September was globally the warmest such on record according to NASA and NOAA. Deadly flooding affected the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan as well as in southern France, China, and Serbia. Record heat occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia and south-central Canada. It was the driest September on record for the U.K.
weatherhistorian, • 8:52 PM GMT on October 22, 2014
Brian Brettshneider of Borealis Scientific has done some impressive research concerning what the wettest calendar month of the year might be by employing data from 8,535 official NCDC sites from across the U.S. utilizing the latest 30 years of record (1981-2010). His conclusion is that June is, overall, most frequently the wettest month in the U.S. with 2,053 of the 8,535 sites reporting such. April, at the other end of the spectrum, reports only 76 sites of the 8,535 as their wettest month. This is a guest blog by Brian and below are the results of his research (both text and maps are his).
weatherhistorian, • 7:06 PM GMT on October 10, 2014
The confirmed death toll from the eruption of Mt. Ontake in Japan on September 27th now stands at 54 with 12 still missing. The event now ranks as the Earth’s 16th or 17th deadliest volcanic eruption since 1900. Here’s a brief review of the top 10 deadliest such events in the world since 1900. The death tolls are according to Wikipedia but other sources have differing figures.
weatherhistorian, • 8:40 PM GMT on October 07, 2014
The most dangerous month of the year for wild fires is underway in California and starting off with a significant heat wave. Last week’s rainfall had little impact on the overall drought conditions but was a welcome respite nevertheless and hopefully a harbinger of some drought relief as the rainy season approaches.
weatherhistorian, • 8:24 PM GMT on October 03, 2014