climate, weather

Southern California sets May rainfall and temperature records

Several days ago, the potential for record-breaking rainfall for southern California was advertised. The following appeared in an article entitled, “Significant rainfall coming to southern California,” “Combined, the two events could lead to a nearly 75-year May rainfall record in San Diego and other nearby places. For the period July 1939 to January 2015, the greatest reported daily rainfall total for San Diego was 1.43 inches in 1977…” To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 5/16/15

weather, weather safety/preparedness

Two injured by lightning strike in Bonita Springs, FL

WEATHERTORIAL: The following opinions are mine alone. This weathertorial has been shared with local officials and others.

Working outside and lightning don’t mix! That’s a hardened lightning safety rule that hasn’t changed in decades. Lightning safety was emphasized in an editorial in the Naples Daily News yesterday (May 13, 2015). Yet, around 3:30 p.m. E.D.T., only hours after the ink dried on the editorial…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 5/14/15


Significant rainfall coming to southern California

With the focus of U.S. weather clearly on the central U.S. (severe weather, heavy rainfall and even Rocky Mountain snow), it would be easy to overlook the upcoming weather in California. However, the significance of a May rainfall event, with the potential for mountain precipitation topping two inches (Fig. 1), is very significant and possibly record-breaking. While not a drought ender…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 5/13/15


Heavy rain and then more heavy rain for the Central U.S.

The weather pattern has certainly transitioned. Rainfall, some locally heavy, and some significant snowfall across the western states into the High Plains, have already started to eat away at the drought across the Central Plains. Since May 4, significant precipitation has fallen across parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas…To read the entire feature, click here.

Originally published 5/12/15