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NYSG's Social Media Review: Early March 2016
By Paul F on Mar 4, 2016 at 1:14 PM

We're gearing up for spring with our monthly wrap-up of the coastal science stories making headlines at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its line offices (including Sea Grant) ...

There was a wave of media coverage surrounding New York Sea Grant's participation in this year's Central New York Boat Show, which was held in mid-February at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Check out the series of video clips, including ones from CNY's Time Warner Cable News and NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, an ABC affiliate:

In Other News from NOAA's New York Sea Grant ...

(1) We welcome former NOAA Sea Grant John D. Knauss 2015 Marine Policy Fellow Helen Cheng as our program's Coastal Resilience Specialist in New York City's Jamaica Bay region:

(2) Pitch in w/ us and The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) throughout the year. There'll be plenty of volunteer opportunities in New York and Connecticut:

(3) Our traveling “Great Lakes Shipwrecks” exhibit continues its two-and-a-half month residency through mid-April at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Erie, Pennsylvania:

(4) Videos and presentations from November 2015's Nature-Based Shoreline Practices Workshop can now be found at

(5) For those who couldn't be a part of our five-part Watercraft Inspection Webinar series in Fall 2015, you can stream each discussion and download presentations at

Top 10 Trending News Stories from NOAA ...

(1) ANNIVERSARY >>> The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s National Sea Grant College Program (NSGO) celebrates 50 years, with the festivities lasting from March 2016 - March 2017. For more, see Also, check out NSGO's social media channels: and

(2) ?#‎SPRINGSAFETY >>> Learn more about how to stay safe during spring weather hazards from our friends at the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS):

(3) CLIMATE>>> Shorts and t-shirts at Christmas. Then just a few weeks later, everyone was bundled up. But what's to blame? NOAA Climatologist Jake Crouch talks about El Niño and climate change:

(4) WEB REDESIGN >>> NOAA has a newly-redesigned Web site, - check out news on weather, climate, oceans, fisheries and more.

(5) BEACH SAFETY >>> Many people are heading to the beach for ?‎Spring vacations. Don't let fun in the sun turn dangerous or deadly. Share the National Weather Service's beach safety tips with your friends and family to help keep them safe:

(6) DROUGHT >>> According to NOAA's March 1, 2016 U.S. Drought Monitor (, moderate to exceptional drought covers 14.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 14.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 4.1% for a third week. Courtesy of #‎DroughtMonitor

(7) CLIMATE >>> For chocolate lovers, there is simply no substitute. Learn more from NOAA Climate.Gov about the climate conditions cacao trees need to provide this sweet treat:

(8) U.S. CLIMATE >>> According to the January 2016 U.S. Climate Report (, the month was warmer and drier than average for the contiguous United States. A record-breaking snowstorm impacted the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast during the month. And, the contiguous U.S. drought footprint contracted to its lowest extent since 2010.

The January precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.03 inches, 0.28 inch below the 20th century average, the 36th driest January on record. Beneficial precipitation was observed in the West, slightly improving long-term drought conditions. #‎StateOfClimate

(9) GLOBAL CLIMATE >>> According to the January 2016 Global Climate Report (, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January 2016 was the highest for the month since record keeping began in 1880. Also, global ocean surface temperatures were warmest on record for the month, and land surface temperatures were second warmest.

(10) FLOOD SAFETY >>> More than 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related. It only takes 12 inches of water to carry off a small car and 18 inches of water to sweep a larger vehicle away. Don’t risk driving into floodwaters. Turn Around Don’t Drown: and


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