New product allows you to explore record-setting extreme weather

By: Angela Fritz , 6:14 PM GMT on February 23, 2012

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We've launched a new extreme weather product this week: Record Extremes. Recent, globally record-setting years have demanded a product that combines U.S. and international record extremes into one, easy to use interface. The Record Extremes page will give you the option to see U.S. and international records on a map and table. You can select any combination of record types at once, which, combined with the map, provides a interesting visual way to investigate record-setting events. The product uses data from three sources: (1) NOAA's National Climate Data Center, (2) Wunderground's U.S. records, and (3) Wunderground's International records.

The NCDC records begin in 1850 and include official NOAA record extreme events for ASOS and COOP weather stations in all 50 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Islands. In this database you can find records for maximum high temps, minimum high temps, maximum low temps, minimum high temps, snow, and precipitation on daily, monthly, and all-time scales.

The Wunderground extremes were compiled by our weather historian Christopher C. Burt. Chris monitors 300 stations across the U.S. for Record Extremes in maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation, and snow events. Most of these U.S. records go back to the end of the 19th century, though the oldest site in this database is Charleston, SC, where precipitation records started in 1737! Internationally, Chris monitors 150 countries worldwide for all-time record high temperatures and all-time record low temperatures. If you're interested in diving deeper into extreme weather in the U.S. and abroad, Chris's book Extreme Weather is an excellent resource.



Figure 1. All-time snow records broken during the Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011. These records were found by selecting NCDC as the source, a start date of 2011-01-31, an end date of 2011-02-02, "maximum snowfall," and "all-time."


We built the Record Extremes product to make it easy to find specific records you're looking for, or just browse the records in general.

Check records that were set on a specific date
You can check on records that were set yesterday, for example, by setting the calendar to yesterday's date, and selecting all the record variables and types that you're interested in.

Explore all records set in a certain time range
2011 was a record-setting year for the U.S., and most of the records were high maximum temp and high minimum temps. To see all of these warm records that were set last year, select "NCDC" as the source, 2011-01-01 as the start date and 2011-12-31 as the end date. Select Maximum High Temp and Maximum Low Temp in weather variables, and select all-time in the record type.

View current standing international records in the Wunderground database
Select either the Wunderground International records, and instead of choosing a date range, select "Show current standing records." This will bring up all standing records in the database for whatever record variable and type you select. Whereas we've collected every record ever set or broken from NCDC, the Wunderground records are always the current, standing record, whenever it was set. As you move your map around the globe, you'll see each country's all-time maximum high temp and all-time maximum low temp.

Filter your table results
Looking for a specific location or record within your search results? Use the "Filter Results" option in the table to narrow down your search.

Let us know what you think!

Angela

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I hope the rain holds off so i can fish!
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Quoting wxmod:


From BBC yesterday:
"Ongoing dry weather over the spring and summer threatens to place more areas of England in a state of drought, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

"It singled out parts of western, central and south western England and parts of south east Yorkshire.

"The agency said time was running out for rain to restore groundwater levels before the new growing season begins."

THEY ARE GETTING DESPERATE. Watch the storm approaching from the north of Scotland. You may see it do an unnatural dive to the south.


Are you trying to imply the UK will be performing weather modification capable of affecting synoptic scale weather patterns?

I find this extremely unlikely.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:



thats nice right there...how about for the wind outlook, you put me in a high risk. :D

lol
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Quoting SPLbeater:


batman...the cartoon i assume.


No the movie the dark night.
Friday looks better for severe weather

Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:



Could you put all of Cobb county GA in a high risk :)
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Cancel above post shear looks way to high. Well leaving now have a nice weekend. Although maybe interesting never the less.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


hey TA, when you have some spare time, put Lee County NC into a moderate risk area. Thanks.

xD

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Quoting gordydunnot:
I know it's on the forecast maps, but the low moving of central Mexico into the Gulf looks very interesting on the RGB in motion at NHC site. Hope season isn't itching to get early start.


I hope it is itching for a had start! that is, the bow echos and such....not the tornadoes.
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I know it's on the forecast maps, but the low moving of central Mexico into the Gulf looks very interesting on the RGB in motion at NHC site. Hope season isn't itching to get early start.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


(sorry, i was watching batman)


batman...the cartoon i assume.
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912. wxmod
Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
Has Japan disabled their Radiation Monitoring Stations? The readings shown at RadiationNetwork.com are lower than most of the readings in the US and Europe.

Also, does anyone know if they have reactivated the radiation loop that Skye used to post? I can't find anything like it out there.


This site looks like government propaganda. The readings from Japan have been ridiculous for a year.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
GOOD Evening ladies and gentlemen.
I am tonights entertainment
i only have 1 question... where is my Thunderstorm?!!!


(sorry, i was watching batman)
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GOOD Evening ladies and gentlemen.
I am tonights entertainment
i only have 1 question... where is my Thunderstorm?!!!
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Has Japan disabled their Radiation Monitoring Stations? The readings shown at RadiationNetwork.com are lower than most of the readings in the US and Europe.

Also, does anyone know if they have reactivated the radiation loop that Skye used to post? I can't find anything like it out there.

Link
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Another Severe Weather/Tornado Outbreak possible Tuesday afternoon and night.

"After a quiet weekend and start to the week, focus turns to Tuesday afternoon/night into early Wednesday for what could be an appreciable severe thunderstorm potential (including damaging winds and tornadoes) across the ARKLATEX region and lower-middle Mississippi Valley (graphic below). The specific forecast scenario and areas will fluctuate over the next few days, but those in and near the region should closely monitor the latest forecasts."



hey TA, when you have some spare time, put Lee County NC into a moderate risk area. Thanks.

xD
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Quoting barbamz:


This is what we get in Germany for months already, when trying to open this and a lot more of youtube links:

Translation: "This video is not available in Germany, because it may contain music, for which the necessary music rights were not granted by GEMA. We are sorry."

Annoying!

About GEMA


yeah but really there are not sorry. i have figured that out :D
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Another Severe Weather/Tornado Outbreak possible Tuesday afternoon and night.

"After a quiet weekend and start to the week, focus turns to Tuesday afternoon/night into early Wednesday for what could be an appreciable severe thunderstorm potential (including damaging winds and tornadoes) across the ARKLATEX region and lower-middle Mississippi Valley (graphic below). The specific forecast scenario and areas will fluctuate over the next few days, but those in and near the region should closely monitor the latest forecasts."

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"INCOMING CME: Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab say a coronal mass ejection (CME) will hit Earth's magnetic field on Feb. 26th at 13:30 UT (+/- 7 hr). The impact could spark a G2-class geomagnetic storm."

Link

Link
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903. wxmod
Quoting Xyrus2000:


Uh...what?


From BBC yesterday:
"Ongoing dry weather over the spring and summer threatens to place more areas of England in a state of drought, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

"It singled out parts of western, central and south western England and parts of south east Yorkshire.

"The agency said time was running out for rain to restore groundwater levels before the new growing season begins."

THEY ARE GETTING DESPERATE. Watch the storm approaching from the north of Scotland. You may see it do an unnatural dive to the south.
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Quoting barbamz:


This is what we get in Germany for months already, when trying to open this and a lot more of youtube links:

Translation: "This video is not available in Germany, because it may contain music, for which the necessary music rights were not granted by GEMA. We are sorry."

Annoying!

About GEMA


Sorry to hear it. We get them over here as well. If you wanted to you might try google video for 'Heartland Department of Education'. The music video for Spirit might be harder to find sadly which sucks because it's a great song :(
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Those winds are quite strong outside.I've been standing in them almost all morning.My husband is looking at me like a total nut.But oh well.
how did you folks fare last night with that storm? were the winds really..gusting over 60 mph?
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Quoting hydrus:
This run almost the same, except the low in the gulf may be a little stronger.
is that low the something that is going to move over central florida tomorrow and monday? bringing with it lots of rain??
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Quoting wxmod:
Europe cloud whitening project today. MODIS satellite photo. Pretty soon everybody's going to be in on this game. The people with the money will get the rain. Everyone else...well...too bad.



Uh...what?
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Quoting AlwaysThinkin:
Well I got onto Youtube this morning to look for a the original music video of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You' and lo and behold this ad popped up before it started playing.

Youtube ad blasting the Heartland Institutes decision to try and use their filthy coal and oil money to brainwash school children into denying climate change

Needless to say it was gratifying to see. Also the music video of Spirit was pretty cool too.

The drummer makes you want to be bald too


This is what we get in Germany for months already, when trying to open this and a lot more of youtube links:

Translation: "This video is not available in Germany, because it may contain music, for which the necessary music rights were not granted by GEMA. We are sorry."

Annoying!

About GEMA
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The 30 day SOI continues to crash,and that means La NiƱa if not gone right now,it's in the final respiratory moments.

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896. wxmod
Europe cloud whitening project today. MODIS satellite photo. Pretty soon everybody's going to be in on this game. The people with the money will get the rain. Everyone else...well...too bad.

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Any exciting weather forecast fo de Carolinas?
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Well I got onto Youtube this morning to look for a the original music video of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You' and lo and behold this ad popped up before it started playing.

Youtube ad blasting the Heartland Institutes decision to try and use their filthy coal and oil money to brainwash school children into denying climate change

Needless to say it was gratifying to see. Also the music video of Spirit was pretty cool too.

The drummer makes you want to be bald too
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873 barbamz [quoting the German Weather Service] "Extreme drought in England...
...the last half year in the East of England was the driest since records began in 1910. The rain
[and water usage] balance [for] 2011 in the south and east of the island [was] negative. In the Midlands, it was the driest year so far!
...the ongoing drought has already seriously affected the water table.
[It] is in most regions lower than normal; in the center and south, even extremely low.
Therefore, the soil is
[expectably] dry. The corn dried in the fields, [as did] the potatoes. How this affects the price of food, you can imagine!
The population has been called upon to
[take] extra care [with usage] when watering...gardens and fields. Yet there are no restrictions in force..."

When a third to a half of all water pumped through the British water transport system is lost to leakage, one has to wonder how seriously the UK government is taking this long-lingering ?decadal? drought. Especially when the areas most strongly affected by the lack of normal rainfall are also the areas that have the worst*leakage.

* Pipes and aqueducts breaking because the drought is causing the supporting soil to shift&settle?
(like in Texas)
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Explaining, versus explaining away. There is a huge difference between the two, and the latter is an example of skepticism gone wrong.



You can see the narrow swath of snow extending from South Dakota into Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Southern Ontario into Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. We here got about 5 inches of snow including snowsqualls from the Great Lakes.

Some tornado reports last night from Georgia & South Carolina, I see. That low expected to open the floodgates of cold air was originally expected to give us 10 inches of snow...not anymore.



Brief negative AO, anyone?

2011 was the year of flood in the United States.



2012: the Year of Drought. (though evidently not East Texas!)
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Quoting aspectre:
882 Neapolitan "Speaking of Europe: there's much more warmth over there again today, as early February's cold spell fades into memory. There are lots of near-record and record high temperatures throughout the area..."

Gotta wonder how the ski resort operators and the associated tourism industry are faring what with the extremely late arrival of winter and the extremely early arrival of spring.


To your service if you think about some skiing in the Alpes (I've been there a week ago with lots of snow):

"Skiing and sledding are usually well / In the low mountains thaw
In the winter sports areas in the Central Highlands and the Alps, the snow conditions on the slopes are usually still good to very good. Almost all facilities and the lifts are open. Especially in the Alps, in the middle and higher elevations are a 2 to 5 meter thick blanket of snow, so winter sports there for a while will be possible. This turns on the weekends, especially in the southern Western Alps friendly weather with daytime temperatures quite mild, or it is raining or snowing a little.
In the southern and eastern mountains of Germany, the snow is still good to very good. The thaw of bygone days was attenuated in these areas only. In addition, there have been some rich snowfalls. In the Bavarian Forest, Black Forest and the Erzgebirge are all lifts, located locally in the high altitudes of more than two feet of snow. Also in the Upper Palatinate, the ski resorts are still sufficient, in the Franconian and Swabian Alb, winter sports, however, is possible only in the upper elevations."
Source in German: www.wetteronline.de (translated by google)

But true, the forecast for the Alpes in one week points to very warm temperatures during the day.
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882 Neapolitan "Speaking of Europe: there's much more warmth over there again today, as early February's cold spell fades into memory. There are lots of near-record and record high temperatures throughout the area..."

Gotta wonder how the ski resort operators and the associated tourism industry are faring what with the extremely late arrival of winter and the extremely early arrival of spring.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Tuesday looks really dangerous too.

This run almost the same, except the low in the gulf may be a little stronger.
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Quoting Patrap:
Only the truly frightened and Low brow Humans reject Logic and truth.

That is not the path to enlightenment, it is the road to perdition, easily.

Amen to that, Brother Pat. Amen... ;-)
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879 washingtonian115 "Those winds are quite strong outside. I've been standing in them almost all morning. My husband is looking at me like a total nut. But oh well."

Who am I to disagree? Everybody is looking for something.
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..this is not something casual, it is very, very, serious
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Speaking of Europe: there's much more warmth over there again today, as early February's cold spell fades into memory. There are lots of near-record and record high temperatures throughout the area; for instance, Lugano, Switzerland, set a preliminary all-time record high for the month of February of 77 (normal high for the date: 47). On this side of the Atlantic, Nassau in the Bahamas set a record high of 88.


That's right. Spring has already begun. And I don't miss the cold!
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Only the truly frightened and Low brow Humans reject Logic and truth.

That is not the path to enlightenment, it is the road to perdition, easily.

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Quoting barbamz:
Hi all from Germany; I hope the severe weather won't do you any harm. - Strange things occur in Europe, weather related. From our National weather service today, translation via giggle:

"Extreme drought in England, it was read in the last few days some media and some people rubbed their eyes in amazement: the island, where the umbrella is supposedly the standard equipment, is currently suffering a massive drought! The Ministry of Environment, which describes the periodic current situation and also published such statistics, points to an unusual drought period. So the last half year in the East of England was the driest since records began in 1910th The rain of the entire balance in 2011 was in the south and east of the island is negative, in the Midlands, it was the driest year so far! So what? At some point it will rain again more - as you might think! But the ongoing drought has already seriously affected the water table. He is, in most regions than normal, in the center and south, even extremely low. Therefore, the soil is suitably dry. The corn dried in the fields, just as the potatoes. How this affects the price of food, can you imagine! The population has been called upon to deal with the drinking extra care when watering of gardens and fields. Yet there are no restrictions in force, they will surely follow soon, as there is still no end in sight to the drought. How did it come to this situation? Normally pull low pressure areas in rapid succession across the island to the east, and then often spill over to Germany. In recent months, but had repeatedly high-pressure areas fed by the Atlantic Ocean. These highs drew the rain fronts far northerly track east toward Norway, allowing North West of England and Scotland abbekamen enough rain, but not to the south and east. Dipl.-Met. Dorothea Paetzold German Weather Service forecast and Advisory Centre Offenbach, 25/02/2012 Copyright (c) German Weather Service
Source: DWD
http://www.wetterzentrale.de/dwd3.html
Speaking of Europe: there's much more warmth over there again today, as early February's cold spell fades into memory. There are lots of near-record and record high temperatures throughout the area; for instance, Lugano, Switzerland, set a preliminary all-time record high for the month of February of 77 (normal high for the date: 47). On this side of the Atlantic, Nassau in the Bahamas set a record high of 88.
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:
Whats that swirling near Nova Scotia with the eye looking thing?

A low???

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Whats that swirling near Nova Scotia with the eye looking thing?
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Those winds are quite strong outside.I've been standing in them almost all morning.My husband is looking at me like a total nut.But oh well.
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Quoting hydrus:
This may be our next big weather event.

Tuesday looks really dangerous too.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Uhh...

This may be our next big weather event.
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Reese's Pieces are GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
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Quoting winter123:
How is this system off the nw coast of Australia not an invest? Looks like a td! (hope this animates, I'm on my phone)


Um,,, what are you looking at?
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Hi all from Germany; I hope the severe weather won't do you any harm. - Strange things occur in Europe, weather related. From our National weather service today, translation via giggle:

"Extreme drought in England, it was read in the last few days some media and some people rubbed their eyes in amazement: the island, where the umbrella is supposedly the standard equipment, is currently suffering a massive drought! The Ministry of Environment, which describes the periodic current situation and also published such statistics, points to an unusual drought period. So the last half year in the East of England was the driest since records began in 1910th The rain of the entire balance in 2011 was in the south and east of the island is negative, in the Midlands, it was the driest year so far! So what? At some point it will rain again more - as you might think! But the ongoing drought has already seriously affected the water table. He is, in most regions than normal, in the center and south, even extremely low. Therefore, the soil is suitably dry. The corn dried in the fields, just as the potatoes. How this affects the price of food, can you imagine! The population has been called upon to deal with the drinking extra care when watering of gardens and fields. Yet there are no restrictions in force, they will surely follow soon, as there is still no end in sight to the drought. How did it come to this situation? Normally pull low pressure areas in rapid succession across the island to the east, and then often spill over to Germany. In recent months, but had repeatedly high-pressure areas fed by the Atlantic Ocean. These highs drew the rain fronts far northerly track east toward Norway, allowing North West of England and Scotland abbekamen enough rain, but not to the south and east. Dipl.-Met. Dorothea Paetzold German Weather Service forecast and Advisory Centre Offenbach, 25/02/2012 Copyright (c) German Weather Service
Source: DWD
http://www.wetterzentrale.de/dwd3.html
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Uhh...

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I was just looking back to last hurricane season to see what all the post season results were. Does anyone know if there has been an official price tag for hurricane irene? the wunderground archive has a lot of blanks, and wikipedia has an uncertain 10.1 billion which has been the figure for several months.

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