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2013 August

Wild Weather in South America

Portions of Peru, Chile, and Argentina have experienced some wild temperature extremes this past week or so accompanied by a few rare snowfalls in the high Atacama Desert region, higher elevations of Peru as well as on the beaches of central Argentina. Floods have occurred in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

weatherhistorian, • 7:30 PM GMT on August 30, 2013

The Worst Wild Fires in U.S. History

UPDATE 8/29: The California Rim fire has now expanded to 192,466 acres (as of 7 a.m. PT, August 29th) making it the largest wild fire on record to affect California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. It ranks, however, as only the 6th largest fire in California history (so far) since most of the state’s largest wild fires occur in the coastal regions of southern and central California during the end of the dry season. To put this fire in perspective here is a brief review of the largest (and deadliest) wild fires in U.S. history.

weatherhistorian, • 7:08 PM GMT on August 27, 2013

New Cold Record for South Africa?

The South African Weather Service reported a low temperature of -19.5°C (-3.1°F) at Buffelsfontein on Friday August 23rd. If verified this would be the coldest temperature ever measured in the country.

weatherhistorian, • 10:07 PM GMT on August 25, 2013

July 2013 Global Weather Extremes Summary

July was notable for the extreme heat in China, the Russian Arctic, southern New England and portions of Western Europe. An intense cold wave briefly affected southern South America and heavy rainfall was noted in the U.S. Southeast and mid-Atlantic as well as Puerto Rico. A record rainfall occurred in Thailand.

weatherhistorian, • 3:08 AM GMT on August 14, 2013

Japan Breaks National Heat Record. Chinese Heat Wave Continues

An all-time national heat record was set in Japan today (August 12th) when the temperature peaked at 41.0°C (105.8°F) at the Ekawasaki site in Shimanto (part of Kochi Prefecture). The previous record of 40.9°C (105.6°F) was recorded at Tajima and Kumagaya on August 16, 2007. Tokyo endured its warmest daily minimum on August 11th with a low of 30.4°C (86.7°F). This was the 2nd warmest minimum on record for Japan following a minimum of 30.8°C (87.4°F) at Itoigawa on August 22, 1990.

weatherhistorian, • 8:48 PM GMT on August 12, 2013

2013: Year of Big Temperature Anomalies in Alaska

So far, this year has been the most anomalous temperature-wise on record for Fairbanks and Anchorage. A near record cold spring was quickly followed by a near record hot summer. Here are some details.

weatherhistorian, • 9:00 PM GMT on August 10, 2013

FRIDAY UPDATE: National Heat Records Update. China Heat Intensifies

As of Friday August 9th, the heat wave in eastern Asia continues but in central Europe it has subsided. Some of the highlights below.

weatherhistorian, • 9:50 PM GMT on August 08, 2013

When and Where in the U.S. Does the Summer Heat Reach its Peak?

Mike Seidel of The Weather Channel shared an interesting story with me concerning just which week of the summer is the hottest for various regions of the United States. Here’s a brief recap of that.

weatherhistorian, • 8:12 PM GMT on August 06, 2013

Austria Breaks Heat Record. U.S. July Monthly Heat Records

Austria broke its national heat record on Saturday (August 3rd) when the temperature peaked at 39.9°C (103.8°F) at Dellach im Drautal in Carinthia State. The previous record was also held by Dellach when it reached 39.7° (103.4°F) on July 27, 1983. The heat wave in Austria will continue this weekend and higher temperatures may be measured Sunday or Monday.

weatherhistorian, • 8:57 PM GMT on August 03, 2013