Blog Archive: NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation that will continue a nearly quarter-century record of tracking global sea level rise, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Sunday at 10:42 a.m. PST (1:42 p.m. EST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Jason-3 is an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with NASA, the French space agency CNES, and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

‘Godzilla’ El Nino could save Southern California from drought, bring flooding

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune There’s a high probability that Southern California will experience drought-busting rains and local flooding this winter, after meteorologists announced Thursday that the chance of a strong El Niño had reached above 90 percent. If the forecast holds, weather experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Climate Prediction Center said the El Niño event would be among the

Jump in sea lion deaths last year due to food shortages, scientists believe

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze A rash of dying and dead sea lion pups found on Southern California beaches last year was probably simply a result of their inability to get enough good meals — rather than a mass infection or disease, scientists announced Tuesday after months of collaborative research. Analysis of the “unusual mortality event” that caused more than 1,600 California sea lions to strand along the coast in 2013 found that the marine mammals

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