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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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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1320. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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5:09 p.m. ET

The Daytona 500 has been postponed until noon tomorrow. It will be shown live on Fox. This is the first time the race has ever been bumped a day
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Quoting SPLbeater:


i give 11-14 TS, 6-9 H, 2-4 MH. :D

reasonable?

I think so.
I'm writing a blog right now on my early thoughts for the year. It should be ready later this evening.
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Someone was commenting earlier about Madagascar getting hit so frequently this year, so I went to look at their archive, which, btw, is available in the Hurricane archive on this very site. Based on the last ten years, it seems the big island gets hit at least once just about every year, and years where three or four hurricanes strike Madagascar are not uncommon. Maybe 1 in 4 cyclones hits as a major, usually from the ocean side. However, cyclones that hit Madagascar's East coast usually go on to hit either the east coast of Africa or recurve to strike Madagascar's own west coast. [NOTE: this is eyeballed, not counted.]

Looks like this would be the Hurricane Chaser's dream location, at least in terms of frequency.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
If the West Africa drought persists (See post 1230) the CV Season will be below average and that will cut the numbers for the season. I am in the average camp of numbers,10/5/2. I would like to see our friend Levi make his analysis of the upcomming season.


that area is always dry this time of year until mid july isnt it? as was the case the past 2 years and they were still active years...i dont know
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1314. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
with a forward trust of warmer waters into NW Carib and GOM Southern Bahamas

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1313. beell
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


13, I see 648 total so far in 2012 at this link.

Link


That's through Feb 3. Add about 259 "filtered" storm reports to 648 for current YTD (all subject to revision, of course).
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I pretty much agree with that. Maybe a little more active. My VERY early thinking is 10-12 named storms, 4-5 hurricanes, 2-3 major hurricanes.


i give 11-14 TS, 6-9 H, 2-4 MH. :D

reasonable?
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1311. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
there has been significant cooling in the MDR


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If the West Africa drought persists (See post 1230) the CV Season will be below average and that will cut the numbers for the season. I am in the average camp of numbers,10/5/2. I would like to see our friend Levi make his analysis of the upcomming season.
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Quoting MrstormX:
I am expecting an '09 type year in the ATL, depending on how strong the nino gets.

I pretty much agree with that. Maybe a little more active. My VERY early thinking is 10-12 named storms, 4-5 hurricanes, 2-3 major hurricanes.
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Quoting MrstormX:
I am expecting an '09 type year in the ATL, depending on how strong the nino gets.
its highly likly too be abnormally strong considing the warmer months are yet to arrive
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I am expecting an '09 type year in the ATL, depending on how strong the nino gets.
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1289 PlazaRed "...Once a long time ago we thought of a 100 things to do at the seaside when it rains, maybe we could think of a 100 things that are not normal with the last 12 months."

Well, this is rather odd...

My houseplants always fall over before they grow that tall.
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1305. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
we will be neutral early april may june entering nino conditions for remainer of season



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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
There have been 1,152 reports of Severe Weather so far this year.

For comparison, there were 607 this time last year.


FWIW, this year's tornado season could be way worse than last years. All of this is due to the unseasonably warm winter we've been seeing and thanks to the equally unseasonably warm SST's in the GOMEX.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


PINHOLE EYE!!!!

lol
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come thursday this week
we be 90 days away
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Quoting Patrap:


PINHOLE EYE!!!!
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1300. Patrap
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Hey, KOTG.... that's been the spot to watch all day. If this was six months from now, we'd be thinking about TCFAs and the like.

i give two months from now
and we will be thinking of it
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Hey, KOTG.... that's been the spot to watch all day. If this was six months from now, we'd be thinking about TCFAs and the like.
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Quoting PlazaRed:
"Quoting wxmod:
Mid Atlantic a thousand miles east of England. MODIS today"
We could have carried on for at least a full page with that one some days.
So Aussies got winter in summer, the South of North America have got about the same temps or higher in winter.
The UK has got a drought in February and in parts of Southern Europe it has only rained a few days in the last 10 months.
Meanwhile the West coast of Saharan Africa's got a drought as well.
El Nino springs out like a Jack in a box?
I think we could go on for many inches of blogspace with this little group of anomalies. Its going to take more than a few contrails to sort this little mess out.
Once a long time ago we thought of a 100 things to do at the seaside when it rains, maybe we could think of a 100 things that are not normal with the last 12 months.




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1296. Patrap
Well hello dere waterwitch11

..kinda overcast and drizzly today.

But we got the "Walk" in.




halfpasthuman.com
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Quoting Patrap:
Those East to West Commercial Air Routes would not be the corridor to Mass Spray anything..

Contrails are NOT chemtrails.

But it makes for a good "read" fo some.

Laugh it up Pat, you're not immune, SuperDeltaBravo1 says South LA is constant under attack as well!
Laying them down in grid patterns in Phoenix apropos symbol of rebirth, the new world will rise up and be reborn from the ashes- Ordo ab Chao.

if we just pretend that the airplanes are lawn mowers it will all be ok.

hi pat. i bet its beautiful in new orleans right now.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Daytone 500 will NOT happen today ot tomorrow. Atleast an inch of rain will fall from this cluster of heavy rain.


It's officially postponed until noon tomoroow, but you're right- that doesn't look good either
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
There have been 1,152 reports of Severe Weather so far this year.

For comparison, there were 607 this time last year.


13, I see 648 total so far in 2012 at this link.

Link
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Daytone 500 will NOT happen today ot tomorrow. Atleast an inch of rain will fall from this cluster of heavy rain.

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"Quoting wxmod:
Mid Atlantic a thousand miles east of England. MODIS today"
We could have carried on for at least a full page with that one some days.
So Aussies got winter in summer, the South of North America have got about the same temps or higher in winter.
The UK has got a drought in February and in parts of Southern Europe it has only rained a few days in the last 10 months.
Meanwhile the West coast of Saharan Africa's got a drought as well.
El Nino springs out like a Jack in a box?
I think we could go on for many inches of blogspace with this little group of anomalies. Its going to take more than a few contrails to sort this little mess out.
Once a long time ago we thought of a 100 things to do at the seaside when it rains, maybe we could think of a 100 things that are not normal with the last 12 months.


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Quoting Jax82:
First hand experience of the non-existent daytona 500 today, got down to the track, sky opened up, never stopped, everyone left except for a few. Now if it starts (highly unlikely, since it looks like more is on the way) i can watch it on the comfort of my couch. Thanks rain!!!!!!!! BTW, the Daytona 500 has never been postponed, awesome piece of history i wish i wasnt apart of ;)
I was wondering if the 500 had ever been cancelled before... just proof of the unseasonable nature of this month's rain, IMO....
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
There have been 1,152 reports of Severe Weather so far this year.

For comparison, there were 607 this time last year.
on a roll
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Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

What area? (Aint been here in a while)


in the vicinity of the Chagos Arch islands. central S Indian basin. takes the area west-southwestwards, and big strengthening trend. meanders off Madagascar, before heading directly south.
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1284. Patrap
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There have been 1,152 reports of Severe Weather so far this year.

For comparison, there were 607 this time last year.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
The ECMWF makes a big system out of that area of low potential, makes it a TC in 96 hours.

What area? (Aint been here in a while)
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1281. Jax82
First hand experience of the non-existent daytona 500 today, got down to the track, sky opened up, never stopped, everyone left except for a few. Now if it starts (highly unlikely, since it looks like more is on the way) i can watch it on the comfort of my couch. Thanks rain!!!!!!!! BTW, the Daytona 500 has never been postponed, awesome piece of history i wish i wasnt apart of ;)
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Quoting Chicklit:
The 500 takes between 4-4.5 hours to complete, so I don't think they have that kind of time even if they're able to get the track to dry.

What do you think?

The track has lights so time isn't a problem... The problem is that next slug of rain that's got to go through there.
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Quoting Chicklit:
The 500 takes between 4-4.5 hours to complete, so I don't think they have that kind of time even if they're able to get the track to dry.

What do you think?
nope i don't think they will get it in today. what a shame, i got a house full of race fans..... go Kurt Busch. not much rain in zephyrhills yet.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I am not a geography expert, but would that not have England crowding Labrador a bit? Continental drifts are getting a bit excited these days. That is going to put Ireland in a bit of a squeeze as well. I guess that is one way to leave the EU. ;-)


The mid-atlantic ridge was busy over night Rookie!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I wish I could see about Australia. This summer or lack of summer would be interesting.

My suburb in Sydney till 02/21/2012...
2012 rainfall: 327.7mm (12.9in)

2011 rainfall: 70.2mm (2.76in)

Max temp: -4.0%uFFFDF below average
Min temp: -1.8%uFFFDF below average

lowest temperature: 51.8%uFFFDF on Jan 12
highest temperature: 97.0%uFFFDF on Jan 4.
wait till ya see what is planned for winter
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Quoting BahaHurican:
thanks for the imagery. Had to go look up E. Bearskin lake, though.... :o). R u N or E of there?


Northeast :P

And the snow continues, I can barely see the cars on the street,visibility is so minimal.
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Quoting Chicklit:
The 500 takes between 4-4.5 hours to complete, so I don't think they have that kind of time even if they're able to get the track to dry.

What do you think?


because of all the rain comin, i beleive more success would come to the fans if they went to McDonalds then the race :D lol
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The 500 takes between 4-4.5 hours to complete, so I don't think they have that kind of time even if they're able to get the track to dry.

What do you think?
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Quoting wxmod:
Mid atlantic a thousand miles east of England. MODIS today


I am not a geography expert, but would that not have England crowding Labrador a bit? Continental drifts are getting a bit excited these days. That is going to put Ireland in a bit of a squeeze as well. I guess that is one way to leave the EU. ;-)
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Quoting LargoFl:
its really weird here on the gulf coast, there is a real stiff breeze blowing westward at ground level, yet the clouds and the low in the gulf, are steadily moving eastward towards daytona..never saw this before


I am about 25 miles south of the track and it hasn't rained here all day.
While I'm not a race fan, I know this is an important event for a lot of people and feel bad if they cannot make it happen today.

Here's an update from Nascar.com:
4:02 p.m. ET

As updates go, it's pretty much what you might have expected. Track drying is still under way, it has stopped raining and there's hope of getting the race in tonight. However, there is also another big rain cell headed in the general direction of the facility.

3:57 p.m. ET

The skies over the track are looking much more encouraging than at most any other point today!

3:45 p.m. ET

Fifteen minutes until an expected update from NASCAR.

3:33 p.m. ET

Steve O'Donnell is tweeting up a storm today. His latest tweet says that there's a window on the radar, but adds, "We'll need the green blob behind it to blow north!" Also, dryers are on the track.

3:29 p.m. ET

NASCAR official Steve O'Donnell, asked on Twitter if shortening the race is an option to get it in today, responds, "No, sir. If we start, we intend to run 500 (miles)."
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