April 30, 2018

Average temperature maps can wash out days or weeks of hot and cold extremes that are important for things like energy planning and crop risk assessment. Jake Crouch explains how degree-day maps can bring back the details.  

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. 

September 28, 2017

The forecast of ENSO is not the only thing scientists use when making seasonal forecasts. This post looks at another predictor that often is even better to use than ENSO.

May 31, 2017

In mid-March, a cold air outbreak brought freezing temperatures to the Southeast devastating crops and causing over $1 billion in agricultural losses. For those of us who love fruit this is bad news. In this Beyond the Data post, we explain  why it was so devastating even though freezing temperatures in mid-March aren’t that unusual for the Southeast.

Northeastern US temperature departures from normal
May 4, 2017

Yet another warm February left Northeast apple growers worrying if their crops will survive below-freezing spring temperatures. In this week's blog, Art DeGaetano of the Northeast Regional Climate Center talks about an online tool that helps apple growers estimate risk and damages to their yields based on bloom stage, historical climate data, and local temperature forecasts. 

In this activity, students examine climate variability in the North Atlantic associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NOA) in a case study format.

In this activity, students explore past examples of climate variability in three locations: the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes, Central America, and coastal Greenland, and consider differences between climate variability and climate change.

In this activity, students work with climate data from the tropical Pacific Ocean to understand how sea-surface temperature and atmospheric pressure affect precipitation in the tropical Pacific in a case study format.

November 12, 2015

Warmer-than-average waters in the tropical Pacific are expected to reach their peak soon. How has El Niño affected global weather so far this year?

November 6, 2015

When it comes to what causes climate to vary over seemingly short distances, few things can compare to the influence of topography. This week in Beyond the Data, Jake Crouch talks about how climate scientists account for topography in interpreting climate patterns and trends. 

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