Our Planet Just Experienced The Warmest Start To The Year On Record

The climate figures for February are out, and it doesn't look good. According to a new NOAA report, global average temperature over both land and ocean surfaces for February was the second highest for the month since recordkeeping began. What's more, we just experienced the warmest year-to-date (Jan-Feb) on record. » 3/18/15 11:30am 3/18/15 11:30am

These Are All The Areas Likely To Be Hit By The Coral Bleaching Outbreak

Coral bleaching is among nature's spookiest reactions. One day, a section of coral is teeming with life and color. Then, suddenly, all that's left is the bleached out outline of that empty coral, a ghost coral in empty waters. And we could be headed for a truly landscape altering coral bleaching this year. » 3/09/15 9:20am 3/09/15 9:20am

El Niño Is Finally Here, But Not Quite How We Expected It

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] has announced the long-predicted El Niño for this year has finally arrived. But it doesn't look quite like we thought it would. » 3/05/15 1:40pm 3/05/15 1:40pm

Five Best Weather Web Sites

Whether you're heading out around town or you're planning a long-distance trip, you probably want to know what the weather will be like when you get where you're going—or later that day. A good, reliable weather site or service can tell you, in useful, accurate terms, and this week we're looking at five of the best,… » 2/22/15 5:26pm 2/22/15 5:26pm

Yep, 2014 Was The Hottest Year In Recorded History

Two independent analyses by NASA and NOAA have both concluded 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded on Earth – hotter, even, than 2010, the previous record-holder in a field of contenders stretching all the way back to 1880. » 1/16/15 3:40pm 1/16/15 3:40pm

An Oil Pipeline Is Suspended Above Alaska's Melting Tundra

This beautiful photograph reveals an oil pipeline hugging the shore of an Alaskan lake. The lake waters are slowly merging with the melting tundra beneath the pipeline, creating dark fissures around puzzle pieces of land. » 1/12/15 5:20pm 1/12/15 5:20pm

Holiday Lights Are Officially Bright Enough to Be Seen from Space

A joint mission between NOAA and NASA has yielded data showing just how much brighter Earth is during the holiday lights season. In some places, the effect makes the area 50% brighter than on an average day. » 12/16/14 11:30pm 12/16/14 11:30pm

2014 Will Almost Certainly Be The Warmest Year On Record

It may be the snowpocalypse in Buffalo, but the latest global analysis from NOAA's National Climate Data Center reports global temperatures since January to be the warmest ten calendar months on record. » 11/20/14 5:30pm 11/20/14 5:30pm

Divers Remove 57 Tons Of Junk From Hawaii's Northwestern Islands

A team of 17 divers from the NOAA has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. You're not going to believe the amount of crap they had to pull out. » 10/31/14 9:20am 10/31/14 9:20am

How to Understand What You're Seeing in Aerial Pictures of Whales

This is a fascinating interview with marine scientist John Durban, who explains how his team is using drones to monitor the health of killer whales in the waters off the coast of California. The best part is that he shows us how to understand what we're seeing in aerial photographs of the whales. » 10/09/14 12:29pm 10/09/14 12:29pm

2014 Was The Warmest Summer Ever Recorded

The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces this summer was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to a new report released by NOAA. August alone saw several record-breaking climate anomalies worldwide. If this trend continues, 2014 will be the warmest year ever recorded. » 9/19/14 7:20am 9/19/14 7:20am

This Strange Wind Pattern Let Us Dodge A Terrible Hurricane Season

Last year at this time, it looked like we were about to be hit by an alarmingly intense hurricane season. Instead, we had the smallest hurricane season since 1982. So what happened? An unusual — and unpredictable — wind pattern showed up and scattered all the previous predictions. » 6/26/14 4:08pm 6/26/14 4:08pm

A rare goblin shark was recently caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Measuring an astounding 18-feet long, this rare species of shark has only been seen in this region once before. The Florida Keys shrimp fisherman who caught it, Carl Moore, released it back into the ocean after snapping some photos. » 5/05/14 6:40am 5/05/14 6:40am

New Hurricane Forecast Maps Can Warn You Of Impending Floods

More than half of all hurricane-related deaths are caused by storm surges, yet few consider it a factor when trying to decide whether or not to evacuate their homes. But starting this hurricane season, national forecasters will warn people using color-coded storm surge maps. » 4/18/14 12:40pm 4/18/14 12:40pm

A Time-lapse of Every Winter Storm That Hit This Year

You weren't imagining it — this was one brutal winter. Here's every winter storm that hit this year the way it was meant to be experienced, from inside a warm room, safely behind a screen. » 3/27/14 6:00pm 3/27/14 6:00pm

California just had its warmest winter on record

California just had its warmest winter since record keeping began 119 years ago, according to newly published NOAA data. Meanwhile, the midwest is recovering from one of its top-ten coldest seasons ever. The jury's still out on the role of climate change in both regions' wintertide weirdness. Tim McDonnel has details… » 3/13/14 2:40pm 3/13/14 2:40pm

This mesmerizing timelapse shows an entire year's worth of weather

Behold EUMESAT's first annual global weather overview! Over the course of eight minutes, the narrated video reviews all the global weather 2013 had to offer, from arctic blasts to super-typhoons. » 1/30/14 8:30am 1/30/14 8:30am

All the strange climate events in 2013 on one map

Last year saw a number of alarming climate events, from a jump in "superstorms" to a rapidly greening Arctic. Now, all the strange and significant climate events of last year have been gathered together on one map. » 1/23/14 8:45am 1/23/14 8:45am

The U.S. Northeast's gigantic snow storm as seen from space

The NOAA has released a satellite photo of the massive storm that's currently wreaking havoc across the U.S. northeast. It's a bad one folks, with snow accumulation reaching one to two feet in some areas and temperatures dropping as low as -13F (-25C). » 1/03/14 6:20am 1/03/14 6:20am

Will Your City See Snow on December 25th?

December 25th is fast approaching — but will yours be snow-laden? This map, released by NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), gives the probability of a "White Christmas" across the continental United States. » 12/12/13 9:00am 12/12/13 9:00am