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2012 November

California Rain and Windstorm: Round 2

The second of three systems to impact central and northern California is winding down as of mid-day this Friday. Rainfall and winds have not been quite as impressive as forecast (so far) although the third and final of the storms, which is expected to arrive Saturday night and early Sunday, may make up for what the first two systems lacked.

weatherhistorian, • 9:36 PM GMT on November 30, 2012

Same-Day Record High and Low Temperatures

Last week Valentine, Nebraska saw its temperature fall from a record 76° at 3 p.m. (CST) on November 21st to 10° by 7 a.m. on November 23rd. A drop of 66° in just 40 hours. The low of 10° was not a record and, of course, almost two days separated the two extremes. However, there have been rare occasions at a handful of locations in the U.S. when the record maximum and record minimum temperatures were broken on the same day. Here is a summary of those events.

weatherhistorian, • 4:23 AM GMT on November 25, 2012

Northwest Storm Update for Tuesday, November 20th

The worst of the latest storm affecting Washington and Oregon has passed, although gusty winds and heavy rain showers continue across much of the region. Another fairly decent storm is expected to move into the region Wednesday and Thursday. Some very impressive wind speeds and rainfall amounts were reported from this latest storm. Here is a brief recap of these.

weatherhistorian, • 8:16 PM GMT on November 20, 2012

Intense wind and rainstorm slams Washington and Oregon

As part of my new contract with WU/TWC I will begin posting several ‘mini-blogs’ each week (if weather events warrant) in addition to my weekly-featured blog. These ‘mini-blogs’ will be short updates concerning current extreme weather events and hazards occurring in the U.S. and/or from around the world. These blogs will rarely feature photographs or graphics unless the situation calls for such. This first entry is an update on the extreme extra-tropical storm that is now affecting the states of Washington and Oregon.

weatherhistorian, • 8:15 PM GMT on November 19, 2012

World and U.S. Record Snowstorms

The city of Hegang, in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang, received its greatest snowstorm in at least 50 years (since reliable weather records began in China in 1962) on November 11-13th when 50 cm (20”) of snow accumulated. With winter bearing down and the lake-effect snow season about to begin, I thought I’d take a look at record-breaking snowstorms both in the U.S. and around the world.

weatherhistorian, • 9:07 PM GMT on November 16, 2012

October 2012 Global Weather Extremes Summary

The biggest weather story for October was the amazing hybrid storm Sandy, which devastated the U.S. Mid-Atlantic States resulting in the deaths of at least 119. A further 67 lives was lost to the storm in Cuba and Haiti, which were also dealt devastating blows. An unprecedented heat wave afflicted Brazil and Bolivia. Cyclone Nilam struck southern India triggering deadly floods. A rare heavy snowfall occurred in the mountains of Australia west of Sydney.

weatherhistorian, • 7:44 PM GMT on November 07, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Sandy was one of the most significant weather events in U.S. history and certainly near if not on top of the list for the Mid-Atlantic States. As of Friday November 3rd the U.S. death toll stands at 92, making Sandy the 5th or 6th deadliest tropical storm in Mid-Atlantic/New England history (and perhaps 4th if the toll continues to rise). Here is a brief summary of the storms superlatives. Sorry, no graphics or photos with this blog, there are simply too many of these already in the ‘blogosphere’ and so I rest on words alone.

weatherhistorian, • 5:26 AM GMT on November 02, 2012