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NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Mar 20, 2017

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 Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast, will also look at how people learn of the threats posed by these storms and how they respond to protect their lives and property. This study, which runs March 8 through May 8, brings together 40 physical and social science researchers from 20 research organizations. Scientists will deploy NOAA’s P-3 aircraft, 13 vehicles, five mobile radars, one fixed radar and other instruments in northern Alabama. PHOTO: Thunderstorms in the Great Plains, such as this supercell that produced a tornado near , , June 16, 2014, are different from storms in the southeastern United States. That's why this spring, NOAA scientists and partners are deploying instruments near , , as part of the VORTEX-SE research project. (Credit: Courtesy of Gabe Garfield) > Learn more about this project to unlock the mysteries of these storms: saveslives es

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Mar 17, 2017

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, from Nanaimo, British Columbia, to San Diego, California. This photo was taken at the Greater National Marine Sanctuary on Feb. 10, 2017 (Photo by Jennifer Stock/NOAA). To learn more about this and other amazing creatures found in National Marine Sanctuaries, visit at hare

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Mar 14, 2017

NOAA's newest geostationary , , 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 and the near-storm environment. Note the formation of the low-level circulation just off the coast of Delaware, the shadows cast by the high clouds onto the lower clouds, and the wave features atop the cloud bands moving from the southwest to the northeast. *To see more imagery and animations from GOES-16, visit our image gallery at Note: GOES-16 data are currently experimental and undergoing testing and should not be used operationally.

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Mar 6, 2017

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 This GLM animation from and reveals lightning in clouds from a severe weather system that impacted on February 14, 2017, and also triggered several tornado reports. (It's also available on YouTube at

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Mar 3, 2017

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: (Video by )

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 28, 2017

Here comes the suns: These images of the sun were captured at the same time on January 29, 2017, by '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 the observation of a range of solar phenomena. Learn more and download images from at s weather

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 17, 2017

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 (Click our profile link) About this photo: A whale's tale entangled in discarded fishing gear prior to being rescued. Credit: Ed Lyman/ (Photographed under MMHSRP permit # 932-1905).

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 16, 2017

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 an emphasis on Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and National Park of American Samoa. Ocean/weather conditions permitting, we'll be diving daily February 16 through February 28 -- with live video from the ship's remotely operated underwater vehicle. Learn more at (see our profile link). -->About this photo: Experience the striking hue of the fringing at Rose Atoll Marine National Monument. Credit: Wendy Cover/NOAA.

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 14, 2017

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: (Image: ) s

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 14, 2017

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,

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Feb 13, 2017

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, Service. For more information visit -- or click our profile link.

NOAA @noaa Instagram Photo / Video — Jan 25, 2017

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. craft