| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:19 AM
Did you know that it snows – frequently – not all that far from South Florida? But it’s not the usual white flakes that fall from the sky.
We’re talking about ocean snow, or the dead and decaying plants and animals that drift...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The beautiful weather is here, and I know all good boaters have made their New Year's resolutions.
What kind of resolutions do boaters make? And do the resolutions last at least until spring thaw?
Luckily Southern California's coastline doesn'...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 9:06 AM
Remember Hal, the naughty computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Well, two government supercomputers are about to become scary too – scary powerful, that is.
By this October, the supercomputers operated by the National Oceanic and...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 12:34 PM
When grouper appears on a restaurant menu, a diner ought to be confident that grouper is served, not catfish from Thailand. At the grocery store, a container labeled "Chesapeake Bay" crab meat should actually contain crab from the Chesapeake Bay. And no...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 8:03 PM
Addressing growing concerns over seafood fraud, a presidential task force called Tuesday for expanded enforcement and a new program giving consumers more information about the origins of the imported fish, crab and other seafood they eat.
| Nov 24, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Sounds a bit like a James Bond movie: A low-key laboratory on Virginia Key in Miami now can receive signals from polar orbiting satellites as they pass overhead.
But there’s no evil plot to take over the world involved.
| Dec 12, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms aren't the only systems that cause trouble.
Solar storms, or major flare-ups on the surface of the sun, can blast the Earth with magnetic energy and disrupt everything from telecommunications to GPS systems....
| Nov 25, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Another uneventful season in the books.
"Relatively quiet," is how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration described it in a postmortem, adding, "as was predicted."
For Florida, that means the season won't be remembered at all, other...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Americans are serious about their Christmas lights -- so much so that a NASA satellite can see them from space.
The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, which NASA operates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, can&...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 3:20 PM
The rainstorm that has soaked California is shown from space in a time-lapse video that highlights the elegant movement of streaming white clouds over the West Coast.
The 36-second animation, using data from NOAA's GOES-West satellite, shows the sweep...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
So how many more storms like the ones California experienced this week would it take to end the drought?
The easy answer is: a lot. But the more complex answer involves looking at historic rain patterns and reservoir levels in different parts of the...