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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 February 2019

March 6, 2019

During February, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 32.0°F, 1.8°F below the 20th century average.

A Long View of California’s Climate

March 4, 2019

Using data dating back to the 16th century, a new study looks closely at long-term patterns to understand California’s wildfires.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 26, 2019

February 28, 2019

According to the February 26 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 10.7% of the United States.

Assessing the Global Climate in January 2019

February 19, 2019

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

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 12, 2019

February 14, 2019

According to the February 12 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers about 13.6% of the U.S.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 5, 2019

February 7, 2019

According to the February 5 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 13.6% of the United States.

Assessing the Global Climate in 2018

February 6, 2019

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2018 was 1.42°F (0.79°C) above the 20th century average.

Assessing the U.S. Climate in 2018

February 6, 2019

According to the U.S. Climate Report, 2018 became the 22nd consecutive warmer-than-average year and was the 14th warmest on record.

World Magnetic Model Out-of-Cycle Release

February 4, 2019

Due to changes in Earth’s magnetic field, NCEI has released an out-of-cycle World Magnetic Model to ensure safe navigation.

U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 29, 2019

January 31, 2019

According to the January 29 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 14.3% of the United States.