Cloudy with a chance of methane (IMAGE) DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Caption Using Sandia National Laboratories' longstanding expertise in probabilistic modeling and machine learning algorithms from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the researchers determined the probability of finding methane hydrate off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks. Credit Image courtesy of William Eymold/Sandia National Laboratories Usage Restrictions With credit License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.