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Born in the Sargasso Sea, that Atlantic Ocean gyre east of Bermuda, baby European eels will travel 4,000 miles to the freshwater rivers of Europe. Now scientists might have answered a century-old question of how these young eels accomplish such vast oceanic migrations.
NOAA is excited to be working with the the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to support a new grant opportunity bringing together two great programs: the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program and the U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. Seventeen projects funded by the Foundation, totaling $500,000, will provide NOAA related STEM environmental education programming to students at 37 U.S. Department of Education 21st CCLC sites in spring and summer 2017.
Between October 2011 and September 2015, California saw its driest four-year period in the instrumental record, which dates back to 1895. Parts of the state lost more than two full years of precipitation during the prolonged, severe dry spell. But, a new study by NOAA NCEI scientists(link is external) suggests that from the longer-term view of paleoclimate records, the southern Central Valley and South Coast parts of the state saw their worst dry spell in nearly 450 years.