March 2014 4th Warmest Globally

By: Christopher C. Burt, 6:59 PM GMT on April 22, 2014

March 2014 4th Warmest Globally

NOAA released its global March 2014 summary today (April 22nd) which stated that it was the 4th warmest March on record over global land and ocean surfaces since 1880. The global average temperature for the month was 12.3°C (54.1°F) which was 0.71°C (1.28°F) above the 20th century average.



March 2014 land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius. NOAA



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Updated: 11:42 PM GMT on April 22, 2014

A Warm Winter in Alaska

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:27 PM GMT on April 18, 2014

A Warm Winter in Alaska

In contrast to much of the contiguous U.S., the National Weather Service (NWS) in Alaska noted in a post this week that Alaska has enjoyed its third warmest ‘winter’ on record for 2013-2014. The period of time they are calling ‘winter’ is for the six months of October 2013 through March 2014. Here are a few details.

According to the NWS statement, statewide it was the 3rd warmest October-March period for Alaska s...

Updated: 5:26 AM GMT on April 19, 2014

March 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:45 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

March 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

March featured a number of anomalous extreme weather events such as the floods in portions of Egypt and New Zealand, a freak hailstorm in Asmara, Eritrea, record warmth in much of Europe, severe cold and snow in the eastern half of the U.S. and heavy rainfall in the Pacific Northwest that culminated in a deadly landslide in Washington. Preliminary data from NASA indicates that globally (land-ocean temperature ind...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 1:08 AM GMT on April 17, 2014

Persistent Drought Still Reigns in Much of Texas

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:32 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

Persistent Drought Still Reigns in Much of Texas: The case Of Lubbock

Although much attention has (rightly) been focused on the extreme drought in California, it seems that we’ve almost forgotten about how intense and long-lasting the drought has been for much of central and northwestern Texas. This drought developed a long three and half years ago and, in some localities, it is far and away the worst drought on record. That’s the case in Lubbock.

Extreme Weather Drought Mini Blog

Updated: 6:18 AM GMT on April 18, 2014

Slow Start to Tornado ‘Season’ but Watch out for April

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:33 PM GMT on April 09, 2014

Slow Start to Tornado ‘Season’ but Watch out for April

So far it has been a relatively quiet tornado year across the U.S. with no EF-3 or stronger tornadoes yet reported, the latest in the year for such since at least 1950. However there are almost three weeks left to go in what historically has been one of the deadliest months for tornado outbreaks.



Satellite image of the Southeast on the afternoon of April 27, 2011 during the ...

Extreme Weather Tornadoes

Updated: 1:10 AM GMT on April 10, 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.