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There’s a lot going on at NCEI. Discover more about us and Earth’s climate, oceans, coasts, and geophysics in these featured news stories.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for September 3, 2019

September 5, 2019

According to the September 3 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 11.3% of the United States including Puerto Rico.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 27, 2019

August 29, 2019

According to the August 27 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 10.5% of the United States including Puerto Rico.

A New Understanding of Soil Moisture

August 29, 2019

Scientists develop improved soil moisture metrics from NOAA’s U.S. Climate Reference Network data.

Sunset for Nighttime Lights at NOAA

August 26, 2019

Nighttime lights observations find a new home outside of NOAA.

The Ongoing Study of Global Change

August 23, 2019

Scientific partners contribute to a sustained effort to understand the underlying factors driving global climate change.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 20, 2019

August 22, 2019

According to the August 20 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 8.0% of the United States including Puerto Rico.

A Historical Perspective on Drought

August 22, 2019

NCEI scientist Richard Heim compares the three most severe droughts that occurred in the United States over the last 120 years.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 13, 2019

August 15, 2019

According to the August 13 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 6.8% of the United States including Puerto Rico.

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2019

August 15, 2019

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for July 2019 was the highest on record for the month of July, making it the warmest month overall on record.

Reporting on the State of the Climate in 2018

August 12, 2019

We’re announcing the release of the State of the Climate in 2018 report, an annual assessment of Earth’s climate system.