National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

10:17am

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

How Hot Was It? July Was Warmest Month On Record For U.S.

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:14 am

1:39pm

Wed July 11, 2012
Science

When Smoke Meets Thunderhead

A June 22nd photograph showing a severe thunderstorm interacting with smoke from the High Park Fire. Click on the picture to enlarge.
James Crawford DC3 team and NASA Langley Research Center

5:33am

Tue May 8, 2012
Environment

Thunderstorms And Climate Change: Seeking An Ozone Connection

Strong storms like this one in New Mexico can suck surface air containing pollutants high into the atmosphere.
Greg Lundeen NOAA/CreativeCommons

1:21pm

Fri May 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Earthquakes! High Tides! No, Just Super Moon

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 5:52 pm

A super moon rises above a shopping center in Manchester, Britain, on March 19, 2011.
Jon Super AP

It won't trigger any catastrophes, according to scientists, but the Moon will orbit to its closest proximity to the Earth on Saturday night. It's called a "super moon": when a full moon reaches perigee near our planet.

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3:06pm

Wed March 28, 2012
The Salt

Battling 'Red Tide,' Scientists Map Toxic Algae To Prevent Shellfish Poisoning

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 12:14 pm

An oyster shucker on Samish Island, Wash. on Puget Sound. The state is frequently forced to close beaches to oyster gatherers because of the risks of harmful algae blooms.
Ted S. Warren AP

Public health officials have their hands full keeping your clam chowder and raw oysters safe. That's due, in part, to red tides.

Red tides happen nearly every year as coastal waters warm, killing fish and poisoning shellfish along U.S. coasts. They're not actually tides; they're huge blooms of naturally occurring toxic algae.

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