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OCEAN FACT
What is a waterspout?

A waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist. Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

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Making Waves

Get a close-up look at the microwave radar water level sensor—a revolutionary step forward in how NOAA measures water levels around the nation.

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About NOS

The National Ocean Service (NOS) translates science, tools and services into action, to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment, all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies.

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Coasts

Supporting healthy, resilient coastal communities.

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Oceans

Protecting the health, productivity, and diversity of our ocean.

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Navigation

Navigation, tides, currents, and geodesy.

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