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New Gulf surveying/scientific vessel called Blake commissioned

GULFPORT — David Evans and Associates Inc.’s Marine Services Division has commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) broke a champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National ...

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This year's Atlantic hurricane season weakest in decades

GULF OF MEXICO — This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the weakest in decades with only five named storms in the region so far this year. That is the fewest named storms since the full Atlantic season of 1983, when there were four. The 1994 season also had only five named storms into October, ...

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Researchers fly drone into hurricane for the first time

MIAMI — 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. This week’s launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft have been dispatched from “hurricane hunter” planes flying through Atlantic tropical storms. Scientists with the National Oceanic and ...

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NOAA scientists forecast less active Atlantic hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven ...

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Scientist: Gulf dead zone's size 'about average' this year

GULF OF MEXICO — The dead zone — an area off Louisiana where there’s too little oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico to keep sea creatures alive — is about average this year and currently the size of Connecticut, a veteran scientist reported yesterday. The dead zone covered about 5,050 square miles as of Aug. 1, triple the 2015 target ...

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NOAA scientists plan to fly drones into hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane’s winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts — but it’s nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding and a handful of winged drones that can spend hours spiraling in a hurricane’s ...

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Forecasters predict slower-than-normal hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said today, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared. The El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the ...

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Forescasters trim number of expected hurricanes

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast today, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. The forecast calls for three to five of those hurricanes to be major, with winds greater ...

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More limits on grain barges likely as river keeps dropping

Rain in the drought-stricken Ohio Valley is the only remedy at the moment for falling water levels on the Mississippi River that this week is limiting north-and-south bound barge traffic to alternating12-hour schedules, says the head of a Greenville grain shipping cooperative. Steve Nail, president & CEO of the Farmers Grain Terminal, said Thursday a 30-day National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

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Fishing ban expanded; one-third of Gulf closed

NEW ORLEANS — A ban on fishing in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico has been estended to an area south of Vermilion Bay, La., roughly the western edge of oil spreading from the broken BP well. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the closing brings to more than 81,000 square miles of federal Gulf waters closed to ...

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