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December 2011 Climate Summary

This month's climate summary features a state spotlight from North Dakota. ...More

Source/Author: Natalie Umphlett - High Plains Regional Climate Center 01/05/12

NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year

November and the September-November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous U.S., according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, but near the long-term average for the autumn season. ...More

Source/Author: NOAA--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12/08/11

NOAA: Global temperatures 8th warmest on record for October

Strengthened La Niña conditions expected through winter

The globe experienced its eighth warmest October since record keeping began in 1880. Arctic sea ice extent was the second smallest extent on record for October at 23.5 percent below average. Additionally, La Niña conditions strengthened during October 2011. According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter. ...More

Source/Author: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11/16/11

Nation’s newest environmental satellite successfully launched

NPP is vital for NOAA’s weather forecast mission

America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite roared into orbit this morning, setting the stage for enhanced weather data NOAA scientists will use to develop life-saving severe weather forecasts days in advance. ...More

Source/Author: NOAA -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 11/03/11

U.S. dealt another La Niña winter but ‘wild card’ could trump it

Devastating drought in Southern Plains likely to continue

The Southern Plains should prepare for continued drier and warmer than average weather, while the Pacific Northwest is likely to be colder and wetter than average from December through February, according to the annual Winter Outlook released today by NOAA. ...More

Source/Author: NOAA -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 10/21/11

Nebraska Soil Moisture

Soil moisture plays a critical role in agricultural activities and land atmosphere interaction. HPRCC is working to provide quality soil moisture data, and has installed soil moisture probes at 51 AWDN stations.   More...

Grant Access Accounts

Are you a teacher needing access to weather data? A graduate student doing climate-related research? We may be able to help.   Find out more...

AWDN Network

The Automated Weather Data Network is one of the longest-running mesonets in the United States. With automated stations located throughout the High Plains, many running since the early 1980's, there is a wealth of data available for research.   More...


The Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) is a framework for managing realtime and historical climate data that allows for the dynamic creation of value-added climate products.  More...