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  • Ask Tom: Does ice ever fully cover Lake Michigan?

    Dear Tom, Does Lake Michigan ever freeze over? Our Lake Simcoe (in Canada) freezes, usually to a depth of 20 to 28 inches. — George Leggett, Barrie, Ontario Dear George, Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
  • NOAA: A wetter winter, but no arctic repeat for Hampton Roads

    NOAA: A wetter winter, but no arctic repeat for Hampton Roads
    Break out the snow shovel or not? Depends on which winter forecast you subscribe to. Last winter brought icy polar blasts and snow to Hampton Roads, for instance, but federal forecasters said Thursday we're unlikely to see that extreme pattern repeat...
  • Meteorologists don't expect prolonged 'polar vortex' again this winter

    Meteorologists don't expect prolonged 'polar vortex' again this winter
    While the chill of the "polar vortex" and some snowy weather are forecast to return this winter, meteorologists don't expect them to have the same persistence as they did last winter, according to two seasonal forecasts issued Thursday. The National...
  • Expect A Warmer Winter Than Last Year, But Only A Modest Savings On Heating Bills

    Expect A Warmer Winter Than Last Year, But Only A  Modest Savings On Heating Bills
    Winter is coming and, unlike last year, temperatures will be closer to what has been normal for New England for the past decade. A forecast released Tuesday by the Energy Information Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported...
  • Special cameras 'Google-mapping' South Florida's coral reefs

    Special cameras 'Google-mapping' South Florida's coral reefs
    South Florida's coral reefs are about to get Google-mapped, sort of. Government scientists this month used new high-tech cameras to shoot a 360-degree view of the ocean in the Florida Keys. The goal: to map and then track coral reefs to see if...
  • Only one number is important for hurricanes

    Only one number is important for hurricanes
    When it comes to hurricane predictions, numbers don't matter. For months before hurricane season, and all through the summer and early fall, you hear numbers and predictions. There will be more hurricanes this year. There will be fewer hurricans...
  • Summer of 2014 hottest on record, officially

    Summer of 2014 hottest on record, officially
    If the summer of 2014 felt unusually warm to you, you were right -- at least on a global level. From June through August of 2014, the average temperature of our planet was 62.78 degrees Fahrenheit -- 1.28 degrees higher than the 20th century average,...
  • NOAA's hurricane hunters due for overhaul

    NOAA's hurricane hunters due for overhaul
    After pounding through 183 hurricanes over the past 38 years, two Lockheed WP-3 Orion turboprops are almost ready for the junk heap. Yet new hurricane hunters could cost a prohibitive $300 million. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the National Oceanic and...
  • Saharan dust fills skies with haze, limits storms

    Saharan dust fills skies with haze, limits storms
    That milky haze filling South Florida's skies, courtesy of Saharan dust that drifted all the way from Africa, should linger through Thursday. That's a good — and not-so good — thing. While it poses no serious health threat, it has hurt air...
  • 'Invests' are part of hurricane jargon

    'Invests' are part of hurricane jargon
    Thanks in part to social media, many people these days take words like "failure" or "invitation" and cut them down to size for phrases like "epic fail" or "where's my invite?" Well, Twitter fans and texters, the National Hurricane Center was all over...
  • Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

    Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect
    Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Bringing the fish into the state is now...