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2014 July

Rare Coastal California Lightning Storm Kills One and Injures 12

A freak thunderstorm quickly developed off the Pacific coastline near Los Angeles Sunday afternoon and moved onshore at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles County. Frequent lightning strikes killed one man and injured a dozen others. This may be the only time that a summertime beach lightning fatality has occurred in California history.

weatherhistorian, • 8:00 PM GMT on July 29, 2014

June 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

June was globally the warmest such on record according to NOAA/NCDC. See Jeff Master’s blog about this posted last Thursday. The month featured heat waves in portions of Japan, China, Western Europe, Central Asia, and Mexico. Late season cold and even some snowfall were observed in Estonia, Russia, and Scandinavia mid-month. Deadly flooding occurred in Bulgaria, Paraguay, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka. An intense dust storm struck Tehran, Iran on June 2nd. Yet another intense hurricane (Cristina) formed in the Eastern Pacific.

weatherhistorian, • 10:08 PM GMT on July 26, 2014

Warmest Days of the Year for the U.S.

NOAA recently produced an interesting map showing when the hottest day of the year is likely to occur in the contiguous U.S. Complimenting this map is one produced by Brian Brettschneider of Borealis Scientific, LLC, which illustrates the date of summer’s midpoint (peak of summer average temperatures) which was reproduced in my blog posted last August. Brian has also produced maps of such for the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. There is also some other great material from Brian herein.

weatherhistorian, • 5:35 PM GMT on July 09, 2014

California Water Season and Drought Update

The water year for California came to a close on June 30th (the water year being July 1-June 30) and it was one of the driest on record for the state as a whole, preliminarily ranked as the 3rd driest such. Here are some details.

weatherhistorian, • 7:05 PM GMT on July 07, 2014

Hailstorms Pound Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Spain

A couple of unusually severe hailstorms have occurred recently, one that struck Tokyo on June 24th and another in Valencia, Spain on July 1st.

weatherhistorian, • 6:50 PM GMT on July 03, 2014

Record Wet June for Portions of the Upper Midwest

The wettest June on record has finally come to an end for portions of Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa. In a few cases it was not only the wettest June on record but also the wettest single month (any month) as well. Here are a few details.

weatherhistorian, • 7:39 PM GMT on July 01, 2014