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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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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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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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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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Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido shivers at record breaking -31.8C

Written by on February 15, 2019 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido shivers at record breaking -31.8C

Bitter Siberian air swept across Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido last weekend. So cold, it was dubbed the coldest air mass in recorded history to visit said the Japan Meteorological Society as temperatures dipped to -31.8C in Rikubetsu on February 9. Considered the coldest city in all of Japan, Rikubetsu’s average low dips to -20C […]

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165 mph Mangkhut slams Philippines (strongest since Haiyan) Followed by Hong Kong’s worst hit since 1983

Written by on September 19, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World, Tropical with 0 Comments
165 mph Mangkhut slams Philippines (strongest since Haiyan) Followed by Hong Kong’s worst hit since 1983

Super Typhoon Mangkhut was the West Pacific’s 31st depression, 22nd storm and 9th typhoon of 2018 and was the globe’s strongest tropical cyclone of the year packing sustained winds of 180 mph at it’s peak. The highest storm warning (signal 4) was raised for the northern provinces of Luzon in anticipation of the Cat 5 […]

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A Summer of Extremes For Japan: Strongest Typhoon in 25 Years Hits In Wake of 2 Record Rain Events And Heatwave

Written by on September 6, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World, Tropical with 0 Comments
A Summer of Extremes For Japan: Strongest Typhoon in 25 Years Hits In Wake of 2 Record Rain Events And Heatwave

First it was a record breaking rain and flood event, then record breaking heatwave which saw highs reach 41.1C setting a new national record followed by another record rain event. Now Japan is reeling from it’s strongest Typhoon to hit the country in 25 years. Japan is no stranger to typhoons. In fact they hit […]

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50.7C: Hottest city on earth set’s new Iraq benchmark for September

Written by on September 4, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World with 0 Comments
50.7C: Hottest city on earth set’s new Iraq benchmark for September

The southern Iraqi city of Basra, located 68 miles from the Persian Gulf and sandwiched narrowly between Kuwait and Iran hit 50.7C on the 1st September. This surpasses Iraq’s previous September record of 49.6C set at Nasiriyah set exactly two years ago to the day on 1 September, 2016. Info credit to Etienne Kapikian‏. Interestingly that same […]

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