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California Drought Intensifies

California Drought Intensifies

The relentless heat that has plagued the western half of the country this summer has ratcheted up California’s terrible drought once again.

Winter Olympics in a Warming World

Winter Olympics in a Warming World

If global warming continues unabated, only 6 of the 19 previous host cities could host the Winter Games again by the 2080s.

2013 Arctic Sea Ice Loss

2013 Arctic Sea Ice Loss

Compared with the median ice cover from 1981-2010, 2013's Arctic sea ice loss comes out to approximately 1.74 times the land area of Texas.

Lightning-Caused Wildfires

Lightning-Caused Wildfires

As the graphic shows, people cause most wildfires. But lightning-ignited fires burn by far the most territory.

Significant Events for Spring 2013

Significant Events for Spring 2013

The highlights of NOAA's 2013 Spring climate summary.

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.

Autumn is on the Move

Autumn is on the Move

If it seems like autumn leaves are taking longer to change color, you're not imagining things. Over the past 25 years, the onset of autumn has shifted.

Wildfires in the West

Wildfires in the West

In 2006, wildfires burned seven million acres in the West, the equivalent area of five of the country's largest national parks.