Hottest Summers, Coldest Winters for Contiguous U.S.: A Few Years Loom Large

By: Christopher C. Burt, 6:27 PM GMT on May 28, 2015

Hottest Summers, Coldest Winters for Contiguous U.S.: A Few Years Loom Large

Keeping track of all-time warmest/coldest daily maximum temperatures and all-time warmest/coldest months on record for any given site is a fairly easy task. However, very few NWS sites provide data concerning what their respective coldest climatological winters (December-February) or hottest climatological summers (June-August) have been. Researching 300 sites in the contiguous U...

Extreme Weather Cold Heat

Updated: 1:48 AM GMT on May 29, 2015

The Great California Storm of April 19-23, 1880

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:20 PM GMT on April 11, 2015

The Great California Storm of April 19-23, 1880

Could a single big late–season storm have a significant impact on the California drought? A 'Hail Mary' storm event? Normally by this time of the year (April 10th) California would have already received at least 90% of its rainy-season precipitation total and any additional rain or snowfall would have little impact so far as the current drought is concerned. However, back in late April 1880, one of the mos...

Extreme Weather Extra-tropical Storms Precipitation Records

Updated: 3:40 AM GMT on April 12, 2015

Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica

By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:27 AM GMT on March 26, 2015

Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica

On March 24th Base Esperanza (under Argentinean administration) located near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula reported a temperature of 17.5°C (63.5°F). Although this is the warmest temperature ever measured since weather stations became established on the southern continent, it is complicated by what the very definition of ‘Antarctica’ is. Here’s a brief review.



Heat Extreme Weather

Updated: 5:06 AM GMT on March 27, 2015

The RRR ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ Returns to California

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:04 PM GMT on January 09, 2015

The RRR ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ Returns to California

After a very wet first half of December hopes were high that the beginning to the end of California’s years-long drought might finally be at hand. However, virtually no rainfall has fallen across the state since December 18th and none is forecast until at least January 18th. Yet again, a month-long mid-winter dry spell has befallen the state.

Although mid-winter dry spells of tw...

Extreme Weather Heat Drought

Top 10 Deadliest Weather-related Aviation Accidents on Record

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:46 PM GMT on December 29, 2014

Top 10 Deadliest Weather-related Aviation Accidents on Record

Although the cause of the recent disappearance of Air Asia Flight QZ8501 with 162 on board (and presumed lost) has yet to be determined, weather conditions may have been the cause or at least related to its loss. If weather was a factor in the accident then it will rate as the 12th deadliest weather-related aviation disaster on record (the 11th deadliest was an Aeroflot flight that crashed as a...

Extreme Weather Aviation

Updated: 7:44 AM GMT on December 31, 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.