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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA; pronounced , like "Noah") is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources and conducts research to provide understanding and improve stewardship of the environment. In addition to its over 11,000 civilian employees, NOAA research and operations are supported by 321 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. NOAA traces its history back to the convergence of multiple agencies: The United States Coastal and Geodetic Survey (founded in 1807), the Weather Bureau (1870) and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (1871). NOAA was officially formed in 1970. The acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce and the agency's interim administrator has been Benjamin Friedman since the end of the Obama administration on January 20, 2017. Barry Myers, CEO of AccuWeather is proposed to be the next administrator.

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    NOAA: Historic Flooding Expected to Put 200 Million at Risk

    Worth a read into this. The videos at the end, may make one think a bit more in-depth of an outcome. Hurricane Katrina (for one) comes to mind. This may have already gotten posted?
  2. P7M13

    Tsunami flooding maps from NOAA

    My wife is terrified of "the big one", hence she is regularly searching for more info. She came across this today, thought I'd put it up. At the link, you can download the PDF maps in a zip file. Enjoy, keep your head above water, don't piss on any high tension lines! Of course, they had to use...
  3. CountryGent

    Winter Storm Warning in Southwest Oregon

    Just a heads up to our friends in the area that the National Weather Service has issued a warning. Additional details and a hazard area map may be seen here. Anywho, just passing the word.
  4. CountryGent

    Federal Report Says 2017 Shattered US Damage Record for Natural Disasters

    Not surprising considering all that went down last year. News article here: Federal Report Says 2017 Shattered US Damage Record for Natural Disasters I tried finding the report, but NOAA's site just redirects to a boilerplate page saying the gov is shut down. I'll try later, I suppose.
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