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Severe weather and water events have an enormous impact on our nation’s economy. To reduce the economic impact of these events, we are enhancing our prediction capabilities through better data gathering and modeling technology.

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America's Environmental Intelligence Agency: NOAA Celebrates 50 Years of Science, Service and Stewardship

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NOAA Early Career Scientists Honored for Innovative Research

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NOAA Upgrades the U.S. Global Weather Forecast Model

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Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the NOAA Hurricane Outlook Press Conference

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Introduced by Dr. Neil Jacobs, NOAA’s Acting Administrator. Thank you, Dr. Jacobs, for the kind words, and for your leadership at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Welcome everyone, and thank you for joining us today for NOAA’s annual Outlook on the 2019 Hurricane Season. The United States is fortunate to have such dedicated experts at NOAA’s forecasting offices, and at the...

Latest Weather Satellite Will Improve Forecasts for Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii

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Today, GOES-17, the second of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) next-generation geostationary weather satellites, has completed its checkout phase and is now operating in the GOES West position, providing faster, more accurate, and more detailed observations used by National Weather Service forecasters to predict Pacific storm systems, severe storms, fog, wildfires, and...

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By: Karen Dunn Kelley American ingenuity has powered our nation through advances in technologies such as integrated circuits, personal computers, and the Internet. Through recessions and economic booms, innovation has remained the hallmark of the U.S. economy. Americans have consistently invented revolutionary new technologies and, in the process, created immense global industries. If the United...

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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...