NOAA has just published their December 2014 Climate Connections newsletter.  In it they discuss the rapid warming in the Arctic (twice what is occurring in other areas–direct link to story) and why that may affect future weather and climate.  They also provide links to some tools to help visualize changes in coasts under storm surges or sea level rise, a discussion of the recent rain in California, and a look at the loss of glacier ice over time across the world.  You can subscribe to the newsletter by contacting  Or you can read it all at NOAA’s climate website,