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Weather satellites are the backbone of the National Weather Service (NWS). The satellites are fitted with instruments that observe weather and collect measurements. The data from the satellite travels to the NWS where supercomputers and expert meteorologists run models that turn out sophisticated forecasts. The first of NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Observations (GOES) satellite has [...]

Water is a renewable resource, but the world’s supply of clean freshwater is shrinking as the population grows and demand increases. Pollution from industry, agriculture, and inappropriate waste disposal makes previously useful freshwater resources unsafe for human consumption. Runoff from farms poses a threat to freshwater ecosystems. Fertilizer, pesticides, and livestock waste often drain into [...]

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and this year it may be very active. Forecasters from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. The forecasters predict [...]

Awesome Water Experience! In 2014 Pine View School student member Zack Jordan partnered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBW) of Sarasota and created A.W.E. (Awesome Water Experience) to provide kayak paddle trips for "Littles" and their "Bigs" through the mangrove tunnels at South Lido Park. Zack went on to become a Sarasota Bay Watch student board [...]

With a grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, START has been administering the exciting new Gulf Coast Oyster Reclamation and Renewal Program (GCORR) with supporting partners the Chiles Group of restaurants, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, the Gulf Coast Shellfish Institute and the University of Florida IFAS Program. Used Oyster shells from [...]

Our friends at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have asked that we share this important information with our readers. In balmy spring weather, both manatees and boaters are cruising through Florida’s waterways. For manatees, it is a seasonal ritual when they abandon winter retreats and head north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts [...]

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