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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Invest 90E:

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Quoting RTSplayer:


Is there some kind of video or visual confirmation?

Is it a Haboob or what?

Not much showing up on the radar except one Severe thunderstorm, and it's not moving directly to the downtown area, but instead moving NNW towards the area west of Sun City.

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.

&&
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The GFS is crazy with the second low lol. Come on its august not october. The low won't be ejected that way!! We need rains NOT FISHES!
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Hi nigel. It was a good weather day with a very blue sky as the sal was absent overhead for a change.
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Nothing, nada, zero, cero...


Still 90%
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813. etxwx
Especially for Patrap :-)
Space and music nostalgia combined...
Happy Birthday Telstar!
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Quoting wxchaser97:





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

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TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 PM EDT MON JUL 23 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER BLAKE
NNNN
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TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
500 PM PDT MON JUL 23 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE CHANGE WITH THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED
ABOUT 925 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MANZANILLO MEXICO. HOWEVER...
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS REMAIN CONDUCIVE FOR A TROPICAL DEPRESSION
TO FORM DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH
CHANCE...90 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES WESTWARD OR WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 MPH.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER PASCH/BLAKE
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Quoting nigel20:

It has been dry and windy over the past couple of days, but maybe we'll get some rain from the tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean.
Hopefully, dont want drought to form in your are if it hasnt already.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
There's a large dust storm approaching Phoenix.


Is there some kind of video or visual confirmation?

Is it a Haboob or what?

Not much showing up on the radar except one Severe thunderstorm, and it's not moving directly to the downtown area, but instead moving NNW towards the area west of Sun City.
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Quoting wxchaser97:
Your welcome, hows the wx where you are?
Irene caused lots of damage and all you need is 1 storm and then its a bad season. The high should decrease some in the next couple weeks which will take care of the high pressure enviorment.

It has been dry and windy over the past couple of days, but maybe we'll get some rain from the tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean.
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Quoting ncstorm:


nogaps

Heh ??
What dat ?
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Quoting RTSplayer:


Perhaps you are joking, or perhaps there is some self organizing effect which causes people to be synchronized and take breaks at about the same time...


Yeah, we've got a little shop for which I'm responsible (one of my duties). We have the theory people are gathering in town clandestinely in order to flood our shop in groups (and mess it up). Afterwards, silence again.
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Quoting nigel20:

Thanks for the update!
Your welcome, hows the wx where you are?
Quoting windshear1993:
i hope its atleast strong enough how long you think this will last bc we could atleat get another hurricane earl thats was a close one but unfortanetly irene was a bad storm :/
Irene caused lots of damage and all you need is 1 storm and then its a bad season. The high should decrease some in the next couple weeks which will take care of the high pressure enviorment.
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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!


I wish them good luck.
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nogaps
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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!

Looking forward to the Blake/Bolt clash !
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Quoting wxchaser97:
Waters are warm, shear is decreasing, and the air is moister, things will start to get interesting over the next couple weeks per gfs.

Agreed.
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Quoting Civicane49:


Nothing much. How about you?

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

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Quoting RTSplayer:


Storm would have been officially rated as a category 4 at the time the video was taken, so the readings should reasonably be mph...


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.
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Quoting Grothar:



It is a usual occurrence and unexplained. If you are in a conversation with a lot of people and there is a lull. It is usually 20 minutes after the hour or 20 minutes before the hour. It happens on the blog all the time, but no one really notices. Try it sometime.


Perhaps you are joking, or perhaps there is some self organizing effect which causes people to be synchronized and take breaks at about the same time...
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Typhoon Vicente situation report (4)

************************************
As Typhoon Vicente is starting to move away from Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Observatory replaced the Hurricane Signal No. 10 by the No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal at 3.35am today (July 24).

According to the Hospital Authority, as at 6am, a total of 118 people, including 53 males and 65 females, aged between 4 and 86, have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Fifty-two of them were admitted.

One landslide case, five flooding cases and 352 reports of fallen trees were received by the Development Bureau. In addition, Highways Department and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department respectively received 304 and six reports of fallen trees.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 24 temporary shelters and 266 people have sought refuge at the shelters.

Forty-four passenger flights have been cancelled and 276 delayed as at 6.30am.

As at 6am, the amber rainstorm warning signal, the landslip warning and the special announcement of flooding in northern New Territories are still in force.

Ends/Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Issued at HKT 07:06


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There's a large dust storm approaching Phoenix.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Agreed. Looks to be in kilometers. A 152mph gust and still having power would be incredible.


Storm would have been officially rated as a category 4 at the time the video was taken, so the readings should reasonably be mph...
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Quoting Grothar:



It is a usual occurrence and unexplained. If you are in a conversation with a lot of people and there is a lull. It is usually 20 minutes after the hour or 20 minutes before the hour. It happens on the blog all the time, but no one really notices. Try it sometime.

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.
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey wxchaser97! The Caribbean and Central America will have to be on the look out as well.
Waters are warm, shear is decreasing, and the air is moister, things will start to get interesting over the next couple weeks per gfs.
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Quoting wxchaser97:
Evening nigel, Typhoon Vicente has made landfall and the gfs now perdicts a couple td/ts/strong t-waves in the 12z and 18z runs.

Thanks for the update!
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey...what's up?


Nothing much. How about you?
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Quoting Civicane49:


Hey Nigel.

Hey...what's up?
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #32
TYPHOON VICENTE (1208)
6:00 AM JST July 23 2012
=====================================

SUBJECT: Category Three Typhoon Overland South China

At 21:00 PM UTC, Typhoon Vicente (950 hPa) located at 22.1N 112.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 80 knots with gusts of 115 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving northwest at 10 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: Overland

Storm Force Winds
=================
90 NM from the center in south quadrant
70 NM from the center in north quadrant

Gale Force Winds
================
210 NM from the center in south quadrant
150 NM from the center in north quadrant

Forecast and Intensity
========================

24 HRS: 22.6N 107.3E - 35 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Storm) - Overland Southern China
48 HRS: 22.1N 105.4E - Tropical Depression Overland Vietnam


Wow.

Guy with the hand anemometer got a peak gust of 152mph in that video just now at about 1.5 meters height.

That's way stronger than the official data even at observation height....
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

They have an incredible insfrasturcture. All buildings are reinforced with concrete as well.

We could learn a thing or two from them.


True, but they also use the metric system. :-)

Edit: And plus, I've seen wind speeds in excess of 125mph because of Katrina. Those top gusts were in the 90mph range give or take 10mph.
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Quoting allancalderini:
Hi nigel.how are you?

Hey allan! I've been good...thanks for asking.
How are you doing?
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Quoting nigel20:
Good evening fellow bloggers!

Evening nigel, Typhoon Vicente has made landfall and the gfs now perdicts a couple td/ts/strong t-waves in the 12z and 18z runs.
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Agreed. Looks to be in kilometers. A 152mph gust and still having power would be incredible.

They have an incredible insfrasturcture. All buildings are reinforced with concrete as well.

We could learn a thing or two from them.
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Quoting nigel20:
Good evening fellow bloggers!



Hey Nigel.
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Quoting wxchaser97:

Bad since storms wont go fishing(more US landfalls).

Hey wxchaser97! The Caribbean and Central America will have to be on the look out as well.
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Quoting nigel20:
Good evening fellow bloggers!

Hi nigel.how are you?
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Quoting wxchaser97:

Bad since storms wont go fishing(more US landfalls).
i hope its atleast strong enough how long you think this will last bc we could atleat get another hurricane earl thats was a close one but unfortanetly irene was a bad storm :/
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"Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide" Billy Joel

Link


Sally Ride - RIP
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Quoting Chucktown:


Probably in kilometers per hour, but still translates to about 94 mph.


Agreed. Looks to be in kilometers. A 152mph gust and still having power would be incredible.
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Good evening fellow bloggers!

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Quoting windshear1993:
so the position of the bermuda high is it good or bad?

Bad since storms wont go fishing(more US landfalls).
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


The 00z and 12z runs have more data than the 06z and 18z ones.
Yup, atleast the gfs is showing something. Still going to wait and see other runs show this too.
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