Virtual space: Power to the people

Come sail away

In January, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched a powerful new Web mapping portal. NOAA's nowCoast, at, is like the Weather Channel on steroids, giving anyone with a Web browser real-time access to thousands of observing stations worldwide. Scientists, hobbyists, boating enthusiasts and commercial mariners can pull up a wealth of data, covering marine and weather forecasts, water quality observations and more. Just be sure to disable your pop-up blocker to view updated information.

What's your preoccupation outside the job? Tell and appear in Personal Space.

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