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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.


Photo of bicyclist in Colorado
April 14, 2017

Find simple ways to become a citizen scientist with NCEI.

Photo of Hayden Valley in Yellowstone
April 13, 2017

According to the April 11 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 8.2% of the contiguous U.S.

Meg Tilton standing in front of a model of the GOES-8 satellite
April 12, 2017

As a data manager for NCEI, Meg Tilton helps lead the charge of preserving space weather data for future generations.

Photo of San Luis reservoir in Gustine, California, on August 19, 2014
April 10, 2017

A new study finds that one of California’s worst dry spells in 450 years has less than a one percent chance of recovering within two years.

Photo of Mount Hood in Oregon
April 6, 2017

The March temperature averaged across the contiguous United States was 46.2°F—4.7°F above the 20th century average.

Photo of Yosemite in California
April 5, 2017

According to the April 4 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 9.8% of the contiguous U.S.

Photo of leaves and paint brushes in a rainbow of colors
April 5, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Mountain Science Expo on Saturday, April 8, at the North Carolina Arboretum.

Picture of Plane and Bird Flying
April 3, 2017

One of NCEI’s most popular datasets has undergone improvements to generate better reports about local climate conditions.

Image of green Northern Lights
March 30, 2017

Auroras, the unusual but beautiful lights above the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, develop as a result of space weather.

Photo of mountains near a dry riverbank
March 29, 2017

According to the March 28, 2017, U.S.