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Tornadoes aren't hurricanes. Hurricanes are long-lasting, low-pressure swirls that follow somewhat predictable paths. But tornadoes can pop up and disappear in just a few minutes. It hasn't been easy to give people fair warning about tornadoes, especially those folks caught in the crosshairs of violently-rotating columns of damaging, high-speed winds.

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If there's anything that just about sums up the desperation of the Great Depression in one filthy package, it's photos of the Dust Bowl, when over-farming resulted in roving dust storms choking large swathes of the Great Plains region in the US and Canada. Now, scientists are projecting that climate change could bring those hardscrabble days to a dystopian landscape near you.

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Stock up on your canned beans and gumboots, folks: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook has dropped, and for the first time in years, the weather monitoring agency is predicting more hurricanes than average.

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Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA's heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite. The orbiter, launched in November 2016, can take high definition photos of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental US every five minutes, according to a press release. Its combined speed and resolution will help scientists make more accurate forecasts, and allow them to spot severe weather earlier.

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For the third consecutive year, NASA and NOAA have announced record high temperatures. It's upsetting yet unsurprising, given the dearth of damns we seem to give about the state of our planet. As Gizmodo previously reported, temperatures were 0.04C higher last year than they were in 2015 -- but the real reason this matters isn't because the planet's thermostat suddenly spiked. The overarching, disturbing trend is indisputable.

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Norm Nelson is interested in what makes the oceans tick. As a biological oceanographer at UC Santa Barbara, his research draws connections between sunlight and phytoplankton, the tiny green microbes that power the marine carbon cycle. There are plenty of outstanding questions Nelson wants to pursue -- but after 30 productive years, his days as a scientist may be numbered.

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When climate change is in the news, it's usually because of a scary new temperature record or a mass coral die-off, or because an enormous chunk of Greenland disappeared and nobody noticed. But at the end of the day, the thing that most of us really care about is how we'll be affected. Now, NOAA is making it easier than ever to find out, with a new Climate Explorer app that shows just how screwed (or spared) your little sliver of the country will be.

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Space may be called the "final frontier" but what about unexplored areas that are on our very own Earth? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been using the Okeanos Explorer to document uncharted waters since 2010 and it's off to do it again, this time at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

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FOR DECADES. . .THE US NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. . . HAS ISSUED ITS FORECAST DISCUSSIONS IN SHOUTY CAPITAL LETTERS. . .USING FRAGMENTED SENTENCES. . .SEPARATED BY ELLIPSES. Yesterday it was announced that the National Weather Service will switch to mixed-case type and conversational language to provide a more user-friendly experience -- and potentially save lives.