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2014 March

Warmest Places on Earth: Average Annual Temperature

There are many sources detailing what the hottest places in the world are so far as all-time maximum observed temperatures have been, including previous blogs I’ve posted on WU concerning such and Maximiliano Hererra’s Wikipedia page of world temperature records.. However, no one has yet detailed what the warmest overall sites in the world are in terms of highest average annual temperature. Here is a list of such researched by climatologist Maximiliano Hererra and covering each continent and also a collection of significant sub regions.

weatherhistorian, • 6:43 PM GMT on March 27, 2014

Worst Landslides in U.S. History

UPDATE March 26 As Jeff Masters recently blogged the Oso, Washington landslide has taken the lives of at least 20-24 people and perhaps many more. This would make this the single deadliest event of such (excluding volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, or area-wide mudslides) in U.S. history. How does this slide compare to other such events in U.S. history?

weatherhistorian, • 9:08 PM GMT on March 25, 2014

California Drought Update

The wet February and first week of March that brought some promise for drought relief to California is a distant memory now as two bone-dry weeks (which normally would have been among the wettest for the water season) have passed, and it now appears the rest of March will bring little respite. Here are some of the latest figures.

weatherhistorian, • 7:38 PM GMT on March 21, 2014

March Heat Wave in Central Europe

Just as the cold and snow has persisted through March in the eastern U.S. so has the unusual warmth in Europe. The record warm temperatures set at many locations earlier this month in France, Germany, and the Low Countries has now settled in over Switzerland, northern Italy, and other central European countries. Here are some details.

weatherhistorian, • 7:15 PM GMT on March 19, 2014

Freak Hailstorm hits Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara, the capital and largest city in the African nation of Eritrea, was hit by a freak hail and rain storm on March 12th that reportedly caused hail to accumulate up to a meter (three feet) deep on portions of the city. Media reports claim this was the heaviest rainstorm to have ever been observed in the city.

weatherhistorian, • 8:05 PM GMT on March 17, 2014

February 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

February featured a number of extreme weather events. Among the most notable were the floods affecting the U.K., severe ice storms in Slovenia, heavy snowfalls along the shores of the Caspian Sea and in the Tokyo area, and bitter cold in the north-central portion of the U.S.

weatherhistorian, • 9:10 PM GMT on March 14, 2014

Record March Heat in Germany/Heavy Rain in Egyptian Desert

There are two interesting global weather stories this week. Germany has just enjoyed its warmest early March temperatures on record while an exceptionally rare heavy rainstorm occurred in Luxor and Aswan, Egypt--two of the driest places on earth.

weatherhistorian, • 8:31 PM GMT on March 12, 2014

The El Nino of 1997-1998

As Jeff Masters blogged on March 6th, NOAA has issued an El Nino watch for later this year with a 50% chance of an El Nino forming. The last major El Nino event was that of 1997-1998. Here’s a very brief summary of some highlights.

weatherhistorian, • 9:10 PM GMT on March 10, 2014

’Once in a Hundred Year’ Storm Pounds Christchurch, New Zealand

A powerful extra-tropical storm sideswiped the coast of New Zealand’s South Island bringing gales and flooding to the city of Christchurch and the heaviest rainfall seen in almost 40 years.

weatherhistorian, • 8:24 PM GMT on March 07, 2014

Japanese Record Snowfalls

February was an interesting month for Japan snow-wise. A couple of rare heavy snowfalls struck the greater Tokyo area with one city, Kofu, smashing its all-time snow depth record with 114 cm/44.9” accumulating by February 15th. Details about this storm can be found here. However, the normally very snowy areas on the west coast of Honshu Island have averaged much below normal (as little as 34% of normal snowfall in some areas). Here is a summary of Japan’s all-time snow records.

weatherhistorian, • 9:28 PM GMT on March 05, 2014

Rain Makes Dent in California Drought/Record Cold Winter Statistics

A deep Pacific low-pressure system cruised the California coastline this past weekend pounding southern California with heavy rain, the first such in over a year. The entire state also saw decent rainfall as well. How has this storm changed the precipitation deficits and reservoir levels? Also, the statistics are in for the climatological winter of 2013-2014. Here is a list of cities that endured their top 10 coldest such on record.

weatherhistorian, • 8:50 PM GMT on March 03, 2014