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Severe weather and water events have an enormous impact on our nation’s economy. To reduce the economic impact of these events, we are enhancing our prediction capabilities through better data gathering and modeling technology.

NOAA Forecasters Lower Atlantic Hurricane Season Prediction. Urge Continued Preparedness and Vigilance

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Conditions in the ocean and the atmosphere are conspiring to produce a less active Atlantic hurricane season than initially predicted in May, though NOAA and FEMA are raising caution as the season enters its peak months. “There are still more storms to come – the hurricane season is far from being over....

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to Facilitate Water Access in California Wildfire Relief Efforts

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California....

Scientists Complete Mission to Map Fast-Moving Fault off Alaska: Data to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Risks from Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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The following is a cross-post from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Researchers from NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and their partners have completed the first high-resolution, comprehensive mapping of one of the fastest moving underwater tectonic faults in the world, located in southeastern Alaska. This information will help communities in coastal Alaska and Canada better...

Op-Ed: Commerce Department Helps Americans Prepare, Recover from Storms

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With the start of the 2018 hurricane season, timely and reliable information is critical to guide effective operations for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Agencies across the U.S. Department of Commerce, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Census Bureau, the Economic Development Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information...

How to Watch the Launch of NOAA’s GOES-S Satellite Today

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new GOES-S weather satellite is expected to launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:02 pm ET tonight. NASA TV will livestream the launch of GOES-S beginning at 4:30 pm ET. WATCH: NASA TV’s livestream of the GOES-S satellite launch. GOES-S will help the Department of Commerce achieve our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan’s objective...

GOES-S Satellite Launch Set for March 1: Five Reasons Why it Will be a Game Changer for Weather Forecasts

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On March 1, 2018, NOAA’s newest geostationary satellite will launch into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida. GOES-S (which will become GOES-17 once it reaches its final orbit) will significantly enhance weather forecasting capabilities across the western United States, Alaska and Hawaii and provide critical data and imagery of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean extending all the way to New...

Supporting America’s Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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At the Department of Commerce, we’re committed to partnering with communities who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Since the initiation of disaster response efforts prior to landfall in August and September, the Department has been leveraging the strategic guidance and technical expertise available through our many diverse bureaus to serve the recovery...

Be Prepared and Stay Safe During Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma is a potentially catastrophic hurricane and will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall to parts of the Caribbean – including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – as well as the Florida Keys, portions of Southern Florida and the Florida Peninsula. Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the September 9 – 10 weekend. Take preparation actions now,...

Hurricane Harvey: Stay Safe with These NOAA and FEMA Resources

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Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to Texas and Louisiana this week. Please heed the advice of local emergency management officials and refer to your local weather forecast at www.weather.gov . Safety tips and resources: Check your local forecast for updates, and abide by instructions from local authorities to protect life and property Take preparation actions now, and be sure you know...

NOAA Corps – A Long History of Service to the Nation

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In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24 – 28, 2017), the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities. Did you know the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a corps of commissioned officers, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States...