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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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