June 2014: Earth's 3rd Consecutive Warmest Month on Record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:22 AM GMT on July 24, 2014

June 2014 was Earth's warmest June since records began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) this week. NASA rated June 2014 a bit cooler: the 3rd warmest June on record. According to NOAA, the planet has now had three consecutive warmest months on record--April (which was tied for the warmest April), and now May and June of 2014. This is the first time Earth has experienced three consecutive warmest months on record since a four-month stretch du...

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Atlantic Tropical Depression #2 Weakens to TROF as it Heads for Caribbean

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:17 PM GMT on July 23, 2014

(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)

Former Tropical Depression #2 is estimated to be near 14.1N / 56.2W or about 300NM east of the CARIB, and is heading westward (290ᵒ) at 17Kts. Imagery loops along with a few surface OBS any clearly indicate TD #2 opened-up into an inverted TROF early this AM; and one with a minimum of significant convection.


Fig 1: The above VIS (left) and Enhanced IR (right) image ...

MATMO Approaches Taiwan Coast as Atlantic TD#2 continues Westward

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:42 PM GMT on July 22, 2014

(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)

Latest SAT and Radar imagery shows Typhoon MATMO approaching the Taiwanese east coast and is currently about 65 NM S-SE of Taipei. With a NW movement at 16 Kts, MATMO should hit the east coast within the next hour or so. Radar indicates strong convective bands have been impacting the Island for the last 4-6 hours.



Fig 1: IR imagery clearly shows MATMO has gotte...

Atlantic Invest 92L Likely Depression

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 8:08 PM GMT on July 21, 2014

(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)

SPECIAL UPDATE

Latest VIS and IR imagery suggests INVEST 92L is now a Tropical Depression, though NHC has not yet ‘called it’.



Fig 1: Latest VIS image of INVEST 92 about 1,200 NM east of the Lesser Antilles.

The low level circulation near 11.1N / 43.5W (about 1,200NM east of the Lesser Antilles) appears ‘closed’, with significant, t...

Atlantic ‘Wakes-Up’ / Typhoon Matmo Heads For Taiwan

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:40 PM GMT on July 21, 2014

ATLANTIC ‘WAKES-UP’ / TYPHOON MATMO HEADS FOR TAIWAN


(By Steve Gregory - Substituting for Dr. Masters who is on Vacation.)

Morning VIS imagery shows a well defined low level closed circulation has formed about 1,200 NM east of the CARIB near 11.6N / 42.6W and is westbound (280ᵒ) at 20Kts – and is now being carried by NHC as INVEST 92L.



Fig 1: A relatively small but well-defined Low level circulation has ...

Updated: 5:52 PM GMT on July 21, 2014

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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.