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April 2015 so far warmer and wetter than normal

We’re halfway through April and I thought it might be interesting to look at how the climate is doing so far this month.  The maps below from the High Plains Regional Climate Center show the month to date departures from normal for temperature and precipitation.  The maps clearly show that…
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California’s recent heat shatters all records

One of the consequences of the continuing drought in California has been the unprecedented string of extremely high temperatures that have occurred in the last few years.  Normally a portion of the sun’s energy that hits the earth goes to evaporating water from the surface, either from soils or water…
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March 2015 climate statistics for the US

NOAA has released their climate summary for the US for March 2015.  The maps below show that while the west continued its record-setting warm conditions, the eastern US was split between areas that were slightly above normal (including the Southeast) where it was dry and below normal temperatures where it…
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Record highs on April 8; more of the same on the 9th?

The Southeast Regional Climate Center has a useful display tool for showing the rankings of observed temperature values at NWS stations around the Southeast.  Today a number of stations in the region set record high temperatures and a few more set record high minimum temperatures.  The tool also allows you…
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Warm and dry March causes soil moisture shortages

March 2015 was warmer and drier than normal for most of Georgia.  While the warmth helped encourage rapid growth of planted corn and other crops, cold conditions late in the month may have caused some damage to fruit blossoms.  The warm and dry conditions also increased soil moisture shortages across…
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March 2015 precipitation ranks in top ten driest at some locations

The Southeast Regional Climate Center provided a map of the ranking of monthly precipitation anomalies for selected stations in the Southeast using their Perspectives tool this week.  The map is shown below.  It shows that at numerous stations around the Southeast, the monthly total precipitation in March 2015 was ranked…
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