PMEL in the News
Decades of detailed weather reports pulled from old sailor's logs
In September of 1879, the Arctic-exploring USS Jeanette was sailing north of the Bering Strait when it was surrounded by ice floes and frozen in place. Imprisoned at sea, the 33-person crew struggled to survive for nearly two years before their ship sank, forcing them to embark on a perilous journey back to civilization. Old Weather is mentioned.
Why Rising Acidification Poses a Special Peril for Warming Arctic Waters
A recent Northern voyage on a Norwegian research vessel highlighted how soaring carbon dioxide levels and the resulting acidification of the oceans present an especially grave threat to the Arctic’s cold seas and the rich marine life that they harbor. Jessica Cross is quoted.
Meteorologist: Social media may explain increase in Washington tornadoes
In the hours after a tornado touched ground in the small Mason County community of Shelton, National Weather Service (NWS) crews were out to asses the damage. “A tornado did reach the surface, because we’re seeing damage on the ground like this,” said NWS lead Meteorologist Carly Kovacik. Nick Bond is quoted.
A vast heat wave is endangering sea life in the Pacific Ocean. Is this the wave of the future?
A vast region of unusually warm water has formed in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and scientists are worried that it could devastate sea life in the area and fuel the formation of harmful algal blooms. Greg Johnson and Nick Bond are quoted.
New method gives first global picture of mutual predictability of atmosphere and ocean
University of Maryland (UMD) scientists have carried out a novel statistical analysis to determine for the first time a global picture of how the ocean helps predict the low-level atmosphere and vice versa. Samantha Wills is quoted.