National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Image of El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean in December 1997.The white and red areas indicate warmer waters. (NASA)

Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino, But Rainfall Isn’t Always Guaranteed

Climate experts say El Nino is growing stronger and could bring drought-busting wet weather to California this year.

05/21/2015

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Anomalies represent deviations from normal temperature values, with unusually warm temperatures shown in red and unusually cold anomalies shown in blue. (NOAA)

Strengthening El Nino Brings Drought-Drenching Rain To Texas, California May Be Next

There’s a strong chance the rain that’s drenching Texas and the Southern Plains will be heading to California if the current El Nino pattern continues to strengthen.

05/19/2015

Bluefin Fishing (Photo by Fabienne Faur/Getty Images)

Feds Move To Stop Fishing Crimes By Tracking Seafood Imports

In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored.

03/17/2015

Approximately 40 orcas were seen by a Sausalito whale watching expedition in March 2009, about 19 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, inside the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. (Farallones National Marine Sanctuary)

Farallones, Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuaries To Double In Size

Two national marine sanctuaries off the Bay Area coast soon will more than double in size, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

03/12/2015

(Photo Credit: U.S. National Weather Service)

First El Niño Weather Pattern Since 2010 Arrives, But Far Too Weak To Help With California Drought

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center describes this as a “weak, weird and late” version of El Niño, and not many places are expected to feel its effects.

03/05/2015

Golden Gate Bridge

Marine Sanctuary May Be Expanded To Waters West Of Golden Gate

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest ocean refuge in the continental United States, may be expanded to include the waters west of the Golden Gate Bridge.

08/23/2012

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

Ships Headed To SF Bay Asked To Slow Down To Avoid Whales

Federal officials are asking large ships to slow down as they approach San Francisco Bay to prevent collisions with whales.

07/25/2012

Blue Whale

Monterey Bay Boaters Warned To Avoid Influx Of Blue Whales

Boaters in Monterey Bay are advised to look out for large numbers of blue whales making their way through the area to feed in the Bay’s nutrient-rich waters.

07/14/2012

Crews attempt to rescue a whale off the Orange County coast on April 17, 2012. The same whale was spotted off the Monterey County coast on April 24, 2012. (CBS)

Experts Search Monterey Coast To Save Whale Entangled In Fishing Nets

A specially trained team of disentanglement experts searched the waters off the Monterey County coast Thursday for a gray whale spotted earlier in the week caught up on fishing nets.

04/26/2012