2020 – The Second Warmest Year on Record So Far

January through July of 2020 has so far ranked as the second warmest year on record, just 0.04 degrees Celsius cooler than 2016. NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information estimates that the year 2020 has a 99.9% chance of ranking in the top 5 warmest years on record by the end of the year. If […]

PNPTC Stream Temperature Report Available for Download

The Phase 2 report of the ongoing PNPTC stream modeling project is now available for download. In 2016, PNPTC began a multi-part project to quantify the changes to freshwater fish habitat in 15 watersheds throughout the eastern Olympic and Western Kitsap peninsulas. The Phase 2 technical summary report quantifies stream temperature changes under two climate […]

Second Warmest February and March on Record

The past two complete months have been Earth’s second warmest February and March respectively (NASA, NOAA, JMA, and others). This is a continuation of warmer than normal conditions in which we saw the planet’s second warmest winter (Dec-Feb) in more than a century of record keeping. 2020 is so far on track to become one […]

Warmest January on Record

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information has recently announced that January 2020 was Earth’s warmest January since record keeping began in 1880. This record is especially interesting as it occurred during a time without an El Niño event being present. Additionally, we are also experiencing a deep solar minimum (where sunspots and solar activity are […]

IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere

A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just been released which highlights the importance of oceans, snowpack, and glaciers and how these are being affected by a warming climate. The report highlights the need for coordinated and immediate adaptation and action throughout the world. More information and the full report can […]

Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II

The U.S. Global Change Research Program has just released the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which focuses on economic, societal, and environmental impacts of climate change in the United States. This volume draws upon the scientific foundation summarized in the first volume which was released last year. You can read and download […]

New IPCC Special Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a special report detailing some of the potential impacts that a global warming of 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels might have on the planet. This is largely a report for policy makers, but does contain technical scientific information as well. The report is available here.