Temperature of the
Lower Atmosphere

Measurements from satellites and weather balloons show that the lowest layer of the atmosphere—where we live, airplanes fly, and weather occurs—is warming. Greenhouse gases are building up in this layer, trapping heat radiated from Earth's surface and raising the planet's temperature.

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Tropospheric Temperature Time Series Data Plot

Feature Articles

Arctic Warming Exceeds Global Average
On December 1, NOAA released its annual Arctic Report Card. Like a yearly check-up at the doctor's office, the report summarizes conditions in the Arctic atmosphere, ocean, and on land.


Winter 2011-2012 Recap
Featured Video, March 7, 2012
The U.S. had its fourth warmest winter on record. In this episode of ClimateCast, NOAA's Deke Arndt recaps the 2011-2012 winter.
Piecing Together the
Temperature Puzzle

This NASA video discusses the impacts of the sun's energy, Earth's reflectance and greenhouse gases on the Earth system.
Striking a Solar Balance
This NASA video reviews the role of the Sun in driving the climate system. It uses colorful animations to illustrate Earth's energy balance and how increased greenhouse gases are creating an...

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