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NOAA: June 2019 was hottest on record for the globe

The average global temperature in June was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees (15.5 ‎°C), making it the hottest June in the 140-year record, according scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA: Why we name tropical storms and hurricanes

Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. This used to create confusion and false rumors, for instance, when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

Workers evacuate US Gulf of Mexico rigs, preparing for hurricane

According to NOAA’s National Hurricane Centres, the first hurricane of the season is expected to pass over the US Gulf of Mexico, and it is possible to make landfall in Louisiana or Texas.  The hurricane is expected to pass through the centre of America’s oil and gas industry.

NOAA: What is a bight?

A bight is a long, gradual bend or recess in the shoreline that forms a large, open bay. Bights are shallow and may pose hazards to navigation, so their depths, in addition to any submerged features like sand bars and rock formations, are clearly marked on nautical charts.

Watch: Near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is expected

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting ]a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. This outlook expects a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June 1 to November 30.

Explaining High Seas Forecasts

NOAA’s High Seas Forecasts are weather forecasts and data transmitted around the world in real- and near-real-time. These forecasts are aiming to make navigation safer, especially considering the fact that for centuries not much could be done to make shipping safe, because of weather unpredictability.

NOAA: What is GPS

In the past and for centuries, sailors used the constellations, sun, and moon to navigate to distant shores. Today,  all that’s needed is a device called a GPS receiver. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and it lets us know where we are and where we are going anywhere on Earth.

Explaining what ‘doldrums’ are

What can be described as ‘doldrum’? According to NOAA’s National Ocean Service, ‘doldrums’ is a belt around the Earth that extends about five degrees north and south of the equator. In this area, the prevailing trade winds of the northern hemisphere blow to the southwest. This leads them to collide with the southern hemisphere’s driving northeast trade winds.

NOAA: What are the Totten Beacons

The US  National Ocean Service under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided a short overview of what are called Totten Beacons, one of the first aids to navigation which provided safe navigation through the reefs in 19th century.

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