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2013 March

A Few More Details About Wettest Place on Earth: Lopez, Colombia

On March 18th I blogged about the new contender for wettest inhabited place on earth Puerto Lopez, Colombia. Here are a few more details on the subject.

weatherhistorian, • 7:31 PM GMT on March 29, 2013

United Kingdom and Ireland dig out from snowstorm. Bangkok record heat

Portions of southwest Scotland, northwest England and Northern Ireland experienced their heaviest snowfall in 30 years last weekend (March 23-24) followed by bitterly cold weather making this the coldest March since 1962 according to the U.K. Met Office. Meanwhile, in stark contrast, Bangkok, Thailand has registered its hottest temperature on record.

weatherhistorian, • 7:51 PM GMT on March 27, 2013

Historic Snow for St. Louis, All-time record snow for Springfield, Illinois

A late season snowstorm has plastered the central portions of the U.S. resulting in an all-time snowfall record (in Springfield, Illinois with 18.5") and the heaviest snowfall in 31 years for St. Louis and its 7th greatest snowstorm on record where snowfall records began in 1883.

weatherhistorian, • 8:09 PM GMT on March 25, 2013

What a Difference a Year Makes!

On this date (March 21st) last year the anomalous ‘summer in March’ heat wave reached its peak intensity with all-time record high temperatures observed across most of the upper Grate Lake’s and New England regions. This year it’s an entirely different story. Here is a brief recap comparing the temperatures and snow cover then and now.

weatherhistorian, • 8:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2013

New Wettest Place on Earth Discovered?

In my blog of March 6th ‘Time to Update World’s Driest and Wettest Locations’ I wrote about what may be the new contender for the world’s driest inhabited place. In this blog I present a new contender for what may be the world’s wettest given new information that has come to light just recently.

weatherhistorian, • 9:56 PM GMT on March 18, 2013

Southeast Australia Struck by Anomalous Heat Wave

Southern Australia has endured an anomalous ‘Summer in March’ heat wave the first two weeks of this month akin to what the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. experienced in March 2012. Temperatures have averaged as much as 10°C (18°F) above normal.

weatherhistorian, • 7:15 PM GMT on March 15, 2013

Blizzard Strikes Portions of Western Europe

A blizzard dropped up to 60 cm (24”) of snow in northern France and the Channel Islands of England on Monday and Tuesday this week. It was said to have been the deepest snow since 1987 in the Channel Islands and since 1970 in Normandy and Picardy in France. Extreme cold followed the snow with the lowest mid-March temperatures since 1845 reported in Belgium.

weatherhistorian, • 8:17 PM GMT on March 13, 2013

February 2013 Global Weather Extremes Summary

February featured several notable extreme weather events including an exceptional blizzard in the U.S. Northeast, record heat in parts of Africa, southern China and Southeast Asia and a powerful tropical cyclone in southwestern Madagascar. Athens, Greece experienced a deadly flash flood.

weatherhistorian, • 9:44 PM GMT on March 11, 2013

Time to Update World’s Driest and Wettest Locations?

For several decades now the officially recognized wettest and driest locations in the world (for which at least 30 years of records are available) have been Mawsynram, India with an annual average precipitation of 11872 mm (467.4”) and Arica, Chile with .76mm (.03”) according the to the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather/Climate Extremes Archive. It seems that perhaps these figures need to be updated in order to reflect more recent data. This blog will look at what might be the ‘newest’ driest location on earth.

weatherhistorian, • 9:26 PM GMT on March 06, 2013

Driest January-February Since 1852 for Northern California

After a wet November and December the past two months have been the driest start to a year since 1852 for most of central and northern California. San Francisco (downtown) has picked up only 1.34” of precipitation since January 1st, its 3rd driest such period on record (since 1849). Normal for the two months is 8.96”.

weatherhistorian, • 8:33 PM GMT on March 04, 2013

New February Heat Record for the Northern Hemisphere Set

On February 27, Abu Na’Ama, Sudan measured a temperature of 44.5°C (112.1°F), the warmest reliably measured temperature on record for the month of February anywhere in the northern hemisphere.

weatherhistorian, • 10:20 PM GMT on March 02, 2013