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2013 November

The Weather of the Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving Day

The actual origins of Thanksgiving Day are probably lost to history. But most Americans contribute this event to the Pilgrims that first set foot on the shores of North America on November 19, 1620 via the infamous vessel the Mayflower.

weatherhistorian, • 6:57 PM GMT on November 26, 2013

Heavy Rainfall Makes a Dent in California Drought

A surprisingly strong weather system brought the heaviest rainfalls seen since December 2012 to the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday-Wednesday and also soaked portions of southern California. High winds on Thursday night knocked out power to 67,000 in the Bay Area, mostly in Oakland where two wind-related deaths occurred.

weatherhistorian, • 8:08 PM GMT on November 22, 2013

Blue Northers

A powerful cold front is expected to plow through Texas on Thursday dropping temperatures in Amarillo from the 70°s to 30°s in just a few hours. A little snow may follow. This front will be what they call in Texas a ‘blue norther’. They occur several times every year (and sometimes several times in a single month) from November through April. Here are some extreme examples of the phenomenon.

weatherhistorian, • 9:22 PM GMT on November 20, 2013

Illinois Deadliest November Tornado Outbreak On Record

With six fatalities in Illinois attributed to the tornado outbreak on Sunday it would appear this was the deadliest tornado event on record for the state during the month of November. Here is a brief summary of other deadly tornado events to have taken place in Illinois during November and December.

weatherhistorian, • 10:50 PM GMT on November 18, 2013

More Crazy Weather in Alaska

My regular readers may have noticed that I have posted an inordinate number of blogs about weather events in Alaska over the past six months or so. Sorry, but here’s yet another one. Fairbanks reached yet another daily record high temperature on Thursday with a 45°F (7.2°C) reading Thursday morning, some 34°F (18.9°C) above normal, accompanied by unusually strong winds gusting to 62 mph (100 kmh) and causing property damage and widespread power outages.

weatherhistorian, • 10:17 PM GMT on November 15, 2013

October 2013 Global Weather Extremes Summary

October featured Severe Cyclone Phailin striking the eastern coast of India, an extremely intense extra-tropical storm (named ‘Christian’) in northwestern Europe, and an extraordinary early season snowstorm (and tornado outbreak) affecting the north-central portion of the U.S. Unusually warm weather occurred again in Australia, where tremendous wild fires raged, and was also notable in Germany, Poland, and Japan where deadly typhoon-related landslides also occurred.

weatherhistorian, • 8:14 PM GMT on November 12, 2013

Philippines Typhoon History

As Jeff Masters blogged today Super Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it was named in the Philippines) was the most powerful typhoon on record to strike the nation and one of the, if not the, strongest land-falling tropical storm in modern world history. Here is a very brief review of Philippine’s tropical storm history.

weatherhistorian, • 8:18 PM GMT on November 08, 2013

Milford Sound, New Zealand Measures 2nd Wettest October on Record

Traditionally considered New Zealand’s wettest location, Milford Sound recorded its 2nd wettest October on record with an astonishing 1,295 mm (50.98”) of rainfall this past October, more than double the average for the month. A stronger than normal westerly wind flow contributed to the prodigious amount of precipitation.

weatherhistorian, • 10:16 PM GMT on November 05, 2013