The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Begins; New CSU, TSR Forecasts Call For a Quiet Season

By: Jeff Masters, 2:34 PM GMT on June 01, 2015

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is officially underway. We've already had one early season storm, Tropical Storm Ana; will we have an early June Tropical Storm Bill? There are indications that the second tropical depression of the year has a chance to form late this week in the waters near South Florida or the Bahama Islands on Friday or Saturday. We have warmer than average SSTs in these waters, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is expected to be active in...

Updated: 2:37 PM GMT on June 01, 2015

Andres Becomes the Farthest West Major Hurricane on Record for May in the NE Pacific

By: Jeff Masters, 2:57 AM GMT on June 01, 2015

Hurricane Andres became only the fifth major May hurricane on record in the Northeast Pacific on Sunday, when it intensified into a 125 mph Category 3 storm in the waters about 800 miles southwest of the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Its unexpected intensification continued Sunday evening, with Andres reaching Category 4 strength with 140 mph winds at 11 pm EDT. According to the database of Eastern Pacific storms maintained by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management,...

Hurricane

Updated: 3:11 AM GMT on June 01, 2015

The Rains of May and the Science of Recurrence Intervals

By: Bob Henson, 3:54 PM GMT on May 30, 2015



As this memorable month sloshes toward its final weekend, rainfall records have continued to accumulate across the Southern Plains. May is already the wettest month on record in the statewide averages for both Oklahoma (14.43” as of 9:30 am CDT May 30, crushing the 10.75” from October 1941) and Texas (7.54” as of May 27, beating out the ominous 6.66” from June 2004). This is a startling feat when you consider that the two states’ combined area is alm...

Flood Extreme Weather

Updated: 10:37 PM GMT on May 30, 2015

Earth's 5th Deadliest Heat Wave in Recorded History Kills 1,826 in India

By: Jeff Masters, 12:34 PM GMT on May 29, 2015

The death toll from India's horrid May heat wave has risen to 1,826, making this year's heat wave the second deadliest in India's recorded history--and the fifth deadliest in world history. According to statistics from EM-DAT, the International Disaster Database, India's only deadlier heat wave was in 1998, when 2,541 died. With over 400 deaths recorded in just the past day and the heat expected to continue over India for another week, the 1998 death toll could well...

Heat Climate Change

Updated: 3:12 PM GMT on May 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Andres Forms in the Northeast Pacific; Not a Threat to Mexico

By: Jeff Masters, 2:43 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

The Northeast Pacific's first named storm of 2015 is here. Tropical Storm Andres formed at 11 am EDT on Thursday, in the waters about 690 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The first named storm of the Northeast Pacific hurricane season usually forms by June 10, so we are nearly two weeks ahead of climatology. According to the database of Eastern Pacific storms maintained by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, the formation of a tropical storm in May in the Ea...

Hurricane

Updated: 6:56 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

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