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Unusual California precipitation over last two winters could have been predicted

Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought that caused over $5 billion in damage to agriculture as well as substantial impacts to fisheries, infrastructure, human health, and vegetation. The drought was not only severe, but it also spanned the winters of 2015-16 and 2016-17, which had unusual and unexpected precipitation that affected the drought’s evolution.

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Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa Read more

Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, the highest monthly averages ever recorded.

NOAA research model brings severe weather into focus

NOAA research model brings severe weather into focus Read more

NOAA’s best severe-weather model just received an upgrade developed by NOAA researchers that will help the National Weather Service provide more accurate hazardous weather and aviation forecasts.  Scientists are also using it to advance a wide array of future forecast tools. 

Research: coral reefs will be unable to keep pace with sea-level rise

Research: coral reefs will be unable to keep pace with sea-level rise Read more

Many coral reefs will be unable to grow fast enough to keep up with predicted rising sea levels, leaving tropical coastlines and low-lying islands exposed to increasing erosion and flooding risk, new research suggests.

NOAA’s greenhouse gas index up 41 percent since 1990

NOAA’s greenhouse gas index up 41 percent since 1990 Read more

The warming influence from long-lived greenhouse gases rose again in 2017, reflecting ongoing changes to the atmosphere associated predominantly with human activities, NOAA scientists announced today.

When noise becomes signal

When noise becomes signal Read more

Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought that caused over $5 billion in damage to agriculture as well as substantial impacts to fisheries, infrastructure, human health, and vegetation. The drought was not only severe, but it also spanned the winters of 2015-16 and 2016-17, which had unusual and unexpected precipitation that affected the drought’s evolution.

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