Joshua Tree National Park Sets Attendance Milestone & Braces For Strong El Niño

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For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark, reaching the milestone Monday, December 28, 2015. Joshua trees have been described as ugly, but we have always found them fascinating. The odd-shaped stick figures offer an opportunity for your imagination to run the gamut in trying to […]

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Hurricane Season: A Primer

The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, storm surges, and floods we associate with this phenomenon. For a hurricane to form, the ocean water […]

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NOAA Predicts Near-Normal 2012 Hurricane Season

Conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this season, NOAA announced from Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, and home to the Hurricane Research Division. For the entire six-month season, which began June 1, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s a 70 percent chance […]

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Hurricane Primer

The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon. For a hurricane to form, the ocean water must be […]

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