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2011 April

World’s Largest Hailstones

Large hail has accompanied the recent spate of tornado outbreaks across the U.S. including stones 4.5” in diameter in the Abilene, Texas area on April 24 and possible state records for largest hailstone on record in Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia during just this past month. This blog is a revue of the greatest hailstorms on record and the largest individual stones yet measured.

weatherhistorian, • 5:44 AM GMT on April 30, 2011

Record Late Season Snowfalls

While most of the extreme weather attention (deservedly!) has been on the phenomenal tornado outbreaks this month, I thought I’d buck the trend and discuss record late season snowfalls. In fact while the Midwest was being hammered by violent thunderstorms and tornadoes April 19-20, Green Bay, Wisconsin was ‘enjoying’ its greatest late season snowfall on record with a 10” accumulation. Ironically the snow impacted the same area that was struck by a tornado outbreak just nine days earlier.

weatherhistorian, • 9:58 PM GMT on April 22, 2011

March 2011 Global Weather Extremes Summary

Extreme weather highlights for this past March include a stormy month in California, wild temperature swings in Asia with record rainfall in Thailand and relief from the prolonged drought in China.

weatherhistorian, • 7:40 PM GMT on April 15, 2011

The World’s Deadliest Tornadoes

The tornado ‘season’ got off to a roaring start this April when a powerful line of storms moving across the eastern half of the U.S. on April 4-5 produced as many as 20 tornadoes and an unprecedented 1300 severe storm warnings. Unfortunately, eight people died as a result. It could have been much worse. So I thought this might be a good time to look back at what the deadliest tornadoes on record have been.

weatherhistorian, • 11:11 PM GMT on April 06, 2011

World Record Snowfall?

I’ve been reporting the last few weeks about some errors in the NCDC database of extreme temperature records for a selection of various states. This time I'm looking at a single very interesting claim for precipitation. According to the NCDC site a world record 24-hour snowfall occurred at a site in Alaska back in February 1963.

weatherhistorian, • 4:24 AM GMT on April 01, 2011