What is an extreme event? NOAA scientists explore how single events or trends in extreme weather relate to climate change.

NCDC 2013 State of the Climate

NOAA Releases Annual Climate Report

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center has released its climate report for 2013. According to the annual report, last year was warmer and wetter than average for the contiguous U.S. and 2013 marked the 21st wettest year of record for the nation and the wettest since 2009.

NCDC Releases Latest Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks Reports

In late December, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and its partners released regional climate impact assessments for the first quarter of 2014. The reports discuss the major climate events during the past three months and contain historical seasonal assessments as well as future climate outlooks.

New York City updates sustainability plans with PlaNYC

In the wake of Sandy’s devastation, the city of New York announced PlaNYC – a long-term sustainability plan based on the latest climate science. The report includes ideas on how to rebuild the communities affected by the 2012 storm and how to increase resilience and infrastructure of buildings citywide in order to protect against future extreme events.

NIDIS and the National Drought Mititgation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will co-host an all day workshop on Jan. 9 to discuss planning for long-term and extreme drought in the Southern Plains.

Drought Resilience Partnership formed under Climate Action Plan

Under the Climate Action Plan, the White House launched the National Drought Resilience Partnership on November 1. The partnership will make it easier for communities to find drought assistance and preparedness information by promoting partnership and information-sharing across government.

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

On September 27, 2013, Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented its report to member governments for approval and acceptance. The report is the first of four that will make up the IPCC's 5th Assessment.

Climate Sensitivity of the Nation's Estuaries

The United States' 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing negative effects of human and climate-related stressors, according to a new report from NOAA's National Ocean Service. This is the first national-scale climate sensitivity analysis of estuaries to help coastal managers protect the health of estuaries.

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

The U.S. Department of Energy released this report in July 2013 as part of the President's efforts to support planning for climate change & U.S. energy security.  The report examines current and potential climate-related impacts on the energy sector and identifies activities to address these challenges.

The President's Climate Action Plan

In a speech at Georgetown University on June 25, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.

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