Includes natural processes within the climate system: orbital patterns, solar radiation, oceans, atmosphere, water cycle, the natural greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, regional climates and differences between climate and weather.

August 1, 2018

The ocean is the largest solar energy collector on Earth. More than 90 percent of the warming that has happened on Earth over the past 50 years has occurred in the ocean. Not all of that heating is detectable at the surface because currents move some of the heat to deeper layers of water, where it can "hide" for years or decades.

January 15, 2009

NOAA's Susan Solomon was awarded the 2009 Volvo Environment Prize for her pioneering contributions in atmospheric chemistry and physics.

January 26, 2018

La Niña usually means a drier than average water year for California. So what happened in 2016-2017 when a weak La Niña coincided with a remarkably wet water year?

December 21, 2017

Our climate is changing. To help our users see how different times and places are warming at different rates, NCEI has created a new series of trend maps for the contiguous U.S. In this blog, NCEI's Jake Crouch gives us a show and tell featuring the new maps. 

October 23, 2017

The Climate Prediction Center's Mike Halpert dives into the 2017-2018 winter outlook, and talks about how La Niña winters today are different from La Niña winters of the past. 

April 13, 2017

Neutral conditions are expected to continue in the Pacific with chances increasing for El Nino by the fall. Our blogger fills you in on the latest developments across the Pacific.

January 4, 2017

In this edition of Beyond the Data, we’ll look back at 2016 and identify some of the most meaningful climate and weather events from the year.

December 21, 2016

How does La Niña and the jet stream impact winter conditions in the United States?

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