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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.

February 2019 was second wettest month on record for US

This winter was the wettest on record for the US, especially after a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019, according to data provided by US NOAA. The wet weather last month also made February 2019 the second wettest February on record.  

USCG, NOAA terminate voyage for illegal fishing in Tortugas Ecological Reserve

The US Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration terminated the voyage of the 83-foot commercial fishing vessel ‘Lady Kristie’, with three people aboard Thursday, after discovering multiple violations near Tortugas Ecological Reserve. Fishing in an ecological reserve violates NOAA regulations.

NOAA improves channel depths’ presentation for safer navigation

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey presented plans to alter the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational charts. Minimum depths (also called controlling depths) are collected during periodic USACE sonar surveys of channels.

NOAA makes changes in channel depths on raster nautical chart products

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey announced its plans to change the US Army Corps of Engineers maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational chart. The change from showing, often outdated, controlling depths, to showing channel project depths on raster nautical chart products, will provide more clarity and safety for mariners.

World’s magnetic model moves from Canada Arctic to Siberia

Scientists with the National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI) have made an early update to World Magnetic Model (WMM) concerning the unpredictable move from Canada Arctic towards Siberia. Most of the times, an updated version of WMM is published every five years and the scheduled date for new updates was at the end of 2019. 

NOAA: November 2018 the 5th hottest ever for the globe

Although it was not as warm as October, November 2018 ranked as the fifth hottest November on record, with the year to date coming in as fourth hottest for planet Earth, according to scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Watch: 2018 was the second warmest year on record for Arctic

For 13th year, NOAA issued its Arctic Report Card reflecting ice and ocean observations made throughout the Arctic during the 2018 calendar year. The report highlights, among others, that the year 2018 was the second warmest year on record in the Arctic since 1900 (after 2016), at +1.7° C relative to the long-term average (1981-2010).

Watch: 2018 Atlantic hurricane season concludes

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially concluded on 30 November and will be remembered most for hurricanes Florence and Michael, which caused significant damage in the southeastern US. In total, the season produced 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes of which two were ‘major’. An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

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