NCDC Director

Welcome from the Director

Thomas R. Karl

Welcome to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The NCDC is a premier service organization dedicated to providing climatological services to every sector of the United States economy and to users world-wide. Our archive is the largest climate archive in the World. It contains data as old as 150 years and as new as a few hours. The Center houses data collected by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and data collected utilizing the most modern collection systems and satellites. NCDC has the primary mission of preserving these data for future generations as well as making it available to the general public, business, industry, government, and researchers.

The services provided by the Center are made possible by a dedicated staff of meteorologists, physical scientists, computer analysts, and technical and administrative personnel whose goal of providing superior service has led to the world-wide recognition that the NCDC currently enjoys.

As stated above, the Center is a service organization. I invite you to explore our climate, radar, and satellite resources. We continuously endeavor to improve the services provided and welcome your comments and suggestions. I can assure you we review each one. Please direct your comments and suggestions to