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Scientists to drop research drones into hurricanes

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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. Full story...
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Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

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Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual hurricane season this year because of an expected El Niño system. Full story...
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NOAA opens discussion on critical Loggerhead habitat

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video A meeting about the future of Loggerhead turtles on North Carolina beaches brought dozens out of their shell onto the campus of UNC-Wilmington. Full story...
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16 dolphins wash ashore on Outer Banks in a week

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Scientists along the North Carolina Outer Banks say at least 16 dolphins have washed up on the shores from Corolla to Avon in the last week. Full story...
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NOAA trims forecast for busy hurricane season

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videoFederal forecasters are slightly reducing their prediction for a busy Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its hurricane season forecast Thursday, trimming back the number of hurricanes they expect this year to between six and nine. Full story...
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NOAA predicts another busy hurricane season

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Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season. Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes. Full story...
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With Hurricane Season approaching, NWS could face furloughs

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videoThe federal sequester has already caused flight delays and canceled the 4th of July fireworks at Camp Lejeune. Now it could affect public safety close to home. Wilmington's National Weather Service office is waiting to find out if it will have to furlough forecasters. Full story...
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Sandy retired from tropical storm name list

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Sandy is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the East Coast last year. Full story...
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Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

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Federal forecasters warn that much of the eastern US has a good chance for several sloppy days of weather mayhem early next week. They predict heavy rain or snow, persistent gale-force winds, storm surge and flooding from an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm. Full story...
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NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic

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NOAA Fisheries today approved an emergency action to temporarily open recreational and commercial red snapper fishing in federal waters off North Carolina. Full story...
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Forecasters applying lessons learned from Irene

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The director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami says forecasters are trying to apply lessons from Hurricane Irene's destruction to their storm preparedness message this year. Full story...
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STORMTRACK 3: NOAA Predicts near-normal Hurricane Season

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Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced today from Miami. Their forecast calls for 9-15 storms, 7-10 hurricanes, and 1-3 major hurricanes. Full story...
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Irene retired from tropical storm name list

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Irene is being retired from the list of storm names because the 2011 hurricane killed 49 people and caused more than $15 billion in damage. Full story...
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Billion-dollar weather disasters smashes US record

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America's wild weather year has hit yet another new high: a devastating dozen billion-dollar catastrophes. Full story...
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Winter forecast cold north, dry south, heavy snow

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Government forecasters say this winter looks to be cold and wet across the northern tier of states, and the drought will worsen in the South, where conditions are expected to be warmer and drier than usual. Full story...
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