New marine forecast system launched

Feb 02, 2006

A state-of-the-art marine weather forecast system has started providing mariners with "nowcasts" and five-day forecasts for most of the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says its Real-Time Ocean Forecast System can also support such marine operations as search and rescue missions, containment of toxic spills, and recreation activities.

"Nowcasts" are short-term weather forecasts for conditions expected during the next few hours.

"Expanded ocean forecasting for areas from Europe to the U.S. East Coast and from the Caribbean to Canada represents a major step in NOAA's commitment to forecasting the Earth system," said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher Jr., NOAA's administrator.

The new system produces "nowcasts" and five-day forecasts for the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Maine and Gulf of St. Lawrence. The system replaces the regional Ocean Forecast System, which covered a limited part of the U.S. East Coast.

Officials said similar systems for the Pacific Ocean, Earth's largest body of water, are under development.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Bad weather delays SpaceX launch with 3-D printer

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Research drones launched into Hurricane Edouard

4 hours ago

U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away.

Tropical Storm Odile taken on by two NASA satellites

Sep 12, 2014

As Tropical Storm Odile continues to affect Mexico's west coast and stir up dangerous surf, NASA's TRMM and Aqua satellites provided forecasters information on clouds and rainfall in the coast-hugging storm. ...

Recommended for you

Internet moguls Musk, Bezos shake up US space race

20 hours ago

The space race to end America's reliance on Russia escalated this week with a multibillion dollar NASA award for SpaceX's Elon Musk and an unexpected joint venture for Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos.

The Great Cold Spot in the cosmic microwave background

Sep 19, 2014

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the thermal afterglow of the primordial fireball we call the big bang. One of the striking features of the CMB is how remarkably uniform it is. Still, there are some ...

User comments : 0