With every climate-related disaster, economic damages are measured and addressed, while the human toll is less readily assessed. Explore NCEI's Story Map to learn about the human cost of extreme weather from Hurricane Ida.
The global ocean is heating up, with far-reaching consequences. This leads to big problems for our planet, such as sea-level rise, increases in severe weather, massive melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and displacement of marine habitats. Explore NCEI's Story Map to learn about one of the most important indicators of climate change—Ocean Heat Content.
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Over the past 15 years (2005-2019), there have been 156 separate billion-dollar weather or climate disasters in the U.S that have cost a combined $1.16 trillion in damages.
2019 was second-warmest year on record
Earth’s global average surface temperature was 1.71°F (0.95°C) above the 20th-century average in 2019. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2005.
28 times more efficient
Methane is roughly 28 times more efficient at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere compared to carbon dioxide, and current levels of methane in the atmosphere are higher than at any point in the past 2,000 years.
A month-long cyclone?
The longest-lived tropical cyclone (hurricane) on record was the Pacific’s Hurricane John, which lasted 31 days in 1994, from August 10–September 10.
The number of La Nina events across the tropical Pacific Ocean since 1950. La Ninas cool the waters of the central and eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean affecting the air above it, starting a domino-effect in the atmosphere impacting the climate worldwide.
The number of Argo buoys currently deployed across the world’s ocean to measure the temperature and salinity. First deployed in 200, Argo buoys measured their 2 millionth ocean profile in 2018.