Another Dry California Precipitation Season Draws to a Close

By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:20 AM 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: 5:30 AM GMT on June 30, 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

Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica

By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:27 AM GMT on March 26, 2015

Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica

On March 24th Base Esperanza (under Argentinean administration) located near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula reported a temperature of 17.5°C (63.5°F). Although this is the warmest temperature ever measured since weather stations became established on the southern continent, it is complicated by what the very definition of ‘Antarctica’ is. Here’s a brief review.



Heat Extreme Weather

Updated: 5:41 AM GMT on June 18, 2015

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

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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.