June 2012: Earth's 4th warmest June; heavy rains in Beijing kill 37

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:19 PM GMT on July 23, 2012

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June 2012 was the globe's 4th warmest June on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). NASA rated May 2012 the 3rd warmest on record. June 2012 global land temperatures were the warmest on record; this makes three months in a row--April, May, and June--in which record-high monthly land temperature records were set. Global ocean temperatures were the 10th warmest on record. June 2012 was the 328th consecutive month with global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average; the last time global temperatures were below average was February 1985. We've now had three consecutive top-five warmest months on record; April 2012 was the 5th warmest April on record, and May 2012 was the 2nd warmest May on record. The increase in global temperatures relative to average, compared to March 2012 (16th warmest March on record) is due, in part, to warming waters in the Eastern Pacific, where a La Niña event ended in April, and borderline El Niño conditions now exist. Global satellite-measured temperatures in June for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were 4th or 3rd warmest in the 34-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH). Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent during June 2012 was the smallest in the 46-year period of record. Wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has a comprehensive post on the notable weather events of June in his June 2012 Global Weather Extremes Summary. Notably:

- The U.K. suffered through its wettest June since at least 1910, and coolest such since 1991.

- The monsoon season has been especially devastating so far along the banks of the Brahmaputra River in northeast India and Bangladesh. Over 2000 villages have been flooded and at least 190 deaths reported so far. Almost 20 million people in all have been displaced.

- The Korean Peninsula continued to endure its worst drought in at least 105 years.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for June 2012. In the Northern Hemisphere, most areas experienced much higher-than-average monthly temperatures, including most of North America and Eurasia, and northern Africa. Only northern and western Europe, and the northwestern United States were notably cooler than average. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) .

Arctic sea ice has greatest June loss on record
Arctic sea ice saw its greatest-ever decrease during the month of June, and ice extent averaged over the entire month was the 2nd lowest for June in the 35-year satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The last three Junes (2010 - 2012) have had the three smallest ice extents for the month, with June 2012 being the 21st consecutive June and the 133rd consecutive month with below-average Arctic sea ice extent. During much of June 2012 and extending into the first half of July, the Arctic Dipole pattern set up. This atmospheric circulation pattern features a surface high pressure system in the Arctic north of Alaska, and a low pressure system on the Eurasian side of the Arctic. This results in winds blowing from south to north over Siberia, pushing warm air into the central Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Dipole pattern occurred in all summer months of 2007 and helped support the record 2007 summer reduction in sea ice extent. The Arctic Dipole pattern has broken down over the past few days, and is expected to be absent through early August. This should slow Arctic sea ice loss, and ice extent may no longer be at record low levels by the first week of August.


Figure 2. Arctic sea ice area in 2012 as of July 22 (yellow line) compared to all the other years since satellite observations began in 1979. Ice area in 2012 during most of June and July has been the lowest on record. The previous record low years were 2007 and 2011. Note that sea ice area (as shown here) and sea ice extent (as measured by the National Snow and Ice Data Center) are not the same thing, but one can use either to quantify sea ice, and both show very similar behavior. Image credit: University of Illinois Cryosphere Today.

Three new billion-dollar weather disasters in June
The globe experienced three new billion-dollar weather disasters in June, bringing the total for the year to nine, said insurance broker Aon Benfield in their June Catastrophe Report. The most expensive disaster in June occurred in China, where heavy rains between the between June 20 - 29 affected northern, central, eastern and southern sections of the country. The rains left at least 50 people dead in 17 separate provinces, and caused damage estimated at CNY17.4 billion (USD2.73 billion). The U.S. suffered two billion-dollar severe weather events in June, bringing the total number of such events to six for the year. The record for most billion-dollar disasters in a year in the U.S. is fourteen (according to NOAA/NCDC) or seventeen (according to Aon Benfield.) The most costly event in June 2012 came across portions of Texas and New Mexico, where severe thunderstorms pelted areas (including the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region) with golf ball and baseball-sized hail. The Insurance Council of Texas said that more than 100,000 claims were filed and total insured losses in the state would exceed $1 billion, with total losses near $1.75 billion. A separate hail event in Colorado and Wyoming caused more than $700 million in insured losses, and $1.25 billion in total losses.


Figure 3. Weather disasters costing at least half a billion dollars so far in 2012, according to insurance broker Aon Benfield in their June Catastrophe Report.

Heaviest rains in 60 years deluge Beijing, killing 37
China's latest billion-dollar weather disaster is a torrential rainstorm that hit Beijing Saturday night, dumping the the heaviest rains the city has seen in 60 years, according to Associated Press. The resulting flooding killed 37 people and did $1.6 billion in damage.


Figure 4. A Chinese man uses a signboard to signal motorists driving through flooded street following a heavy rain in Beijing Saturday, July 21, 2012. China's government says the heaviest rains to hit Beijing in six decades. The torrential downpour Saturday night left low-lying streets flooded and knocked down trees. (AP Photo)

Quiet in the Atlantic
There are no threat areas to discuss in the Atlantic, and none of the reliable computer models are developing a tropical cyclone over the next seven days.


Jeff Masters

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Quoting washingtonian115:
It says it's an unsafe site.


it always says that..its the navy site so no viruses..
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Quoting nigel20:

Maybe in 400m male and female, 200m female, but i think that we'll do pretty well in both 100 and 200m male and 100m female as well.


Since Usain Bolt was mentioned, then if you're talking about running then the U.S. is screwed.


If you are talking about swimming, it's pretty hard to beat the U.S. in anything lately.
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If the wave develop is it going to the U.S??
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Quoting washingtonian115:
No politics tonight please.We know the U.S is going to hell but this blog isn't about that..


Sorry, that's why I mentioned a posible Storm....

or a posible blob...
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

They have Usain Bolt.

Hey MA! I think that we'll get 8+ medals barring injuries or false starts.
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Quoting ncstorm:
the full nogaps run

It says it's an unsafe site.
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the full nogaps run

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Quoting washingtonian115:
No politics tonight please.We know the U.S is going to hell but this blog isn't about that..


lol no politics just weather unless politics is related to weather like AL gore
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No politics tonight please.We know the U.S is going to hell but this blog isn't about that..
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Pacific's Hurricane Lester and Atlantic's Hurricane Andrew.

Lester made U.S. landfall as a TS on August 23 and Andrew as a Cat. 5 on August 24.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Not even close.

They have Usain Bolt.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hey Nigel :).we need to build our buldings like that along the coast here in the U.S.But people go for the more cheaper building materials..So they're pretty much paying for the beach.

Most of the houses in Jamaica are built from concrete and steel, but not all roofs are attached using hurricane straps...the housing stock is generally improving though.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Not even close.


who they arent close to us or the other way around?
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the tropical wave Barbados radar
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Quoting nigel20:

Maybe in 400m male and female, 200m female, but i think that we'll do pretty well in both 100 and 200m male and 100m female as well.

Not even close.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


too bad the USA will destroy them

Maybe in 400m male and female, 200m female, but i think that we'll do pretty well in both 100 and 200m male and 100m female as well.
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GULF OF MEXICO...
SURFACE RIDGING EXTENDS FROM THE W ATLANTIC TO CENTRAL GEORGIA
NEAR 33N87W. AS OF 2100 UTC...AN EMBEDDED 1018 MB LOW IS
CENTERED OVER THE NE GULF OF MEXICO NEAR 29N84W. RADAR IMAGERY
SHOWS WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION GOING AROUND THE LOW
CENTER. SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS OVER MOST OF INLAND
FLORIDA. FURTHER S...SCATTERED MODERATE TO STRONG CONVECTION IS
OVER THE WESTERN YUCATAN PENINSULA AND THE EASTERN BAY OF
CAMPECHE FROM 17N-22N BETWEEN 88W-93W. FURTHER W...WIDELY
SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS OVER THE NW GULF FROM 23N-28N
BETWEEN 90W-94W. THIS CONVECTION IS MOSTLY DUE TO UPPER LEVEL
DIFFLUENCE FROM AN UPPER LEVEL LOW CENTERED IN THE BAY OF
CAMPECHE NEAR 23N94W. EXPECT THE LOW OVER THE NE GULF TO
GRADUALLY DISSIPATE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH CONVECTION. ALSO
EXPECT INCREASED CONVECTION OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE.

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U.S.A,U.S.A!!!!!!
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Quoting BDAwx:


Yeah, we do have good building codes - have to!.


BDAwx i still have those debby radar images, what should i do with them?
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Quoting wxchaser97:
The only countries that dont use the metric system are US, Burma, and Liberia.


To be honest, I don't like most customary units, because they are difficult to work with for scientific equations, particularly anything involving mass, energy, or temperature, which is quite frankly almost everything in science.

Also, we already use Kilowatt-hours for electricity, which is a derived metric unit of energy, which is one reason why I can't stand when someone quantifies thermal energy in terms of BTU.
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Quoting nigel20:

I'm just awaiting the start of the Olympics...hopefully our (Jamaaica) team will be successful and represent us well!


too bad the USA will destroy them
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey wash! Yeah, the average cost of a house in Bermuda in excess of a $1000000

via CIA World Factbook

I'm not sure how correct that figure is though.
Hey Nigel :).we need to build our buldings like that along the coast here in the U.S.But people go for the more cheaper building materials..So they're pretty much paying for the beach.
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Another posible storm to watch in order to be prepared:

Officials warn U.S. debt crisis approaching a fiscal cliff
Posted on July 23, 2012


Link
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841. BDAwx
Quoting washingtonian115:
I would like to take this time to thank the Wu-Admin who took my e-mail to them seriously and actually considered it even though it wasn't very nice.Thanks WU-admin

Any who Bermuda is another place that has good building codes.


Yeah, we do have good building codes - have to!.
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2007 was the only one of two occurrences in which a North Atlantic hurricane and a Pacific hurricane made landfall on the same day.
what was the other year?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I would like to take this time to thank the Wu-Admin who took my e-mail to them seriously and actually considered it even though it wasn't very nice.Thanks WU-admin

Any who Bermuda is another place that has good building codes.

Hey wash! Yeah, the average cost of a house in Bermuda in excess of a $1000000

via CIA World Factbook

I'm not sure how correct that figure is though.
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Vicente is maintaining an excellent satellite presentation despite making landfall... The eye is gone but otherwise it looks great for a tropical system over land:

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The earliest time we should see development(according to the GFS) is in 90 hours..so a whole 'nother 4 days from now.
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836. j2008
Quoting wxchaser97:

Will San Tan Valley get hit(SE of Phoenix) My old neighbors moved there around a year ago and the havn't been through a dust storm before.
They most likely have already been hit, the storm went through downtown phoenix a couple minuets ago.
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835. BDAwx
Kinda Old, but Vicente making Landfall in southern China:
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Big storms firing over S Ontario
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I'll be out for now. Here's my entry earlier today for those who missed it.
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Evening everyone... I just went through an awesome thunderstorm in northern VT... There's probably damage in some areas... Guess I'll see in the morning... It's still going strong too:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
744 PM EDT MON JUL 23 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CALEDONIA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST VERMONT...
LAMOILLE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST VERMONT...
NORTHEASTERN ORANGE COUNTY IN CENTRAL VERMONT...
ORLEANS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST VERMONT...
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL VERMONT...
SOUTHEASTERN CHITTENDEN COUNTY IN NORTHWEST VERMONT...
NORTH CENTRAL ADDISON COUNTY IN CENTRAL VERMONT...
ESSEX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VERMONT...

* UNTIL 845 PM EDT.

* AT 736 PM EDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH A HISTORY OF PRODUCING ONE INCH
DIAMETER HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE SEVERE
STORMS EXTENDED FROM TICE TO GLOVER TO WOODBURY TO MIDDLESEX CENTER
TO STARKSBORO...AND WERE MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO...
WEST BURKE...WALDEN...NORTHFIELD FALLS...ST. JOHNSBURY...VICTORY...
SOUTH BARRE...LUNENBURG...LOWER WATERFORD...GROTON...RICKER STATE
PARK...

THIS LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IS ALSO PRODUCING DEADLY CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING.

WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY...PLEASE REPORT DAMAGING WINDS OR HAIL TO
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...1 800 8 6 3 4 2 7
9...OR BY SUBMITTING A STORM REPORT AT WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

GET TO SAFETY IMMEDIATELY WHEN THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES. WINDS
MAY KNOCK DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES AND DAMAGE BUILDINGS. LARGE HAIL
MAY CAUSE INJURY AND DAMAGE PROPERTY.
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I would like to take this time to thank the Wu-Admin who took my e-mail to them seriously and actually considered it even though it wasn't very nice.Thanks WU-admin

Any who Bermuda is another place that has good building codes.
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Quoting redwagon:

A corollary is if you're really hungry, but have definite dinner plans later, but need to pull into a McDs or Arby's to keep blood sugar up, 7 other people will appear out of nowhere to fight you for the drive-up.
it happens to me,all the time,when i go to 7-11.
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Quoting nigel20:

That's correct! Most countries outside the US uses the metric system for day to day measurement; mm, cm, km, kg,...tec.
The only countries that dont use the metric system are US, Burma, and Liberia.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Considering it's China (or any other country other than the US), it's most likely kilometers. That was no 152mph gust, I can assure you.

That's correct! Most countries outside the US uses the metric system for day to day measurement; mm, cm, km, kg,...tec.
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey allan! I've been good...thanks for asking.
How are you doing?
Im fine thanks for asking.
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Quoting sunlinepr:





Interesting how the Total Precipitable water flow in the African area is able to reach 23N (orange)... Up to now that area was ocuppied by Dry air or SAL


Setting the stage for waves in the future. Shear is a factor for that wave coming of Africa right now.
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Quoting ncstorm:


the Nogaps is trying to develop the wave about to come off africa..

And another model joins the party...The Atlantic is trying to prove me wrong..
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Hi nigel. It was a good weather day with a very blue sky as the sal was absent overhead for a change.

Hey Tropics! We had a very dry and windy day as well.
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Quoting Civicane49:
Invest 90E:



E Pacific again and again!!
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Quoting pottery:

Looking forward to the Blake/Bolt clash !

Yes indeed...that should be a very good race!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

They showed video on The Weather Channel of a large haboob.

There's a Dust Storm Warning in effect for Phoenix.

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ
412 PM MST MON JUL 23 2012


AZZ023-240015-
/O.NEW.KPSR.DS.W.0008.120723T2312Z-120724T0000Z/
GREATER PHOENIX AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MESA...PHOENIX
412 PM MST MON JUL 23 2012

...DUST STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A DUST STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON.

* AFFECTED AREA...WEST PORTIONS OF THE GREATER PHOENIX
AREA..INCLUDING LAVEEN...TOLLESON...AVONDALE AND LUKE AIR FORCE
BASE.

* TIMING...UNTIL 5 PM

* WINDS...WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* VISIBILITY...DOWN TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING DUST.

* IMPACTS...VISIBILITIES WILL DROP RAPIDLY OVER VERY SHORT DISTANCES.
USE CAUTION TRAVELING INTERSTATE 10 AND OTHER ROADWAYS IN THE AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE READY FOR A SUDDEN DROP IN VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO. IF YOU
ENCOUNTER BLOWING DUST OR BLOWING SAND ON THE ROADWAY OR SEE IT
APPROACHING...PULL OFF THE ROAD AS FAR AS POSSIBLE AND PUT YOUR
VEHICLE IN PARK. TURN THE LIGHTS ALL THE WAY OFF AND KEEP YOUR
FOOT OFF THE BRAKE PEDAL.

REMEMBER...PULL ASIDE...STAY ALIVE.

&&

Will San Tan Valley get hit(SE of Phoenix) My old neighbors moved there around a year ago and the havn't been through a dust storm before.
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Quoting pottery:

Heh ??
What dat ?


the Nogaps is trying to develop the wave about to come off africa..

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Invest 90E:

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