About the size of a laboratory rat, packrats or woodrats gather plant materials at close range (100 meters at most) and accumulate them in dry caves and crevices.
In February 2013, NCDC announced the release of the Upper Air Temperature (UAT) Climate Data Record (CDR)—a time series of upper atmospheric measurements with sufficient length, consistency, and continuity to determine climate variability and change.
According to the March 12 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 51.4% of the contiguous U.S.
According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for February 2013 tied with 2003 as the ninth warmest February since record keeping began in 1880.
Exactly 20 years ago, on March 12–14, 1993, the Storm of the Century struck the eastern United States causing approximately $5.5 billion in damages.
According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during the winter season was 34.3°F.
According to the March 5 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 53.3% of the contiguous U.S.
Co-located with NCDC is NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC). CICS-NC provides for collaborative research and associated activities in support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development. Jessica Matthews is one of the CICS-NC staff working closely with NCDC on a variety of projects.