Western Regional Climate Center

PROVIDING CLIMATE SERVICES SINCE 1986

WRCC Overview

The Regional Climate Centers (RCC) deliver climate services at national, regional and state levels working with NOAA partners in the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service, the American Association of State Climatologists, the Regional Sciences and Assessment Program, and other NOAA Research Institutes. We also partner with the Department of Interior Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

This successful effort has resulted in jointly developed products, services, and capabilities that enhance the delivery of climate information to the American public. As NOAA and Congress work to help society adapt to climate and its variations, these collaborative efforts form a framework for a comprehensive suite of activities encompassing service, data stewardship, and applied research components.

Western Regional Climate Center Mission

The mission of the Western Regional Climate Center is to:

  • Act as a repository of historical climate data and information
  • Disseminate high quality climate data and information pertaining to the western United States
  • Engage in applied research related to climate issues
  • Improve the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales

The Western Regional Climate Center, inaugurated in 1986, is one of six regional climate centers in the United States. The regional climate center program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specific oversight is provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

The WRCC performs several distinct functions

Serves as a focal point for coordination of applied climate activities in the West.

  • Federal resource management agencies
  • Western committees and commissions
  • Drought and climate monitoring

Conducts applied research on climate issues affecting the West

  • Impacts of climate variability in the western United States
  • Relations of El Nino/Southern Oscillation to Western Climate
  • Climatic trends/fluctuations in the West
  • Quality control of western databases
  • Climate extremes

How to use this service

Climate information derived from the digital database, or from earlier summaries and reports, can be obtained on a cost reimbursable basis. Digital data are available as originals listings, or in summarized or manipulated form (e.g.tables and graphs). Requests for information can be received by:

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