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2018 A Summer of Extremes

Meteorological summer has been one of extremes in the U.S. Overall, the East has been wet while the West has baked in the heat. These types of extremes, which are set up by a consistent jet stream pattern, are amplified by a warming climate.

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2018 National Climate Assessment Report

The 2018 release of Volume II focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics, with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks, impacts, consideration of risk reduction, and implications under different mitigation pathways.

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2019 a Year of Record Setting Rain

As we close out 2019, Climate Central takes a look at the year’s biggest story—record-setting rain. The result: severe costs in damages to property and losses to industry (e.g. agriculture). According to NOAA, the 18 billion-dollar flood events experienced by the U.S this decade have resulted in losses of at least $40 billion.

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2019 IPCC Special Report: Oceans and Cryosphere

On September 25, 2019, the IPCC released its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Climate Central has complied resources and communications tools to cover this work of more than 100 scientists.

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2019 Record Fall Heat

With the recent record-breaking heat, Climate Central takes a look at record high temperatures compared to record low temperatures across the United States.

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2020 in review – the year is ending as it began, on a hot streak

With only one month left in the year, 2020 has a 54% chance of becoming the hottest year on record.

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2020 Snow Report

Snowfall has been decreasing in the spring and fall seasons across much of the U.S. but with clear regional differences.

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2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

Tracking global temperature trends provides a critical indicator of the impact of human activities – specifically, greenhouse gas emissions – on our planet. Rising temperatures are causing phenomena such as loss of sea ice and ice sheet mass, sea level rise, longer and more intense heat waves, and shifts in plant and animal habitats. Understanding such long-term climate trends is essential for the safety and quality of human life, allowing humans to adapt to the changing environment in ways such as planting different crops, managing our water resources and preparing for extreme weather events.

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2020 Vision: Looking Back to Drive Forward

This blog provides an overview of cutting edge Earth science data that has developed over the last decade. NASA continues to develop tools to chart changes on Earth over time periods ranging from days to decades.

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50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

Loss of ice can have ecological effects on aquatic species by changing stream water volume, water temperature and run-off timing in the higher elevations of the park. Tracking these small alpine glaciers has been instrumental in describing climate change effects on Glacier National Park to park management and the public.

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