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New interactive website with normals available

A new GIS-based data viewer for normals is now available from the National Climatic Data Center.  You can visit it at http://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/map/viewer/#app=clim&cfg=cdo&theme=normals&layers=01&node=gis&extent=-149.3:20.2:-60.1:69.6&custom=normals The viewer allows you to choose a variety of normals options for National Weather Service cooperative stations around the country.  A screen shot is shown below.
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California drought gets worse

Slate magazine’s website had an ominous article today about the drought in California, which has gotten even worse in recent weeks after a wet start to the winter.  Last year California’s temperature was more than 2 degrees higher than the previous record due in part to the drought, and this…
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