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Tropical Storm Barry approaches Louisiana on Friday morning.

Unusually high water levels could cause life-threatening flooding in New Orleans from a tropical storm likely to become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Barry will likely test New Orleans' defenses and the Mississippi River's levees as the water already in the river is unusually high.
The Magnetic North Pole, and the Earth's Magnetic Field, help GPS and other navigation systems pinpoint users' locations.

Earth’s north magnetic pole has moved — here’s what that means for our navigation systems

Earth has a new magnetic north. Updating its location was crucial for military and civilian navigation systems.
Clouds associated with a major winter storm that is bringing wintry precipitation and chilly temperatures to the US South is seen in an image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on February 11, 2014.

The US government shutdown is preventing scientists from improving forecasts for severe weather and navigational models

The US government shutdown hasn't impacted your weather forecast, NOAA officials say. But it might hurt experts' ability to improve storm forecasting.
An experimental NOAA forecast predicted California wildfire smoke particles would drift across the US on November 19, 2018.

Smoke from California’s wildfires is drifting across the US to New York — and it’s making pretty sunsets

Smoke from the California wildfires is billowing high into the atmosphere and drifting across America. Some particles have reached the East Coast.
A woman spotted her relatives' plea for help, spelled out on their lawn, in NOAA aerial images taken after Hurricane Michael.

A woman spotted her relatives’ call for ‘HELP’ in photos NOAA took of Hurricane Michael’s aftermath, and the program could rev...

"I'm happy that there was a happy ending to this," Mike Aslaksen, remote sensing division chief of the NOAA's National Geodetic Survey, told Business Insider on Tuesday.
A woman was able to send aid to her relatives after seeing the word "HELP" spelled out on their lawn from satellite images taken after Hurricane Michael.

A Florida woman sent rescuers to save her family when she saw the word ‘HELP’ written on the lawn in aerial images after Hurricane Michael...

Amber Gee looked up her grandmother's property in Youngstown, Florida in an aerial photo of Hurricane Michael's destruction and spotted her relatives' call for help on the lawn.
Alvin collects a sample of Lophelia pertusa from an extensive mound of both dead and live coral.

Scientists discovered 85 miles of deep-sea coral reef hidden off the US East Coast — here’s what it looks like

Scientists on a recent expedition discovered a previously unseen coral reef hidden off the US East Coast. Earlier research pointed to the existence of the reef, but it had never been seen firsthand.
Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Helene

Hurricane Florence and two other hurricanes are swirling in the Atlantic — here’s what they look like from space

Hurricane Florence is bringing 105 mph winds and a risk of severe flooding to the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. There are two more hurricanes behind Florence: Isaac and Helene.
Members of the expedition take time to examine a Japanese mini submarine that remains in the historic sub pens on Kiska Island.

Researchers just found a WWII shipwreck that was lost for over 75 years off the coast of an Alaskan island

On August 18, 1943, the USS Abner Read was rocked by a severe explosion. The ship's stern section sank, taking the lives of 71 sailors with it. It was thought to be lost forever — until now.

Employees at a National Weather Service office in Maryland were startled when a random message suddenly blared over the intercom in Chinese

The voice of a woman speaking Chinese blared unexpectedly over the intercom system at a National Weather Service office in Maryland on Wednesday. A similar message reached phones at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Officials are trying to figure out what happened.