Record Fall Heat in the U.S. and Canadian High Plains

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:53 PM GMT on September 26, 2014

Record Fall Heat in the U.S. and Canadian High Plains

Temperatures on Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, soared to record levels for this time of the year in Montana, Wyoming, western North Dakota, and the south-central Canadian Plains. Here are a few details.

After a relatively cool summer, an early fall heat wave engulfed the U.S. and Canadian High Plains on Thursday sending temperatures close to 100°F in North Dakota and Montana. The hot...

Extreme Weather Heat

Updated: 7:01 PM GMT on September 27, 2014

California Wildfire Update

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:31 PM GMT on September 23, 2014

California Wildfire Update

The King Fire, east of Sacramento in California, has now charred 90,000 acres and burned at least 32 structures including 10 homes. It is now 35% contained thanks to a cool, moist weekend. However, the next two days will be critical in its containment since weather conditions have changed back to windy and warm.



A wildfire burns along the shores of Bass Lake in the central Sierra Mountains on September 14t...

Extreme Weather Fire

Updated: 12:05 AM GMT on September 24, 2014

Incredible Rainstorm in Southern France

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:50 PM GMT on September 19, 2014

Incredible Rainstorm in Southern France

Torrential rainfall Tuesday through Thursday morning (September 16-18) in the Languedoc Region of southern France has resulted in flooding that has killed at least four people with two others still missing. The rainfall rates during the storm were phenomenal.



Radar shows the intense line of training thunderstorms that swept across the Gard and Herault Districts of Southern France September 16-...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 5:39 AM GMT on September 20, 2014

August 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:33 PM GMT on September 12, 2014

August 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

UPDATE NASA has reported that August 2014 was the warmest such on record as shown in this table.. We'll see what NOAA's summary finds on September 18th.

August featured a record heat wave in the Baltics and Belarus, record cold in Northern Ireland, extreme rainfall events along the U.S. East Coast and in Michigan. Deadly flooding in Nepal and India killed at least 200 and Typhoon Halong hit Japan. A...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 5:08 AM GMT on September 16, 2014

Record Rainfall Deluges Phoenix, Arizona

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:33 PM GMT on September 09, 2014

Record Rainfall Deluges Phoenix, Arizona

Moisture associated with former Hurricane Norbert swept over southern California, southern Nevada, and Arizona on Monday resulting in record rainfall for parts of Arizona and flash flooding that took the lives of two. The official weather site at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Int’l Airport picked up an all-time calendar day precipitation amount of 3.29”. Meanwhile, across the country in Virginia, over 12” has fallen...

Precipitation Records Extreme Weather

Updated: 6:46 AM GMT on September 10, 2014

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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.