Aerial photo of low water levels in Lake Powell
September 23, 2021

By 2030, the combination of extreme heat and atmospheric dryness that made the ongoing drought so extreme is likely to return more than once a decade. Such record-low precipitation, however, is likely to remain rare.

global map of August 2021 temperature anomalies and a graph of annual AUgust anomalies since 1880
September 15, 2021

It was the sixth-warmest August on record for the globe. It's very likely that the year will wind up among the 10 warmest years on record.

side by side maps of US precipitation and percent of average precipitation for August 2021
September 10, 2021

August was warmer than average, capping off a summer that tied for warmest on record.

Map of global temperature anomaly in July 2021 with a grah overlay of historical time series
August 16, 2021

Global average surface temperature in July—the hottest month of the year on average—set a new record in 2021. It's virtually certain that the year will go on to become one of the ten warmest years in the historical record.

Maps of US temp and precip patterns for July 2021
August 10, 2021

Stories of drought, extreme heat, and fires dominated the weather headlines for the West in July. The central and eastern U.S. were wet and relatively cool.

July 20, 2021

A heatwave of the intensity of the June event in the Pacific Northwest would have been virtually impossible without global warming. But that doesn't mean such events will become common any time soon.

graphic combining a global map of June 2021 temperature anomalies and bar graph of historical temperatures each June
July 14, 2021

Record-warm temperatures over land combined with a sixth-warmest June for the oceans to make June 2021 the fifth-warmest June since records began in 1880.

small US maps showing different temperature and precipitation normals compared to the 20th-century average
April 19, 2021

Every ten years, NOAA releases an analysis of U.S. weather of the past three decades, calculating average values for temperature, rainfall, and other climate conditions that have come to represent the new “normals” of our changing climate.

GLobal map of March 2021 temperature compared to average
April 14, 2021

Although this was the smallest warm departure for any March since 2014, it was still the eighth-warmest March for the planet in the 142-year record.