Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:33 PM GMT on September 12, 2014
August 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary
UPDATE NASA has reported that August 2014 was the warmest such on record as shown in this table.. We'll see what NOAA's summary finds on September 18th.
August featured a record heat wave in the Baltics and Belarus, record cold in Northern Ireland, extreme rainfall events along the U.S. East Coast and in Michigan. Deadly flooding in Nepal and India killed at least 200 and Typhoon Halong hit Japan. A...
Updated: 5:08 AM GMT on September 16, 2014
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:33 PM GMT on September 09, 2014
Record Rainfall Deluges Phoenix, Arizona
Moisture associated with former Hurricane Norbert swept over southern California, southern Nevada, and Arizona on Monday resulting in record rainfall for parts of Arizona and flash flooding that took the lives of two. The official weather site at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Int’l Airport picked up an all-time calendar day precipitation amount of 3.29”. Meanwhile, across the country in Virginia, over 12” has fallen...
Updated: 6:46 AM GMT on September 10, 2014
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:26 PM GMT on September 05, 2014
U.S. Temperatures Running BOTH Unusually Hot AND Unusually Cold so far this Year
My previous blog dealt with the record summer warmth in the Pacific Northwest relative to the cool summer that much of the rest of the nation has enjoyed. An interesting report published in late August by NOAA’s climate portal Climate.gov states that for the January-July period the contiguous U.S. has never seen such “radically different temperature extremes as they have ...
By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:08 PM GMT on September 02, 2014
Warmest Summer on Record for some U.S. Northwest Cities
While much, if not most, of the contiguous U.S. had a cooler than normal summer, the Pacific Northwest endured one of its hottest such on record. Here are a few details.
Temperature anomalies for the climatological summer of 2014. The top map shows the average daily maximum departure from normal, the middle map the minimum such, and the bottom map the overall departure from no...
Updated: 6:55 PM GMT on September 03, 2014
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...
Updated: 1:28 AM GMT on September 02, 2014