Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:45 PM GMT on July 22, 2016

Hottest Reliably Measured Air Temperatures on Earth

As Jeff Masters mentioned in his recent blog, a temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) was observed at Mitribah, Kuwait on July 21st. According to the Kuwait Meteorological Department this was the hottest temperature ever measured in the country (a reading of 54.4°C/129.9°F observed at the same site on July 16, 2010 has been disallowed as a result of a faulty sensor). The 54.0°C reading also is a new reco...

Extreme Weather Heat heat bursts Temperature

Updated: 4:18 AM GMT on July 23, 2016

Is California a ‘State in Denial’ concerning its Drought?

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:10 PM GMT on June 30, 2016

Is California a ‘State in Denial’ concerning its Drought?

Following the first year of near average rainfall compared to the past four years of extreme drought conditions, California has decided to retract all urban water conservation efforts for the foreseeable future. The state’s reservoirs are full and various urban water municipalities have been losing money as a result of the water conservation efforts enforced last year. This effort succeeded b...

Extreme Weather Heat Drought

Updated: 3:21 AM GMT on July 02, 2016

Half of Thailand's Weather Sites Break All-time Heat Records in 42 Days

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:09 PM GMT on May 30, 2016

Half of Thailand's Weather Sites Break All-time Heat records in 42 Days

All-time national heat records have been set this past April and May in India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and the Republic of Maldives. The unprecedented heat has killed hundreds in India and dozens in Thailand so far. But nothing in the record books can compare to what has recently occurred in Thailand: a large country with over 120 meteorological sites that has seen half of its offic...

Extreme Weather Heat Temperature

Updated: 1:26 AM GMT on May 31, 2016

Extraordinary Heat Wave Sweeps Southeast Asia and Points Beyond

By: Christopher C. Burt, 6:47 PM GMT on April 19, 2016

Extraordinary Heat Wave Sweeps Southeast Asia and Points Beyond

What is most likely the most intense heat wave ever observed in Southeast Asia has been ongoing for the past several weeks. All-time national heat records have been observed in Cambodia, Laos, and (almost) in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Meanwhile extreme heat has resulted in all-time record high temperatures in the Maldives, India, China, and portions of Africa as well. Here a...

Extreme Weather Heat

Updated: 1:30 AM GMT on April 29, 2016

Not Quite a ‘Miracle March’ for California

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:25 PM GMT on March 31, 2016

Not Quite a ‘Miracle March’ for California

Following an abnormally dry February, a pair of ‘atmospheric river’ events brought copious rain and snowfall to central and northern California between March 4-14. This resulted in reservoirs in northern California reaching or exceeding 100% normal capacity for the first time in years. Snow depths in the mountains also met or exceeded normal values for March. However, as the water year and the El Nino win...

Extreme Weather Drought

Updated: 11:58 PM GMT on March 31, 2016

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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.