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Hurricane Michael was even more powerful than scientists initially thought

April 19th, 2019

The science of tracking hurricanes has seen huge advancements in recent years, allowing forecasters to better predict paths and overall impact of the large storms before they actually reach land. Warning systems and preventative measures are getting better, but it’s an imperfect science, and even measuring the sheer power of a hurricane as it’s happening …

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These endangered seals won’t stop getting eels stuck in their noses

December 9th, 2018

Keeping tabs on endangered animals can be difficult, especially if they’re being actively poached by hunters who don’t care about the law. The plight of endangered Hawaiian monk seals is the result of past hunting and human development on the Hawaiian islands, but now the species has thrown conservationists a curveball. More and more of …

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Uh-oh, NOAA’s brand new weather satellite is already broken

May 24th, 2018

Remember that awesomely powerful new weather satellite that delivered this really cool lightning-tracking video earlier this week? Yeah, so, funny story, it might already be busted. In a bulletin released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the group explains how its brand new weather tracking tool, GOES-17, has developed a serious problem with …

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Watch lightning roll across the US in a gorgeous time-lapse video from space

May 22nd, 2018

Thunderstorms can produce some pretty impressive light shows for us here on Earth, but spotting it from space can prove a tricky task. Determining exactly where lightning is striking the surface can give weather forecasters and scientists important insights into how storms behave, and that information is crucial to advanced warning systems. The National Oceanic …

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New weather satellite delivers mesmerizing feed of lightning strikes

March 6th, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a new piece of hardware cruising around the Earth at an altitude of 22,300 miles, and it’s delivering a really fantastic glimpse of violent thunderstorms from its birds-eye view. In its newest video showcase for the public, the satellite provides a hypnotic stream of bright bolts lighting up …

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Watch scientists explore the ocean floor, live

February 17th, 2017

Do you ever feel like scientists get to have all the fun? Researchers like the ones from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration get to cruise around on their fancy ship, the Okeanos Explorer, and send their ultra high-tech cameras down to the ocean to observe all kinds of awesome stuff. Well, thanks to …

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How to track Hurricane Matthew

October 6th, 2016

The most serious storm to hit the East Coast in over a decade is close to making landfall with southern Florida. From there, it’s expected to move up the coast, hitting parts of Georgia, South Carolina and possibly North Carolina. Since developing over a week ago, Matthew has changed paths a number of times. Forecasting …