New Climate Normals Capture Changes

NOAA's new 1981-2010 Climate Normals are now available on the internet via File Transfer Protocol (ftp). You can access the new normals from the NCDC normals website at:

NWS Offices will start using the 1981-2010 normals on August 1 2011. We are starting to use them operationally 1 month after their release due to the 4th of July Holiday weekend. However, they are available at the link above.

The NOAA Climate Services has published an article detailing the impacts that changes in our climate have had, and may have in the future. Some of the highlights include

There are articles on the upcoming Hurricane Season, what the changing climate will mean to El Nino and La Nina and much more.

NOAA is the premier source of Weather, Water and Climate information. For local information contact the NWS in Grand Forks at 701.772.0720 or contact

Mark Ewens, Climate Services Focal Point at 701.772.0720 x327 or email


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