This data set consists of AVHRR retrievals of surface and cloud properties as well as radiative fluxes for the period 1982 - 1999 over the Arctic and Antarctic at a 25 km resolution. The images times are 1400 and 0400 (Arctic) or 0200 (Antarctic) local solar times. Resulsts are calculated on a twice-daily basis, but only monthly mean images and area-averaged values are currently online. ... The standard AVHRR Polar Pathfinder (APP) product includes gridded radiances, viewing and illumination geometry, clear sky surface temperature and albedo, and three cloud masks at a 5 km resolution. We have extended the standard APP product to include all-sky surface temperature, all-sky surface albedo, cloud properties (particle phase, effective radius, optical depth, temperature and pressure), and radiative fluxes as well as cloud radiative effect ("forcing"). We refer to this dataset as APP-x.