Historic Rains in May

Areas of Oklahoma and Texas continue to be among the hardest hit by historic rainfall in the month of May. The image below shows radar-estimated rainfall totals over the Southern Plains. Note that there are numerous areas that are estimated to have received 10-15” of rain in only the last 7 days.  Hard hit over … Continued

Five Years Ago – Satellite Imagery from Deepwater Horizon

April 20th, 2015 marked the 5 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  In this visible satellite image from the following day, the plume of smoke can be seen in the center of the image blowing southeasterly from the oil rig.  The image below is courtesy of the National Oceanographic … Continued

Meteorological Spring

You may be happy to know that yesterday March 1st marked the arrival of Meteorological Spring.  As an excerpt from the National Climatic Data Center explains below, meteorologists use whole calendar months that more closely represent the temperature cycles of the earth to denote the seasons, rather than an astronomically-based designation.   As a result, March, … Continued

Northeast battles blizzard amid record-breaking temperatures in the Midwest

Conditions in the northeast are improving today, after a blizzard dumped 24” or more of snow across the region.  The highest unofficial snowfall totals were 36”, measured in both Middlesex and Worcester Counties, Massachusetts.  A peak recorded wind gust of 78mph was measured on the island of Nantucket. On the same day, 1,500 miles west, … Continued

Northeast Blizzard Warning – Get out your snow boots!

The same clipper system that brought a few hundredths of an inch of rain and gusty winds to eastern Kansas Saturday night is blossoming into a strong and potentially historic blizzard for several major population centers in the Northeast starting tonight through Wednesday.  Widespread snowfall totals of 12-24”+ and winds gusting to 65mph are expected.  … Continued

2014: The warmest since records began in 1880

In a joint announcement Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the combined land and ocean temperatures for the year 2014 were the warmest since records began in 1880.  Below are two interesting animations on the subject. The second animation ends with the global map of 2014, which is interesting because even though … Continued

Coldest Day of the Year

As we welcome some of the coldest weather we have yet experienced this winter here in eastern Kansas, I wanted to share this interesting map that shows the typical date on which various locations in the US experience their coldest day.  This map, created by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) from 30 years of … Continued

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