Observing & Predicting

Since we last covered the California drought, conditions in the state have stayed, well, dry—very dry. Statewide, total California precipitation over the past three years is near or lower than any other three-year period since 1895.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch, National Climatic Data Center

  • It’s natural to associate drought with heat and with summer, but drought also impacts us during winter months. Winter wheat yields are declining, and the Mississippi River is approaching an all-time low. Understanding drought conditions and how they are affecting us is part of being “climate smart.”
     

  • NOAA released the 2012 installment of the annual Arctic Report Card on December 5, 2012, as part of the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting. This image collection is a gallery of highlights based on the report's major themes. It was developed by the NOAA Climate.gov team in cooperation with Arctic Report Card authors and other Arctic experts.

  • The summer of 2012 brought Greenland far more extensive melt than anything observed in the satellite record: in July 2012, surface melt extended over nearly the entire ice sheet. The standardized melt index was nearly double the previous record.