About Realtime Climate

Watch a live overview of Realtime Climate and hear how media professionals localize climate coverage in this June 21 webinar.


Frequently Asked Questions


How can I request local alerts?

Click here for a Realtime Climate signup form.

How are alerts sent?

Alerts are emailed from Climate Central.

What will alerts include?

Depending on the topic, alerts may include local conditions or a forecast, a related graphic, a key statistic or fact, and links to more materials and deeper background.

Are alerts different from Climate Matters?

They are different. Realtime Climate alerts will complement our weekly Climate Matters program, often drawing from Climate Matters graphics and analyses when they apply to local conditions.

How often are alerts sent?

Because alerts are based on local conditions, they won’t be sent regularly and they may be infrequent. Recipients may see multiple alerts during extended events, but not more than once per day.

What conditions generate alerts?

Alerts are sent when particular conditions occur or are forecast to occur in the next few days. Examples include:

  • Unusual heat (single day and multi-day)
  • Heat Index
  • Unusual Rainfall
  • Coastal Flooding
  • Air Quality
  • Allergies
  • Seasonal shifts (spring leaf-out, etc.)
  • Ice/snow cover (Great Lakes)
  • Cicadas
  • High local or regional production of solar or wind energy

More conditions will be added soon, including:

  • Drought
  • Wildfire
  • and many more

How do I add or change locations for my alerts, update my email address, or unsubscribe?

Click below to request any changes to your alerts.


How is Realtime Climate funded?

Climate Central is an independent organization of scientists and journalists whose work is funded by gifts and grants from those who support our mission. For a list of current foundation donors, please click here.