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Record Highs vs. Record Lows

Record Highs vs. Record Lows

Record highs have outpaced record lows by a bigger margin each decade since the 1960s.

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.

Sea Level Rise and Population Impact

Sea Level Rise and Population Impact

By 2100, sea level may be as high as six-and-a-half feet above 1992 levels, putting the homes of 7.8 million Americans at risk of being flooded.

Global Warming: It’s Not the Sun

Global Warming: It’s Not the Sun

Climate change can be natural, but what’s happening now can’t be explained by natural forces.

Rising Seas

Rising Seas

Global sea level rise since 1880.

Higher Hurricane Activity Since 1995

Higher Hurricane Activity Since 1995

We've been in an active Atlantic Hurricane period since 1995, where the average number of named tropical storms has jumped significantly to 15.2 per year.

Keeling Curve

Keeling Curve

Charles David Keeling's measurements provided the first significant evidence of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere.