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Tornadoes, some of the most violent storms on the planet, kill more people in the southeastern United States than anywhere else in the country. This month, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory kicked off the second year of VORTEX-SE, a research program designed to understand how environmental factors and terrain in the southeastern U.S. affect tornadoes in that region. VORTEX-SE, shorthand for Verification of the Origins of

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On this St. Patrick's Day are you wearing green? This Taylor’s hare (Phyllaplysia taylori) does every day — and for good reason. Its distinctive green color and brown-black markings perfectly camouflage it from hungry predators in the eelgrass beds where it lives and grazes on algae. Also known as the green or eel grass sea hare, it can be found on the western coast of North America,

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NOAA's newest geostationary , 16, captured this imagery of the winter that freezing rain and snow over a large portion of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern today, March 14, 2017. This imagery was created with the Advanced Baseline Imager's Band 2, or red-visible band, which capitalizes on the imager's enhanced resolution to offer meteorologists a closer, more detailed look at the structure of the

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Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite are offering NOAA National Weather Service ( ) forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather. The first lightning detector in a geostationary orbit, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), is transmitting data never before available to forecasters. Find out more at http://

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It's : Learn more about the invasion during our Science "Ask Us Anything" TODAY, March 3, at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Head over to the live event page to submit your questions to our 3 scientists: https://redd.it/5xaaav. (Video by )

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Here comes the suns: These images of the sun were captured at the same time on January 29, 2017, by 16's Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI), a telescope that monitors the sun in ultraviolet wavelengths. As it does so, SUVI can compile full-disk solar images around the clock that scientists can use to enhance their forecasts of space weather. The SUVI offers six wavelength channels that allow for

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Today's the day: Join us for our AMA on from 1-3 pm Eastern/10 am-1 pm Pacific for our Q&A about the important issue of whale entanglement -- and how you can help us save the whales: Submit your questions or follow the chat at https://redd.it/5ult6o. (Click our profile link) About this photo: A whale's tale entangled in discarded fishing gear

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Heads up: Your "must-sea" TV from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer scientists and crew is back! Our next expedition, CAPSTONE, starts today, February 16, and you can watch live starting at 7 p.m. ET online through the ship's telepresence technology. From today to March 2, NOAA and partners will use NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa and Samoa, with

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Here's another very popular "Valentine from nature" --> This heart-shaped was captured by NOAA’s GOES-13 on 6/1/11. Get the story and download the image at: http://bit.ly/2lNezXb (Image: ) s

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Reposting this super-popular "Valentine from nature" ---> WE THE : On this 's Day, if you can't be with the one you , love the we live on... Have a great day, everyone! About this image: A heart-shaped , Sea, August 2009. From the photo collection of Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, Center, http://www.natice.noaa.gov/ #

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Join us for , February 13-17! We’re celebrating these majestic giants of the sea, and we do mean giants. Did you know whales are the largest animals to ever live on ? Some are larger than prehistoric dinosaurs. This aerial photo of bowhead whales was taken on April 29, 2011, above the icy waters of the Arctic. (Marine Mammal Permit: 14245) Credit: Amelia Brower, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, @

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Our GOES-16 satellite captured this view of the moon as it looked across the surface of the Earth on January 15, 2017. Like earlier GOES satellites, GOES-16 will use the moon for calibration. For more about the first images from GOES-16, click our profile link. 16 craft

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