penguin population doubled while waters cooled around their nesting islands. (Courtesy of Snowmanradio/Flickr)

Climate Change Boosts Galapagos Penguin Population

the cold pool and possibly leading to a decline in penguins, Karnauskas added.   The new study shows how large-scale changes in the climate can act locally, said Michelle L'Heureux, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, and not an author on the new paper.   "While it is important that we focus on the big picture with climate change, it's really the small scale that matters to the animals and plants that are impacted," she said

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