Although much media attention (and rightfully so) has been given to the enormous and devastating wild fires in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas this spring and summer little has been reported about one of the largest wild fires in the history of the Southeast; the great Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge fire that started back on April 28th and has now consumed about 75% of the 400,000 acre refuge.
weatherhistorian, • 6:28 PM GMT on July 28, 2011
As the eastern two-thirds of the United States continues to swelter under some of the hottest temperatures seen in recent years I thought it opportune to look back at the nation’s worst heat wave and hottest summer in history, that of 1936.
weatherhistorian, • 10:10 PM GMT on July 21, 2011
I’ve been on holiday the first two weeks of this month so sorry for this tardy global weather extremes blog for this past June. Significant events include the intensifying drought in the south central and southeast of the U.S.A. with some all-time record heat, flooding in the upper Plains, and a freak tornado hits Springfield, Massachusetts. A world calendar day maximum minimum temperature record was set at Khassab, Oman on June 27th with a low of 107.1°F.A new record low temperature for all of Oceania has been uncovered in New Zealand (-14.1°F back in 1903). The humidity fell to 0.6% in Las Vegas on June 28th, perhaps he lowest such ever measured in the United States.
weatherhistorian, • 10:06 PM GMT on July 16, 2011