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April 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989.The National Weather Service announced that a preparedness model of the Doppler weather radar, NEXRAD, underwent extended operational testing. The NEXRAD units were being tested for deployment in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. ... The United States joined 65 other maritime nations to adopt a new radio communications system to improve safety and all but replace Morse code at sea. ... Based on measurements using satellite laser geodesy, the distance between the United States and Europe was reported to have increased by about 21 millimeters annually.


15 Years Ago 1999. Robert S. Winokur, former assistant administrator for satellite and information services, was named vice president and executive director for the Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Education. ... The first class of NOAA Commissioned Corps recruits in four years graduated from a rigorous, three-month basic officer training at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. ... NOAA Fisheries finalized rules that prohibit the use of driftnets by U.S. fishermen in the North Atlantic swordfish fishery to reduce marine mammal bycatch. Previously banned from the South Atlantic swordfish fishery, driftnets were prohibited in the fishery throughout the Atlantic with this ruling.


10 Years Ago 2004. A decision by the International Maritime Organization for new regulations to curtail the spread of harmful aquatic species carried in ships’ ballast water earned accolades from the American Association of Port Authorities at a conference to finalize an international treaty on ballast water. ... Northrop Grumman Corp. (Los Angeles, California) helped restore the historic aircraft carrier USS Midway. The ship was decommissioned in 1992. ... A study from the University of California showed that the deep-ocean circulation system in the North Atlantic is coupled to salinity levels in the Caribbean Sea.


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