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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1370. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Tell me about it... I don't have high hopes for this storm. It's too warm- both the air temperature and the warm ground.
not only that but we are into late winter with only 3 weeks left before early spring this time of year is normally the start of the rebound
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im going to put somebody here on my ignore list randomly.....
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1368. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting Chapelhill:
...March too! ;)


it would be ironic to get no snow up to this point then get socked in during the first half of march
but stranger things have happen
and will continue to happen
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Well since no one wants to talk let me tell you about my shopping experience on Amazon.....


wait wait wait i will talk!! please dont start with amazon shopping, lol
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Quoting LargoFl:
Feb can be a very tricky month up there, good luck if it does come about
...March too! ;)
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Quoting LargoFl:
on this radar it seems the gulf low has broken up some?
Maybe, but it is mostly farther out in the gulf out of radar range.
Look at the southerly flow coming inland across the SE. It's being picked up at the radar sites.
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Quoting LargoFl:
Feb can be a very tricky month up there, good luck if it does come about

Tell me about it... I don't have high hopes for this storm. It's too warm- both the air temperature and the warm ground.
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1363. LargoFl
Quoting ilovehurricanes12:
maybe a big snow storm for the northeast by wednesday night into thursday!!!
Feb can be a very tricky month up there, good luck if it does come about
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1362. LargoFl
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
on this radar it seems the gulf low has broken up some?
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Quoting Skyepony:


Fresca
LOL.

When on a low-brow frenzy, some weather geeks prefer Dr. Pepper. With saltines, of course.
:)
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1359. yqt1001
Quoting SPLbeater:



i aint no slave to nobody. A Servant to the Lord...

But i have not an human master! i dont even qualify for the low class.....or do teenagers?


You are a slave to mankind. You work for mankind, and you work for a common mankind goal: the rich will become richer and more powerful.

That hasn't changed since the beginning of time.

Everything you see around you generally only exists because it makes money for someone. Everything you do only exists because someone makes money. Even in somewhere like the USSR, which ran on a state-capitalist system, everything was only done because it benefits one group or one person.

Only in an ideal society (true communism) can things change. Even then greed and corruption ruins it for the bottom majority and the system is as ruined as it is now. And that system has been ruined forever and will continue to be, likely for forever.
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Weather? ...anyone? ...or maybe we should all go and read the good Doc's rule for posting on the blog, you know, just for kicks! ;)
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WTXS21 PGTW 270130
MSGID/GENADMIN/NAVMARFCSTCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/JTWC//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION ALERT//
REF/A/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI 260121Z FEB 12//
AMPN/REF IS TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION ALERT (WTXS 21 PGTW 260130)//
RMKS/
1. FORMATION OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE IS POSSIBLE WITHIN 180 NM OF A LINE FROM 13.3S 49.4E TO 15.0S 43.0E WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. AVAILABLE DATA DOES NOT JUSTIFY ISSUANCE OF NUMBERED TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNINGS AT THIS TIME. WINDS IN THE AREA ARE ESTIMATED TO BE 27 TO 32 KNOTS. METSAT IMAGERY AT 270100 INDICATES THAT A CIRCULATION CENTER IS LOCATED NEAR 13.5S 48.5E. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING WESTWARD AT 09 KNOTS.
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1356. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting SPLbeater:



i aint no slave to nobody. A Servant to the Lord...

But i have not an human master! i dont even qualify for the low class.....or do teenagers?


you have to obey the law of man if not then you face imprisonment to a life of sock washing and other select duties.


remember you are only free as long as you do what you are told
once you do not do what you are told
you are
no longer free
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Well since no one wants to talk let me tell you about my shopping experience on Amazon.....
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Hmm, I cant help but notice I see no informative weather posts....I shall fix that.

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Quoting aspectre:
1330 MontanaZephyr "No offense meant, but it is extremely puzzlesome that a group of ostensibly intelligent beings should be obsessed with a product specifically designed for the tastes and sensibilities of the low-income, low-brow breeding classes"

Not my fault. Never did get how them thar fancy newfangled loinclothes are s'poseta work.


LOL them over-the-top fancy people who cant get dirt on themselves, cant drive theirself anywhere need a limo, talk with a thick acsent i cant understand! ROFL!

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Quoting yqt1001:


And I was implying that the middle and lower class are just slaves of the upper class. :P



i aint no slave to nobody. A Servant to the Lord...

But i have not an human master! i dont even qualify for the low class.....or do teenagers?
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1330 MontanaZephyr "No offense meant, but it is extremely puzzlesome that a group of ostensibly intelligent beings should be obsessed with a product specifically designed for the tastes and sensibilities of the low-income, low-brow breeding classes"

Not my fault. Never did get how them thar fancy newfangled loinclothes are s'poseta work.
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Quoting Skyepony:


Fresca
Quoting yqt1001:


Slavery
Quoting floridaT:
fox news


Im sure that Neapolitan left an answer lol...
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1349. yqt1001
Quoting SPLbeater:


i dont think he actually asked a question, just testing out a new dictionary with all those larger words. =p

lol


And I was implying that the middle and lower class are just slaves of the upper class. :P
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Quoting yqt1001:


Slavery


i dont think he actually asked a question, just testing out a new dictionary with all those larger words. =p

lol
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Quoting SPLbeater:


and what 'product' would that be?

fox news
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Quoting Skyepony:


Fresca


mm, i prefer SUNKIST
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1345. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting Xyrus2000:


You need to loosen the strap on your tin-foil hat. I think it may be cutting off circulation.
or attach a couple of wires and a plug
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1344. yqt1001
Quoting SPLbeater:


and what 'product' would that be?



Slavery
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1343. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting SPLbeater:


and what 'product' would that be?



Fresca
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1342. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting SPLbeater:


and what 'product' would that be?

entertainment
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All in favor of a tropical cyclone advisory for 92S at 10Pm say AYE!!
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Quoting MontanaZephyr:


No offense meant, but it is extremely puzzlesome that a group of ostensibly intelligent beings should be obsessed with a product specifically designed for the tastes and sensibilities of the low-income, low-brow breeding classes.


and what 'product' would that be?

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


PINHOLE EYE!!!!


*SMACK*

Not till AFTER June first! If you pre-troll it now you take all the fun out of it later. ;)
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Quoting TemplesOfSyrinxC4:


Your tax dollars at work- Aluminum Oxide, Sulfur Dioxide and who knows what other toxins being sprayed in the atmosphere to intentionally warm the globe in a Hegelian dialectic problem-reaction-solution plan to melt the polar regions and keep them from refreezing for RoyalDutchShell to drill as well as opening up shipping lanes and to finally have the impetus to fully implement the carbon credit ponzi scheme devised in the 90s by Enron, Occidental Petroleum heir Al Gore, and former CEO of Canadian Industrial Oil and Gas and Petro-Canada, Maurice Strong.


You need to loosen the strap on your tin-foil hat. I think it may be cutting off circulation.
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Quoting wxmod:


Geoengineering is just cloud seeding on a large scale. To say that cloud whitening over an area the size of France won't have any effect on large scale weather patterns is ludicrous. You're not going to see any peer reviewed science on this subject for a while because it's being done by private industry outside of territorial waters.


Yeah, just like Adrea Rossi has a genuine low temperature fusion device that he isn't sharing any info on due to concerns of being "ripped off".

There are a lot of "private companies" out there claiming to have done amazing things, all of them with the same line about not showing research for a host of reasons or other such nonsense. And ultimately, every one of them has been shown to be hoax that was really only effective in separating fools and their money.

Cloud whitening over an area the size of France? Please. Cloud seeding for local precipitation has an effectiveness of anywhere from 5-30% for a particular area, depending on the atmospheric conditions. Weather modification in general has a long history of big promises and equally big failures.

Now you're talking about some private company performing a synoptic scale weather altering experiment? Has it occurred to you that even if it were possible what the consequences of such an action would be?

Large scale weather modification experiments, at best, are dangerous without a thorough review of science behind it. That company better have some serious liability insurance.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
What now Keep?
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1333. guygee
Quoting BahaHurican:
Hmmmm Doesn't look like we're going to get much of that rain south of the big O....

Hopefully tomorrow...I am liking the looks of the surface low in the South Central Gulf...ship and buoy obs showing a twist in the prevailing easterly surface winds from the south and some slightly lower pressures in a high pressure environment.
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1332. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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Quoting beell:


That's through Feb 3. Add about 259 "filtered" storm reports to 648 for current YTD (all subject to revision, of course).


Hi, bl.
In case you stop back in...
Do you feel like opining on Tuesday's severe potential?
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This season has everything negative going against it.Mmmm let's see possibly strong El nino developing.Cool MDR with most of the warm water in the carribean and GOM.Drought occuring over Africa their for it might limit the waves comming off of africa this year...Yep sounds like 09 all over again..
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1328. yqt1001
My father is pretty outraged at our government meteorological services.

He says that it's the largest snowstorm in 10 years and they haven't updated our warning since 5:20am. We have 10-15 inches of snow on the ground from this storm and it's not going to be over for hours. It's been snowing since 11am, 8 hours ago.

Environment Canada said that we would get at most 10 inches.

Radar shows it having no sign of stopping any time soon.



I know I'll be outraged if I have to go to school tomorrow!
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Re: the graphics at comment 1246.
Quoting bappit:

Thanks for the plots. Not questioning the data being plotted, but a glance at that seems to understate the ferocity of the heat in SE Texas for August--either that or God help the people north of here. There have never been so many days above 100 in a row for Houston. I think that heat is what killed so many trees here. I drove by Memorial Park in Houston recently and they have cut a lot. I was thinking the dead trees at least would be good for woodpeckers. They've suffered in the last 50 years or so from people cutting down dead trees (among other things).
Maybe so. Says "Provisional data."

What North Texas and your neighbors north of Red River experienced was every bit as hot as depicted. Worst weather I've ever seen except maybe an 80 below wind chill and blowing snow - which only lasted a day or two. A summer I'd not like to see repeated in my lifetime. Fortune smiled and rain started after Labor Day - here in OK at least.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Yes, unforunately! My blog is finished for those who wish to check it out.


unfortunately?! i have to diagree wit u there...its fortunate! more chance for thunderstorm, more chance for severity in the thunderstorms with more heat:D

I give up on snow i want a big bad thunderstorm now!
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1325. Patrap
Gulf Of Mexico - Rainbow Loop with tools enabled
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Lets see, a newly negative PNA, a positive NAO....warm pattern for E CONUS likely i assume...:D

Yes, unforunately! My blog is finished for those who wish to check it out.
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Lets see, a newly negative PNA, a positive NAO....warm pattern for E CONUS likely i assume...:D
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Hmmmm Doesn't look like we're going to get much of that rain south of the big O....
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I think so.
I'm writing a blog right now on my early thoughts for the year. It should be ready later this evening.


i will be anticipating your post :D
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