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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. 
Artist's rendering of the Nimbus-3 spacecraft
In the late 1950s, a scientist named Lewis Kaplan divined a new and groundbreaking way to calculate temperature in the atmosphere for weather forecasting: by measuring the vibration of molecules at different altitudes. The hope was to do this using a brand-new technology, an Earth-observing satellite.
Coral Reefs, Earth Day
Rain forests may contain more than half the Earth’s plant and animal species, but in terms of diversity, coral reefs are certainly one of the most productive and biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Coral reefs cover an estimated 110,000 square miles of the ocean floor and are home to more than 25 percent of marine species for at least some part of their lives, according to the Coral Reef Alliance. 
While it’s difficult to predict exactly when the two growing cracks on Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf will intersect and cause an iceberg to break off, scientists say a calving event is imminent.
Farmers and ranchers rely on the land to make a living, and while there are many ways to prepare for natural disasters, a newly-defined type of drought can certainly throw a wrench in their best-laid plans. 
The severe storms that brought tornadoes, damaging winds, rain, and hail to the Southeast over the weekend, leaving tens of thousands without power, were the result of a “meteorological battle zone” between warm and cold air, said Walt Zaleski, warning coordination meteorologist for NOAA’s National Weather Service Regional Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. A low-pressure system over the Southern Plains pushed warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico over the southeastern United States, while cold, drier air dropped from Canada into the Northern and Central Plains and the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.  
Goes 17 Photo
It’s official: GOES-17 is now operational as NOAA’s GOES West satellite.