Map of April 2021 temperatures across the U.S. compared to average
April 9, 2021

A wetter-than-average March moderated drought in parts of the Central Plains, but severe to exceptional drought remained widespread in the West.

Cropped February 2021 temperature map of the southeastern U.S. from Texas to Florida
March 9, 2021

February 2021 was the United States' coldest February in 30 years, but the winter overall was warmer than average. Much of the West remained in some level of drought.

March 5, 2021

Polar vortex expert Amy Butler and Arctic expert James Overland offer perspectives on the February cold snap in the southern U.S., the polar vortex, and how the Arctic might influence mid-latitude weather.

map of the globe showing difference from average temperature in January 2021
February 16, 2021

Much of North America was warm and dry in January 2021, while Europe and parts of Russia were cool and wet.

Small postage-stamp sized maps of monthly temperatures for 2020 in the U.S.
January 13, 2021

Nationwide warmth was accompanied by extreme precipitation differences: dry conditions in the West and wet conditions in much of the East. 

map of the U.S. showing November 2020 temperature patterns compared to the 1981-2020 average in red and blue colors
December 9, 2020

The contiguous United States was warmer than average virtually coast to coast in November 2020, and much of the country was also drier than average.

Spherical map of the Arctic showing surface temperature anomalies in 2020
December 8, 2020

The 15th installment of NOAA's Arctic Report Card NOAA’s 15th Arctic Report Card catalogs the numerous ways that climate change continues to disrupt the polar region.