Mission: To provide users of the site with up-to-date weather forecasts, trending climate news, and weather-related information through a local climate lens.
Background: Launched by Climate Central, WXshift (pronounced "weather shift") is a nonpartisan website that combines local weather forecasts customized by ZIP code with with a century's worth of temperature, rainfall, snowfall, and drought data to help the public understand the localized effects of climate change.
Outstanding Web Features: Visitors to the site can explore local and/or national weather patterns and climate change effects by region, state, or trend. By clicking on the "10 indicators of a warming climate" key, visitors can browse weather and climate news related to ten indicators (Artic Sea Ice, El Niño, Ocean Acidification, Carbon Dioxide, Extreme Heat, Snow Cover, Sea Level Rise, Land Ice, U.S. Wildfires, and Global Temperature), as well as a series of short videos produced by meteorologists that connect today's weather events and trends to the larger climate picture. In addition, the site's news page includes information on the recent hurricane activity in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; the correlation between intensified hurricane activity and climate change; and information for people in Florida and the Southeast about how they can help researchers map the flooding caused by Hurricane Irma.