News Highlights

Urban Heat Islands

A new Climate Central analysis evaluates the intensity of urban heat islands in cities around the country. Read the report to find out about the factors that cause hotter temperatures in urban areas, the impacts, and the solutions.

July 2021 ENSO update: La Niña Watch

La Niña can help make atmospheric conditions more conducive for tropical cyclones to form the Atlantic, and less conducive in the Eastern Pacific. If 2021 so far is any indicator, it could be an active year: through the beginning of July, five named storms in the Atlantic have already formed, a new record—breaking the previous record set just last year.

How Cities Can Adapt to a Hotter Planet

People have been flocking to the International Fountain at Seattle Center for decades. Alas, it's closed until early July for repairs. Water features, like fountains, are one method of cooling urban environments as temperatures rise. (Credit: rwoan, Creative Commons)

As cities swelter under a once-in-a-millennium heat dome, green space and blue infrastructure are critical nature-based urban planning solutions.

Record-breaking Heatwave Impacts the U.S. West

An early summer heatwave across the western United States broke all-time records in multiple states, with temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for days on end in some places.

Summer Temperature Trends

Nationwide, summers are getting hotter as greenhouse gases continue to climb. You can learn more about trends for your region here.

June 2021 U.S. climate outlook: Wetter- and cooler-than-average start to summer for the Southeast and Gulf Coast

The June 2021 outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center suggests a much warmer than average June for the West, northern tier, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with much wetter and cooler than average conditions favored across Texas and the Gulf Coast. Dry conditions are expected to remain across the western United States and even expand across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies.

New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address, Mitigate Climate Change

NASA will design a new set of Earth-focused missions to provide key information to guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes.

As the Climate Warms, Could the U.S. Face Another Dust Bowl?

Improved agricultural practices and widespread irrigation may stave off another agricultural calamity in the Great Plains. But scientists are now warning that two inescapable realities — rising temperatures and worsening drought — could still spawn a modern-day Dust Bowl.

Global Methane Assessment: Benefits and Costs of Mitigating Methane Emissions

Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 percent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the recently published Global Methane Assessment Report.

May 2021 outlook: Warmth favored for southern half of contiguous U.S., wetter conditions for the East

The May 2021 outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center favors a much warmer-than-average month for the southern half of the contiguous U.S. and a wet East/dry West split for precipitation.

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