Entries in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2)


July Was Hottest Month Ever in US, NOAA Says

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- July was the hottest month ever since forecasters started keeping records in 1895, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA reported that last month's average of 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit was 3.3 degrees higher than the 20th-century average and beat the all-time record by two-tenths of a degree set in July 1936.

In fact, January through July 2012 were the warmest seven months of any year on record, as were the past 12 months, according to NOAA.  With the exception of Washington, all of the Lower 48 experienced warmer-than-average temperatures from July 2011 through June 2012.

Unfortunately, these high temperatures have contributed to extremely dry conditions across the U.S. and droughts that will drive up food prices.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Dolphin Deaths Worry Experts Along Alabama, Mississippi Coastlines

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (file)(GULFPORT, Miss.) -- Recent discoveries of dead dolphins along the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines are being described as “an unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Thirty-four dolphins have already been washed up along shorelines this year – 27 of them calves. Eighteen of the dolphins were found in Mississippi, while another 16 were found on the Alabama coastline. These figures put dolphin deaths at an amount 12 times higher than the 30-year average for the months of January and February, and experts are trying to find out what has caused the recent spike in fatalities.

The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf occurred during the bottlenose dolphin mating season, and there is speculation that something bacterial or viral may be causing female dolphins to abort, but that theory has yet to be confirmed.

The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) says it is collecting samples from the animals and will conduct analyses for toxicology, histopathology, virology and parisitology. Results from these analyses will take some time to be processed.

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