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The Office of the Texas State Climatologist (OSC) is housed in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University. The OSC is an AASC-Recognized State Climate Office. The OSC receives its base funding from Texas A&M University. The State Climatologist is John Nielsen-Gammon who became State Climatologist in 2000 following the retirement of John Griffiths.

The Office of the State Climatologist serves Texans as a clearinghouse for climatic data and materials and provides information about Texas climate to the rest of the world. The OSC monitors, conducts research, and issues reports on Texas climate regarding issues relevant to data users and decision-makers. The OSC works with people and organizations throughout the state to help them make the best possible use of climate information.

Currently active research projects include a study of the local and regional causes of summertime drought in Texas, an assessment of meteorological conditions that lead to high levels of air pollution in eastern Texas, the development of tools to better monitor rapidly-changing drought conditions at the county scale, the production of a decade-by-decade climate atlas for Texas, and an investigation of decade-scale historical variations in climate in Texas and New Mexico.

We are on Facebook and Twitter! If learning more about the past, present, and future climate of Texas interests you like our Facebook page, Office of the Texas State Climatologist, and follow us on Twitter @climatexas. We will post weekly updates on the drought, weather, and other interesting climate information. Feel free to send us photos from across the state and ask general questions about the weather and climate! We are here to answer them. If you want to ask the questions more directly you can reach us at or (979)-845-5044.

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