Upcoming Events, Products and Services
Events and Calendar of Products and Services
NOTE: All release dates are tentative and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. NCDC will be updating this listing on a quarterly basis.
U.S. Monthly Climate Report
Monthly: Approximately 6th business day of the month
Monthly update on the U.S. climate. Reports monthly U.S. statistics on surface temperature and precipitation including ranks and patterns, as well as comparable data for the the last three and six months and year-to-date. Includes sub-reports on tornadoes, wildfire, snow cover, major winter storms, and typically an update to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor Report.
Global Monthly Climate Report
Monthly: Approximately 15th business day of the month
Monthly update on the Global climate. Reports monthly statistics on global surface and ocean temperature and global precipitation, including ranks and patterns, sea ice extent, Arctic sea ice volume, Antarctic conditions, and select extreme conditions internationally.
U.S. Drought Monitor
Weekly report on U.S. drought conditions in the prior 7 days. Unique update of drought conditions across the United States, blending numeric measures of drought and experts' best judgment into a single map and narrative.
Regional Climate Outlooks
Quarterly: Approximately 4th Monday of December, March, June, and September
Two-page summaries detailing current and upcoming seasonal outlooks for each of the six regions as divided by NOAA's Regional Climate Services. Collaborative effort within NOAA and external partnerships.
2015 NOAA Satellite ConferenceApril 27, 2015
The 2015 NOAA Satellite Conference (NSC 2015) for environmental satellite users will be held April 27–May 1, 2015, in Greenbelt, Maryland. The conference will bring together users and providers of polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite data, products, and applications and provide them with a venue and opportunity for greater collaboration. NSC 2015 will consist of invited oral and poster presentations with an emphasis on environmental satellite technological, scientific, educational, and training opportunities and services to raise awareness of upcoming enhancements and prepare for their use. Participation is expected from 40 countries and will include members of NOAA, NASA, Department of Defense, Environment Canada, EUMETSAT, and the Hydrometeorological Services of countries in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and Asia.
New U.S. Gridded Daily Snowfall DatasetJuly to September2015
This gridded daily snowfall dataset for the contiguous United States will include information about the areal coverage and depth of snowfall based on ground-based station observations.
Climate Data and Applications Workshop: A Focus on Precipitation
NCDC, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC), and NCDC’s partners are hosting a collaborative workshop discussion focused on precipitation data and how it is used in various decision-making capacities. This workshop is one of a series of Climate Data and Applications workshop series.
Fourth Annual Climate Data Record Program Review
NCDC’s Climate Data Record (CDR) Program is hosting the Fourth Annual CDR Program Review in Asheville, North Carolina. The purpose of the program review is to track and evaluate project accomplishments and offer subject matter experts opportunities to collaborate on updated guidelines used to transition research satellite data to operations.
Executive Forum on Business and Climate
To help U.S. businesses better adapt to the numerous challenges and opportunities resulting from changing weather and climate, the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites—North Carolina (CICS-NC), which is largely supported through a grant from NCDC, is hosting the Executive Forum on Business and Climate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Initial Alternative Climate Normals
The initial Alternative Normals dataset will most prominently have hourly normals for 2001–2010 for over 500 stations nationwide. The Alternative Normals will have approximately six variables including temperature, dewpoint, and wind speed.
1981–2010 U.S. Area-Average Climate Normals
The 1981–2010 Area-Average Climate Normals for U.S. states and regions will include maximum, minimum, and mean temperature as well as precipitation information.
1981–2010 Population-Weighted Climate Normals
The 1981–2010 Climate Normals for U.S. states and regions, weighted by population will better assist sectors in estimating demand based on population.
Global Historical Climatology Network–Monthly Precipitation Dataset Version 3 Beta
Version 3 of the Global Historical Climatology Network–Monthly (GHCN-M) precipitation time series will update data for over 80,000 stations on global land areas. Improvements include integrating the historical monthly collection with the historical daily collection to provide a vast increase in the number of available stations.
High-Resolution Maps of the 1981–2010 Climate Normals
A new tool will allow users to generate state, regional, and national gridded maps of the 1981–2010 Climate Normals.
New Suite of Local Climatological Data Products
A new suite of Local Climatological Data (LCD) products will be available through the Climate Data Online system in October 2014. After this initial release, new features will continue to be added during late 2014 through early 2015. These LCD products will provide easy access to hourly weather data as well as daily and monthly climate summaries for over 2,000 U.S. locations via a single online interface. Locations may be selected by state, county, or zip code. The LCD product suite includes a range of parameters such as temperature, wind, precipitation, snowfall, humidity, cloud data, atmospheric pressure, and visibility. Since the summaries are divided into separate sections for hourly, daily, and monthly data, users will be able to easily define the level of detail they need while choosing from options presented in the online interface. LCD products will be available as PDF documents or as spreadsheet or database-ready CSV or ASCII text files.
Operational Climate Data Record: Optimal Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature
Transition of the experimental Optimal Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature (OISST) dataset into a fully operational Climate Data Record.
New Climate Forecast System Reanalysis Products
New Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) products will be available online beginning in September 2014. CFSR data are available from 1979 to the present and include a wide range of gridded climate parameters on a global scale. CFSR data are widely used in climate change and variability studies.
Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive Version 2 Beta
Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive Version 2 updates the world's largest collection of weather balloon data. Improvements include a doubling of the size of the station network available for users and three times the number of datasets integrated.
First General Comprehensive Operating System Reference Upper Air Network Site
Establishment of the first U.S. Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) site at the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's Southern Great Plains station in Ponca City, Oklahoma, through NCDC's partnership with the ARM Program.
International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship Annual Update
Annual update to add prior year data to International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship (IBTrACS) database, which provides tropical cyclone best track data in a centralized location to aid understanding of the distribution, frequency, and intensity of tropical cyclones worldwide.
State of the Climate in 2013 Report
An international, peer-reviewed publication released annually, "State of the Climate" is the authoritative summary of the global climate of the previous year published in the Bulletin of the American Metrological Society. NCDC serves as the lead editors.
U.S. Climate at a Glance Version 2.0
Complete update of the U.S. Climate at a Glance tool, which will provide new features and built on architecture that can be leveraged by Climate.gov website.
Global Surface Temperature Databank Version 1
The Global Surface Temperature Databank, which aims to better track the origin of data, is produced in coordination with international partners through the International Surface Temperature Initiative. The Version 1 release of the Databank contains more than 39,000 stations, greatly enhancing spatial coverage from the 1800s to the present.
New Version of GridSat-B1 Climate Data Record
The new version of the GridSat-B1 Climate Data Record (CDR) provides updated satellite data through 2012, improved quality assurance, and improved calibration of the visible and infrared water vapor channels in addition to the CDR-quality Infrared window channel.
New NCDC ClimDiv Dataset Operational Release
This new climate division dataset, which uses 5-km gridded data, will be used operationally in U.S. climate monitoring products.
Climate Data Online Version 3.1 Release
This new release of the popular Climate Data Online system and associated GIS Services will feature additional products and capabilities, including visualization of global daily data for any date selected by the user.
2013 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters Report
Official release of the information regarding 2013 U.S. climate and weather-related disasters that reached or exceeded $1 billion in costs and damages.
Reformat of Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Climate Raw Data Record
A reformat of the National Polar-orbiting Program (NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Climate Raw Data Record (C-RDR), which will provide the data in netCDF4 format.
Integrated Surface Dataset Version 2.6
Version 2.6 of the Integrated Surface Dataset includes additional stations and networks in coordination with partners. The additional stations' data will continue to ramp up during the 2014 fiscal year.
State of the Climate in 2012 Report
An international, peer-reviewed publication released annually, State of the Climate is the authoritative summary of the global climate of the previous year published in the Bulletin of the American Metrological Society. NCDC serves as the lead editors.
Climate Data Online Version 3.0
This new version of the Climate Data Online system provides access to new datasets and a completely new look and feel for the system.