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What is the Historical Probability of a White Christmas in Your State?

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Minnesota. Maine. Upstate New York. The Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Practically anywhere in Idaho. And of course, the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These are the parts of the Lower 48* where weather history suggests you want to be if you're looking for the best chance of a white Christmas. For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, you can find places that...

U.S. Census Bureau Data Helps Hurricane Dorian Efforts

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau Hurricane Dorian is an active tropical cyclone currently threatening Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The fourth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, Dorian developed from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic. Dorian is a small but potent storm. The U.S. Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to...

Robots Probe Ocean Depths in Mission to Fine-Tune Hurricane Forecasts

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Four ocean gliders are setting off to sea this week to bring back data scientists hope will improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. The robotic, unmanned gliders are equipped with sensors to measure the salt content (salinity) and temperature as they move through the ocean at different depths....

COSMIC-2 Soars Into Orbit Aboard SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration COSMIC-2, a mission of six satellites designed to improve weather forecasts and space weather monitoring, blasted into orbit at 2:30 a.m. ET today, June 25, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “The COSMIC satellites launched today will play a critical role for forecasters and...

Department of Commerce Releases Report on Critical Minerals

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released the interagency report that was submitted to the President pursuant to Executive Order 13817, A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals. The report contains a government-wide action plan, including recommendations to advance research and development efforts, increase domestic activity across the...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Concludes Successful 2018

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The U.S. Department of Commerce was hard at work this year protecting American trade and security interests, reforming outdated government practices, planning the critical decennial census, providing crucial weather information to protect lives and property, stewarding the Nation’s marine resources, in addition to supporting minority and community economic development, among countless other vital...

NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Urge Continued Preparedness and Vigilance

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. “There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over....

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California....

Scientists Complete Mission to Map Fast-Moving Fault off Alaska: Data to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Risks from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better...