BAMS State of the Climate - 2012

The State of the Climate in 2012 is a supplement to the August 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS Vol. 94, No. 8).

BAMS State of the Climate in 2012 Front Cover BAMS State of the Climate in 2012 Rear Cover

Front cover: 2012 RUSALCA Expedition, RAS-NOAA. Wrangel Island, Alaska in early morning (Photo credit: Kate Stafford).
Rear cover: Trees take hold as permafrost thaws near Russia's Altai Mountains (photo credit: Terry Callaghan, Sergey Kirpotin).

Full Report

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The full report is available from the publisher, The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It is available for download here: Download from BAMS

Supplemental and Summary Materials

Press Release

This media release was issued by NOAA on the day of the report's release. (Aug. 6th, 2013)
NOAA Communications Release

August 6, 2013 Media Briefing Slides (PDF)

This briefing package was used in media briefings associated with the report's release.
Briefing Slides (14 slides)

Highlights Materials

These highlights of the State of the Climate in 2012 were created by the climate.gov team in consultation with the report's editors and authors. They are based primarily upon the content of the report, but may draw upon other sources.

State of the Climate in 2012: Highlights

2012: Extreme Events
2012: Earth's Surface Temperature
2012: Temperature of the Lower Stratosphere
2012: Humidity
2012: Snow in the Northern Hemisphere
2012: Global Sea Level
2012: Glaciers
2012: Sea Surface Temperature
2012: Ocean Heat Content
2012: Arctic Sea Ice

How to cite the document

  • Citing the complete report: Blunden, J., and D. S. Arndt, Eds., 2013: State of the Climate in 2012. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94 (8), S1-S238.
  • Citing a chapter (example): Jeffries, M. O. and J. Richter-Menge, Eds., 2013: Arctic [in "State of the Climate in 2012"]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94 (8), S111-146.
  • Citing a section (example): Tedesco, M., and Coathurs, 2013: [Arctic] Greenland ice sheet [in "State of the Climate in 2012"]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94 (8), S121-S123.