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Last Year’s Billion-Dollar Disasters Show Crucial Link Between NOAA Satellites and Emergency Managers

A rendering of NOAA’s JPSS satellite, NOAA-20.
A rendering of NOAA’s JPSS satellite, NOAA-20.

The United States saw 14 billion-dollar disasters in 2019. These included eight severe storm events, three flooding events, two tropical cyclones, and one wildfire event in multiple locations. It was also the fifth consecutive year in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disasters affected the U.S. Overall, these events caused at least 44 casualties and had significant economic impacts.

10 Years Later, Snowmageddon Records Still Stand

Man walks through deep snow during "Snowmageddon"
Photo courtesy of the Sterling, Va., NWS Forecast Office

Ten years ago this week, the Eastern U.S. was getting pounded by a brutal winter storm that brought blizzard conditions and record amounts of snowfall. Though heavy snow and high winds were seen from Indiana to New Jersey, as well as southward along the Appalachian spinethe storm is mainly remembered for hitting the Mid-Atlantic particularly hard.

NOAA Satellites Helped Rescue 421 People in 2019

On Jan. 3, 2019, a 24-foot pleasure craft with two people onboard capsized and sank approximately five miles southwest of Huntington Beach, Calif. Luckily, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) from the boat was detected by a NOAA satellite, which enabled the Coast Guard, together with the Huntington Beach Fire Department, to rescue the two individuals from the water and transport them to shore. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department then brought them to a local hospital for treatment.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Environmental Satellite Mission

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) mission, which will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.