WxTalk Webinar #19


Webinar #19 - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monitoring the Earth's Climate

Deke Arndt,
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC


"Monitoring the Earth's climate involves taking today's observations and comparing them with decades to centuries of past observations, and drawing conclusions from these comparisons. At NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Climate Monitoring is an activity that involves detecting climate change, and designing the indicators that help us do so. But it also involves tracking the week-to-week and month-to-month conditions that more directly impact our lives: drought, heat spells, wet spells in the United States and beyond.

This presentation is designed to help CoCoRaHS observers understand about major climate monitoring efforts going on in NOAA, and how their data fits in! We will review the do's and dont's of climate monitoring, and how datasets are used in the process. We'll also look into recent trends and findings about the state of our climate system and how these may or may not relate to climate change.

View the Webinar by clicking here:

View Deke Arndt's presentation slides (11MB)


NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

NOAA's Climate Page

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Climate Data (sets, stations)

Other information, including monitoring

National Climate Assessment

AMS's Annual State of the Climate Report

AMS Article: Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms: State of Knowledge
Kunkel, Kenneth E., and Coauthors, 2013: Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms: State of Knowledge. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94, 499–514.