PMEL in the News
Why Hurricanes Are Becoming More Intense
Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Keaton Beach, Fla., on Wednesday morning as a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was later downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it moved across Georgia. The storm battered Florida’s northern Gulf Coast with high winds and a powerful storm surge that was predicted to reach up to 16 feet in some areas. More than 30 Florida counties were issued evacuation orders. Idalia’s center was expected to move across southeastern Georgia and near the coast of South Carolina before moving offshore southern North Carolina on Thursday. Mike McPhaden is referenced.
Heating Waters Force Change in Industries That Depend on the Ocean
In Maine, lobsters are heading north and some lobstermen are moving into kelp farming. On the West Coast, fishermen are worried about a blob of warm water developing off the Oregon and Washington coastlines, fearing a repeat of an ocean heat wave that devastated salmon harvests from 2014 to 2016. Mike McPhaden is quoted.
In First Deployment, Ebb Carbon Uses Seawater to Capture & Store CO2
Ebb is working w/ national labs, federal research agencies & academia to further scientific understanding & demonstrate responsible deployment of marine carbon dioxide removal. Brendan Carter (UW CICOES/NOAA PMEL) is quoted.
The weird wind that can supercharge heatwaves and wildfire
Hot "hairdryer" winds that whip down mountainsides may have played a role in some of this year's devastating heatwaves and wildfires – and they may become more of a problem with climate change. Jim Overland is quoted.
What This Year’s ‘Astonishing’ Ocean Heat Means for the Planet
The planet’s average sea surface temperature spiked to a record high in April and the ocean has remained exceptionally warm ever since. In July, widespread marine heat waves drove temperatures back up to near-record highs, with some hot spots nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or nearly 38 Celsius. Greg Johnson is interviewed.