Heavy Rainfall Trends

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:46 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

Heavy Rainfall Trends

Yet another phenomenally intense rainfall event has occurred in the U.S. this morning (August 22nd) when 3.95” of rain in one hour was measured by a COOP observer at a site 3 miles southwest of Chicago’s Midway Airport. The return period for such at Midway Airport (according to NOAA’s ‘Precipitation Frequency Data Server’) is once in 500 years. This is similar to the Baltimore, Detroit, and Islip, New York events last week ...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 11:34 PM GMT on August 22, 2014

July 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:58 PM GMT on August 19, 2014

July 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

July was the 4th warmest such since 1880 according to NOAA and the 11th warmest according to NASA data (the difference in assessments is due to several factors which I’ll discuss in a future blog). It was unusually cool in the central portion of the U.S. while record warmth was observed in parts of the U.S. Northwest, Scandinavia and the Baltic nations. Several powerful typhoons made landfall in East Asia and Hu...

Extreme Weather

Updated: 1:30 AM GMT on August 20, 2014

Incredible East Coast Rainfall Event of August 12-14

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:43 PM GMT on August 15, 2014

Incredible East Coast Rainfall Event of August 12-14

What must have been one of the most anomalous non-tropical-storm-related precipitation events on record affected a wide area from North Carolina to Maine on August 12-14. The heaviest precipitation was confined to a relatively narrow band from the Baltimore, Maryland area, across southern New Jersey, and into coastal areas of New England as far north as Maine. Here are some details.


Extreme Weather Precipitation Records

Updated: 9:50 PM GMT on August 15, 2014

U.S. Wildfire Season as of August 12th

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:35 PM GMT on August 12, 2014

U.S. Wildfire Season as of August 12th

It has been one of the hottest summers on record for the Pacific Northwest and especially for central and western Washington State where the largest wildfire on record (for the state) has finally been almost 100% contained. However, in spite of the devastation in Washington, the U.S. fire season has (so far) burned ‘only’ 2,533,648 acres, which is just 51% of the 10-year running average for this time of the year....

Extreme Weather Fire

Updated: 1:34 AM GMT on August 13, 2014

Tropical Storm Iselle and Big Island Rainfall Reports

By: Christopher C. Burt, 7:58 PM GMT on August 08, 2014

Tropical Storm Iselle and Big Island Rainfall Reports

Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall along the southeastern coast of Hawaii’s Big Island early Friday morning bringing some fairly strong winds and big waves. However, it was the potential of torrential rainfall and possible flash flooding that was of greatest concern. So far, this has not materialized in any significant way, at least for Hawai'i's Big Island.

Although the final reports are...

Extreme Weather Precipitation Records Tropical Storms Mini Blog

Updated: 8:00 PM GMT on August 08, 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.