Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage recreational boaters and cruisers from enjoying the sight of whales […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning […]

She’s the Officer in Charge

She’s the Officer in Charge

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An energetic 29-year-old officer oversees a sophisticated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research boat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Sarah Chappel is the officer in charge of the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Bay Hydro II, a ship equipped with multi-beam, vertical beam, and side scan echo sounding sonar equipment to assist the crew’s mission. That mission is […]

Color and Learn!

Color and Learn!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are apps for everyone and plenty of online games, but there’s still something satisfying about laying out a sheet of paper and coloring it in. We’ve compiled a list of free coloring pages for kids (and adults, too — no one is looking). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has coloring pages on […]

Coastal Conundrum

Coastal Conundrum

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Like Earth, the oceans are not flat. Currents and water temperatures can change the face of the seas, causing them to rise and fall over years or decades. A worldwide warming climate plays a big part in the future of coastal communities, but what exactly does sea level rise mean, and is there anything that […]

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

Putting the Sound Back in Long Island Sound

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. During summertime, people flock to the waters and the beaches (if you look closely enough, you might actually see the harmful UV rays bouncing off the sunscreened bodies enjoying our local resources). A particularly popular place for summer recreation is the 1,320-mile Long Island Sound. Bordering Long Island, the Bronx, and Westchester in New […]

Predicting Hurricanes

Predicting Hurricanes

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to weather prediction, meteorologists at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction in the UK need a new computer. Their current computer does a mere 100 trillion calculations per second, and they need an upgrade to provide more accurate long-term forecasts.

Hey, Neighbor! Connecticut Sea Grant

Hey, Neighbor! Connecticut Sea Grant

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Connecticut Sea Grant, based at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus in Groton, has a mission: conserving and sustaining coastal andmarine resources in the Long Island Sound and environs.

Caught in the Current: The Oil Spill and Long Island

July 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While the aftermath of the Gulf spill may not pose a direct threat to Long Island in the same way as it affects the Gulf States, preparedness here is key.