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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.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in May 2019

June 6, 2019

The May precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 4.41 inches, 1.50 inches above average, ranking second wettest in the 125-year record.

Expanding an Ocean of Data

June 5, 2019

NCEI announces the most recent update of the World Ocean Database and World Ocean Atlas.

Hurricane Research Gains Ground

June 3, 2019

In the interest of protecting lives and property, new research focuses on tropical cyclone behavior.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 28, 2019

May 30, 2019

According to the May 28 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 3.3% of the United States.

Drought Monitor Adds U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands

May 29, 2019

The U.S. Drought Monitor has added the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands to its weekly summary and maps.

Modeling Earth’s Geomagnetic Fields

May 29, 2019

Our High Definition Geomagnetic Model (HDGM) provides a clearer picture of Earth’s magnetic field.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 21, 2019

May 23, 2019

According to the May 21 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 2.7% of the United States.

Assessing the Global Climate in April 2019

May 20, 2019

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for April 2019 was second highest on record for the month of April.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 14, 2019

May 16, 2019

According to the May 14 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to severe drought covers 2.4% of the United States.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 7, 2019

May 9, 2019

According to the May 7 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to severe drought covers 2.5% of the United States.