A patch of oil has been documented about a quarter-mile northeast of the Macondo wellhead leased by BP. The company has provided a live feed of the Gulf well to officials, who could not see leakage.
Katia is set to become a category 1 hurricane Wednesday and could be a category 3 Sunday. But the track gives little hint of whether tropical storm Katia will hit the US.
Tropical storm Irene illustrates improvements that forecasters have made in forecasting a hurricane's track. But it also highlights needed improvements in forecasting storm intensity.
Hurricane Irene could gain some strength over the day, but the storm is likely to quickly weaken again as it heads north toward more populated areas of the mid-Atlantic and New England.
Hurricane Irene is forecast to pass very close to the Big Apple this weekend. What would happen if a major hurricane struck New York?
Hurricane Irene: Why do hurricane watchers circle Aug. 20 on their calendars each year?
Hurricane Irene is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast Saturday. Top emergency management officials urge residents all along the East Coast to make preparations now.
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The solar storms that cause blackouts and damage satelites have always been hard to predict, but two new methods of monitoring them could lead to much more accurate forecasts.
NOAA currently forecasts the paths of storms five days ahead. But scientists hope to identify storm systems sooner and better predict when one is poised to intensify – thereby improving hurricane preparedness.