The RRR ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ Returns to California

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:04 PM GMT on January 09, 2015

The RRR ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ Returns to California

After a very wet first half of December hopes were high that the beginning to the end of California’s years-long drought might finally be at hand. However, virtually no rainfall has fallen across the state since December 18th and none is forecast until at least January 18th. Yet again, a month-long mid-winter dry spell has befallen the state.

Although mid-winter dry spells of tw...

Extreme Weather Heat Drought

Top 10 Deadliest Weather-related Aviation Accidents on Record

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:46 PM GMT on December 29, 2014

Top 10 Deadliest Weather-related Aviation Accidents on Record

Although the cause of the recent disappearance of Air Asia Flight QZ8501 with 162 on board (and presumed lost) has yet to be determined, weather conditions may have been the cause or at least related to its loss. If weather was a factor in the accident then it will rate as the 12th deadliest weather-related aviation disaster on record (the 11th deadliest was an Aeroflot flight that crashed as a...

Extreme Weather Aviation

Updated: 7:44 AM GMT on December 31, 2014

November 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 11:54 PM GMT on December 18, 2014

November 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

November was globally the 7th warmest such on record according to NOAA and 8th according to NASA (see Jeff Master’s blog for more about this). It was a cold month in the U.S. with some phenomenal lake-effect snowstorms. A powerful storm, dubbed a ‘Medicane’ formed in the Mediterranean Sea. Deadly floods occurred in Morocco, Italy, and Switzerland. It was the warmest November on record for Australia, Ita...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 7:09 PM GMT on December 19, 2014

BIG STORM UPDATE: California Drought Situation Improves

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:50 PM GMT on December 13, 2014

BIG STORM UPDATE: California Drought Situation Improves

Last Monday (Dec.8th) I posted a blog discussing the effect the California statewide rains of November 30-December 2nd had on the drought situation. As forecast, a major winter storm struck the state again this past week on Wednesday-Friday, December 10-12. The storm was the most powerful in at least two years to hit the state. Once again, another small step has been made so far as relieving the dr...

Extreme Weather Drought

California Drought Situation Improves

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:00 PM GMT on December 08, 2014

California Drought Situation Improves

A very wet week from November 29th through December 6th brought widespread heavy rainfall to almost the entire state of California and has greatly improved the dire drought situation. With another big storm on the horizon there is hope that the worst of the long drought in California may at last be coming to an end.

The hills of California have turned green again for the first time in almost nine months fol...

Extreme Weather Drought

Updated: 4:28 AM GMT on December 09, 2014

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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.