Central Region Climate Services Providers

Check out these short videos to hear firsthand from NOAA climate services providers and core partners on what each organization offers and how they work with National Weather Service local offices across the region.

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National Weather Service Local Office Climate Services 

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides a timely, accurate, and reliable suite of subseasonal to seasonal monitoring and prediction products using trusted data, state-of-the-art models. The NWS advances in physical as well as social sciences to provide impact-based decision support services in an easy-to-understand format from trained, professional staff.  At the local level NWS offices deliver products and services to users, conduct outreach and education; conduct local climate studies; and maintain partnerships with communities. The trusted information NWS provides, and the trusted relationships local offices develop, help communities in their efforts to prepare, respond, and reduce climate-related risks.  


Ray Wolf, NWS
NOAA Regional Climate Services Director 

NCEI’s six Regional Climate Services Directors (RCSDs) regularly engage with stakeholders about climate information needs, and help build and strengthen active partner networks with public and private constituents. They help to connect and integrate NOAA’s work with partner organizations that develop and deliver climate services at the regional level, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment programs, Regional Climate Centers, state climatologists, the National Integrated Drought Information System as well as other agencies, institutions, and organizations. These efforts increase the value of climate information to users and support more efficient, cost-effective delivery of products and services.
Doug Kluck, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director

High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC)

Housed at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) has a vast array of resources on their website, including near real-time and historical climate data, national and regional climate data maps, agricultural climate products, and regional climate summaries. The HPRCC serves to increase the use and availability of climate data and information. Their six-state region covers Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) are supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of a three-tiered approach, emphasizing services that are local, regional, and national in scope.

Visit the HPRCC site to find data, explore resources to learn more.... offsite link

Natalie Umphlett, HPRCC
Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) 

Housed with Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the MRCC provides services, research, climate data and information, monitors and assesses climate conditions and impacts, and coordinates applied research. It serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin).and works to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, on climate-sensitive issues. The Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) are supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of a three-tiered approach, emphasizing services that are local, regional, and national in scope. 

Visit the MRCC site to find data, explore resources to learn more... offsite link
Beth Hall, Midwest Regional Climate Center

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) 

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), housed within NOAA, is a congressionally mandated multi-agency partnership that coordinates drought monitoring, forecasting, planning, and information at national, state, and local levels across the country. NIDIS manages regional drought early warning systems (DEWS) which utilize new and existing networks of federal, tribal, state, local, and academic partners to make climate and drought science accessible and useful for decision makers and stakeholders.

Check out the Midwest DEWSMissouri River Basin DEWS, and Southern Plains DEWS for information specific to the NOAA Central Region. 

Molly Woloszyn, NIDIS
Molly Woloszyn, NIDIS
National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) 

The National Drought Mitigation Center help people, organizations and institutions build resilience to drought through monitoring and planning. Capabilities include climatology, social science and public engagement, and work on scales from individual ranches to local, state and tribal government, and countries across the world. NDMC is also the academic partners and web host of the U.S. Drought Monitor offsite link, a map released every Thursday showing general areas of drought and labels them by intensity, focused on broad-scale conditions. 

Explore the available education, planning, and monitoring resources.... offsite link
Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center
State Climatologists 

State Climatologists currently exist in 47 states and Puerto Rico. They are typically either employees of state agencies or are staff members of state-supported universities. They work closely with other climate services partners including NOAA National Center for Environmental Information, the NOAA Regional Climate Centers, and the National Weather Service. A strong partnership with these organizations is being nourished. This activity helps provide improved climate services for the nation through greater integration of data quality control, improved communication among the sector, and more coordinated referral of customer inquiries.

Find your state climatologist here offsite link.
Laura Edwards, SD State Climatologist
U.S. Department of Agriculture Climate Hubs 

A unique collaboration across the department's agencies, the USDA Climate Hubs link research and program agencies in their regional delivery of timely and authoritative tools and information to agriculture producers and professionals. The vision is for a robust and healthy agriculture production and natural resources under increasing climate variability and climate change. There are ten hubs located across the country. 

Check out Hubs in the Midwest, Northern Forests, Northern Plains, and Southern Plains for information specific to the NOAA Central Region. 
Dennis Todey, USDA Climate Hub
USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) 

Climate Adaptation Science Centers is a network comprised of the National CASC and nine regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean. CASCs fund projects generating research, data sets, and tools to help natural and cultural resource managers protect natural places & local communities in a changing climate. They have also supported over 200 students and early-career scientists and managers through 10+ fellowship and training programs. 

Check out the CASC main page for an overview and dive into CASCs within the NOAA Central Region, which include: Midwest, North Central, and South Central
Olivia LeDee, CASC