State of the Climate Monthly Overview - Synoptic Discussion

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The State of the Climate is a collection of periodic summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale. The State of the Climate Monthly Overview - Synoptic Discussion describes recent weather events and climate anomalies in the United States in relation to the phenomena that cause the weather. These phenomena include the jet stream, fronts and low pressure systems that bring precipitation, high pressure systems that bring dry weather, and the mechanisms which control these features - such as El Niño, La Niña, and other oceanic and atmospheric drivers (Pacific/North American pattern, North Atlantic Oscillation, Arctic Oscillation, and others). The report may contain more technical language than other components of the State of the Climate series. Monthly reports are available beginning with July 2011.
  • How to cite: A suggested citation is provided at the bottom of each online report. Users should modify according to their writing style.
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00768
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Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
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Dataset Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
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Time Period 2011-07 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.0
S: 72.0
E: -65.0
W: 172.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
  • NCEI/NCEI Climate Monitoring
    The Climate Monitoring mission is to monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past. The web page provides access to available reports and products.
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 1998
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Monthly
Purpose This State of the Climate report provides decision-makers at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability each month, season, and year for the United States, including perspectives on how the climate of today compares to the past.
Dataset Citation
  • How to cite: A suggested citation is provided at the bottom of each online report. Users should modify according to their writing style.
Cited Authors
  • Climate Monitoring Branch
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • Climate Monitoring Branch
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Pressure"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Pressure","oscillations"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Pressure","pressure Anomalies"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Pressure","sea Level"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Pressure","surface Pressure"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Radiation"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Temperature"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Temperature","surface Temperature"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Temperature","surface Temperature","temperature Anomalies"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","precipitation"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","precipitation","precipitation Anomalies"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Winds"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Water Vapor"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","arctic Oscillation","ao"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","eastern Pacific Oscillation","ep/Np"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","el Nino Southern Oscillation (enso)","enso"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","madden-Julian Oscillation","mjo"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","north Atlantic Oscillation","na"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","pacific/North American (pna) Pattern","pna"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","eastern Pacific Oscillation","ep/Np"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","tropical/Northern Hemisphere Pattern","tnh"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","teleconnections","west Pacific Index","wp"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","temperature Indicators","temperature Trends"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","temperature Indicators","temperature Variability"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","precipitation Indicators","precipitation Trends"
  • "earth Science","climate Indicators","atmospheric/Ocean Indicators","precipitation Indicators","precipitation Variability"
  • "earth Science","oceans","ocean Temperature","sea Surface Temperature"
  • "earth Science","atmosphere","atmospheric Temperature","atmospheric Temperature Indices","residential Energy Demand Temperature Index"
  • Climate Extremes Index, Cei
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Sea Surface
  • Vertical Location > Stratosphere
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
  • How to cite: A suggested citation is provided at the bottom of each online report. Users should modify according to their writing style.
  • Please note that State of the Climate reports are based upon operational datasets. The official operational datasets chosen for the report can and do change over time. The nature of these changes can be evolutionary, such as addition of previously-missing data or changes due to quality-assurance algorithms. Changes may also be revolutionary, in that a new version of an operational dataset, or a different dataset altogether, are adopted for official use. In any of these cases, the values presented in the State of the Climate reports reflect those known at the time, using the official dataset at the time. Values are not updated or edited within past reports, unless otherwise noted, even if the underlying official dataset has since changed.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement NCEI datasets are generally used as primary source data for the monthly narrative. However, for some phenomena not entirely captured by these datasets, trusted external data and analyses are used to supplement primary data sources.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-05-25
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