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Over the course of a month, we’ve seen tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin heat up quite a bit – most notably with the landfall of Hurricane Florence, which dumped historic amounts of rain on portions of the Carolinas. Although the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, on average, early September marks the peak. From 1975 to 2017, there have been an average of 3.1 Atlantic hurricanes per year in September. However, the September of 1998 still holds the record with six hurricanes. 
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NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit.
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NESDIS has awarded contracts to three satellite companies as part of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round Two.
The track and intensity of Hurricane Irma
This story, originally published on August 30, 2018, has been updated. On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida. One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, Irma left behind a trail of destruction from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys. But thanks to improvements in weather prediction models and data from NOAA satellites, Irma's 5-day track forecasts were remarkably successful, giving communities adequate time to prepare for the storm's impacts.
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This week, NOAA will begin releasing GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) “beta” level data and imagery—data which are still preliminary and not yet fully ready for use--to forecasters and scientific partners. This is an important step in making sure that GOES-17 is ready to do its job of providing timely, accurate data for weather forecasting and environmental monitoring.
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As California chokes on thick wildfire smoke, emergency responders look to a combination of powerful new NOAA satellite sensors and advanced NOAA weather models to provide accurate forecasts of smoke movement. Wildfire smoke can spread thousands of miles from its source, affecting visibility and weather. Smoke from a wildfire is made up of microscopic particles that can penetrate deep into a person’s lung and eyes, and exposure can lead to a range of health problems, from burning eyes to aggravated chronic heart and lung diseases and even death.   
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Every day, NOAA’s network of satellites and Earth-based observation system collect some 20 terabytes of environmental data. This enormous collection of observations allows us to forecast the weather, monitor Earth’s climate and oceans, and map natural hazards – helping save lives, protect our infrastructure and support our economy. 
Women make up nearly half of our country's workforce, but only about 25 percent are employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. We want to celebrate the trailblazing women within NOAA who prove that women play a critical role in the continued success of our organization. If there are any girls out there who love science, weather and space - we have some role models for you! 
With raging wildfires torching the Western landscape, and six billion dollar weather-related disasters already experienced in the U.S. this year, the demand for NOAA's Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) weather related data is at an all-time high. To help expand the availability and use of this data, NESDIS is looking to partner with private firms to find better, faster ways to process, exploit and distribute NOAA's satellite weather data.