Rare Coastal California Lightning Storm Kills One and Injures 12

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:00 PM GMT on July 29, 2014

Rare Coastal California Lightning Storm Kills One and Injures 12

A freak thunderstorm quickly developed off the Pacific coastline near Los Angeles Sunday afternoon and moved onshore at popular Venice Beach in Los Angeles County. Frequent lightning strikes killed one man and injured a dozen others. This may be the only time that a summertime beach lightning fatality has occurred in California history.



Lightning strikes across the U.S...

Extreme Weather Lightning

Updated: 11:46 PM GMT on July 29, 2014

June 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:08 PM GMT on July 26, 2014

June 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

June was globally the warmest such on record according to NOAA/NCDC. See Jeff Masters' blog about this posted last Thursday. The month featured heat waves in portions of Japan, China, Western Europe, Central Asia, and Mexico. Late season cold and even some snowfall were observed in Estonia, Russia, and Scandinavia mid-month. Deadly flooding occurred in Bulgaria, Paraguay, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka. An inte...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 5:01 PM GMT on July 28, 2014

Warmest Days of the Year for the U.S.

By: Christopher C. Burt, 5:35 PM GMT on July 09, 2014

Warmest Days of the Year for the U.S.

NOAA recently produced an interesting map showing when the hottest day of the year is likely to occur in the contiguous U.S. Complimenting this map is one produced by Brian Brettschneider of Borealis Scientific, LLC, which illustrates the date of summer’s midpoint (peak of summer average temperatures) which was reproduced in my blog posted last August. Brian has also produced maps of such for the Fall, Winter and S...

Extreme Weather Temperature

Updated: 6:54 PM GMT on July 09, 2014

California Water Season and Drought Update

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:05 PM GMT on July 07, 2014

California Water Season and Drought Update

The water year for California came to a close on June 30th (the water year being July 1-June 30) and it was one of the driest on record for the state as a whole, preliminarily ranked as the 3rd driest such. Here are some details.



Final water-year precipitation totals for selected cities in California arrange geographically from north to south.

As one can see in the table above th...

Extreme Weather Drought Precipitation Records

Updated: 9:50 PM GMT on July 07, 2014

Hailstorms Pound Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Spain

By: Christopher C. Burt, 6:50 PM GMT on July 03, 2014

Hailstorms Pound Tokyo, Japan and Valencia, Spain

A couple of unusually severe hailstorms have occurred recently, one that struck Tokyo on June 24th and another in Valencia, Spain on July 1st.

Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo hailstorm was said to be the most intense to strike Japan since an even more damaging storm hit the Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures on May 24, 2000 (that event damaged over 4000 homes). In Tokyo last June the hail fell for ...

Extreme Weather Mini Blog Hail

Updated: 1:02 AM GMT on July 07, 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.