PMEL in the News
Are smoky summer skies the new normal in Seattle?
At Log Boom Park in Kenmore, the view of Lake Washington on Tuesday was mostly lost in the haze. "You can really feel it, especially today," said Neli Popov, as she stayed in the shade. Nick Bond is quoted.
Audio Reveals Sizes of Methane Bubbles Rising from the Seafloor
A sensitive underwater microphone captures the sounds of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, escaping into waters off the coast of Oregon. Using this sound, researchers can estimate the bubbles’ sizes. Bob Dziak and Tamara Baumberger are quoted.
Why a Quiet Hurricane Season Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing
Forecasters at Colorado State University say the approaching peak of the 2018 hurricane season will be relatively quiet in the Atlantic Basin. But a report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pointed out a troubling trend that could have implications for future hurricane forecasting: Warming in the Arctic could drive future Atlantic hurricane tracks farther west and thus make a U.S. landfall more likely. Jim Overland is quoted.
Last year was warmest ever that didn't feature an El Niño, report finds
Last year was the warmest ever recorded on Earth that didn’t feature an El Niño, a periodic climatic event that warms the Pacific Ocean, according to the annual state of the climate report by 500 climate scientists from around the world, overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and released by the American Meteorological Society. Greg Johnson is quoted.
Another Year, Another Warning The Earth Is Screwed
The last four years have been the warmest four years on record, according to a new international report. In 2017, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and global sea levels reached record highs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday in its “State of the Climate” report. Greg Johnson is quoted.