NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration)
The NOAA Resources Page
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has many exciting informative resources available for the public to view and learn about the oceans and atmosphere. CoCoRaHS in partnership with NOAA will continue to strive to bring you the latest products and information as it becomes available.
To learn more about NOAA Resources listed on the CoCoRaHS Web site click on the NOAA logo on the left side of our home page: www.cocorahs.org or visit: http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=noaa
NOAA Economics: The Economics and Social Benefits of NOAA Data and Products
It is often said that "NOAA is where science gains value for the Nation." The NOAA Economics web site is a central source of information on the economic value and use of NOAA's data & products, in both industry and society.
NOAA's environmental observations, analyses, data products, and services provide valuable information that is routinely used in decision making by consumers, industries, and policymakers. For instance, NOAA weather and climate data are used in countless industries, including agriculture, utilities, transportation, construction, engineering, health care, insurance, manufacturing, education, and tourism. In fact, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that at least one-third of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product is weather and climate sensitive.
Visit: http://www.economics.noaa.gov/?goal=home to learn more about NOAA's Data and Products regarding climate, ecosystems, weather & water and commerce and transportation. These pages are chocked full of very interesting information!
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS (NWR)
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards ñ including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).
Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes more than 985 transmitters , covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal.
Click on the following link to find out more about where to listen to NOAA Weather Radio in your area: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm.
NOAA's NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER (NCDC)
The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), located in Asheville, North Carolina, is the world's largest active archive of weather data. Our mission is to provide access and stewardship to the Nation's resource of global climate and weather related data and information, and assess and monitor climate variation and change. This effort requires the acquisition, quality control, processing, summarization, dissemination, and preservation of a vast array of climatological data generated by the national and international meteorological services. NCDC's mission is global in nature and provides the U.S. climate representative to the World Meteorological Organization, the World Data Center System, and other international scientific programs. NCDC also operates the World Data Center for Meteorology, Asheville.
To find out more visit: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html
NOAA's NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS LAB (NSSL)
NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory is located in Norman, Oklahoma. They study severe and hazardous weather processes and develop tools to help National Weather Service forecasters, and federal, university and private sector partners use weather information more effectively.
To learn more about the National Severe Storms Lab visit http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/
BILLION DOLLAR WEATHER DISASTERS
The U.S. has sustained 78 weather-related disasters over the past 28 years in which overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. The total normalized losses for the 78 events exceed $600 billion.
The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has put together a Chronological List of U.S. Billion Dollar Events which is very informative.
You can view the list and charts at: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/reports/billionz.html