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Significant Events for Spring 2013

Significant Events for Spring 2013

The highlights of NOAA's 2013 Spring climate summary.

Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

The number of big fires has shot up since 1970, with the largest number occurring during the years with the highest temperatures.

It’s Official: 2012 is Hottest U.S. Year on Record

It’s Official: 2012 is Hottest U.S. Year on Record

A snapshot of how 2012 stacks up against the five other warmest years ever recorded in the U.S.

Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of 2012

From Hurricane Sandy to record heat, here is our list of the top 10 extreme weather and climate events of 2012.

Top 10 Hardest Hit States of 2011

Top 10 Hardest Hit States of 2011

A look at which states were hit hardest by extreme climate and weather events in 2011.

In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

In Montana, Fires Follow Drought

In a forested state like Montana, hotter and drier years leave forests more susceptible to large wildfires.

Can Rain Cause More Fire?

Can Rain Cause More Fire?

Volatile precipitation patterns, with heavy rains followed by drought, can lead to ideal conditions for wildfires in some states.

Colorado River Basin Supply vs. Use

Colorado River Basin Supply vs. Use

With drought, increasing water consumption, and climate change, the Colorado River Basin — lifeblood of the Southwest — appears headed for a day of reckoning.