Climate Monitor – Warm Version

Culled from DiagramMonkey

I’ve gathered together a list of regularly updated resources for climate monitoring. This is the kind of information you can use to get a reasonably up-to-date view of what’s happening around the world in the climate. This can be surprisingly hard to do and there are some blind spots, which are slowly getting filled over time. Thanks to , and Mark McCarthy for suggestions and (many) additional links.


The eye of Sauron (The BAMS State of the Climate Report)
Once a year its burning gaze sweeps the earth frazzling hapless Orcs that get in its way.

A lesser eyelet of Sauron would be the WMO annual statements:

One ring to rule them all
NCDC State of the Climate report is the uber monthly resource. Not only do they provide a global perspective, but they also link to primary sources wherever possible

(a second ring to sort out the bureaucracy and such)
JMA also do a similar kind of thing to NCDC, but its more data oriented, sifting CLIMAT and SYNOP reports and highlighting interesting events in a more automated way.

Particularly nice is the CLIMAT viewer which gives access to CLIMAT info in a map and click form

(a third ring etc.)
WMO has a list of national met services. Climate isn’t necessarily managed by the met service. Some countries have an Agromet service or some sort of Hydrological service. These can be good starting points, but they can also mire you down in endless click circles and dodgy google tranlsations

(A fourth ring running around in the background making sure all the computers work)
Climate Diagnostic Bulletins from CPC. This is a more technical exploration of the climate, focusing on large scale flow and such like:

(A fifth.. no, this is silly)
IRI map room. Uses CMAP data sets to provide up to date climate monitoring

Country or Regional resources:

This is something of a mixed bag. Some countries provide nice monthly summaries. Some provide news items about unusual events. Some do both, in different places. These are the ones I’ve found that have some form of regular or semi-regular climate reporting.

Africa – WMO Region 1
Regional Climate Centre fro WMO Region 1: Tunisia (covers North Africa)

ACMAD home –

CPC African Desk

Asia – WMO Region 2
Regional Climate Centre for WMO Region 2: China

Regional Climate Centre for WMO Region 2: Tokyo (there’s one for Moscow too, but all the climate monitoring information is more than a year in arrears)

India – monsoon information

South Korea – climate summaries

Russia – monthly and other summaries

South America – WMO Region 3
Argentina – facebook page with up-to-date info and main website for special statements

Mexico – monthly temperature and precip summaries with ENSO impacts etc.

Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN)


Brazil (some interactive map plotting tools)

North America – WMO Region 4

Southwest Pacific – WMO Region 5
Australian Bureau of Meteorology General front page Special reports etc. Video overviews of the recent climate with an outlook for the next while Older outlooks
Indonesia – google translate doesn’t like some of these pages. Not sure why.

New Zealand climate update

Fiji – monthly weather summaries

Europe – WMO Region 6
DWD Region VI monitoring page (the URL gives you an idea of how easy they’ve made it to find information)

UK Met Office

Iceland – they have some data for selected stations

Meteo France weather and climate news;jsessionid=1C42B3A76EB619CD0355F9DC38B507DC.11

Norway climate stats

Austrian Klima stats

Slovakian climate blog

Slovenia natural hazards news

KNMI – knowledge centre – provides in depth studies of certain events.

Met Eireann – The Irish Met Service Online – Monthly weather summaries


Denmark – annual temperature plots

Portugal – lots of plots, with info under climate and agromet tabs

Topic related

Global Temperatures and surface temperature data sets
Met Office Hadley Centre hadobs web page for HadCRUT4

Cowtan and Way – based on HadCRUT with the gaps filled by Kriging (various flavours)

NOAA NCDC MLOST (the good stuff, numbers and such)

JMA – not so widely used, but has been reported a lot recently. Frustratingly, no data just plots.

Berkeley Earth – not updated frequently, but has loads of useful tools for looking at continents, countries etc.

Tropospheric Temperatures

RSS MSU (just cut to the data already)

Ocean Heat Content

ENSO BoM ENSO wrap up – the ne plus ultra of ENSO monitoring CPC also provide detailed weekly diagnostics WMO status update Multivariate ENSO index IRI post news bulletins with a bit of a richer context

Tropical Storms, Cyclones, Typhoons, Hurricanes
National Hurricane Centre (North Atlantic, East Pacific)

Northern Indian Ocean

Southwest Indian Ocean

Pretty good overall summaries for all basins

It can be fun to look at pressure, wind speed and wave heights from NDBC buoys when a tropical storm passes over:

Wikipedia is pretty good on tropical storms

Sea level
CSIRO and Colorado provide estimates of global sea level using altimeters

Pacific island sea level summaries are summarised by BoM

Sahel rainfall

Indian monsoon

Snow and ice
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) sea ice

Greenland ice sheet

Rutgers snow lab for northern hemisphere snow cover monitoring

Odds and Ends

KNMI Climate Explorer – a handy but limited tool for playing with lots of data sets

Weather Underground: monthly summaries of climate events and extremes and an awkward and slow but handy tool for finding heatwaves by station

Reading Weather and Climate blog

Ogimet – amateur store of CLIMAT/SYNOP messages

The Euporias weekly digest

For some events, you can find information on impacts here:

Slower update cycles
The US Global Change website has maps an info, that’s apparently updated, but I’m not sure how frequently.

IPCC AR5 WG1 has a kind of monitoring component, chiefly Chapters 2 and 3.

The Deep-C project has more resources on the Pause/Hiatus/Hiccough/Speedbump/Slowdown in warming

CSIRO produce state of the climate reports too

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