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Navy to expand sonar, other training off Northwest coast

The U.S. Navy has finalized a plan to expand sonar testing and other warfare training off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and northern California.

NOAA reminding people not to touch or pick up seal pups

As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates up and down the West Coast are urging people not to touch or …

New technology speeds massive coral reef survey

Scientists using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos said Wednesday they have developed new software to quickly assess coral bleaching and other damage to the world’s imperiled reefs.

Populations of salmon, flounder added to overfishing list

The federal government has added several populations of economically important food fish, including stocks of salmon and flounder, to its list of fish stocks that are being subjected to overfishing.

Scientists predict average hurricane season, with 12 named storms

The year’s hurricane season will be near-average, with the formation of 12 named storms, including five hurricanes making landfall along the U.S. coastline or in the Caribbean, according to a …

Gray whale spotted in Seattle’s Ballard locks

Officials say a gray whale has been spotted in and around Ballard locks in Seattle in the past couple weeks.

February temperatures shock scientists

Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures in February.

Scientists discover possible new octopus species near Hawaii

HONOLULU – Scientists say they have discovered what might be a new species of octopus while searching the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands.

Earth sets 9th straight monthly heat record

The January figures are in, and Earth’s string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the …

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 …