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2014 December

Winter's Back!

Arctic air moves into the US - with a potential major snow storm next weekend.

JeffMasters, • 8:50 PM GMT on December 30, 2014

Much Colder Temps Ahead

Colder Weather on the way - with a fairly big snow storm possible next weekend.

JeffMasters, • 9:39 PM GMT on December 28, 2014

Top 10 Weather Videos of 2014

The year 2014 had many spectacular extreme weather events caught on video; the most remarkable were of flash flooding in Serbia and a tornado in Russia. Two artistic videos that were favorites of mine included beautiful time-lapse pieces set to music taken of monsoon thunderstorms in Arizona and the sunset/aurora on top of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Here, then, are my choices for 2014's top 10 weather videos:

JeffMasters, • 3:48 PM GMT on December 26, 2014

Top Ten Weather Stories of 2014

The top ten weather stories of 2014 include: #1: Earth Likely Had Its Warmest Year on Record; #2: Monsoon Floods in the India-Pakistan Border Region Kill 648; #3: India's Cyclone Hudhud Does $11 Billion in Damage; #4: Southeastern Brazil's Worst Drought in 50 years; and #5: The California Drought.

JeffMasters, • 5:36 PM GMT on December 23, 2014


No Snow in the eastern US this week - much colder Temps going into New Years...

JeffMasters, • 8:23 PM GMT on December 21, 2014

Hurricane Science Legend Dr. Robert Simpson Dies at Age 102

Dr. Robert Simpson, one of the originators of the familiar Saffir-Simpson scale, passed away peacefully in his sleep today at the age of 102. He was the director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) from 1967 - 1974.

JeffMasters, • 11:29 PM GMT on December 19, 2014

New World Record for Super Typhoon Haiyan: a 180-Ton Boulder Transported

New research presented by Max Engel and co-authors from the University of Cologne in Germany at this week’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California found that Super Typhoon Haiyan’s surge set an all-time record for the heaviest boulder known to be moved by a tropical cyclone: an incredible 180 metric tons.

JeffMasters, • 3:46 PM GMT on December 18, 2014

Earth's 7th Warmest November Puts 2014 on Pace to be Warmest Year on Record: NOAA

November 2014 was the seventh warmest November on record, and the year-to-date-period January - November was Earth's warmest such period since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Monday. NASA rated November 2014 as the 8th warmest November on record.

JeffMasters, • 5:47 PM GMT on December 15, 2014

CycloneCenter.org: Harnessing the Power of Crowd-Sourcing to Improve Hurricane Data

The website cyclonecenter.org provides the platform for citizen scientists to help classify historical hurricane satellite images in order to provide a more reliable historical database of these storms. So far, almost 400,000 image evaluations have been performed, but we need your help.

JeffMasters, • 6:16 PM GMT on December 12, 2014

Torrential Rains Dent Califonia's Worst Drought in at Least 1,200 Years

Torrential rains are falling across much of drought-scarred California, thanks to the wettest storm to affect the U.S. West Coast since at least October 2009. The heavy rains will put a noticeable dent in the state's three-year drought, which was the worst 3-year drought drought period in at least the past 1,200 years, according to research published in December 2014.

JeffMasters, • 1:25 PM GMT on December 11, 2014

Huge Rainstorm Poised to Ease California's Thirst

The wettest storm to affect the U.S. West Coast since 2009 is gathering strength over the Pacific Ocean, and promises to bring much-needed drought relief to thirsty California Wednesday through Friday. Rainfall amounts of 3 - 8 inches are expected over most of Northern California, with snowfall amounts of 1 - 3 feet predicted in the Sierra Mountains.

JeffMasters, • 4:39 PM GMT on December 09, 2014

Hagupit Weakens to a Tropical Storm After Killing 21 in the Philippines

Light to moderate rains are falling in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, as a much-weakened Tropical Storm Hagupit plows west-northwest at 7 mph. Hagupit is still a very serious heavy rainfall threat. The storm's slow forward speed of 5 - 10 mph through the western Philippines will potentially bring heavy rains of 5 - 10" to Manila.

JeffMasters, • 2:35 PM GMT on December 08, 2014

Category 1 Typhoon Hagupit Drenching the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit was a weakened Category 1 typhoon with 85 mph winds and a 965 mb central pressure over the Central Philippines on Sunday morning, after making landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar, at 9:15 pm local time on Saturday. Two deaths are being blamed on the typhoon so far, and it appears the islands avoided a major catastrophe.

JeffMasters, • 4:43 PM GMT on December 07, 2014

Category 3 Typhoon Hagupit Hits the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar, at 9:15 pm local time on Saturday, December 6, said the Philippines State weather bureau PAGASA. At landfall, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center rated Hagupit a major Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds, and the Japan Meteorological Agency gave it a central pressure of 935 mb.

JeffMasters, • 4:37 PM GMT on December 06, 2014

Super Typhoon Hagupit Closes in on the Philippines

Heavy rains and huge waves are already pounding the Philippines and over half a million people have been evacuated as Super Typhoon Hagupit closes in on the storm-weary islands. Hagupit briefly fell below the 150 mph wind threshold needed to maintain its "Super Typhoon" designation on Thursday, but is intensifying once again.

JeffMasters, • 4:16 PM GMT on December 05, 2014

Cat 5 Super Typhoon Hagupit Poised to Hit Philippine Islands Devastated by Haiyan

Super Typhoon Hagupit has exploded into mighty Category 5 storm with 175 mph winds, and is threatening the same portion of the Philippine Islands devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

JeffMasters, • 4:32 PM GMT on December 04, 2014

Category 3 Typhoon Hagupit Threatening Philippine Islands Hit by Haiyan

Category 3 Typhoon Hagupit put on a respectable burst of rapid intensification over the past day, and is steaming west-northwest at 21 mph towards the same portion of the Philippine Islands devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. The ridge of high pressure steering Hagupit will weaken late this week, putting the typhoon into a region of weak steering currents, making the threat to the Philippines uncertain.

JeffMasters, • 4:22 PM GMT on December 03, 2014

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends With Below-Average Activity

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is officially in the books, ending up with below average activity--8 named storms, 6 hurricanes, 2 intense hurricanes, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) that was 63% of the 1981 - 2010 median.

JeffMasters, • 4:36 PM GMT on December 01, 2014