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Study Shows That Climate Change is the Main Driver of Increasing Fire Weather in the Western United States 12 November 2021

Study Shows That Climate Change is the Main Driver of Increasing Fire Weather in the Western United States

A new study, part of NOAA's Drought Task Force IV research, shows the leading cause of the rapid increase of wildfires over the western U.S. is the rapid increase of surface air vapor pressure deficit.

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information 12 October 2021

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate.

NIDIS and USGS Co-Host Coastal Salinity Tool Webinar 10/6/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NIDIS and USGS Co-Host Coastal Salinity Tool Webinar

The webinar will highlight the recent expansion of a coastal drought monitoring tool across the Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Seaboard.

NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest 5 October 2021

NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest

The video includes interviews with those whose livelihoods are impacted by the drought and discusses how rising temperatures are bringing aridification and a “new normal” to the region.

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming 29 September 2021

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming

According to the report, the drought caused roughly $11.4–$23 billion in economic losses in 2020—including impacts from associated wildfires. Economic losses for 2021 will also be substantial, and the drought is expected to continue at least into next year.

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