GLOBAL CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS

 

JUNE 2001

 

NORTH AMERICA

 

Northwestern 

 

Weekly temperatures averaged 3 to 6C (6F-12F) above normal across southern Alaska and southwestern Yukon during the third week. The mercury reached as high as 29C (84F) at Talkeetna, Alaska.  Little or no rain also fell across the area as rainfall has totaled under 50% of normal for the past 4 weeks.

 

UNITED STATES

 

Northwestern United States and Southwestern Canada

 

Weekly departures of 2C to 4C (4F-8F) below normal dominated the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, and British Columbia. Lows ranged from 1C to 10C (34F-50F) across the region, with subfreezing temperatures reported at the higher elevations.

 

Southwestern 

 

Temperatures were 2C to 3C (4F-6F) above normal, with isolated locations reporting weekly temperature departures of up to 4C (8F). Highs of 40C to 44C (104F-111F) dominated southeastern California, southern Nevada, and the southern and western portions of Arizona. In addition, the mercury soared above 40C (04F) in western Texas.

 

Southern Plains

 

Torrential rainfall of 200 to 500 mm (8.00-20.00), and locally up to 750 mm (30.00) resulted in serious wide-spread flooding, loss of several lives, and approximately one billion dollars in damage. As Tropical Storm Allison weakened, the circulation pattern persisted across southeastern Texas for several days, allowing excessive rains to pummel the area. Subsequently, the circulation, accompanied by heavy rains, began drifting slowly northeastward into Louisiana.

 

Western Great Lakes

 

Rainfall of between 50 and 150 mm (2.00-6.00) of rain soaked central Illinois and southwestern Indiana while 25 to 50 mm (1.00-2.00) fell on southwestern Ohio and the remainders of Illinois and Indiana.

 

Southern and Eastern 

 

Rainfall of 100 and 500 mm (4.00-20.00) of rain inundated the Gulf Coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, northern Florida, and southern Georgia while 50 to 200 mm (2.00-8.00) fell across much of the South and East between the Appalachians and the Atlantic Seaboard.

 

Eastern 

 

Thunderstorms deposited 50 to 200 mm (2.00-8.00) of rain from Virginia northward to northern New England, resulting in numerous reports of local flooding.

 

Central 

 

Heavy thunderstorms spread across eastern Kansas and northern Missouri, leaving 100 to 200 mm (4.00-8.00) of rain. Rainfall totaled 25 to 50 mm (1.00-2.00) in much of Wisconsin and southeastern Nebraska, as well as in parts of Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Central 

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 6C (4F-12F) above normal across South America from central Brazil southward through central Argentina.

 

Uruguay and Adjacent Parts of East-Central Argentina

 

For the second consecutive week, moderate to heavy rains of 50 to 100 mm (2.00-4.00) drenched Entre Rios and southeastern Santa Fe Provinces of Argentina and all of Uruguay, with 100 to 200 mm (4.00-8.00) reported in central Uruguay.

 

EUROPE

Northern and Eastern 

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 4C (4F-8F) below normal from southern Sweden eastward to southern Finland and southeastward into European Russia. The mercury remained above freezing over almost all the region.

 

ASIA

Eastern 

 

Warm temperatures resulted in departures of 2C to 7C (4F-14F) above normal covered a large region from central Siberia southward across Mongolia and southeastward into Japan. The mercury reached as high as 37C (99F) at Hamhung, Korea.

 

East-Central 

 

Moderate rains of 15 to 30 mm (.60-1.20) were limited to widely scattered locations in Korea and Jilin Province of China. Meanwhile, little or no rain fell on the remainder of the region.

 

East-Central China

 

Strong winds, heavy rains, and serious flooding from Typhoon Chebi claimed numerous lives and destroyed numerous buildings in Fujian Province of China.

 

INDIA

 

Temperatures averaged 2C to 5C (4F-10F) below normal over India from Maharashtra southward across Tamil Nadu. Readings reached as low as 20C (68F) at Begampet. Torrential rains in excess of 200 mm (8.00) fell at some locations, and much of India received 50 to 200 mm (2.00-8.00).

 

AUSTRALIA

Southwestern 

 

Unusually cold weather, with temperatures averaging 2C to 3C (4F-6F) below normal prevailed across southwestern Australia. The mercury failed to reach 20C (68F) across the region while lows of 1C to 9C (34F-48F) dominated the southwestern quadrant of Western Australia.