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On February 4, 1979, an iceberg slightly larger in area than the city of Indianapolis was first spotted in the Wilkesland Sea after breaking off (or “calving”) from Antarctica. Eleven years later, the giant chunk of ice known as C-02 had drifted farther north than any other in recorded history… until now.
In the late evening hours of August 17, 1969, a catastrophic storm named Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast. A Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds of 175 mph and a storm surge of more than 24 feet, Camille devastated much of coastal Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. More than 250 people lost their lives and damage was estimated at about $10 billion in 2019 dollars. 
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A blockage in the loop heat pipe of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the primary instrument on NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite, prevented the instrument from cooling properly and impeded its ability to collect data, according to a special Mishap Investigation Board.
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Every evening from late spring to early fall, two planes lift off from airports in the western United States and fly through the sunset, each headed for an active wildfire, and then another, and another. From 10,000 feet above ground, the pilots can spot the glow of a fire, and occasionally the smoke enters the cabin, burning the eyes and throat.
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When researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) trapped a young female Arctic fox near her den in Krossfjorden, Svalbard, on July 29, 2017, they were hoping she could offer a bit of insight into the spatial ecology of Arctic foxes. Researchers wanted to know how the animals use their environment in terms of hunting and protecting their territory during different seasons, so they outfitted the coastal or blue fox with a satellite collar and released her back into the wild. Little did the scientists know, less than a year later this fox would traverse barren polar environments, traveling more than 2,700 miles to a remote part of Canada. 
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An inflatable decelerator technology that could one day help humans land on Mars will fly on the same Atlas V rocket as the JPSS-2 satellite.
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If you thought the two-week tornado outbreak that kicked off on May 17, 2019, seemed out of the ordinary, you certainly weren’t alone. While the weather pattern wasn’t exactly “normal,” Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center explained that it wasn’t unprecedented or rare either. 
Antarctic Expedition
Navigating the icy waters of Antarctica is no easy feat, but each year the U.S. military conducts a mission called Operation Deep Freeze to resupply the research center on the south tip of Ross Island. This year, a physical scientist for the U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) was tasked with briefing the Polar Star’s crew on the location of sea ice, as well as how close the ship was to different sea ice features like ridges and cracks.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it has selected the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, to host NOAA’s cooperative institute focused on improving our understanding of how the atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere of Earth interact with each other and with human activity as an integrated system.