Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.
By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:52 PM GMT on October 22, 2014
September 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary
September was globally the warmest such on record according to NASA and NOAA. Deadly flooding affected the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan as well as in southern France, China, and Serbia. Record heat occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia and south-central Canada. It was the driest September on record for the U.K.
Below are some of the month’s highlights.
By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:06 PM GMT on October 10, 2014
What is the Wettest Month of the Year in the U.S.?
Brian Brettshneider of Borealis Scientific has done some impressive research concerning what the wettest calendar month of the year might be by employing data from 8,535 official NCDC sites from across the U.S. utilizing the latest 30 years of record (1981-2010). His conclusion is that June is, overall, most frequently the wettest month in the U.S. with 2,053 of the 8,535 sites reporting such. April, at t...
Updated: 11:37 PM GMT on October 10, 2014
By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:40 PM GMT on October 07, 2014
Top 20 Deadliest Volcanic Eruptions Since 1900
The confirmed death toll from the eruption of Mt. Ontake in Japan on September 27th now stands at 54 with 12 still missing. The event now ranks as the Earth’s 16th or 17th deadliest volcanic eruption since 1900. Here’s a brief review of the top 20 deadliest such events in the world since 1900. The death tolls are according to Wikipedia but other sources have differing figures.
1. Mt. Pelee, Mar...
Updated: 3:12 AM GMT on October 10, 2014
By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:24 PM GMT on October 03, 2014
Crunch Time for California Drought
The most dangerous month of the year for wild fires is underway in California and starting off with a significant heat wave. Last week’s rainfall had little impact on the overall drought conditions but was a welcome respite nevertheless and hopefully a harbinger of some drought relief as the rainy season approaches.
Welcome rainfall of 0.30” to over 3” brought relief to the northern half of California on...
Updated: 7:02 PM GMT on October 05, 2014
By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:12 PM GMT on September 30, 2014
Another Record Rainfall in Southern France
It is hard to believe that another rainstorm of equal intensity to that which I blogged about just 11 days ago has again struck the Languedoc Region of Southern France. This time the focus of the storm was centered over the city of Montpellier, Herault District, near the Mediterranean Coast.
Rue Broussonnet in Montpellier provided a new definition of ‘car pooling’ during the record-set...
Updated: 5:20 AM GMT on October 02, 2014