August 2, 2016

The author of the glacier chapter of the 2015 State of the Climate report and his daughter talk about how family connections brought them together scientifically, and how science keeps bringing their family together.

July 15, 2015

The annual State of the Climate reports involve more than 400 international authors from more than 50 countries. Two chapter authors reflect on what it means to play a part in such an ambitious report.

October 24, 2014

We're nine laps into the race to set a new global annual temperature record. NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt talks about how this year's race might end--and why yearly rankings tell us less about the big picture of climate change than we might think.

July 15, 2014

As the assessment now known as the BAMS State of the Climate report pushes into its third decade, international participation is at an all-time high. From atmospheric chemists to tropical meteorologists, more than 420 authors from institutions in 57 countries contributed to this year’s report.

An image of the state record hailstone, with measuring tape showing a diameter of 4.75 inches
January 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the biggest, hottest, coldest or deepest weather records were for your state? So have many people. These data are interesting on the surface, but going Beyond the Data, they also help us think about resiliency in the face of weather, or climate or climate change, or some combination of the above.

December 6, 2017

In an ironic exclamation point to swift regional climate change in and near the Arctic, the average temperature observed at the weather station at Utqiaġvik has now changed so rapidly that in November 2017, it triggered an algorithm designed to detect artificial changes in a station’s record and disqualified itself from the NCEI Alaskan temperature analysis. 

October 5, 2017

Drought emerged quickly in the Northern Plains this past summer. How does that fit with the bigger picture of what we know about drought and climate?

September 7, 2017

It’s been a tough few weeks weather and climate wise. Big events generate lots of questions, so this edition of Beyond the Data will address several I’ve heard recently, and several I asked myself.

Sea Ice - Anomalies since 1979 for Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice Extent
April 24, 2017

We’re about to go Beyond the Data in five ways. In keeping with the spirit of our blog, we’ll take a look at something obvious from the NCEI monthly climate analysis, then dig a little harder into some even more pertinent climatological truths.