Updated 11:58 am CDT, Friday, August 31, 2018 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be an "unusual mortality event." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said tests indicate dead seals found in New England tested positive for avian flu and phocine distemper. More than 240 seals have been found dead off the Maine coast in July and August, while more than 80 have been reported off New Hampshire and Massachusetts in those months. NOAA said Friday it will investigate the "elevated strandings of harbor and grey seals in the Northeast attributed to disease." MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD: Gunmen at large after triple shooting leaves 1 dead Media: San Antonio Express-News Water main breaks Media: Jabari J. Young Firefighters rescue driver after suspected DWI rollover Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Homeless man … [Read more...] about NOAA declares seal die-off as ‘unusual mortality event’
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Published 9:40 am CDT, Monday, August 27, 2018 JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials are set to meet to help shape the future of marine navigation in the Arctic and around Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hydrographic Services Review Panel convenes Tuesday in Juneau for three days. The group of experts on navigation and marine transportation meet twice annually with the goal is to develop priorities for NOAA's navigation services — the charts, tide tables, and coast surveys — on which mariners depend. Leaders are scrambling to capitalize on Arctic sea routes that are staying open longer as sea ice continues to melt in the Arctic. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Firefighters rescue driver after suspected DWI rollover Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Homeless man shot after altercation with business owners Media: San Antonio Express-News When to stop for a school bus … [Read more...] about NOAA to work on Arctic marine navigation during Juneau panel
Latest From NOAA: Hottest May to July On Record NOAA just released data showing that May through July was the hottest on record for the contiguous United States. Modern-day records date back to 1895. Then again, the 4 hottest years on record, worldwide, have come since 2014. University of St. Thomas scientist John Abraham reports 1400 gigatons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have been released by burning fossil fuels. Can we just ignore the overheated elephant in the room? Temperatures trend warmer than average into the weekend; at least 3 more days with daytime highs in the upper 80s to near 90F. If it's any consolation, models show a few comfortable days in the 70s early next week; maybe low 80s for the first few days of the Minnesota State Fair. Readers and radio listeners are starting to complain about browning lawns. It's sure drying out in a hurry. An irritable atmosphere may ignite a few T-storms later today, especially south of the Twin Cities. The next widespread, statewide … [Read more...] about NOAA: Hottest May-July on Record. Breathing Easier Next Week
We Are All Going To Need Some Weather Therapy The reason I bring this up: our tortured April has the entire state in need of emergency therapy. Looking at the weather maps I don't know whether to laugh or weep. Winds will gust over 40 mph, creating blizzard conditions south/west of the metro area Saturday. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, but personally, I'd have a Plan B for Saturday. 40s return next week; a sun angle similar to late August melts most of the snow by midweek. I'm sorry. Follow the Trends. Yesterday afternoon the local NWS office was going with 7" in the Twin Cities. They have progressively increased this over time as models appear to come into rough alignment with the axis of heaviest snow. Spaghetti Plot. Earlier model runs were clustering in the 6-10" range for the Twin Cities. 00z runs from Thursday evening were showing considerably higher amounts; well over a foot for MSP. Source: Iowa State. Ice Storm Potential. The best chance of sleet and glaze ice will … [Read more...] about Friday the 13th coincidence: Up to a foot of snow in mid-April?
The (Freakishly) Snowy April of 2018 Continues 10.3 inches of snow has already piled up this month (average is 2.5 inches). Right. The all-time record is 21.8 inches in 1983. That's the year I arrived to work at Channel 11. I clearly remember having a holy (cow) moment. Never forget that we live in a far southern suburb of Winnipeg. The only month snow hasn't been observed at an official Minnesota reporting station is July. We still have Weather Boasting Rights for America. That probably won't change anytime soon. Confidence levels are low; it's still early for specifics. It could be a big pile. Ice Storm Potential Grows. We're all fixated on snow Friday night and Saturday, but the atmospheric profile may be ripe for an extended period of sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain (rain freezing on contact with cold surfaces). As much as .25"+ of glaze ice may accumulate from the Twin Cities to Mankato and Northfield, based on latest guidance. Factor in 30 mph plus winds and you have all … [Read more...] about Winter storm watch: Ice and plowable snowfall potential grows for Saturday