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Submarine volcanoes add to ocean soundscape
Most volcanoes erupt beneath the ocean, but scientists know little about them compared to what they know about volcanoes that eject their lava on dry land. Gabrielle Tepp of the Alaska Volcano Observatory and the U.S. Geological Survey thinks that with improved monitoring, scientists can learn more about these submarine eruptions, which threaten travel and alter the ocean soundscape.
Melting Ice Could Mess Up Deep Sea Chemistry
Melting glaciers might be making ocean water more acidic, an unexpected finding that's given scientists new cause for concern. A new study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests surprising ways that climate change is drastically altering the water chemistry in deep seas—a process that may happen faster than researchers anticipated.
Northwest winter forecast tilts toward wet, cold
A new winter forecast, heavily influenced by La Nina conditions, rates the chances of a cold and wet winter in the Northwest higher than a month ago. Washington, in particular, can expect below-average temperatures and above-normal precipitation for December, January and February, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said. A month ago, the center rated the state’s odds of a cold and wet winter at 50-50.
Another oscillation in the Pacific helps determine Northwest weather
The Puget Sound is a big part of life in Seattle. It's a connection to the outlying communities and a connection to the Pacific Ocean. And hundreds of miles out in the middle of wide open water, there's a whole lot of information that scientists have been gathering to help determine what to expect when it comes to rain in Seattle or even snow in Idaho.
U.S. climate report forecasts shrinking snowpacks
Snowpacks in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California and are expected be much smaller by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to federal projections released Friday.