March 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:45 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

March 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

March featured a number of anomalous extreme weather events such as the floods in portions of Egypt and New Zealand, a freak hailstorm in Asmara, Eritrea, record warmth in much of Europe, severe cold and snow in the eastern half of the U.S. and heavy rainfall in the Pacific Northwest that culminated in a deadly landslide in Washington. Preliminary data from NASA indicates that globally (land-ocean temperature ind...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 10:03 PM GMT on April 15, 2014

iPersistent Drought Still Reigns in Much of Texas

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:32 PM GMT on April 11, 2014

Persistent Drought Still Reigns in Much of Texas: The case Of Lubbock

Although much attention has (rightly) been focused on the extreme drought in California, it seems that we’ve almost forgotten about how intense and long-lasting the drought has been for much of central and northwestern Texas. This drought developed a long three and half years ago and, in some localities, it is far and away the worst drought on record. That’s the case in Lubbock.

Extreme Weather Drought Mini Blog

Updated: 6:40 AM GMT on April 14, 2014

Slow Start to Tornado ‘Season’ but Watch out for April

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:33 PM GMT on April 09, 2014

Slow Start to Tornado ‘Season’ but Watch out for April

So far it has been a relatively quiet tornado year across the U.S. with no EF-3 or stronger tornadoes yet reported, the latest in the year for such since at least 1950. However there are almost three weeks left to go in what historically has been one of the deadliest months for tornado outbreaks.



Satellite image of the Southeast on the afternoon of April 27, 2011 during the ...

Extreme Weather Tornadoes

Updated: 1:10 AM GMT on April 10, 2014

World Rainfall Records for 24- and 48-Hour Periods

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:02 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

World Rainfall Records for 24- and 48-Hour Periods

The U.N. WMO (World Meteorological Organization) recently announced that a ‘new’ world record for a 48-hour (or two day) period has been confirmed following an investigation by a group of climatologists from around the world. The figure is said to be an amazing 2,493 mm (98.15”) at Cherrapunji, India that fell on June 15-16, 1995. However, this may not be what was truly the greatest 48-hour precipit...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 12:54 AM GMT on April 08, 2014

California Drought Update

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:39 PM GMT on April 03, 2014

California Drought Update

March precipitation was near normal for most of central and northern California following a couple of big rain/snow events between March 29-April 1 that helped boost the ground moisture and Sierra snowpack (at least in the northern two thirds of the state). Unfortunately, it was too little too late as the most recent, and last, important snow survey for the season conducted on April 1st has shown. Here are the details.

Extreme Weather Drought

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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.