Tropical Storm Warnings in Hawaii for Darby

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Tropical Storm Warnings are flying for the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui as Tropical Storm Darby steams westwards at 11 mph towards Hawaii. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in Darby Friday afternoon, and found top surface winds near 60 mph and a surface pressure of 999 mb. Friday afternoon satellite loops of Darby showed a modest area of heavy thunderstorms that were changing little in intensity. Wind shear was a moderate 10 - 20 knots, and sea surface tem...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3361">Read More</a>

Eastern Hemisphere's All-Time Temperature Record: Kuwait Fries in 54°C (129.2°F) Heat

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It was a historic day in the annals of meteorology on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in the Middle East, where the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait soared to an astonishing 54°C (129.2°F). If verified, this would be Earth's hottest temperature ever reliably measured outside of Death Valley, California, according to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt. The temperature is likely to be verified, since Thursday's incredible heat also extended into Iraq, which...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3360">Read More</a>

Eastern Hemisphere's All-Time Temperature Record: Kuwait Frys in 54°C (129.2°F) Heat

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It was a historic day in the annals of meteorology on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in the Middle East, where the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait soared to an astonishing 54°C (129.2°F). If verified, this would be Earth's hottest temperature ever reliably measured outside of Death Valley, California, according to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt and world weather extremes expert Maximiliano Herrera. The temperature is likely to be verified, since Thu...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3360">Read More</a>

WU Personal Weather Stations Are Now 200,000+ Strong

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For more than a decade, individuals across the United States have been collecting weather data from their houses and backyards using personal weather stations (PWSs), and sharing their data with the world via Weather Underground. Data from the WU PWS Network, which was launched in 2001, can be found in a variety of formats on the WU website and WU apps. Over the last several years, the WU PWS Network been growing by leaps and bounds, both in numbers and geographic s...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3359">Read More</a>

June Does It Again: Global Temperature Sets 14th Consecutive Monthly Record

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Even with the intense 2015 - 2016 El Niño event out of the picture, June 2016 was still the planet's warmest June since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Tuesday. In the NOAA database, June 2016 came in 0.90°C (1.62°F) warmer than the 20th-century average for June, beating the previous record for June, set in 2015, by 0.02°C. This ties with May 2016 for the smallest margin the monthly global temper...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3358">Read More</a>

Could the Imminent U.S. Heat Wave Trigger a Flash Drought?

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A massive upper-level high will envelop most of the contiguous U.S. in the last half of July, setting up what could be a prolonged bout of extreme heat for millions of Americans. If the scorching weather persists into August, the odds of a “flash drought” in the nation’s heartland will rise sharply (along with the odds that the U.S. will notch its hottest summer on record, in line with what’s very likely to be Earth’s warmest year on record). Even though i...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3357">Read More</a>

Eastern Pacific Hurricane Parade Continues; Record Ocean Heat Energy in the Atlantic

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The Eastern Pacific's unending parade of tropical cyclones continues. The latest member of the show is Tropical Storm Estelle, which got its name Friday night. Joining the party since Tropical Storm Agatha started on July 2 have been Category 4 Hurricane Blas, Category 2 Hurricane Celia, Category 3 Hurricane Darby, and soon-to-be Category 1 Hurricane Estelle (Estelle was a high-end tropical storm with 70 mph winds at 11 am EDT Monday.) This puts us well ahead of cli...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3356">Read More</a>

Earth's 5th Costliest Non-U.S. Weather Disaster on Record: China's $22 Billion Flood

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A historic flood event continues in China, where torrential monsoon rains along the Yangtze River Valley in central and eastern China since early summer have killed 237 people, left 93 people missing, and caused at least $22 billion in damage, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Thursday. According to the International Disaster database, EM-DAT, this would make the 2016 floods China's second most expensive weather-related natura...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3355">Read More</a>

Typhoon Nepartak Drenches Taiwan, Killing 2; Now Headed For China

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Typhoon Nepartak powered ashore over the southeastern shore of Taiwan at approximately 6:30 pm EDT (22:30 UTC) July 7 as a Category 4 super typhoon with top sustained winds of 150 mph, as estimated by the the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) estimated that Nepartak had a central pressure of 930 mb shortly before landfall. Nepartak hit a relatively unpopulated portion of Taiwan, limiting the damage from the storm. At this ...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3351">Read More</a>

The Eastern Pacific is Sizzling; Nothing Cooking in the Atlantic

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The Eastern Pacific, which got off to its second slowest start on record on July 2 when Tropical Storm Agatha formed, is in the midst of an extraordinary period of July activity, thanks to favorable genesis conditions created by the presence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO.) Hurricane Blas, which reached Category 4 strength last week, but has since become post-tropical, has now been replaced by Hurricane Celia, which formed on Friday morning. Celia is expected...<br /><a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3352">Read More</a>