Iconic American Destination Virtually Isolated for Rest of Year

By: Christopher C. Burt, 4:47 AM GMT on March 24, 2017

Half of the village of Big Sur, on the coast of central California, has lost its only access to the north following the demolition of the flood-damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along State Route 1 (also Rt. 1 or SR 1) on March 19. Although Rt. 1 to the south of Big Sur has reopened to traffic (after mud and rock slides were cleared) it is a long 70-mile journey along the windy but spectacular highway to Cambria, the next town of any significance where supplies can be ...

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California Precipitation: From Famine to Feast

By: Christopher C. Burt, 8:09 AM GMT on February 25, 2017

It’s amazing what a difference one year can make. California’s five-year long drought has come to a dramatic halt (or at least interruption) this winter season. The latest California Drought Monitor report, released on February 23rd, has no portion of the state under ‘Extreme Drought’ conditions for the first time in four years. Last year on this date 61% of state was enduring such. Here are some details about the rain and snowfall so far this season.
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Drought

U.S. 24-hour State and City Snowfall Records

By: Christopher C. Burt, 10:02 PM GMT on December 20, 2016

U.S. 24-hour State and City Snowfall Records

Winter has descended with a vengeance for much of the nation this December. Although heavy snow has fallen in many areas no all-time snow records have yet been set so far with the exception of Binghamton, New York where a new single-storm snowfall record of 27.6” occurred on November 19-22. However, the city’s 24-hour snowfall record of 23.0” on February 2-3, 1961 was not matched. Here is a brief summary ...

Extreme Weather Snow

U.S. 24-hour Snowfall Records

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:55 PM GMT on December 20, 2016

U.S. 24-hour Snowfall Records

Winter has descended with a vengeance for much of the nation this December. Although heavy snow has fallen in many areas no all-time snow records have yet been set so far with the exception of Binghamton, New York where a new single-storm snowfall record of 27.6” occurred on November 19-22. However, the city’s 24-hour snowfall record of 23.0” on February 2-3, 1961 was not matched. Here is a brief summary of the greatest...

Extreme Weather Snow Winter Weather

World’s Hottest Nights/Highest Minimum Temperatures Yet Measured

By: Christopher C. Burt, 9:31 PM GMT on November 21, 2016

World’s Hottest Nights/Highest Minimum Temperatures Yet Measured

One of the interesting facets of global warming has been how, over the past several decades, nighttime minimum temperatures have become warmer relative to daytime maximum temperatures. There are several scientific explanations for this. A recent study (published in the International Journal of Climatology in February 2016 by Richard Davy et al at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research p...

Heat

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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.