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IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
National Aquarium kicks off community habitat restoration
A glimpse of what might be for young women intrigued by science.
The latest automatic weather station is atop a lighthouse.
Bald eagle "captured" at forecast office.
150 kids hear about NOAA science and service.
Restoration for coastal stream habitats, historic eelgrass bed.
Galveston Lab cited for outstanding public outreach.
Mississippi State University students visit Gordon Gunter
NWS designates New England's 1st StormReady Community.
NOAA staff shine at "Day of Caring."
Long Beach designated nation's second TsunamiReady community.
If so, NOAA has a team for you. The NOAA/HHS Softball League is looking
for 12-15 good men and women to build a team and join the League.
Doubleheaders included, there will be about 15 games this season,
starting in mid-April and going through the post season tournament
after July 4. Games will be at 6 PM weeknights close to downtown Silver
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Think you have asthma?
Need help in grandparenting long distance?
Want to know more about Elder Care & Alzheimer's?
Dr. Mary Matta clearly relishes her work at NOAA. “I love this agency,”
she says. “It’s progressive and well-respected with high-quality objectives
and serious, wonderful associations.” For skillfully generating and
leveraging these associations for the benefit of the environment and
economy, Mary is being honored as NOAA’s Employee of the Month.
As an environmental scientist at the National Ocean Service’s Office
of Response and Restoration, Mary works tirelessly to advocate removal
of hazardous waste. In coastal Georgia, she is helping to clean up
a beautiful salt marsh that has been oozing mercury and other toxic
substances and contaminating fish and other animals. In her home state
of Washington, she can take pride in a recreated stream that, five
years ago, was contaminated by scrap metal. After being carefully
held for several years, the original trout have been returned – and
baby salmon are thriving.
FULL STORY --
the Eye of A Hurricane…the firsthand report of a former
NOAA Hurricane Hunter
a summer thunderstorm, a dark, malevolent, hulking brute towering
over 10 turbulent miles into the heavens, spewing blinding
rain, hailstones and lightning. Now, imagine a line of these
monsters 75 miles long, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. Take
that line and wrap it around into a circle 20-30 miles across,
and spin it counterclockwise at 140 miles an hour. That is
a hurricane eyewall. Our job is to transit across [it]… and
out the other side."
FULL STORY --
Weather Station Forecasts From Lake Surface
Ron Jones grew tired of packing his sailboat based on wind speed readings
of at least 10 mph and then finding calm air on his favorite South
Carolina lake. So he decided to do something about it. The result
is a new National Weather Service station at Columbia's Lake Murray
that aims to give boaters more accurate wind-speed and temperature
readings -- right from the lake.
Ron blended work and play to address boaters' longstanding frustrations
about lack of accurate weather information from the lake. Sailing
enthusiasts, in particular, had sought better readings. In the past,
readings at Columbia's airport were not always representative of lake
conditions. But applying seasoned skills as data acquisition manager
at NOAA's National Weather Service, Ron rallied local support and
came up with plans for an innovative weather station that's now in
place on Lake Murray's shore. The National Weather Service provided
and installed weather sensors. The local Coast Guard Auxiliary provides
-- FULL STORY --
Team Member of Month
Views NOAA with Fresh Lens
directly affects how NOAA's internal and external customers perceive
our efforts. "Professional, creative and inspiring under the tightest
deadlines," Mike is a contractor in the Office of the Deputy Under
Secretary. For nearly a year he designed and developed presentations
for Scott Gudes, while he was acting administrator, and now performs
the same service for Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher.
In being recommended as NOAA's Team Member of the Month, Mike
was described as skillfully coupling standard and cutting-edge software
to communicate an outstanding picture of NOAA. "Working seamlessly
with at least a half-dozen personalities and as many staff offices,
Mike's work demonstrates what is innovative and unifying within NOAA.
His work style also embodies one of NOAA's key public messages: we
are more than the sum of our parts."
FULL STORY --
NOAA Weather Radio
for Rural Areas
In mid-February, the U.S. Senate passed the 2002 Farm Bill, including
a provision that would increase NOAA Weather Radio coverage in rural
areas. Authorizing $2 million grants for each of fiscal years 2002-2006,
the grants would be available to both public and nonprofit organizations.
The Farm Bill now goes to a House-Senate conference committee.
Sport National Marine Sanctuary T-Shirts
Hrusovsky treked Everest Base Camp in Nepal last fall, she took along
Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary T-shirts for the Sherpa guides
that led her to Mt. Everest.
FULL STORY --
NOAA Meteorologist Safeguards Lives of Deaf
"Bim" Wood, a research meteorologist at NOAA's National Severe Storms
Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, received the "Public Personnel Employee
Award" from Oklahoma City Mayor's Committee on Disability Concerns.
The tribute recognized Bim's efforts in originating a Hazardous Weather
Pager Program. Beginning last summer, the program began providing
life-saving weather information from the National Weather Service
to deaf and hard-of-hearing Oklahomans. Activated by vibration, the
pagers display text of local weather watches and warnings along with
After fierce tornadoes struck Oklahoma in May, 1999, Bim conducted
a nine-month survey that showed that over 80 percent of Oklahomans
with hearing difficulties were fearful of being unprepared for river
floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and other weather emergencies.
Bim, who is deaf, came up with an idea and a plan that now provides
critical weather information from NOAA Weather Radio via specially
Orleans Jazz, Riverboats, Jambalaya….& Sperm Whales??
When people think of the Mississippi Delta, a few things are likely
to come to mind -- jambalaya, New Orleans jazz, riverboats, cotton,
swamps, and sperm whales. Sperm whales? Researchers have found that
endangered sperm whales frequent the deeper waters off the Mississippi
Delta. Scientists estimate that at least 530 sperm whales can be found
in the northern Gulf of Mexico, especially in the north-central region.
In a Texas SeaGrant-funded project, Texas A&M University/Galveston
marine biologists Randall Davis and Bernd Würsig will use satellite
tracking, direct observation, genetic analyses and photographic identification
to learn more about these large marine mammals that live so close
to the coast.
FULL STORY --
Ferguson Dedicated To Educator
Who Died Sept 11
The R/V Joe Ferguson was recently dedicated in tribute to Joe
Ferguson, the National Geographic Society expeditions leader who perished
along with seven students, teachers and staff on the aircraft that
hit the Pentagon on September 11. The research vessel was dedicated
by the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary in ceremonies at the University
of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium.
FULL STORY --
Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk
On May 3-5, Annette D. Brown, a budget analyst at the National Ocean
Service, will walk 60 miles from downtown Baltimore to Washington,
DC, joining many thousands of others in the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer
Walk. Annette's determined to train hard for this walk and raise $2,000.
She's walking in tribute to family and friends who have survived breast
cancer. She's also undertaking the challenge for the over one million
U.S. women with undetected breast cancer, the over 182,000 women who
will be diagnosed this year, and the over 40,000 for whom this diagnosis
will be fatal.
For more information: email@example.com or http://www.bethepeople.com/avon_3days/landing_3day.htm
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FIRE & ICE
A unique tribute to NYC firefighters sculpted by a Canadian artist.
For details, see firehouse.com