Category Archives: Severe Weather
Meteorologists consider summer to be the three-month period of June through August, and 2020 had some interesting and significant weather events.
Certainly, first on the list is the fire weather in the West. Colorado had its largest fire on record, the Pine Gulch fire, and California has to date the second-, third- and fourth-largest fires in its state history. Wildfires in the West continue to burn into autumn. Continue reading
When Hurricane Laura made landfall just south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, at 2 a.m. Thursday, it did so as the strongest hurricane to strike the state in more than 160 years and one of the top 10 strongest landfalling storms in U.S. history.
By the time the storm came ashore 30 miles south of Lake Charles, it likely packed gusts to over 150 mph. Indeed, the peak gust at Lake Charles was 137 mph — truly incredible considering that the city is 30 miles from the coastline. Continue reading
On this date in 1969, Hurricane Camille, the second-worst hurricane in U.S. history, made landfall on the Mississippi coast with 190-mph winds at Bay St. Louis.
Camille claimed 256 lives. Continue reading
The official season stretches from June 1 through Nov. 30. One measure of the activity of a season is the number of named storms — those that reach or exceed sustained winds of 39 mph — that season accrues.
This year, for the sixth year in a row, Atlantic tropical storms formed before the official start of the season with Arthur and Bertha developing in May. Continue reading
The heat index indicates how hot it feels.
It is expressed as a function of air temperature and the relative humidity. The heat index temperature is for standing in the shade and light winds; when exposed to direct sunlight, the heat index value can be increased by up to 15 degrees. Continue reading