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The NWS Is Now Writing Forecasts in Regular Language So You’ll Read Them

FOR DECADES. . .THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. . . HAS ISSUED ITS FORECAST DISCUSSIONS IN SHOUTY CAPITAL LETTERS. . .USING FRAGMENTED SENTENCES. . .SEPARATED BY ELLIPSES. Today it was announced that the National Weather Service will switch to mixed-case type and conversational language to provide a more user-friendly experience—and potentially save lives.

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Alissa Walker

April 11th

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This Is the Last Sun Antarctica Will See for Six Months

Manning the NOAA’s research station at the South Pole is a lonely job at the best of times. But when you’re watching the last sunset for half a year, things have to be feeling particularly bleak.

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Chris Mills

March 21st

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El Niño Will Hit Us With a Weird Mix of Floods and Drought on Its Way Out

El Niño is almost ready to give way for the rise of its cold counterpart, La Niña. But before it goes, it has one more tough weather hit to throw at the US: a bizarre combination of flooding and an ever-intensifying drought.

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Ria Misra

March 17th

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Deep-Diving Robot Discovers Mysterious and Adorable Octopus Species

Would you just look at him? Sprung to life out of a Pixar movie, the ghostly little fella pictured above was discovered last month by Deep Discoverer, the deep-diving robot that travels with NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer. Spotted 4,290 meters beneath the surface, it’s the deepest observation of a so-called incirrate octopus ever, and it might be a new species.

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Maddie Stone

March 4th

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Why This Year’s Super Strong El Niño Might Start Shooting Blanks

El Niño hasn’t left the building—it’s just taking a few days to sober up between benders. But will it continue to deliver the precipitation punch in the gut the West Coast was promised? One particular factor might determine California’s fate.

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Alissa Walker

February 11th

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El Niño Hasn’t Vanished—It Might Be More Powerful Than We Possibly Imagined

We were promised torrential rain , “conveyor belts” of storms, violent-alcoholic-on-malt-liquor wrath. Now much of California is broiling in 90-degree temperatures with no precipitation in sight. What gives? Don’t worry—El Niño didn’t bail. It might be even stronger than we thought.

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Alissa Walker

February 11th

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Watch as SpaceX Launches a New Ocean Satellite and Attempts a Barge Landing [LIVE!]

We’re on location for today’s SpaceX launch of the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite . Afterwards, SpaceX will make their first barge landing attempt in the Pacific Ocean. Join us as we report live from Vandenberg Air Force Base!

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Mika McKinnon

January 17th

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Meet NASA’s Newest Ocean-Exploring Satellite Before it Launches Tomorrow!

SpaceX is launching the planet’s newest oceanographic satellite tomorrow morning. Here’s the scoop on Jason-3, and how “sea level” is one of those little white lies you learned in school.

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Mika McKinnon

January 16th

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Here’s Where NOAA Thinks We’ll Have A White Christmas

Dreaming of a white Christmas? NOAA released a graphic that charts out the probability that you’ll have some snow on December 25th, based on historical norms.

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Andrew Liptak

December 13th

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Drone Captures First-Ever Aerial Photos Of Nursing Orca Calf

Here’s your feel good story for the day. NOAA researchers have captured what are probably the best aerial photos of wild Killer Whales ever and are here to explain how the images demonstrate an incredibly strong, collaborative family bond.

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October 26th

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