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Weathercatch: Miss Piggy studies ‘sky rivers’

Atmospheric rivers, as they are called, are narrow but long ribbons of condensed water vapor carried by the wind. When a particularly tempestuous one barrels into the Pacific Northwest or …


Blizzard fourth worst among NE snowstorms

Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.


2015 was hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report

For the past 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014’s record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …


Killing cormorants to save salmon: 11,000 in crosshairs of controversial program

Shots ring out, then there’s a splash: Government agents gunning for double-crested cormorants have hit their mark again. Federal agents have stalked tiny uninhabited East Sand Island in the estuary …


Snake River sockeye salmon recovery plan released

Federal authorities have released a final recovery plan for the Snake River’s sockeye salmon runs, which teetered on the brink of extinction in the 1990s. Only a handful of sockeye …


Landers: Lightning deserves utmost respect

Tornadoes and hurricanes make most of the headlines for weather- related disasters. But here’s the shocking news: The deadliest weather event is lightning.


Tsunami debris arriving to waves of uncertainty

WASHINGTON – West Coast residents are calling 911 to report tsunami debris they see coming ashore, but the operators don’t know what to say. When Sen. Maria Cantwell asked a …


Feds OK killing of sea lions in Columbia River

SEATTLE — The federal government has decided it is OK to resume killing California sea lions that eat threatened and endangered salmon at Bonneville Dam.


NOAA to expand services in West

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Wednesday in Spokane that the federal government is about to expand its climate and weather services throughout the West. …


NOAA lab may open its doors

EVERETT – For nearly 40 years, scientists have flocked to a drab, two-story building along Mukilteo’s waterfront. Inside the gray National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration station, they’ve studied why parts …