Drought Comparison: 2012 vs. 2013

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Drought Comparison: 2012 vs. 2013

  • Published: Aug 23rd, 2013

Sixty two percent of the country was in some level of drought last August, but that number has been reduced to 45 percent this August.

Lightning-Caused Wildfires

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Lightning-Caused Wildfires

  • Published: Jul 30th, 2013

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

Record Highs vs. Record Lows

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Record Highs vs. Record Lows

  • Published: Jul 10th, 2013

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

Significant Events for Spring 2013

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Significant Events for Spring 2013

  • Published: Jul 8th, 2013

The highlights of NOAA's 2013 Spring climate summary.

Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

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Annual Number of Big Wildfires is on the Rise

  • Published: Jul 8th, 2013

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

Higher Hurricane Activity Since 1995

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Higher Hurricane Activity Since 1995

  • Published: May 29th, 2013

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.

2013 Tornado Drought

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2013 Tornado Drought

  • Published: May 1st, 2013

The nationwide January through April tornado count is way down, 54 percent to be exact.

The Tale of Two Marches

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The Tale of Two Marches

  • Published: Mar 20th, 2013

A look at the stark differences between March 2012 and March 2013 across the country.