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2011 August

A Brief Comparison of Hurricane Irene to Hurricane Floyd

Given the similarities of the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Irene this past weekend and Floyd in September 1999, I thought I would prepare this mini-blog on the subject for those interested.

weatherhistorian, • 9:11 PM GMT on August 31, 2011

Historic Hurricanes from New Jersey to New England: 1634-2011

A very large though not intense hurricane is bearing down on the mid-Atlantic coastline as I write this Saturday morning August 27, 2011. This blog is a review of significant hurricanes that have in the past affected the New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, and Northeastern portions of the United States. I arrange this review in a chronological order beginning with the first European settlement of the northeastern United States in 1620.

weatherhistorian, • 8:09 AM GMT on August 27, 2011

Heat Wave Strikes Europe

While the heat wave in the south central portion of the U.S.A. continues, one of the worst heat waves to strike central and southern Europe since 2003 has affected portions of Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland this past week. The temperature soared to 107.8°F (42.1°C) in Florence, Italy on August 22, the hottest reading on record for the city. The following is a short blog highlighting some of the temperatures recorded in Europe since the heat wave began August 19th.

weatherhistorian, • 10:00 PM GMT on August 24, 2011

Record Dew Point Temperatures

Just recently the Minnesota State Climate Office issued a statement declaring the 88° dew point temperature measured at Moorhead (on the Red River across from Fargo, North Dakota) between 7pm and 9pm on July 19, 2011 as a new all-time state record for the highest such reading ever observed. This would also be one of the highest dew points ever observed in the United States. Here is a brief summary of record dew point levels from both the U.S.A. and around the world.

weatherhistorian, • 7:30 PM GMT on August 11, 2011

July 2011 Global Weather Extremes Summary

July was yet another busy month for global weather extremes. Highlights included record-busting heat in the central and eastern portions of the U.S.A. as well as in the Middle East and China. Torrential rains caused devastating flooding on the Korean peninsula and a blizzard produced extraordinary snowfall in southern Chile.

weatherhistorian, • 7:02 PM GMT on August 05, 2011