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September 2020 Had Greatest Antarctic Sea Ice Concentration Than Any September Between 1979-1999

Written by on October 5, 2020 in Rest of Europe, Rest of World with 0 Comments
September 2020 Had Greatest Antarctic Sea Ice Concentration Than Any September Between 1979-1999

Interesting tweet I saw this afternoon which got me thinking! Last month saw the highest ANTARCTIC sea ice concentration of any September between 1979-1999 period. This comes as the Arctic sees it’s 2nd lowest on record. While Arctic Oscillation was record strong last winter, the Antarctic Oscillation was record weak. Europe floods followed record heat […]

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NASA Declares Arrival of Solar Cycle 25 But Will It Present A Colder Winter For 2020-21?

NASA Declares Arrival of Solar Cycle 25 But Will It Present A Colder Winter For 2020-21?

This past week, NASA revealed that solar cycle 25 has officially begun and that cycle 24 ended back in December 2019 when it reached a minimum. Solar cycle 24 reached it’s maximum back in April 2014. Solar cycle 23 ended and cycle 24 commenced back in late 2008 with Britain’s coldest winter since 1978-79 occurring […]

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Baghdad Among Other Middle East Cities Swelter Hottest Day On Record

Written by on August 1, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Baghdad Among Other Middle East Cities Swelter Hottest Day On Record

It’s brutal at the best of times across the Middle East during the summertime but the current heat wave is turning the blast furnace up to new levels. The Iraqi capital of Baghdad set a new all-time heat record last month by reaching 51.8C (125F) followed by 51.1C (124F). Both of these readings surpassed Baghdad’s […]

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Hurricane Hanna Becomes Strongest July Hurricane To Strike Texas Since 2003

Written by on July 26, 2020 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Hurricane Hanna Becomes Strongest July Hurricane To Strike Texas Since 2003

It’s been a record fast start to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and we have just seen the 1st US hurricane landfall of the year. Hurricane Hanna rapidly strengthened from borderline Cat 1 to near Cat 2 / 90 mph storm as it made landfall on Padre Island at 5pm ET on Saturday 25 July […]

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-AAO Keeps The Cold Waves Coming For southern South America

Written by on July 17, 2020 in North and South America, Rest of World with 0 Comments
-AAO Keeps The Cold Waves Coming For southern South America

Waves of unseasonably cold air has been pressing north from Antarctica up through South America in recent days. This has resulted in record heavy snowfall and snow in rare places as well as record cold. The Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina regions of Brazil have endured harsh frosts. According to an article by […]

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Record 6, 24 & 168-hour Rainfall Devastates Western Japan

Written by on July 13, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Record 6, 24 & 168-hour Rainfall Devastates Western Japan

In the warmest and wettest region of Japan, the mountainous, subtropical island of Kyushu is familiar with heavy rainfall, record rainfall but the rains which hit last weekend were simply off the scale. At the height of the week-long flood event, 381mm of rain (15 inches) fell within just 6 HOURS. A NEW ALL-TIME RECORD. […]

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2020 Indian Monsoon Season Is Off To A Strong Start

Written by on July 4, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
2020 Indian Monsoon Season Is Off To A Strong Start

The 2020 Indian monsoon season has gotten off to a strong start thanks to the developing La Nina in the Pacific, favourable Madden Julian Oscillation and warmer than normal waters over the Indian Ocean. In fact we have seen very high rainfall totals across many areas of India already and we’re just a month in. […]

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Verkhojansk, Siberia Narrowly Bypasses Fort Yukon, Alaska’s 1915 Record Becoming The Hottest Place North of The Arctic Circle

Written by on June 23, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Verkhojansk, Siberia Narrowly Bypasses Fort Yukon, Alaska’s 1915 Record Becoming The Hottest Place North of The Arctic Circle

Known as the other ‘pole of cold’, the northeast Siberian city of Verkhojansk has made history and taken the crown as being the hottest place north of the Arctic Circle. On June 20, 2020, a new city and Arctic maximum of 38.0C or 100.4F was set at the peak of a ‘months-long’ Siberian heatwave.   While […]

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Warm Winter Leads to Drought/Record Heat Across Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean

Warm Winter Leads to Drought/Record Heat Across Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean

With the MJO lingering in the west/central Pacific warm phases, this forced a strong and sustained polar vortex, which resulted in the 6th warmest winter on record for the US. This enhanced the mid latitude subtropical ridge and forced the lowering of heights across the high latitudes, hence the strong polar vortex which bottled polar […]

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‘Ocean-Atmosphere Setup’ Suggests Big 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

Written by on April 27, 2020 in Rest of World, Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
‘Ocean-Atmosphere Setup’ Suggests Big 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ahead

Based on all the current parameters and model projection, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely to be busy one. However, let’s keep in mind that although 9 out of 10 factors can align perfectly, it just takes one factor to significantly suppress development or intensification in a seemingly perfect environment, e.g Saharan dust, wind […]

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