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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 June 6, 2017

June 8, 2017

According to the June 6 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to severe drought covers 7.8% of the contiguous U.S.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in May 2017

June 7, 2017

During spring, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 53.5°F—2.6°F above the 20th century average.

Ready, Set, Eclipse

June 6, 2017

Anticipating the total solar eclipse this August? Learn from NCEI and CICS-NC about how cloudiness may affect this rare spectacle.

The Ocean’s Secret Gardens

June 5, 2017

NCEI created the National Deep-Sea Corals and Sponge Database, which contains more than 430,000 records.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 30, 2017

June 1, 2017

According to the May 30 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 5.3% of the contiguous U.S.

On This Day: The Great St. Louis Tornado of 1896

May 27, 2017

What remains the third most deadly tornado in U.S. history struck St. Louis, Missouri, on the afternoon of May 27, 1896.

An Inventory of Tropical Cyclone Tracks

May 25, 2017

NCEI maintains an inventory of tropical cyclones and the paths they’ve taken, dating back to the 1850s.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 23, 2017

May 25, 2017

According to the May 23 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 4.5% of the contiguous U.S.

On This Day: 1960 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami

May 22, 2017

In 1960, the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded occurred in southern Chile.

Assessing the Global Climate in April 2017

May 18, 2017

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for April 2017 was the second highest for the month.