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  • Understanding Extreme Events in the Pacific Basin

    Extreme events include everything from the floods that displace us from our homes to the high waves that wash out coastal roads to the toppling of trees and power poles from passing storms. For locations around the Pacific Basin, where remote island chains sit perilously close to sea level and where rainfall is the primary source of water, the frequency, duration, and severity of these events is a major concern.

  • Creating a New Suite of Statistical Models that Predict the Onset of an Eyewall Replacement Cycle

    On September 12, 2008, Hurricane Ike was taking aim at the coast of Galveston, TX. Once a strong Category 4 hurricane, Ike had now weakened considerably to a Category 2 storm. However, Ike had also undergone multiple “eyewall replacement cycles” and therefore, while it was not a particularly intense hurricane, it was now exceptionally large and capable of bringing devastating storm surge to the Galveston area.

  • NCDC Releases April 2012 Global Monthly Climate Report: April Global Temperatures are Fifth Warmest

    According to NCDC scientists, the April 2012 globally averaged temperature was the fifth warmest April temperature since record keeping began in 1880.

  • Visualizing the Few April Heat Records Set in the 20th Century

    NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory (EVL) used NCDC’s data to show that after a decade of warmer than average Aprils in the United States, few highest monthly maximum temperature records for April remain from the 20th century.

  • NCDC Releases April 2012 U.S. Monthly Climate Report: U.S. Temperatures for April Third Warmest on Record

    According to NOAA scientists, several warm periods across the contiguous United States during April brought the national average temperature to 55°F, 3.6°F above average, making this the third warmest April on record.

  • NCDC Product Highlight: U.S. Daily Temperature and Precipitation Records

    Did you know that NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) provides an easy and quick way to search for temperature, precipitation, and snowfall station records set on a given day or month?

  • Reconstructing Western North American Temperatures Over the Past 500 Years

    NCDC scientist, Dr. Eugene Wahl together with Dr. Jason Smerdon from Columbia University published a new tree-ring based reconstruction of western North American annual temperatures, which they used to evaluate the performance of paleoclimate reconstructions derived from climate proxies versus those derived from noise-only predictors.

  • Current Information on Recent U.S. Drought Conditions

    Today climate.gov posted a new featured image depicting the current degrees of drought severity in the affected locations across the contiguous United States based on the U.S. Drought Monitor

  • Supporting NOAA’s National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

    The first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week began April 22 and will continue through April 28. This is a collaborative effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness and save lives in the face of increasing severe weather events.

  • NCDC Marine Data Stars in Titanic Documentary

    When researchers and filmmakers Scott Woodruff and Tim Maltin needed data for their documentary Titanic: Case Closed, they turned to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) archive, which contains hundreds of millions of records stretching back as far as the mid-1700s.

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