August 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

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...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 5:08 AM GMT on September 16, 2014

Record Rainfall Deluges Phoenix, Arizona

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...

Precipitation Records Extreme Weather

Updated: 6:46 AM GMT on September 10, 2014

U.S. Temperatures Running Unusually Hot AND Unusually Cold this Year

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 ...

Warmest Summer on Record for some U.S. Northwest Cities

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...

Extreme Weather Heat Cold

Updated: 6:55 PM GMT on September 03, 2014

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

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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.