NOAA, NASA to announce 2020 global temperature, climate conditions

January 12, 2021
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Climate experts from NOAA and NASA will announce new data on the global temperatures for 2020 and the most important climate trends of the year during a Town Hall media briefing webinar on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the American Meteorological Society's (AMS) 101st Annual Meeting. 

NOAA and NASA collect and analyze the world's temperature data and independently produce a record of Earth's surface temperatures, as well as changes based on historical observations. Consistency between the two independent analyses, and analyses produced by other countries, increases confidence in the accuracy and assessment of the data and resulting conclusions. These analyses provide government and business leaders with critical decision-making information.

Immediately after the briefing, NOAA and NASA experts will be available for questions from the media.

NOAA-NASA joint media briefing to discuss 2020 global climate findings and trends.

Thursday, January 14, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET (USA)


  • Russell Vose, chief of climate monitoring, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Gavin Schmidt, director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies


Participants can access the webinar at the link below: link .

NASA will also provide a stream of the webinar audio that will include the slides that the speakers are addressing, here: 


NOAA 2020 U.S. climate report & billion-dollar weather disasters update

NASA press release on 2020 temperature analysis

Media contact

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