California Precipitation: From Famine to Feast

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:09 AM GMT on February 25, 2017

It’s amazing what a difference one year can make. California’s five-year long drought has come to a dramatic halt (or at least interruption) this winter season. The latest California Drought Monitor report, released on February 23rd, has no portion of the state under ‘Extreme Drought’ conditions for the first time in four years. Last year on this date 61% of state was enduring such. Here are some details about the rain and snowfall so far this season.
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U.S. 24-hour State and City Snowfall Records

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:02 PM GMT on December 20, 2016

U.S. 24-hour State and City Snowfall Records

Winter has descended with a vengeance for much of the nation this December. Although heavy snow has fallen in many areas no all-time snow records have yet been set so far with the exception of Binghamton, New York where a new single-storm snowfall record of 27.6” occurred on November 19-22. However, the city’s 24-hour snowfall record of 23.0” on February 2-3, 1961 was not matched. Here is a brief summary ...

Extreme Weather Snow

Updated: 9:04 PM GMT on February 09, 2017

U.S. 24-hour Snowfall Records

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:55 PM GMT on December 20, 2016

U.S. 24-hour Snowfall Records

Winter has descended with a vengeance for much of the nation this December. Although heavy snow has fallen in many areas no all-time snow records have yet been set so far with the exception of Binghamton, New York where a new single-storm snowfall record of 27.6” occurred on November 19-22. However, the city’s 24-hour snowfall record of 23.0” on February 2-3, 1961 was not matched. Here is a brief summary of the greatest...

Extreme Weather Snow Winter Weather

Updated: 9:59 PM GMT on December 20, 2016

World’s Hottest Nights/Highest Minimum Temperatures Yet Measured

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:31 PM GMT on November 21, 2016

World’s Hottest Nights/Highest Minimum Temperatures Yet Measured

One of the interesting facets of global warming has been how, over the past several decades, nighttime minimum temperatures have become warmer relative to daytime maximum temperatures. There are several scientific explanations for this. A recent study (published in the International Journal of Climatology in February 2016 by Richard Davy et al at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research p...

Heat

Updated: 7:31 AM GMT on November 22, 2016

An Investigation of Death Valley’s 134°F World Temperature Record

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2016

An Investigation of Death Valley’s 134°F (56.7°C) World Air Temperature Record

In 2012 the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) disallowed what had long been considered the hottest air temperature ever measured on Earth: a 58.0°C (136.4°F) reading measured at El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922. As a result of this record being struck from the books, the temperature of 134°F (56.7°C) recorded at Greenland Ranch at Furnace Creek in Death Val...

Extreme Weather Heat Temperature

Updated: 7:13 PM GMT on November 21, 2016


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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.