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Thailand Sets New Pre-Monsoon March Heat Benchmark

Written by on April 6, 2020 in Asia with 0 Comments
Thailand Sets New Pre-Monsoon March Heat Benchmark

The pre-monsoon heat has been building faster and more intense than usual this year over southeast Asia thus producing a new March heat record for Thailand. On both 30, 31 March, 2020 a temperature of 42.9C was achieved in Thoen, northern Thailand. The previous Thai record for March was 42.8C set back in 2005. The […]

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Greenland Hits -65C Setting New All-Time Low

Written by on April 4, 2020 in Rest of World with 0 Comments
Greenland Hits -65C Setting New All-Time Low

Situated 10,500ft at the peak of the Greenland sheet, the permanently manned research site of Summit Station shivered to record cold levels while much of the surrounding hemisphere was record warm. Typically, when there’s a positive Arctic and North Atlantic Oscillation present, Greenland is coldest while the continents are relatively mild. On January 2, 2020, […]

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Baghdad, Iraq Receives 1st Snowfall In 12 Years, Only 2nd Time in 100 Years!

Written by on February 12, 2020 in Asia with 0 Comments
Baghdad, Iraq Receives 1st Snowfall In 12 Years, Only 2nd Time in 100 Years!

Typically associated with blazing heat and with recent summers witnessing temperatures as high as 51C or 124F, a cold front has brought snow to the Iraqi capital for the first time since 2008. Back then, it was the first for the city in over 100 years. Photos show a coating to perhaps 1-2 inches of […]

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WU: Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Category 5 at Landfall

Written by on April 20, 2019 in Tropical with 0 Comments
WU: Hurricane Michael Upgraded to Category 5 at Landfall

Bob Henson  ·  April 19, 2019, 1:28 PM EDT In its full report on devastating Hurricane Michael, published Friday, the NOAA/NWS National Hurricane Center found that Michael was a Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 140 knots (160 mph) when it smashed ashore near Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle on […]

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Japan observes record snow and heat on same day

Written by on April 17, 2019 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Japan observes record snow and heat on same day

When you think of extremes you think of the US. However Japan saw a wild, and wacky pattern of opposites on the very same day (April 10th). By that I mean Shitaabaru roasted to a new April record of 31.3C while Tokyo was a very chilly 5C at 1pm. In between, Karuizawa in the Alps […]

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Phuket, Thailand hits 38C setting new all-time record

Written by on April 16, 2019 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Phuket, Thailand hits 38C setting new all-time record

Thailand is typically hot and humid and it’s currently the hottest, driest time of year but recent days has been exceptionally hot in the south. So much so that a new all-time record was set in Phuket of 38.0C on April 10. This marginally exceeds the previous record of 37.9C sets back on May 5, […]

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ABC: Heavy rains cause floods, kill at least 10 in Rio de Janeiro

Written by on April 13, 2019 in North and South America, Rest of World with 0 Comments
ABC: Heavy rains cause floods, kill at least 10 in Rio de Janeiro

Article from ABC News By DIANE JEANTET Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Apr 9, 2019 10:40 PM Heavy rains killed at least 10 people and left a trail of destruction in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, raising questions about the city’s preparedness to deal with recurring extreme weather. Torrents of water gushed down streets, […]

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March 2019 sees 121C temperature difference and only separated by the Southern Ocean

Written by on April 5, 2019 in Australasia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
March 2019 sees 121C temperature difference and only separated by the Southern Ocean

You often expect the Northern Hemisphere to deliver the biggest temperature extremes between hot and cold given most of earth’s land masses are north of the equator. The general rule of thumb is that the further you are away from a sea or ocean, the greater the swing in temperature between summer and winter with […]

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Despite a warm planet, Antarctica dips to -72.8C, Greenland -58.9C

Written by on March 30, 2019 in Rest of World with 0 Comments
Despite a warm planet, Antarctica dips to -72.8C, Greenland -58.9C

While large swathes of the planet are warmer than normal this March, there are some exceptions. One of those exceptions being Antarctica and Greenland where it’s been colder than normal. Helped by a +AAO (Antarctic Oscillation) in the south and +AO/NAO in the north, the coldest air in both hemisphere’s have been allowed to bottle […]

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First Tropical Storm since 2010 & 9th On Record Forms In South Atlantic

Written by on March 29, 2019 in North and South America, Tropical with 0 Comments
First Tropical Storm since 2010 & 9th On Record Forms In South Atlantic

Subtropical storms form on average once a year in the South Atlantic Ocean but fully tropical systems are much rarer. Tropical Storm Iba formed about 500 miles ENE of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Sunday. This was the first fully tropical system to form in the southern hemispheric Atlantic since Tropical Storm Anita in March, […]

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