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2011 January

California's Superstorm: The USGS ARkstorm Report and the Great Flood of 1862

On January 14th the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report prepared by its Multi Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP) concerning a potential ‘super storm’ that could impact California at some future date and cause the costliest weather-related disaster in American history. The report references the most extreme rainfall event in modern Californian history (the floods of January 1862) as a warning of what might occur again.

weatherhistorian, • 8:54 PM GMT on January 26, 2011

The Coldest Places on Earth

Being mid-January I thought it timely to present a survey of the world’s coldest places and temperatures measured thereat. Although not as contentious as extreme heat records, cold records have their issues as well. Should uninhabited places be part of the record? What about measurements reported from sinkholes (also known as dolines), or on mountaintops or during scientific expeditions? Below is a brief summary of some of the coldest places on earth and the temperatures measured there.

weatherhistorian, • 9:05 PM GMT on January 19, 2011

Snowstorms in the South: An Historical Perspective

Atlanta, Georgia was amazed recently when 4-6” of snow (and ice) accumulated this past Sunday and Monday. Furthermore, snow fell on Christmas Day (officially 1.4”) in the Atlanta area as well. So how unusual is this? The following is a summary of the all-time greatest snowstorms to have been observed in the Gulf and Deep South Region.

weatherhistorian, • 7:37 AM GMT on January 12, 2011

December 2010 Global Weather Extremes Summary

December 2010 will go down in the record books for a number of extreme weather events from around the world with perhaps the Western European cold wave and snow topping the list. The following is a summary of some of the extreme weather highlights from around the world for the past month.

weatherhistorian, • 9:25 PM GMT on January 06, 2011

Bird Falls

Apropos of the recent bird fall reported from Beebe, Arkansas this list of prior such events may be of interest. The list was provided by Prof. Randall Cerveny of Arizona State University.

weatherhistorian, • 5:43 AM GMT on January 05, 2011