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.

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.