NOAA Climate Connection - September 2015

NOAA Climate Connection is a monthly e-newsletter designed to increase climate literacy and communication capacity for NOAA personnel and partners. To subscribe, offer feedback, or submit a suggestion, please email [email protected].



El Niño may accelerate nuisance flooding

Scientists from NOAA's National Ocean Service have recently completed an analysis of "nuisance flooding" in 27 U.S. cities. The report includes the number of nuisance flood days each location experienced in 2014, how nuisance flooding has changed since 1950, and how El Niño is likely to boost the number of nuisance flood days for many cities through spring 2016. 

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The heat For most of the U.S., the warmest day of the year has probably passed

Based on data from 1981-2010, the vast majority of the Lower 48 experiences its warmest day of the year by the end of August. Where in the U.S. does climate data suggest the warmest day is still to come?

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White House Climate News

President announces new investments to enhance safety and security in the changing Arctic

Climate change is reshaping the Arctic in profound ways. During his September trip to Alaska, President Obama announced new investments designed to enhance safety and security in the Arctic region.

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NOAA Climate News

New Climate Science Strategy aims to reduce effects of climate change on fisheries and living marine resources

The NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy identifies seven key steps to increase production, delivery, and use of climate-related information to support the management of fish stocks, fisheries, and protected species. The steps focus on how a changing climate affects living marine resources, ecosystems, and the communities that depend on them, and how to respond to those changes. 

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NOAA Research News

NOAA's Science On a Sphere® animations coming to your desktop

SOS Explorer (SOSx) is a downloadable flat screen version of the widely popular Science On a Sphere (SOS). The revolutionary software takes SOS technology and datasets, usually found at museums and science centers, and makes them accessible to everyone including teachers and their classrooms.  

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit announces new content for Arctic and Tribal Nations

In its continued efforts to help interested citizens, communities, business, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders meet the challenges of a changing climate, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit has added two new topics: Arctic and Tribal Nations. 

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NOAA Research News

Recording climate change from the top of the world

Spring came early this year, breaking several records at the top of the world in Barrow, Alaska, according to a new report that combines observations from NOAA, the North Slope Borough and a scientist who has tracked an Arctic bird for the last four decades.

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Climate Program Office

What can drought-stricken California expect from the El Niño winter forecast?

A new assessment by a sub-group of the NOAA Drought Task Force, organized by the OAR/Climate Program Office's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program, takes a look at the potential effects of El Niño's winter forecast on the ongoing California Drought.

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Climate Storybook

Pacific Islands climate 'storybook' tracks value of early warning

A new Pacific Islands Climate Storybook details community experiences in addressing the impacts of a changing climate in Pacific Island countries. The storybook reflects broad community engagement over a two-year period and incorporates experiential knowledge and scientific data.  

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NOAA Research News  

Drought researchers explore future challenges in managing water

California's ongoing extreme drought must be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world, says a team of NOAA and University of California climatologists and hydrologists in Nature.


NOAA Research News

Research to measure cost of climate change, improve prediction of severe weather Climate Change Impacts

New research by NOAA and partners forecasts the effects of climate change on countries' economic output and suggests that rising greenhouse gases may contribute to more extreme El Niños, the climate phenomenon that can trigger severe weather. 

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Sea Grant News

A Collaborative Effort Against Sea Level Rise

The NOAA Sentinel Site Program was started by NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) in 2011 as a means of creating a cooperative effort to measure the ecological impacts of sea level rise and apply science-based solutions to coastal regions.  

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UCAR Virtual Course 

Hydrologic Impacts Under Climate Change

A three-day, online, instructor-led course for water resource professionals presented by COMET, a program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Oct. 20-22, 2015, 11 AM to 6 PM EDT  (9 AM to 4 PM MDT)

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Useful Climate Information Links

NCEI Climate Monitoring Division: Monthly U.S. and Global Climate Reports »

Climate Prediction Center Outlooks »

U.S. Drought Portal »


U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit » 

Regional Climate Centers »

U.S National Climate Assessment »