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#nature #science #noaa @CommerceGov @NWS

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Just in --> NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for the globe --
@NOAA & @NASA scientists confirm Earth’s long-term warming trend continues.

Our global #climate analysis is out this morning: *Read the report highlights and download images at http://bit.ly/2017GlobalClimateReport (see our profile link). ​#nature #NOAA #science #climate #climatechange #temperature #Earth#globe

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Happy New Year! NOAA’s GOES-East captured this image of our home at 12:33 a.m. EST on January 1. Our Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth at a speed matching the Earth’s rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. The satellites, there’s a GOES-West too, provide constant coverage of the western hemisphere and they’re critical tools for identifying severe weather, snow storms, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
#science #sciencesaveslives #satellites #space #nature #weather #happynewyear #amazing #environment #climate

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As we prepare to say farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year we’re sharing some of your favorite photos from NOAA Instagram. Thanks for joining us and don’t forget to follow NOAA on Twitter and Facebook too. We have a lot of other social media sites you may want to visit in 2018. You can check them out at www.noaa.gov/stay-connected (click our profile link)

#amazing #nature #sciencesaveslives, #space #skies #storm #satellites #science #environment #ocean #hurricane #weather #solareclipse #whale #marinesanctuary #Antarctica #climate

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You won't find these in your fir tree: What are they?
See today's Ocean Fact from @NOAAOcean at https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/xmas-tree.html

#science #nature #ocean #worms #ChristmasTree #FirstDayofWinter #HappyHolidays

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The Arctic saw its 2nd warmest year in 2017 according to the Arctic Report Card, a NOAA sponsored, peer-reviewed annual update on how the region is faring environmentally. Included this year are special reports on how warming in the Arctic is affecting valuable fisheries in the eastern Bering Sea, compromising roads, homes, and infrastructure due to thawing permafrost, and threatening high latitudes with frequent wildfires. The Arctic Report Card represents the work of 85 scientists from 12 nations.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/2AcEKOq (click our profile link)
#science #nature #Arctic #NOAA

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Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, playing a critical role in everything from protecting lives and property to supporting thousands of businesses. The total economic value of coral reef services for the U.S.—including fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection—is over $3.4 billion each year.

Follow @noaaocean from December 4-8 to learn more about the value and importance of coral reef ecosystems. For more information about Corals Week visit http://bit.ly/2017CoralsWeek (see our profile link)

#corals #coralreef #CoralsWeek

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Today, November 30, marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active.
The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. More at http://bit.ly/2kej2Gx (see our profile link).
[IMAGE: This NOAA satellite image shows 3 of the season's hurricanes, #Katia (left), #Irma and #Jose (right). Captured by #GOES16 satellite on September 8, 2017.] #nature #science #satellites #space #hurricanes @noaa @nws @noaasatellites #HurricaneSeason #HurricaneOutlook

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And we have lift off! NOAA's newest polar-orbiting satellite, #JPSS1, was launched at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 a.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The advanced instruments aboard this satellite will improve weather forecasting, such as predicting a hurricane’s track, and aid in the recognition of climate patterns that can influence the weather, including El Nino and La Nina. They will also help emergency managers respond to events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions and help communities, recovering from severe storms, with better views of storm damage and show the extent of power outages. Data from this satellite will also be available to aid scientists monitor changes in our environment.

For the latest about JPSS-1, visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 (See our profile link). [Photo credit: ULA.] #nature #science #satellite #launch #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

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We have an update on the #JPSS1 satellite launch: Unfortunately, excessive upper-level wind conditions delayed today's early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite. The launch team is assessing their options for the next launch date.
For the latest, visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1(see our profile link) and please follow @NOAASatellites on Instagram and Twitter. [Photo credit: ULA.] #nature #science #satellite #launch#satellites #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

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11/14 *UPDATE*: Today’s early morning launch of NOAA’s newest polar-orbiting satellite #JPSS-1 was rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 15 at 1:47 a.m. PST/4:47 EST. More at https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 and @noaasatellites ——————————— Heads up! Coverage of our #JPSS1 satellite launch begins at 4:15 am ET/1:15 am PT tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Watch the liftoff, scheduled for 4:47 am ET/1:47 am PT, *LIVE* on @NASA_TV at www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
Visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1 for the latest launch information, photos and videos about this scientifically advanced polar-orbiting satellite that will increase the timeliness and accuracy of forecasts 3 to 7 days in advance of a severe weather event.

PS: Don’t forget to live tweet during the main event using the hashtag #JPSS1!

#nature #science #satellite #launch #satellites #space #weather @noaasatellites @nasa

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Warmth in the Antarctic stratosphere helped limit the size of the ozone hole in 2017 to the smallest observed since 1988, NOAA and NASA scientists said today. [See our story at http://bit.ly/2017OzoneHole]

Measurements from NASA satellites showed the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September grew to only 7.6 million square miles in extent (coverage) before starting to recover this year. The average peak area observed since 1991 has been roughly 10 million square miles.

The ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States, and then declined through the remainder of September and into October. NOAA’s ground- and balloon-based measurements also found the least amount of ozone depletion since 1988. The two agencies have monitored the ozone hole for the past 25 years.

PHOTO: This time-lapse photo shows the path of an ozonesonde as it rises into the atmosphere in the South Pole. Scientists release these balloon-borne sensors to measure the thickness of the ozone layer. Credit: Courtesy of Robert Schwarz/University of Minnesota.

#science #nature #ozonehole #Antarctica #SouthPole #balloonlaunch @NOAAResearch @NASAEarth @NASA #NOAA #NASA

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Happy Birthday, @NOAASanctuaries! Forty-five years ago, Congress passed
legislation establishing the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Today,
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters.

Have you visited any of these spectacular parks? See why you should at
http://bit.ly/45YearsofNOAASanctuaries. [PHOTO: A research boat floats at the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Monument. Credit: Paulo Maurin/NOAA Sanctuaries.] #nature #sanctuary @noaa @noaaocean #marinesanctuaries #science #conservation #marinesanctuary

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Winter IS coming: It might be early fall, and maybe your thoughts are on the leaves changing and pumpkin EVERYTHING -- but it’s never too soon to keep an eye on winter weather.
Today NOAA’s National Weather Service issued it’s 2017-18 #WinterOutlook. NOAA forecasters are predicting a cooler, wetter North and a warmer, drier South this winter. NOAA’s Mike Halpert explains more in our video: https://youtu.be/cogg59V6PL0 (click our profile link)

More:
Read our news release and download our temperature and precipitation prediction maps at http://bit.ly/WinterOutlook2017-18

Be sure to follow @NWS this winter on Twitter and Facebook at @U.S. Weather for the latest winter storm information, alerts, watches and warnings.

#science #nature #winter #weather @nws @noaa @noaaclimate

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This year's busy Atlantic hurricane season with back-to-back strong storms and multiple landfalls has everyone asking: Why is this happening?
Well, the season is playing out as NOAA predicted in May and August. Let's dive into the science behind this year’s hurricane season with NOAA's lead hurricane season forecaster Dr. Gerry Bell. Read our Q&A with Dr. Bell at http://bit.ly/2xCAVVC. [Photo: @NOAASatellites#GOES16 image of #hurricanes #Katia (left), #Irma (center) and #Jose (right) captured on September 8, 2017.] #nature #science #satellites #space #Atlantic #hurricane #tropicalcyclone @noaa @nws

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NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite, the first of the new JPSS satellite constellation, will rocket into space on November 10, 2017. Don't miss the chance to chat live on @Reddit with two NOAA scientists and learn more about the satellite, its mission, the launch and the science behind it all! * Join our Reddit Science AMA TODAY, October 12, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. ET and "ask these experts anything!"--> Go to https://redd.it/75wrix or click our profile link.

For years, Dr. Mitch Goldberg, JPSS chief program scientist, and Thomas Wrublewski, NOAA physical scientist, have been working with their @NOAASatellites Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) colleagues to prepare this next-generation polar-orbiting satellite for its trip into space. Now, the big day is almost here! Launch is scheduled for November 10, 2017. Learn more at https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1.

#nature #weather #science #satellites #launch #space #JPSS1 #noaa #redditAMA

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From NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on October 7, 2017:
1. Life-threatening storm surge flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, and a storm surge warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida. Residents in these areas should heed any evacuation instructions given by local officials.
2. A hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama, and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion in these areas.
3. Nate will bring heavy rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with isolated totals of 10 inches east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley, and the southern Appalachians through Monday, resulting in the potential for flash flooding in these areas.

Get the full NHC advisory and images at www.hurricanes.gov [click our profile link.] Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. [PHOTO: NOAA GOES-East satellite image of Nate, October 7, 2017]

#Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites #Nate #stormsurge

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For years NOAA's National Weather Service has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory system to alert you about forecasted hazards. But we've also heard that some users find the terminology confusing. With that in mind the NWS is exploring alternatives for more effectively communicating those messages. And today, the National Weather Service is simplifying its winter weather forecasts. For more information go to http://bit.ly/2yROIod

#sciencesaveslive #amazingnature #instacool #NWS #NOAA #NWS #science #weather #winter #frozen #ice #cold #snow #blizzard #nature #brrrr

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The South Pole sees its first sunrise in 6 months with the arrival of spring: “The winter was incredibly beautiful, and I forged friendships that will last forever ... That being said, I am glad the sun has risen." --> Read more about what our scientists there had to say at http://bit.ly/2fS7xQ9. [Photo: LT Gavin Chensue/NOAA Corps. Location: South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, September 19, 2017. Via @NOAAResearch]. #science #nature #SouthPole #observatory #sunrise #Antarctica

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#Hurricane #Maria 5 p.m. ET update from NOAA's @NWS National Hurricane Center (See hurricanes.gov):
"..POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR OR OVER THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY... ...PREPARATIONS AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL FLOODING AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION...
#HurricaneMaria is centered as of 5 p.m. AST about 80 miles (130 km) southeast of St. Croix and about 175 miles (285 km) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night. On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move near or over the U. S. Virgin Islands tonight, cross Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and then pass just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic Wednesday night and Thursday.
Reports from an Air Force Reserve #HurricaneHunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 165 mph (270 km/h) with higher gusts. Maria is a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or so, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane as it moves near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic..." [IMAGE: Hurricane Maria captured September 19, 2017, by NOAA GOES #satellite.] #science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #hurricanes #PuertoRico #USVirginIslands #USVI #BVI #VirginIslands #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites

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The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, @noaaoceanexploration, is on the last leg of NOAA’s three-year mission to explore the deep #Pacific Ocean in the Musicians Seamounts and the Hawaiian Islands.

You, too, can join the expedition virtually by following the live video streamed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) diving down to the seafloor near Musicians Seamounts. Dives will continue through September 29, usually between 2:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. Eastern, depending on weather and ocean conditions. * Livestreaming video is at: http://1.usa.gov/28PgbKB

As the #Okeanos sets out on its final research leg of this mission, we invite you to take a photo and video journey through the 10 greatest sightings – to date – made during NOAA’s #CAPSTONE mission, a multiyear effort to collect baseline information to support science and management decisions in and around U.S. marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific. See our photo story at: http://bit.ly/2vZi3Lo

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This pelagic #holothurian, or deep-sea swimming cucumber, which is unusual in appearance when compared with other sea cucumbers because of its resemblance to a jellyfish, was seen at a depth of ~1,400 meters (4,595 feet) during @noaaoceanexploration's expedition, Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin in May 2017.

#science #nature #deepsea #NOAA #OkeanosExplorer #exploration #expedition

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Power outages from #Hurricane #Irma, as seen from space:
The NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP #satellite captured images of #Florida before and after Irma that show the impact of power outages in Florida. This combined graphic shows Florida on May 11, 2017 (left) and then on Sept. 12, 2017 (right). Irma first made landfall in Florida, in the Florida Keys, on Sept. 10, 2017.

The Suomi NPP satellite is NOAA’s primary polar-orbiting spacecraft and provides critical observations to support NOAA’s three to seven-day operational weather forecasts, operational weather “nowcasting” in Alaska and polar regions, and environmental monitoring and prediction. For more see www.jpss.noaa.gov/mission_and_instruments.html. [Image credit: NOAA/CIMSS]

#Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #hurricanes #noaa @NOAASatellites @NASA #SuomiNPP

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Rewind the past 72 hours of weather with this 3-day composite water vapor imagery from NOAA's GOES satellites​.​ Of particular note in this loop, which begins the morning of September 9 and ends today September 12, are the areas of atmospheric water vapor associated with Hurricane #Irma (now a post-tropical cyclone). Also visible toward the end of this loop is the moisture associated with Hurricane Jose (seen in the bottom right of the loop), the center of which is about 435 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island and moving east. For the latest forecast information about the remnants of ​Irma, visit the website at www.weather.gov. ​For the latest information on Hurricane Jose, go to www​.hurricanes.gov. ​The brightly colored areas indicate the presence of high water vapor (moisture) content, whereas the white areas indicate the presence of both high moisture content and/or ice crystals. The orange-ish brown and black areas indicate little or no moisture present. ​​To see more ​#​GOES composite imagery, go to goo.gl/eEwncX. To see a gallery of Irma animations, go to goo.gl/vgGLMF.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone dealing with the impacts of Irma.​ #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites #GOES16

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#IRMA MAKES LANDFALL: Update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center in
Miami, 9:10 a.m.EDT, 9/10/17: “...IRMA MAKES LANDFALL AT CUDJOE KEY IN LOWER FLORIDA KEYS... The center of Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the
lower Florida Keys at 9:10 am EDT. A gust to 106 mph (171 km/h) was just reported at the National Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine Key …” REMINDER: This is an extremely dangerous, major hurricane: Please stay safe and stay well informed. >> Get the latest NHC advisories -- with detailed warnings and storm surge predictions -- and images at www.hurricanes.gov (or click our profile link). >> Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. >> For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site,
www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [[VIDEO LOOP: NOAA’s GOES-16 #satellite captured this geocolor imagery of Hurricane Irma making landfall in the #FloridaKeys this morning, September
10, 2017. The loop begins near midnight 9/9 and ends at approximately 9:45
am EDT 9/10/17. Please note: GOES-16 data are currently experimental and under going testing, and hence should not be used operationally.]] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #Southeast
#hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites #GOES16

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#IRMA update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, 5 p.m. EDT today 9/9/17: "...EYE OF IRMA BEGINNING TO MOVE SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE COAST OF CUBA WHILE WEATHER IS DETERIORATING IN SOUTH FLORIDA...MAJOR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS AT DAYBREAK...
Extremely dangerous
Hurricane Irma is centered as of 5 p.m. EDT about 115 miles (190 km) southeast of Key West, moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin tonight with a turn toward the north-northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near the north coast of Cuba during the next few hours, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba and remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International airport recently reported a sustained wind of 47 mph (76 km/h) and a gust of 70 mph (113 km/h)...." >> Get the full NHC advisory -- with detailed warnings and storm surge predictions -- and images at www.hurricanes.gov (or click our profile link). >> Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. >> For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site, www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [Video: NOAA GOES-16 geocolor satellite loop of Irma at 3:22 p.m. EDT, September 9, 2017.] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #Southeast #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @noaasatellites

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#IRMA update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, 11 a.m. EDT today, 9/9/17: "..IRMA CONTINUES TO POUND THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA... AND IS FORECAST TO RESTRENGTHEN WHILE HEADING FOR SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE KEYS... Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma is centered as of 11 a.m. EDT about 175 miles (285 km) southeast of Key West, Florida, moving toward the west along the north coast of Cuba at near 9 mph (15 km/h). A northwest motion is expected to begin later today with a turn toward the north- northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the core of Irma will continue to move near or over the north coast of Cuba later today, and will reach the Florida Keys Sunday morning. The hurricane is expected to move along or near the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Irma is forecast to restrengthen once it moves away from Cuba, and Irma is expected to remain a
powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km) ..." >> Get the full NHC advisory -- with Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings --
plus images at www.hurricanes.gov (or click our profile link). >> Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. >> For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site,
www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [*Animation: NOAA GOES-16 satellite loop of Irma, from late evening September 8 to 9:30 a.m EDT September 9, 2017.] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #Southeast
#hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites

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#IRMA update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, 8 p.m. EDT today:
"..IRMA'S SOUTHWESTERN EYEWALL MOVING OVER THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA...
Extremely dangerous #Hurricane #Irma is centered as of 8 p.m. EDT about 315 miles (510 km) southeast of Miami. Irma is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and a turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas tonight and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the South Florida Peninsula Sunday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely to continue during the next day or two, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km)..."
>> Get the full NHC advisory and images at www.hurricanes.gov (or click our profile link).
>> Be sure to follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. >>For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site, www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [PHOTO: NOAA satellite image of Irma, September 8, 2017, via NHC Facebook page.] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @NOAASatellites

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HURRICANE #IRMA UPDATE, from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, 2 pm EDT:

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma is centered at 2 p.m. EDT about 380 miles (610 km) southeast of Miami. Irma has been moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), but the hurricane should resume a west-northwest motion later today. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.
On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas for the rest of today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts.
Irma is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely to continue during the next day or two, and Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 4 hurricane as it approaches Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force reconnaissance plane was 925 mb (27.31 inches). **PREPARE NOW: For the latest forecast and track information and images, please go to hurricanes.gov and follow @NHC_Atlantic and @NWS on Twitter. For a one-stop page with links to multiple resources, visit @NWS's site, www.weather.gov/wrn/irma. [PHOTO: NOAA GOES-16 satellite image of Irma, September 8, 2017, 7:29 a.m. EDT via @NOAASatellites, www.nesdis.noaa.gov.] #Science #nature #space #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #hurricanes #noaa @NWS @noaasatellites

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HURRICANE #IRMA 5 p.m. ET Update from NOAA's National Hurricane Center: http://www.hurricanes.gov "...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE IRMA VERY NEAR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND HEADING FOR THE BAHAMAS... ...HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTH COAST OF CUBA..." Hurricane Irma is centered at 5 p.m. AST/EDT about 135 miles (220 km) east of Grand Inagua Island, moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with some decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move between Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands this evening. The core of the hurricane will then move between the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next day or two.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet southward around the Florida peninsula to Bonita Beach and Florida Keys. A storm surge inundation of 5 to 10 feet is possible. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti, Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas, the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara. Central Bahamas Northwestern Bahamas.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet southward around the #Florida peninsula to #BonitaBeach, including #FloridaKeys, #LakeOkeechobee, #FloridaBay and the Cuban provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Matanzas. **The next complete advisory will be issued by the NOAA @NWS National Hurricane Center at 11 p.m. AST/EDT, with an intermediate advisory at 8 p.m. AST/EDT on hurricanes.gov. [CLICK our profile link.] PHOTO: NOAA GOES-EAST satellite image from September 7, 2017.

#Science #nature #space @noaasatellites #satellites #tropicalcyclone #Florida #hurricanes #noaa

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#HARVEY damage as seen from the air: #NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey
collected aerial surveys over areas impacted by Harvey from Aug. 27-Sep. 4. The images provide emergency and coastal managers with information needed
to facilitate search and rescue efforts, identify hazards to navigation,
locate errant vessels, provide documentation necessary for damage
assessment, and develop recovery strategies.

SEE MORE AT http://go.usa.gov/xRHsN

AREA SHOWN HERE: Near #Lynchburg, #Texas, before (on left) and after Harvey
(on right; taken 8/31/17). #science #nature #tropicalcyclone #flooding #AerialImages @noaaocean

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