Disclaimers and Policies

Disclaimer

The appearance of external links on this blog does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Commerce (DOC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and/or the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of external Web sites or the information, products or services contained therein.  For other than authorized activities, DOC, NOAA, NWS, and/or NHC does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.  These links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this Web site.

Privacy Policy

NOAA maintains official pages or accounts on several third-party websites in order to better engage with the American public and promote awareness of our activities, events, news and information.  NOAA operates under the Department of Commerce (DOC) and as such is subject to the DOC Privacy Policy and the NOAA Privacy Policy.

Your activity on third-party sites is governed by the security and privacy policies of the third-party sites.  Users of third-party sites are often sharing information with the general public, user community and/or the third-party operating the third-party site.  You should review the privacy policies of third-party sites before using them to ensure that you understand how your information may be used.  You should also adjust privacy settings on your account on any third-party site to match your preferences.

Learn more about the WordPress privacy policy at http://wordpress.org/about/privacy/

Comment Policy

Not all blog posts will be open for public comment.  For those that are, however, we encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts on the topic being discussed.

There are a few guidelines we ask that you keep in mind when providing comments on a blog post.  Comments that do not meet our guidelines will not be approved for publishing, but they will be retained in WordPress (our blogging platform).  We will not publish:

  • Obscene, defamatory, profane or otherwise offensive or inappropriate language
  • Personal attacks or threats of any kind or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • Product endorsements
  • Spam
  • Duplicate posts
  • Comments that suggest or encourage illegal, dangerous or destructive activity
  • Comments that make unsupported accusations
  • Long embedded URL strings (these disrupt the blog formatting and may cause security issues)
  • Off-topic comments

We are unable to post comments from children under the age of 13 due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  If you are 12 years old or younger, you may email us at nhcwebmaster @ noaa.gov rather than posting a comment on this blog.

Your comments on open blog posts are welcome at any time.  Depending on the current level of activity of our other job duties, however, we may not always be able to moderate or post comments expeditiously.  Please bear with us, and we will get to your comments as soon as possible.