News and Updates

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 […]

NOAA Climate Summary: 2018 Was The Fourth Warmest Year On Record

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has just released their 2018 annual climate summary and has concluded that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record (since 1880). The Japanese Meteorological Agency, NASA, the UK’s Met Office, and Berkeley Earth are also in agreement, making the last five years the five warmest years on […]

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.

Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment , Volume I

The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I report has been released and is available  at: This report is a comprehensive assessment of the current science of climate change in the United States and globally. The full report is quite long but the executive summary provides a good overview of the major points.

September 2017 Washington State Climatologist Report

The Office of the Washington State Climatologist has just released their September, 2017 report which includes the August, 2017 climate summary, drought and streamflow update, and temperature and precipitation outlook as well as some information about the brief meteorological impact the solar eclipse had on our region. Quick synopsis: Average August temperatures were warmer than normal throughout […]