NOAA and EUMETSAT sign a new cooperative agreement

Agreement for continued space-based weather, water and climate monitoring.

On 27 August 2013, top officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) signed a long-term cooperative agreement establishing a policy framework ensuring continued space-based weather, water and climate monitoring. The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the European Union Delegation in Washington by Kathryn D. Sullivan, NOAA acting administrator, and Alain Ratier, EUMETSAT’s director-general.

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Fri, 30/08/2013 - 14:43

GPS helps to measure and map hurricane wind speeds

Hurricane winds measured by GPS

By analyzing the distorted GPS signals during storms, researchers have discovered a new way of measuring and mapping the wind speeds of hurricanes. The discovery is of great importance for the disaster and risk management community, since better knowledge about storm behavior can help determine the direction and severity of the storms approaching.

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Thu, 25/07/2013 - 11:02

NOAA launches bi-annual newsletter "The Downlink"

First edition of NOAA's newsletter "The Downlink"

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched a newsletter "The Downlink". The Downlink will provide international and interagency experts working with space-based information with short updates on all of NOAA's current and future satellite programs, and also current information on the budget cycle. Published twice per year, The Downlink will also include a feature article on exciting NESDIS developments and examples of NOAA's satellite imagery and derived products.

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Mon, 06/05/2013 - 11:11

NOAA: Operational control of newest US environmental satellite

NOAA assumed full operational responsibility of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite which was operated by the NASA since October, 2011. Suomi NPP is equipped with new, sophisticated Earth-observing instruments that NOAA is using to support improved medium-to-long range weather forecasts. Suomi NPP observes any given point on the Earth’s surface twice a day — once in daylight and once at night. The data is also available to users around the world via direct broadcast.


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Tue, 12/03/2013 - 16:53

Hurricane Sandy: Polar-orbiting satellites were key in pinpointing landfall

According to a new study by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the NOAA forecasts of Hurricane Sandy’s track could have been hundreds of miles off without information from polar-orbiting satellites. Rather than identifying the New Jersey landfall location within 30 miles five-days before landfall, the models would have shown Sandy remaining at sea.

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Fri, 14/12/2012 - 08:17

GOES-13 returned to operations

The GOES-13 spacecraft returned to full operations on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The satellite had been taken out of service due to technical problems in late September. The trouble stemmed from a motor vibration, which caused a lubricant buildup that obstructed the spinning motion of the filter wheel in the sounder. A team of engineers from NOAA, Boeing and ITT suppressed the vibration, the filter wheel restarted and is running smoothly, with improved performance.

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Fri, 19/10/2012 - 10:45

Japan's official weather bureau announces El Niño

Japan's Meteorological Agency has announced that its climate models and monitoring data indicate the El Niño phenomenon, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, has already emerged and it is likely to last until winter. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), also warned on Thursday that an El Niño was almost certain to occur over the next two months.

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Fri, 10/08/2012 - 11:31

NOAA Announces Modification to Hurricane Scale

Effective on May 15, 2012, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is making a modification to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which is being used as a standard to measure hurricane intensity. The change broadens the Category 4 wind speed range by one mile per hour (mph) at each end of the range, yielding a new range of 130-156 mph.

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Mon, 26/03/2012 - 08:48

Next-Gen Weather Satellites To Improve Tornado Warnings

On Jan. 22 and 23, 2012, more than 37 tornadoes struck the southern USA. Ten of them tore across the Lower Mississippi Valley into Alabama. Worst hit were St. Clair and Jefferson County, Ala., where 2 people were killed, about 100 others injured, and at least $30 million in damage was done. It was a chilling reminder of the April 2011 onslaught of deadly tornadoes that took a staggering toll across southern and Midwestern states. In southern parts of the USA, tornado season tends to peak in springtime.

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Mon, 05/03/2012 - 10:38

NASA Finally Launches New Climate Satellite, Highlighting Need For Funding New Monitoring Capabilities

In the predawn hours last Friday, the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparation Project satellite (let’s just call it NPP for short) was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, five years after its originally scheduled launch date. The SUV-sized satellite, a joint effort between NASA and NOAA, features five new instruments that will collect more detailed information about Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans and contribute to both weather and climate forecasting.

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Thu, 03/11/2011 - 13:52


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