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Wreck of USCS Robert J. Walker added to National Register of Historic Places

NOAA announced this week that the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. … Continue reading

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Have you ever wondered how NOAA uses sonar technology to create their detailed marine charts? Then check out this very informative episode of Making Waves.

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NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalog

NOAA recently released a new interactive chart locator that allows users to find their nautical charts in multiple formats.  This vastly improves the process for searching for and obtaining nautical charts. Whether downloading one of the new PDF nautical charts, selecting … Continue reading

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Not to Worry, Sailors, You Can Still Get Paper Charts – and They’re an Upgrade!

Paper nautical charts hold a special spot in a sailor’s heart – and in the chart table. The October announcement that the federal government will stop bulk lithographic printing of nautical charts brought some understandable angst to boaters – but fear not! … Continue reading

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New Edition of New York Harbor Chart Provides Post-Sandy Updates

Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational … Continue reading

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Slow Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ended on Saturday, Nov. 30, had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, thanks in large part to persistent, unfavorable atmospheric conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and tropical Atlantic Ocean. … Continue reading

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Print-On-Demand Charts

Since last week’s announcement that NOAA will no longer be printing paper charts there has been some confusion on where to get Print-On-Demand charts (POD). NOAA has a POD page on their website to help. NOAA’s Print-on-Demand (POD) nautical charts provide … Continue reading

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NOAA Announces They Will No Longer Print Paper Nautical Charts

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, which creates and maintains the nation’s suite of over a thousand nautical charts of U.S. coastal waters, announced Tuesday that major changes are ahead for mariners and others who use nautical charts. Starting April 13, the … Continue reading

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NOAA Releases 2012 “State of the Climate” Report

A massive new federal study says the world in 2012 sweltered with continued signs of climate change. Rising sea levels, snow melt, heat buildup in the oceans, and melting Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheets, all broke or nearly … Continue reading

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NOAA Weather-Watcher Satellite Fails

A key satellite positioned to track severe weather in the eastern United States has failed, just as the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) activated a spare satellite, which will … Continue reading

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Try the Beta Version of MyNOAACharts

As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. … Continue reading

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‘Challenger’ Mission Aimed at Sending First Underwater Glider Round the World

Scientists from Rutgers University, a Mid-Atlantic partner of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), recently launched a second test mission, called “Challenger,” aimed at sending the first unmanned, underwater robotic vehicle—known as a “glider”—around the world. The scientists launched … Continue reading

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NOAA Announces Free Nautical ‘BookletCharts’

One of NOAA’s handiest navigation products, especially for recreational boaters, has been Coast Survey’s experimental BookletCharts™ — nautical charts that are easy to download and print from home computers. Coast Survey has now moved the BookletCharts from experimental stage into … Continue reading

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NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program

This week, NOAA and the U.S. Power Squadrons, a non-profit organization dedicated to safe boating, will renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s thousands of navigational charts. Under the voluntary program, formalized by a … Continue reading

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National Climatic Data Center

An interesting and comprehensive overview of the 2012 climate in the U.S. from NOAA… For much, much more information visit www.ncdc.noaa.gov

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App Combines Weather Data and NOAA Charts

Weather Services International has introduced a weather and tides app for the iPad and iPhone that delivers much of the information that professional meteorologists would get at their workstations, but it is geared to mariners and presented as overlays on … Continue reading

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NOAA Predicts “Normal” Hurricane Season

Despite the fact that there have already been two named storms in the past few weeks, boaters (and their insurance agents) should be pleased to hear that NOAA has announced that conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favor a … Continue reading

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OceanGrafix Tests QR Codes on 8 NOAA POD Charts

We’re curious as to whether you’d like to see this feature on all of your NOAA POD charts or if you would prefer to keep using whatever your current method is for gathering information. Let us know in the comments … Continue reading

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NOAA Releases New View of Sea Floor Data

NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves and deep oceans available for easy viewing online with its new data viewer that compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the depths … Continue reading

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Graphic Shows Sea Winds Mimic Van Gogh Paintings

NASA has released a new graphic showing the patterns of the sea winds over a period of several years, and the result bears a striking resemblance to Van Gogh’s famous portrayals of the night sky in his paintings. Watch the … Continue reading

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