UPDATE: Crazy Summer in Hawaii: Record Rainfall, Record Heat, and Snow!

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:09 PM GMT on August 26, 2015

UPDATE: Crazy Summer in Hawaii: Record Rainfall, Record Heat, and Snow!

Although much media attention weather-wise (at least recently) for Hawaii has been about tropical storms an even more interesting story has been the record wet August in Honolulu and Lihue and the hottest summer and hottest single month (August) on record for many Hawaiian cities. Despite a record warm July, accumulating snow managed to dust the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island. ...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records Temperature Heat Snow

Updated: 11:54 PM GMT on September 01, 2015

Pacific Northwest on Track for Warmest Summer on Record

By: Christopher C. Burt, 3:30 AM GMT on August 01, 2015

Pacific Northwest on Track for Warmest Summer on Record

Another heat wave has engulfed much of the U.S. Pacific Northwest the past few days with Seattle, Washington now having observed twelve 90°+ temperatures so far this summer (as of Aug. 1st), an all-time record (9 such days in 1958 was the previous) and also July has been their warmest month ever observed. For some of the cities in the Northwest this has been the warmest June-July period ever measure...

Extreme Weather Heat

Updated: 8:45 PM GMT on August 15, 2015

Another Dry California Precipitation Season Draws to a Close

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:02 PM GMT on June 30, 2015

Another Dry California Precipitation Season Draws to a Close

The 2014-2015 precipitation season ended today (June 30th) and the drought continues unabated. Although the precipitation totals for the July 1-June 30 (2014-2015) period do not appear to be all that bad (generally 60-85% of average) this does not tell the whole story. A very wet December saved what otherwise would have been a catastrophically dry year. In fact, the past six months (since Januar...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records Drought

Updated: 5:46 AM GMT on July 01, 2015

Hottest Summers, Coldest Winters for Contiguous U.S.: A Few Years Loom Large

By: Christopher C. Burt, 6:27 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

Hottest Summers, Coldest Winters for Contiguous U.S.: A Few Years Loom Large

Keeping track of all-time warmest/coldest daily maximum temperatures and all-time warmest/coldest months on record for any given site is a fairly easy task. However, very few NWS sites provide data concerning what their respective coldest climatological winters (December-February) or hottest climatological summers (June-August) have been. Researching 300 sites in the contiguous U...

Extreme Weather Cold Heat

Updated: 1:48 AM GMT on May 29, 2015

The Great California Storm of April 19-23, 1880

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:20 PM GMT on April 11, 2015

The Great California Storm of April 19-23, 1880

Could a single big late–season storm have a significant impact on the California drought? A 'Hail Mary' storm event? Normally by this time of the year (April 10th) California would have already received at least 90% of its rainy-season precipitation total and any additional rain or snowfall would have little impact so far as the current drought is concerned. However, back in late April 1880, one of the mos...

Extreme Weather Extra-tropical Storms Precipitation Records

Updated: 3:40 AM GMT on April 12, 2015

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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.