NOAA Wants To Say… Happy 406MHz EPIRB Day!

Today is 406MHz beacon day! 406MHz beacons are used on vessels (EPIRBs), by outdoor enthusiasts (PLBs) and on aircraft (ELTs). 406 day serves as a reminder for 406 MHz beacon owners to update their NOAA registration. This can be done at https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov/. Is your beacon registered? Each year NOAA’s satellites help Search and Rescue personnel by … [Read more...]

Are Ship Weather Observations Still Valuable In The Era Of Satellites?

by: Horst von Bargen (Deutscher Wetterdienst) Meteorological satellites (geostationary at an altitude of about 36.000 km and sun-synchronous at a height of about 850 km) provide images and data in many spectral ranges. Their advantage is the generation of region-wide measurements. They allow us to receive information also from areas where there are no weather … [Read more...]

Gulf Of Mexico Fish Farms: NOAA’s $100 Million Mistake

by Deena Shanker (Bloomberg) If someone offered you a chance to invest millions of dollars in a business nobody wants, would you take it? If you’re the U.S. government, the answer is a resounding yes. Since 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—despite major political, social, and environmental headwinds—has … [Read more...]

NOAA To Explore ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ Wreckage

by Vernon Smith (NOAA) July 15, 1942. America had been in World War II for less than a year, but the fight was coming to the nation’s shores. That day, off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the German U-boat U-576 sank the Nicaraguan-flagged freighter SS Bluefields. But it came at a steep price – the merchant ship convoy and its U.S. military escorts fought back, sinking the … [Read more...]

New Science: Using Ships For Tsunami Warning

  by James Foster, University of Hawaii (TheConversation) Racing across ocean basins at speeds over 500 miles per hour, tsunamis can wreak devastation along coastlines thousands of miles from their origin. Our modern tsunami detection networks reliably detect these events hours in advance and provide warning of their arrivals, but predicting the exact size and … [Read more...]