Death Valley ‘Sliding Rocks’ Mystery Resolved

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:21 PM GMT on August 29, 2014

Death Valley ‘Sliding Rocks’ Mystery Resolved

An article published in the science journal PLOS ONE on August 27th by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has finally put to rest the mystery of the ‘sliding’ rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley.



One of the many rocks photographed that seemed to have slid across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley. The phenomenon was first noticed in the 1940s. Many hypothes...

Extreme Weather Mysteries

Updated: 1:28 AM GMT on September 02, 2014

Record Warmth in Northeastern Canada, Record Cold in Northern Ireland

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:55 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

Record Warmth in Northeastern Canada, Record Cold in Northern Ireland

August has continued the July pattern of anomalously warm weather in Canada’s far eastern regions with a new all-time record high of 22.7°C (72.9°F) measured at Resolution Island, Nunavut on August 23rd. In contrast, Northern Ireland observed its coldest August temperature on record the morning of August 24th with a -1.9°C (28.6°F) reading.

Resolution Island (61° 36’...

Extreme Weather Cold Heat Mini Blog

Updated: 8:31 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

Heavy Rainfall Trends

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:46 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

Heavy Rainfall Trends

Yet another phenomenally intense rainfall event has occurred in the U.S. this morning (August 22nd) when 3.95” of rain in one hour was measured by a COOP observer at a site 3 miles southwest of Chicago’s Midway Airport. The return period for such at Midway Airport (according to NOAA’s ‘Precipitation Frequency Data Server’) is once in 500 years. This is similar to the Baltimore, Detroit, and Islip, New York events last week ...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 11:34 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

July 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:58 PM GMT on August 19, 2014

July 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

July was the 4th warmest such since 1880 according to NOAA and the 11th warmest according to NASA data (the difference in assessments is due to several factors which I’ll discuss in a future blog). It was unusually cool in the central portion of the U.S. while record warmth was observed in parts of the U.S. Northwest, Scandinavia and the Baltic nations. Several powerful typhoons made landfall in East Asia and Hu...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 1:30 AM GMT on August 20, 2014

Incredible East Coast Rainfall Event of August 12-14

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:43 PM GMT on August 15, 2014

Incredible East Coast Rainfall Event of August 12-14

What must have been one of the most anomalous non-tropical-storm-related precipitation events on record affected a wide area from North Carolina to Maine on August 12-14. The heaviest precipitation was confined to a relatively narrow band from the Baltimore, Maryland area, across southern New Jersey, and into coastal areas of New England as far north as Maine. Here are some details.


Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 9:50 PM GMT on August 15, 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.