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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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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...

NOAA and NCAR Partner on New State-of-the-Art Weather and Climate Modeling Framework

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The United States is making exciting changes to how computer models will be developed in the future to support the nation’s weather and climate forecast system. NOAA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have joined forces to help the nation’s weather and climate modeling scientists achieve mutual benefits through more strategic collaboration, shared resources and information....

Spurring Innovation During National Entrepreneurship Month

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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...

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...

Op-Ed: Commerce Department Helps Americans Prepare, Recover from Storms

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With the start of the 2018 hurricane season, timely and reliable information is critical to guide effective operations for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Agencies across the U.S. Department of Commerce, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Census Bureau, the Economic Development Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information...

How to Watch the Launch of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite Today

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new GOES-S weather satellite is expected to launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:02 pm ET tonight. NASA TV will livestream the launch of GOES-S beginning at 4:30 pm ET. WATCH: NASA TV’s livestream of the GOES-S satellite launch. GOES-S will help the Department of Commerce achieve our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan’s objective...

GOES-S Satellite Launch Set for March 1: Five Reasons Why it Will be a Game Changer for Weather Forecasts

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On March 1, 2018, NOAA’s newest geostationary satellite will launch into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-S (which will become GOES-17 once it reaches its final orbit) will significantly enhance weather forecasting capabilities across the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii and provide critical data and imagery of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean extending all the way to New...

Supporting America’s Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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At the Department of Commerce, we’re committed to partnering with communities who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Since the initiation of disaster response efforts prior to landfall in August and September, the Department has been leveraging the strategic guidance and technical expertise available through our many diverse bureaus to serve the recovery...