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The Magnetic North Pole, and the Earth's Magnetic Field, help GPS and other navigation systems pinpoint users' locations.

Earth’s north magnetic pole has moved — here’s what that means for our navigation systems

Earth has a new magnetic north. Updating its location was crucial for military and civilian navigation systems.
Clouds associated with a major winter storm that is bringing wintry precipitation and chilly temperatures to the US South is seen in an image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on February 11, 2014.

The US government shutdown is preventing scientists from improving forecasts for severe weather and navigational models

The US government shutdown hasn't impacted your weather forecast, NOAA officials say. But it might hurt experts' ability to improve storm forecasting.