NOAA Launches Website


Yesterday, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) announced, a new website to provide the public and decision-makers with clear, timely and science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks of extreme heat. will provide a one-stop hub on heat and health for the nation and is a priority of the National Climate Task Force and its Interagency Working Group on Extreme Heat.

Extreme heat has been the greatest weather-related cause of death in the U.S. for the past 30 years — more than hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding or extreme cold — killing over 700 people per year. In addition, the heat crisis does not affect people equally. Extreme heat mortality disproportionately affects Native American and Black communities, as well as those living in the urban core or very rural neighborhoods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The launch of is just the latest measure to address extreme heat. With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the government has invested in programs to build resilient infrastructure that helps communities withstand extreme heat, drought, wildfires and other heat-related hazards. Additionally, it has made record investments to help families with their household energy costs, including summer cooling.

To serve the American people, offers maps, data and information from across disciplines, from inside and outside of government, that will enable informed decisions by communities on a daily basis and allow planning weeks and months ahead. The site features heat information from across federal agencies, including heat forecasts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service, the new national Climate and Health Outlook developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC’s Heat and Health Tracker, as well as heat planning and preparedness guides.