March 2019 NOAA Disasters, Climate, & Weather Trends: Cool, Wet, and Saturated

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 19 April 2019



Major Midwest Flooding in March


Offutt Air Force Base Flooded, Nebraska
Offutt Air Force Base Flooded, Nebraska, March 17, 2019, U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake.
March 17, 2019, U.S. Air Force, Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake.


2019 Climate & Weather Trends: Cool & Wet

U.S. hit with Two Billion-Dollar Disasters so far in 2019,
NOAA, April 9, 2019.


Two events so far this Year.

Bomb Cyclone
"...heavy snow, blizzard conditions and major flooding to the Midwest..."

Major NE, SE, & Ohio Storm of February

Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Overview
“In 2019 (as of April 9), there have been 2 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 1 flooding event and 1 severe storm event.”


March 2019
Climate Events & Anomalies

March 2019, Graphic, American Climate Events & Anomalies, Credit NOAA NCEI.

Credit NOAA NCEI. Full sized graphic.

“And it’s only April.”

March Temps
“The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during March was 40.68 degrees F (0.82 of a degree below average), ranking in the middle third of the 125-year record for the month...”

Year to Date
“...average U.S. temperature for the year to date (January through March) was 35.03 degrees F (0.12 of a degree F below average), which landed among the middle third of the record. This was the coldest start to a year since 2014.”

March 2019
Climate Events & Anomalies

Baked Alaska
“Last month's temperatures in Alaska were 15.9 degrees F above average, making it the hottest March for the state in the 95-year record.”

Drought improved
"At the end of March, about 6 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in drought, down from 12 percent at the end of February."


More Information


Weather Trends

Current Weather vs. Averages


A Backpacker's Perspective

Tracking the Spring Thaw of 2019


2019 Climate References

April 9
Alaska Skips Mid-Winter to Experience Late Spring Conditions in March

April 2
Great Drought is Over

March 21
2019 Spring Outlook: Major Flooding Risks Continuing across USA



The Bottom Line

Expanding Extremes
I expect extreme weather events to continue growing into the future, as they have grown through the past to dominate the present. I expect our climate to continue swinging from one weather extreme to another, from extreme deep snow to extreme heat to extreme flooding to extreme drought, then beginning its rotation through this cycle of weather extremes again.
With each run through our cycle of extremes, our extremes of weather are growing in strength and intensity every time we visit them.

Polar Vortex Disruptions
I put much of the blame for the cold stormy conditions back East during Feb on the breaking of the Polar Vortex into three Vorti,  after the Vortex slid off the top of the planet, (caused by our outrageous warming of the Arctic), moving into a configuration that conducted huge amounts of extremely cold Arctic Airs into the High Plains and East Coast of the USA.

Jan, 2019
Polar Vortex Splits Under Warming Stratosphere

Feb, 2019
Polar Vortex Sliding off Top of Planet, Arctic Weather Plunges into North America

Transitional Weather
These types of movements of the Polar Vortex will bring our average temperatures down. For a while, until the Arctic finishes warming up...

Observation & Caution
Close observation and caution are called for by our climate & weather's status and trends.



Climate Disaster Review

US 2018 Billion Dollar Weather & Climate Disasters, NOAA
US 2018 Billion Dollar Weather & Climate Disasters, NOAA

This map denotes the approximate location for each of the 14 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters that impacted the US during 2018. Full-Sized Map.

"During 2018, the U.S. experienced an active year of billion-dollar disaster events including the 4th highest total number of events, only behind the years 2017, 2011 and 2016. In 2018, the U.S. also experienced the 4th highest total costs ($91 billion) only behind the years 2017, 2005 and 2012."


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