NOAA http://wunc.org en Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-could-close-115-year-old-beaufort-marine-lab <p></p><p>If Congress passes the president's proposed 2015 budget, North Carolina's coast could lose a century-old marine lab.</p><p></p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's lab in Beaufort is on the chopping block.</p><p></p><p>Ciaran Clayton is a spokeswoman for NOAA.</p><p></p><p>“The current cost per year to operate and maintain the facility (is) about $1.6 million per year,” Clayton said. “It's an aging facility and would require additional funding to make those improvements, something that is just not currently in our current budget or in our future budgets.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:05:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33032 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab Hurricane Season Ends With A Whimper http://wunc.org/post/hurricane-season-ends-whimper <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It turned out to be the quietest season since 1995, and it was first time in 19 years that no major storms formed in the Atlantic basin.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This came a surprise to forecasters.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26576 at http://wunc.org Hurricane Season Ends With A Whimper NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery http://wunc.org/post/noaa-dedicates-sign-marking-40-years-uss-monitors-discovery <p>The NOAA’s <a href="http://monitor.noaa.gov/">Monitor National Marine Sanctuary</a> held a ceremony in Beaufort yesterday to unveil sign recognizing the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the USS <em>Monitor<em>'s</em></em> discovery. The sign is the first of five to be dedicated that marks a place of significance in the Civil War vessel’s history. The USS <em>Monitor</em> was discovered 40 years ago in 230 feet of water about 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:16:03 +0000 Laura Candler 21488 at http://wunc.org NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall http://wunc.org/post/researchers-unveil-new-program-may-predict-storm-landfall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Weather forecasters may soon have a new tool that could predict a hurricane's landfall more accurately. Researchers at </span><a href="http://www.coastal.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Coastal Carolina University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say </span><a href="http://bcmw.coastal.edu/news/ccu-researchers-create-their-first-hurricane-outlook-2013-only-major-model-include-landfall-out" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Hurricane Genesis and Outlook -- or HUGO -- project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses climate factors and data from previous storm seasons to predict where a storm will hit up to five days in advance.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new model could mean more focused information when it comes to coastal evacuations.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:47:33 +0000 Gurnal Scott 20089 at http://wunc.org Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season http://wunc.org/post/state-leaders-push-preparedness-hurricane-season <p>State leaders are stressing the importance of preparation for residents and themselves as hurricane season begins this weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp; Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic storm season could be another busy one.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Their prediction of up to 20 named storms could surpass last year's 19.&nbsp; North Carolina leaders stood along with Governor Pat McCrory to say now is the time for everyone to prepare for whatever may come. Fri, 31 May 2013 08:50:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 16315 at http://wunc.org State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season