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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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What Would Happen if a Massive Solar Storm Hit the Earth?

We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark.

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Maddie Stone

August 20th

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Yep, July Was The Hottest Month in Recorded History

We suspected it was coming, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just confirmed: July 2015 was, without a doubt, the hottest month in recorded history. Hot damn.

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Maddie Stone

August 20th

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Watch a Robot Explore 2100 Meters Below the Pacific Ocean, Live Right Now

Two robotic submersibles, or ROVs, have just plunged into the warm waters off the coast of Hawaii and are plunging 2100 meters to the sea floor to explore. And it’s happening right now, live. You can watch the squid swim by and visit this remote region that’s never been explored by humans.

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Annalee Newitz

August 11th

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Watch Summer’s Extreme Weather Move Around Earth With This Animated Map

If you’re interested in data design, you’ll probably be very jealous of the developers and scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Visualization Lab.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 8th

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