A Tale of Two Extremes: Rainfall Across the US

From NASA Goddard:

The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year, with drenching rains in the eastern half of the country and persistent drought in the west. A new visualization of rainfall data collected from space shows the stark contrast between east and west for the first half of 2015.

The precipitation data shown here, from Jan. 1 through July 16, is from the joint NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission.  Accumulated rain totals are shown in different colors: 0 to 1 inch is light blue, up to 12 inches is green, up to 20 inches is yellow, and up to 40 inches is red. Purple shows an up to 76 inches in southern Louisiana, central Illinois, and a swath of Texas and Oklahoma that all saw severe flooding associated with heavy rainfall this spring and summer.

The accumulated precipitation product visualized here begins on Jan. 1, 2015, and runs through July 16, 2015. This visualization shows the heavy rainfall throughout Northern Texas and across Oklahoma as well as the drought in Southern California. Credits: NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

The GPM mission’s Core Observatory satellite launched February 2014, and unites precipitation data from an international network of 12 satellites into a single dataset. The result is NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM, or IMERG, data product, which seamlessly shows rain and snowfall across world in 30-minute timesteps.

Download the full data visualization from NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio

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August 1, 2015 3:08 pm

Wait for it….”CAGW theory clearly explains all this”….Any minute now.

Reply to  ntesdorf
August 1, 2015 3:43 pm

But of course. CAGW brings extremes in weather, so all the rain in the east is because of man-made CO2, and all the drought in the west is because of man-made CO2.

Sir Harry Flashman
Reply to  JimS
August 1, 2015 5:16 pm

I get you were trying to be sarcastic, but you actually nailed it. You folks really don’t understand climate change, do you?

Reply to  JimS
August 1, 2015 7:15 pm

Sir Harry,
You are no more a climate scientist than Jim or myself so are you saying there is absolutely no doubt in your mind?
What physical evidence would introduce any doubt?

Reply to  JimS
August 1, 2015 8:36 pm

Well Sir Harry Flashman, if anyone lives in a humid continental climate, like I do, they understand “climate change” as per the classic definition of the term. We skeptics of AGW realize that CO2 is a magic trace gas that can do anything imaginable, and that before mankind starting adding more CO2 to the atmosphere, extreme weather events did not exist. LOL!

Reply to  JimS
August 1, 2015 11:15 pm

That’s funny Harry.
You really think you understand it?
I can imagine how some climate scientists can delude themselves that they do, their careers and perhaps their entire sense of self worth are so invested.
But you? I guess it is just a matter of blind faith.

Reply to  JimS
August 2, 2015 12:24 am

What physical evidence would introduce any doubt?

As said multiple times, only climate not changing and weather keeping extremely moderate and average for a long period would introduce some doubt. This is because CAGW aka Climate Change includes all kinds of changes as its predictions. In a sense, Climate Change paradigm is not a scientific theory, because it is not in fact falsifiable by experiment or measurement.
However, global cooling large and long enough not to be ignored would have interesting result, because I believe the Climate Change paradigm would quickly accommodate and create new results which ‘prove’ CO2 has seriously net-negative feedbacks and that it will cause an ice age. I hope this will not happen.
This is not to say I doubt CO2 warms the planet. I believe IPCC’ishly that a large portion of the real warming during the last 150 years is caused by CO2. It is just that the consequences are inflated by people like Peter Arctic-conspiracy Wadhams, Jim exponential-fit Hansen and Al Greenland-is-gonna-melt-any-time-soon Gore. Let alone Dr. Hockeystick. The hockey stick paper was definitely a very influential paper – it left both the laymen and scientists in a feeling that now humans are proven to change the climate in an unprecedented and alarming speed. It took me more about a decade to hear that it is dubious, and I only lately understood how deeply corrupt science it actually is.
But lets not panic. We can wait another 20 years and see what needs to be done. In the meanwhile, I’m suggesting we all invest in wind power. You know, greens in charge, you can’t loose that card. /sarc

Reply to  JimS
August 2, 2015 6:58 am

sir flashy pants
the only true climate change that would be scary
would be weather with no extremes ever

Robert Kral
Reply to  JimS
August 2, 2015 9:20 pm

I knew Harry Flashman. Flashy was a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Flashman.

Reply to  ntesdorf
August 2, 2015 1:06 am

Despite all efforts to persuade us otherwise, solar activity effect on the polar regions is one of the factors affecting change from zonal to the meridional circumpolar jetstream flow.
Ignoring newly fashioned sunspot number, the old CLASSIC SSN (graph) for July has gone down a bit to 44.3

Reply to  vukcevic
August 2, 2015 8:16 am
August 1, 2015 3:10 pm

So that historic drought in Texas is over? Can’t use it anymore for existence of climate change I guess.

Ben of Houston
Reply to  Bobby Davis
August 1, 2015 4:48 pm

Yes it is. We are actually super-saturated with almost every lake well above its maximum level. We’ve actually had issues with flooding.
And the claims just shifted that “extremes” will become more common despite that making no sense on any level.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Ben of Houston
August 1, 2015 5:00 pm

If you average out the rainfall of the last couple of years, I’ll bet it would show the average annual rainfall is normal each year over the period. And that is what is wrong with averaging.

Ernest Bush
Reply to  Ben of Houston
August 2, 2015 9:16 am

Texas has always had a boom or bust cycle with respect to rain and snow. I lived in Ft. Worth from 1977 to 1989 and saw both extremes in summer and winter. There was shopping for plants in sunny, warm February weather and shoveling out my driveway in February so I could back onto snow laden streets in sub-freezing weather. During the summer we went through periods of storms, hail, and flooding with moderate temps and times of hot, dry, 3-digit highs. All of this occurred in that 12-year period. I spent my first 19-years growing up in Houston during the forties and fifties. There was just as much variety there. For a while we had a fruit bearing tangerine tree. The return of sub-freezing winters did that in.

Robert Kral
Reply to  Bobby Davis
August 2, 2015 9:22 pm

First half of the year was very wet, flooding in many areas, etc. July has been quite dry and there seems to be no end in sight.

Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 3:37 pm

Lordy! Don’t show this to gullible folks on the West Coast! The entire population West of Interstate 5 will run to the East for a drink of water and tip the whole damn thing into the ocean!

Reply to  Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 3:43 pm


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August 1, 2015 4:08 pm


Reply to  Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 4:41 pm

Is that like Guam “tipping over”? 🙂
I still am amazed that the officer answering that congressman kept as straight a face as he did and just answered “no”. I’d have been a deer in the headlight look asking “are you for real?”.

Reply to  TRM
August 2, 2015 4:42 am

They only send people who have proven poker faces. Otherwise they could lose funding over a misplaced “Are you ******* kidding me?” to one of the really intellectually challenged representatives of the masses.
I will say that that person should have got an instant raise.

Reply to  TRM
August 3, 2015 9:07 am

What most people miss is that Hank Johnson, the Congressman who stated his concern over Guam capsizing, is a Democrat, yet the narrative of the CAGW crowd is that you have to be Republican to be that stupid. So much for blanket generalizations.
Personally, I see it the opposite way. If we must speak in generalizations, it seems that it takes a Democrat to be so gullible as to buy into the CAGW scare stories without question – and that includes those “moderate” Republicans who side with Democrats on the most liberal of policy positions, and believe that CAGW, because “Science!”

eorge e. smith
Reply to  Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 4:44 pm

Please explain in one sentence, how this unprecedented distribution of precipitation across the United States of America arises from the mean earth global Temperature changing (maybe) from 58 deg. F in 1850 to 59 deg. F in 2015.
For further credit, please explain in one sentence, how much the 150 deg. C global Temperature daily extremes range has changed since 1850, in order to change the mean from 58 deg. F to 59 deg. F.

Reply to  eorge e. smith
August 1, 2015 6:11 pm

It is f r a u d.

Reply to  Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 5:30 pm

Pamela and all, Here is an article from Wildfire Today on fire potential .Intrestingly NOAA is calling for increased monsoonal moisture.
Every time I have been called out for crew flights for a couple of different companies -it rains…We will see..

Reply to  Pamela Gray
August 1, 2015 7:05 pm

Everybody west of I-5 is toast, anyway.

August 1, 2015 3:44 pm

Was the TX drought historic, or was it like the CA drought, which is just business as usual?
No drought is desirable or to be taken lightly, but we must not call a drought historic if it happens every 20 or 30 years and lasts for 5 or 10 years. I have lived in OK most of my life, and our recent drought and the weather that ended the drought were certainly not historic. The early and mid 1950s were almost identical in central OK, if my memory serves me. Hot and dusty. Reservoirs all getting low. Then in a couple of months all of the reservoirs were running over. Just like the last 7 or 8 years.
I am not saying certain areas of the US should not stop their profligate use of water. How does it make sense to build golf courses in the desert, for instance? Talk about hubris.

Robert Westfall
Reply to  Ken
August 1, 2015 4:23 pm

The drought was very hard on the ranchers. Less so to most others. I live in the suburbs north of Dallas. All I had to do was stop watering the yard. The grass turned brown, but I did not have to mow. I barely noticed.

Reply to  Robert Westfall
August 1, 2015 5:10 pm

If the lawn isn’t too large, you could spray paint it green.

Reply to  Ken
August 1, 2015 4:51 pm

It was unusual, I will say that. While West Texas is dry, we don’t have California’s history of multi-decade droughts. For comparison, it was roughly as bad as the Dust Bowl of the 30s. However, due to improved water and land management practices, it wasn’t as destructive.

Robert Westfall
Reply to  benofhouston
August 1, 2015 5:10 pm

Exactly! Texas has been very good at water management. Most lakes in Texas are man made for flood control and water impoundment. Texas continues to build lakes and plan for growth. There is little or no environmental restrictions. The only real problems are condemning land and moving people.

Reply to  benofhouston
August 1, 2015 9:34 pm

As an environmental engineer, I can very much attest that there are HUGE environmental restrictions. The caveat being that they are actually environmentally beneficial and are actually compliable, so with proper design and preparation, they present little obstacle. To compare, California restrictions make dam construction an active impossibility by design.

Reply to  Ken
August 1, 2015 5:04 pm

No it wasn’t “historic”. It was pretty much typical of what happens in Texas. 1905 was worse.

Reply to  Ken
August 1, 2015 6:19 pm

My dad says the weather in Iregon is just like it was in the 50’s also.

Reply to  Darrin
August 1, 2015 6:20 pm

Oregon that is

Being and Time
Reply to  Darrin
August 1, 2015 8:13 pm

Yeah, but how’s the weather in Odaho?

Reply to  Darrin
August 2, 2015 12:35 pm

A little drier than Ohiawa

Reply to  Ken
August 1, 2015 9:00 pm

Most golf courses in Arizona use reclaimed water or other non potable water. Being a golfer, I hate to see golf courses disparaged this way. They also help reduce the impact of the urban heat island. Quit towing the line of environs who don’t have their facts straight.

george e. smith
Reply to  K-Bob
August 3, 2015 1:56 pm

Well I’m not going to slam golf courses. If people want to hit a ball into a hole in the ground, that is fine with me. But why do they need to plant all that grass all over the place, so it needs watering. California’s deserts are great for golf courses, and Arizona’s too. Plenty of places out in those deserts to can put a hole in the ground to hit the ball into.

August 1, 2015 3:52 pm

August 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm
But of course. CAGW brings extremes in weather, so all the rain in the east is because of man-made CO2, and all the drought in the west is because of man-made CO2.
Yes Jim and vice versa ……..

August 1, 2015 4:01 pm

If I wasn’t such a “fan” of WUWT, those ads that pop-up out the posts might drive me away.
Has someone figured out the optimal ratio between aggravation and loyalty ?
What about the newcomers ??
Just an observation.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 1, 2015 4:14 pm

2 Choices:
1. I happen to use WordPress only cuz I don’t know of another option. WordPress has a paid subscription that blocks ads.
2. I happen to use AdBlock Plus with Firefox browser. I went to Firefox (or Mozilla, forgot which) and installed AdBlock Plus from THEIR add-ons. Works great.

Reply to  kokoda
August 1, 2015 4:15 pm

Clarification: I use WordPress to comment on WUWT.

Reply to  kokoda
August 1, 2015 5:08 pm

Are there other ways of commenting at WUWT given that WUWT is a WordPress (hosted by WP, WP template, WP content management system) site?
[Other ways than what? .mod]

Reply to  kokoda
August 2, 2015 7:39 am

Are there other ways of commenting at WUWT given that WUWT is a WordPress (hosted by WP, WP template, WP content management system) site?
[Other ways than what? .mod]
Reply to .mod:
kokoda August 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm wrote:
Clarification: I use WordPress to comment on WUWT.
This is what I’m asking about. Why does kokoda say, “I use WordPress to comment on WUWT”? What other ways are there?

Reply to  kokoda
August 2, 2015 11:26 am

NoScript for Firefox will block those ads, too.
About the drought in Oklahoma and Texas: The same weather pattern, several years of severe drought, followed by a deluge of rain over a short period of time, that completely relieves the drought, happened in this year of 2015, in 1957, and in 1917. Looks like a pattern to me.
We’re having a real nice summer here in Oklahoma. A little humid, but I prefer humidity to all the vegetation being brown.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 1, 2015 5:55 pm

I removed Flash Player from my laptop and the ads seem to have disappeared. No problems have surfaced in a week using Firefox.

Louis Hunt
Reply to  bones
August 1, 2015 10:43 pm

I found a way to configure Flash without removing it. It was in the plug-in section where I selected ‘Let me choose when to run plugin content’. That fixed it for me. Go here for instructions:

Reply to  bones
August 2, 2015 11:39 am

Using Firefox, you can set Flash and other plugins to “ask to activate”, or “never activate”. Couple that with several ad blockers, and automatic ad activation is stopped. You can add exceptions for sites as needed.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 1, 2015 7:03 pm

I’ve never had ads pop up on WUWT. And I don’t use AdBlock. Something with your setup, maybe? I use Chrome, by the way.

Reply to  Katherine
August 3, 2015 9:48 am

Me too. Chrome, but I have Ad-Block running as well. Showing 7 ads blocked right now on this page.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 1, 2015 7:48 pm

Perhaps you need to check your computer settings? You can enable Pop Up blocker which I have done. I see no ads. i have a Mac. I don’t know if Windows has that. I presume they do?

Reply to  sailor2014
August 2, 2015 12:37 am

No sane people read websites without an adblocker plug-in. The advertisements are that aggressive in exploiting scripts and animations. At least they’re not sane for long.
And disable flash, it is the single most insecure component ever included in web browsers. Really. Only good for criminals and goverments.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 2, 2015 6:37 am

I use Adblock Plus in Pale Moon. No pop-ups here.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
August 2, 2015 3:25 pm

My ratio between aggravation and loyalty is to use AdBlock Plus with FF and then DONATE to the site.

Reply to  Yirgach
August 2, 2015 6:22 pm

Yep, I’ve donated upwards of $300 ?? to the site.
So you are barking up the wrong tree.

August 1, 2015 4:12 pm

Well you can bet California Department of Reclamation is not doing anything to prepare for the flooding that is going to occur as soon as the El Nino rivers hit this winter. I spent one January/Febuary there when it rained every day for 45 days in a row forty five years ago. No matter what I’m sure the flooding will be “historic” for the rainy period of 2016/17.

Reply to  fossilsage
August 1, 2015 6:42 pm

by the way it got so cold the mortar froze on the walls in late Febuarary. Damn

Steven F
Reply to  fossilsage
August 1, 2015 8:01 pm

Most of california’s 1300 reservoirs are empty or well below normal levels for this time of year. The department of reclamation doesn’t have to do anything because the empty reservoirs will prevent a lot of flooding. It would take epic rains to fill the reservoirs and then trigger flooding. Although that said in the 1860’s a atmospheric river did park itself over California for most of the winter. Almost all of the cities along interstate 5 and highway 99 in the central valley wes under water that year. State government was moved out of Sacramento because the entire city under water. Geologist believe this happens about once every 200 to 300 years. We might be due for a 1860 like event.

Reply to  Steven F
August 1, 2015 8:33 pm

My point exactly: clear the brush out of those places that are going to flood try to mitigate it, Instead there will be removal of debris in the drainage and a lack of planning in those areas that slide and it will lead to more damage than should have happened. bureaucracy is always caught by surprise in perfectly predictable events!

Reply to  Steven F
August 1, 2015 8:41 pm

Global climate change caused it! The reasonable guy who says “there’s the 2-4 hundred year cycle” is an obvious lunatic denier and when the floods come it just proves “climate change”

Reply to  Steven F
August 1, 2015 9:38 pm

That’s what Texas said. Nearly decade of drought with most lakes down below 1/4 level, and after this spring, We are completely full with numerous flooding issues even before Tropical Storm Bill came through.
Then please note: this was only the third wettest May in Texas’s history.
Be prepared for anything my friend.

Phil B.
Reply to  Steven F
August 2, 2015 12:38 am

This kind of drought/flood weather pattern is stock standard for every part of Australia outside the Hunter Valley (which is pretty much the sole region in the entire country that built their reservoirs where it rains all year round).
During the last drought cycle we were busy being told how we had to build desalination plants up and down the coast because it was never going to rain again, and our dams would always be empty. This was in stark contrast to the old-timers (anyone over the age of 25) who remembered the last flood cycle who all wanted to build the dam walls higher to contain the water that was only a few years ago. You can guess which way the country went.
So when the flood came (as they always do) the dams filled up, then they over flowed and we had floods. And instead of capturing all that water for the next drought cycle we will have more people using the same amount of water that was intended for the population of the 1950s.
I guess we could turn all those de-sal plants back on… oh wait, no, they all rusted and are unusable.

Ernest Bush
Reply to  Steven F
August 2, 2015 9:30 am

It actually flooded all the way down to El Centro. Since the Salton Sea area is 250 feet below sea level in some areas it could make for really interesting times. Getting to Los Angeles from Yuma, AZ, could become very interesting.

August 1, 2015 4:22 pm

“The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year…”
Too bad we don’t have 1,000 years of rainfall data from satellite and then it would be obvious that this is a normal, natural occurrence.
Notice how ALL the TV Stations now use ‘Extreme’ when reporting weather – just in the last 2-3 years.

Reply to  kokoda
August 1, 2015 5:21 pm

NOAA’s extended forecast icons have recently become more enlarged and dark red color-enhanced with added “Red Flag Warnings” and “Heat Advisory” titles. I’m looking forward to this winter to see if they do the same for bouts of cold weather.

george e. smith
Reply to  kokoda
August 1, 2015 6:05 pm

Well the extremes of weather temperature on earth are from about -94 deg. C to about +60 deg. C talking condensed surface temperature.
Pick any number from say -80 deg. C to say +50 deg. C and as I am writing this, there are probably a million different places on the earth surface where you can measure that Temperature, right this minute. Same gose for any other temperature you might select in that range
Extremes don’t matter in climate; extremes are weather and climate is only the 30 year average.
So that funny colored map is irrelevant.
California is a natural desert. Its water problems are a direct result of having a population that believes water storage is evil, and they oppose and vote into power anyone who will oppose, construction of any storage facility for the water that we do get.
We deserve what we have sewn.
When the “managers” of California’s water allocate 80% or all of the State water to 2% of the State GNP, then you know the place is being run by nincompoops, and the nincompoops who elected them thoroughly deserve, what we have.

Reply to  george e. smith
August 2, 2015 12:44 am

Its water problems are a direct result of having a population that believes water storage is evil,

Well put. Store water and there will be enough of it. Let it all flood and there won’t.

Reply to  kokoda
August 1, 2015 8:43 pm

yes I do

August 1, 2015 4:38 pm

Lack of rain in desert can be called “normal.” “Drought in the west” is a fabrication.

NW sage
August 1, 2015 4:48 pm

Every heavy rain is also a FLASH FLOOD! Doesn’t matter that the rainfall had been accurately predicted for a week.

Reply to  NW sage
August 1, 2015 5:11 pm

Even the precedented stuff is Unprecedented! now.

george e. smith
Reply to  NW sage
August 1, 2015 6:17 pm

The whole of California’s Central Valley is laser leveled, including the earth curvature, and soil absorption rates into its profile. So one inch of water can flood the whole valley.
Tulare Lake; the largest lake west of the Mississippi river, hasn’t had any water in it since they drained it into the Pacific Ocean 85 years ago. My house is just beyond the Eastern shore extreme of Tulare Lake.
Lemore Naval Air Station, and the whole town of Hanford, are right in the middle of Tulare Lake.
My house sits on a 4 ft. high rock and cement wall foundation, and has a moat (irrigation canal) running through the second 20 feet on the west of my property, so you could never keep that one inch of water on my land; it would drain into the canal, which eventually all soaks into the ground, within 20 miles from my house.
So I have to carry flood insurance through FEMA, just in case we get a bit more rain than we usually get.
So I’m paying for the people of New Orleans, who prefer to build their houses below local sea level, so they can be under water when it rains.

Reply to  NW sage
August 1, 2015 8:34 pm

Where I live, if it rains here or anywhere upstream, we are going to more than likely get flash floods That is just the way it is in Arizona. No big deal unless you are dumb enough to try to go through high water or are in a creek and unaware that it has rained upstream, which happens.

August 1, 2015 4:50 pm

The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year…just like it does every year.
There has never been a time that the US drought monitor…did not show drought somewhere
Here’s the 2007-09 drought in the south east…the opposite of what is showing now….

Chris Lynch
August 1, 2015 4:51 pm

The media and met services all over the world have been sensationalising perfectly normal weather events by dubbing them “extreme” for some time now. In Ireland and the UK common or garden winter gales are routinely described as ” superstorms ” and given names like hurricanes to give the impression that they are unprecedented which they are not.

Reply to  Chris Lynch
August 1, 2015 5:15 pm

It’s as if controllers of the main stream media style/content rulebook all signed some kind of policy agreement in order to demonstrate their commitment to helping to save the planet or something.

Reply to  PiperPaul
August 2, 2015 11:25 am

They would not have done any such thing.
That would be conspiracy.
We all know the media giants don’t do conspiracy.
We all know that the green blob doesn’t do conspiracy.
Mods – is it blindingly obvious that this is /SARC – thus disqualifying itself from any need to include /SARC?
[What sacasm? No. No, the sarcasm is not obvious enough. .mod /sarcasm]

Reply to  Chris Lynch
August 1, 2015 5:40 pm

part of that is the talking heads are all so young their sense of history includes very little prior to the late 90’s. They read what they are given believing it true, where an honest more mature reader would call BS on it. Of course, that would also be the end of that readers employment in the MSM.

Cold in Wisconsin
Reply to  Chris Lynch
August 1, 2015 7:41 pm

This is just the normal sensationalism of the weather and news staffs. “Severe weather on the way–Stay tuned!” Just another way to hook gullible listeners or viewers into thinking that they need to access the media (and their advertisers) at all times. There never is a typical snow storm anywhere in the northern United States these days. Everything is predicted to be cataclysmic, even to the point of recommending that people stay home, off the roads, and (of course) “tuned in.” I don’t mind recommending caution for safety, but they have gone completely over the top in the hopes of bolstering their ratings. They might even believe their own hype, but it is tiresome.

Reply to  Cold in Wisconsin
August 1, 2015 8:01 pm

The problem is that it reinforces the Climageddon Theatre groupthink we’ve been infected with for the past 20 years.

Billy Liar
August 1, 2015 5:05 pm

what’s with the choice of color to represent amounts of precipitation. Must everything be red in climastrology? What is wrong with various shades of blue for rainfall? You know, the same color as water.

Reply to  Billy Liar
August 1, 2015 10:30 pm

Agreed–they got the colors backwards.

August 1, 2015 5:26 pm

Hmmm, where can you find rain totals since Jan. in localities in Arizona? I think they are well above average, as there were several flooding events since January north of Phoenix for example. I don’t think the light green represents the actual/average totals. Just sayin…

Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
August 1, 2015 8:24 pm

I have been trying to find the rainfall totals for 2015 to no avail. Both Phoenix and Prescott are well above average this year. It just rained again here in Prescott and my daughter was caught in a big storm yesterday in Phoenix.This is our monsoon season and we are having a great one. I heard we had set a record, but can’t find to verify.
I am really getting irritated by the national media claiming “the West” is in a drought. Good grief, we are next door to California who has been in a drought. We have plenty of rain. Too bad about Calif., but California is not The West. Last I checked, Az. is in the West and we are not in a drought. We are enjoying our rain.

Go Home
Reply to  sailor2014
August 2, 2015 1:42 am

You can find the rainfall totals around Phoenix/Maricopa county through the reports on this website.

August 1, 2015 5:28 pm

Do these Satellite totals match the totals of the local weather stations?

Gerry Parker
August 1, 2015 5:32 pm

So Red is bad, right? Oh wait, Florida, Louisiana…

August 1, 2015 5:42 pm

Time to build some water pipelines to compliment the oil ones.

Chuck L
Reply to  wickedwenchfan
August 2, 2015 5:19 am

Great idea but insane environmentalists would no doubt oppose water pipelines with the same vigor that they oppose oil pipelines, CA has reaped what it has sown by electing and reelecting the same people who put the state in the situation it is in now.

August 1, 2015 6:18 pm

So its looking that climate change for the Eastern states means the joy of having to look forward to “wet summers” and “Arctic blast” winters. Well that will teach you for giving off all these CO2 emissions. 🙂

August 1, 2015 6:19 pm

Anyone notice the lack of cyclonic activity in the Atlantic Ocean?
[Hush. We are not mentioning it. .mod]

Reply to  littlepeaks
August 1, 2015 8:04 pm

Yeah, it’s transferred to the ‘Pacific’ Ociean.

Reply to  noaaprogrammer
August 1, 2015 8:05 pm


James Francisco
Reply to  littlepeaks
August 2, 2015 7:38 am

Seems like tornados have been scarce too.

John M. Ware
August 1, 2015 6:27 pm

I just saw a news item about 165 degrees F in the Middle East. Off the water topic, but right on for extremes. Is 165 DF real? Did anyone else see this item?

Reply to  John M. Ware
August 1, 2015 6:43 pm

No it did not get quite that hot, the max temp got up to around 52C.
Google BBC weather “middle east heat wave” for the details

Steven F
Reply to  John M. Ware
August 1, 2015 8:12 pm

165F is the temperature plus humidity factored in. often refered to heat index. The actual temperature is about 52C in some places which is about 125F. Certanly not a world record.

Reply to  Steven F
August 2, 2015 11:39 am

An Annual occurrence in much of the Oil Gulf.
Last time I was in Dubai {thanks &*$} was in 2009. Temps there just over 50C.
I made sure my beer was very chilled.
A friend has – for their sins – done several Dry Docks in Qatar; again, temperatures in summer are north of 50C, in the shade.
Inside a steel box, with incoming solar – not good.
And supervising means being everywhere when needed.
Ships have hulls 26 metres deep, fifty metres wide – and there are no convenient lifts.
Three boiler-suits a day, and a two kilo loss, even with plentiful rehydration, between 0700 and 1700.
Would I choose to dry dock in Qatar in the summer . . . .?
A decision that some may say has commercial implications . . . .
PS there is some suggest a Global ball-kicking contest may eventuate there, not, apparently, in Autumn, Winter or Spring.
I have no doubt the bulgy-brains who arranged this have much tropical experience – but probably sipping daiquiris in air conditioned penthouse bars.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  John M. Ware
August 1, 2015 10:46 pm

That was the heat index not the temperature.

John M. Ware
Reply to  Leonard Lane
August 2, 2015 2:08 am

Thanks, everyone–I thought that number was bogus, but the article-ette I read didn’t mention heat index. 125F in that part of the world is quite believable.

Reply to  John M. Ware
August 2, 2015 5:00 pm

I do not know how anyone can see purple on a weather map and be scared sh!tless!

Reply to  Menicholas
August 2, 2015 5:01 pm

um…not be…

August 1, 2015 6:50 pm

I saw that too, that was what it feels like – they didn’t give the actual temperature in the shade

August 1, 2015 6:56 pm

Funny, they don’t give any rainfall totals in this report:
“Record Report
Statement as of 9:56 PM PDT on July 31, 2015
… Record number of days with precipitation for July set at Bishop…
Counting today, July 31st, a total of 14 days this month had a trace
or more of precipitation fall in Bishop, California at the official
weather station at the eastern Sierra regional Airport. This sets a
new all-time record for July. The previous record was 12 days set in
This is now the second month this year to see a record number of
days with precipitation at Bishop. Back in may there was a record 15
days with a trace or more of precipitation.
For may, June and July of 2015 combined there have been 36 days with
a trace or more of precipitation. This is one day less than what was
recorded in 2013 in Bishop which had 37 days with a trace or more of
precipitation for the entire year. Also… this past cold season from
October 1st through April 30th only saw a total of 20 days with a
trace or more of precipitation at Bishop.
The above information is preliminary and subject to a final review.
For final certified data please contact the office of noaa’s
National centers for environmental information (ncei) located in
Asheville, North Carolina.”

August 1, 2015 6:58 pm

Did anyone else notice? The US is getting lots of rain, more or less. But Canada, Mexico, and Cuba are suffering historic, catastrophic, massive CAGW induced drought. In fact, it looks like those three countries are not getting any rain at all.

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2015 7:41 pm

Not to worry…Global Governance will redistribute the weather.

Reply to  imoira
August 1, 2015 7:52 pm

Exactly – if and when COP gets signed, we will surely see the Masters create weather utopia; every state and every country will flourish with the correct amount of sun and rain along with a perfect temperature. What’s not to like.

Reply to  imoira
August 1, 2015 8:21 pm

… as in the Truman Show

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2015 8:03 pm


Reply to  TonyL
August 2, 2015 1:53 am

Tony, I live in Southern Ontario, and up until three weeks ago is was Damned wet. The pond in our back yard was full right to the banks- a condition that usually only exists in March and April, after the heavy winter snowpack has melted.

Reply to  TonyL
August 2, 2015 4:32 am

Not true for eastern Canada . They have been getting lots of rain just recently.

Reply to  TonyL
August 2, 2015 5:54 am

The prairie provinces of western Canada have received a ton of rain over the last few weeks. Moisture conditions are back to normal after being dry in the spring.

James Francisco
Reply to  TonyL
August 2, 2015 7:49 am

It is only the average that is important.

charles nelson
August 1, 2015 7:21 pm

There’s a guy in Australia called (Dr) Tim Flannery.
He’s a powerful climate Prophet.
Unfortunately for him the the Climate seems to behave in exactly the opposite way he Prophesies.
Shortly after his 2009 pronouncement of Permanent Drought in Eastern Australia (and that Perth was about to become the 21st Century’s ‘Ghost Metropolis’)…the rains returned.
You guys in California, should get him over there and on the Government payroll a.s.a.p. (Well of course you have to ‘cross his palm with silver’…otherwise the magic won’t work!)

Reply to  charles nelson
August 1, 2015 10:01 pm

Stop it, I know we aussies want to see the back of “Flim Flam” Flannery , but inflicting him on the US would be unfair.
The amount of poison gas coming out that mans’ mouth might violate chemical warfare treaties.

Phil B.
Reply to  Felflames
August 2, 2015 12:53 am

Maybe we can trade Flannery for Gore.
That way we can get snow for Christmas and they can have their much needed rain.

Reply to  Felflames
August 2, 2015 4:59 am

Last I heard Gore was already there.
I’m hoping he’ll file for citizenship.
You can keep both Tim and Al.
They can set up shop in Alice Springs.

Reply to  charles nelson
August 2, 2015 11:49 am

Charles – I wasn’t sipping a French red when I read your comment – which has saved me a keyboard and possibly a screen!
Much appreciated!

August 1, 2015 7:40 pm

This map is not quite accurate. We here in the high desert of Arizona, 100 miles north Phoenix, have had above average rainfall for the year. It is pouring down now. We had a great monsoon season. Weather is a funny thing. We are not that far from California, but they had had no rain until recently and we have been blessed with a lot.

Reply to  sailor2014
August 2, 2015 5:11 am

I agree. I west central Colorado, where the map shows green, I’ve recorded 22.4″ of water this year, which should be yellow changing to red, or orange.

August 1, 2015 7:41 pm

The pattern is a reflection of the increased meridional flow of the Circumpolar vortex.
I spoke to a Cattlemen’s conference in Austin Texas in 2011 during the drought, showed the pattern and predicted the end of the drought, as has occurred.
Too bad NASA and NOAA don’t know the basics of climatology, but then they are climate scientists who don’t know or understand the larger patterns and dynamics of climate. This lack is then further distorted by a political bias to their science.

August 1, 2015 8:10 pm

Gee, I wonder if the Sooper Jeniuses at NASA noticed that Texas was one of those places with severe and persistent drought, only has had lot of rain.

August 1, 2015 8:14 pm

Raining in Florida right now. The grass weeds are growing well.

August 1, 2015 8:34 pm

Where is the analysis?

August 1, 2015 11:44 pm
August 1, 2015 11:50 pm

Ozone distribution shows the current circulation.

Larry Wirth
August 1, 2015 11:58 pm

Really nice monsoon season in Tucson this year, rain comes on almost a daily basis, cools things off and makes Summer a very pleasant experience. Also noticed that the 100 degree days of May were totally missing. Pool didn’t heat up to a reasonable level until late June, usually mid-May. Certainly nothing to complain about hereabouts. Looks more like global cooling, though the Winter was also unusually mild- only one fire in the fireplace in December.

Larry Wirth
August 2, 2015 12:01 am

For the uninformed, there have been days (2004) when the daytime high in January has been 41 F.

August 2, 2015 1:03 am

This visualization shows the heavy rainfall throughout Northern Texas and across Oklahoma as well as the drought in Southern California.
Must be getting old. I’ve heard it all before.
Albert Hammond – “It Never Rains In Southern California”

Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Texas Flood”

August 2, 2015 1:22 am
Reply to  ren
August 2, 2015 2:29 pm

That map shows clearly why whats been happening over NW Russia has been taken my interest. There have been area’s of low pressure sitting around that area for at least a month now. lt will be interesting to see what happens should this set up last as we move towards the winter. Because its sending cold air to just the right place to set up Europe with a bitterly cold winter. Should a blocking high form over northern europe during the winter. Also its given me new insights as to how the weather patterns could have been set up during the ice age.

August 2, 2015 4:28 am

The NASA map showing the pattern of extra rain in the east and lack of rain in the west is very similar to the annual temperature patterns as well with cold in the east and warm in the west . As long as there is a warmer than normal eastern and central Pacific ocean SST, an EL Nino and the warm ” blob” of warm water in the North Pacific , this situation will continue.

Reply to  herkimer
August 2, 2015 5:16 am

Seems it never rains in Southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California, but girl, don’t they warn ya
It pours, man, it pours
Especially when El Nino kicks in……

Say What?
Reply to  GregK
August 2, 2015 5:54 am

“They tell me the fault line runs right through here.` (California Earthquake – John Hartford, Mamas and the Papas.)

Non Nomen
August 2, 2015 5:26 am

Everything is just fine: too much rain in the east plus too few in the west equals a normal average CONUS precipitation. That’s the way the warmistas do their statistics with temperature, so it can’t be wrong with rain, can it???

August 2, 2015 7:36 am

The thing is, no Climate Alarmist predicted that there would be high rainfall from Texas into New England for spring and early summer. Everyone knew California would be dry; but no one predicted the deluge in the Southern Plains to Great Lakes.
The Alarmists are doing what they accuse skeptics of – mixing weather with climate.

August 2, 2015 8:00 am

Wow! NASA’s sensors really suck. 50 miles west of DC they have me around 20 when I’m at 31.

Ken L in Kelowna
August 2, 2015 8:35 am

Again I must submit the easy solution, similar to my entry regarding sea level changes. I totally have the easiest, low cost solution for rising sea levels, and California droughts. Death Valley in eastern California is as much as 282 feet below sea level and has an area of about 3,000 square miles. All that is required is a suitable sized pipeline from the nearby Pacific ocean, running over the mountains and terminating so it drains into the deepest point in Death Valley. Once a pumping system is put in place and the sea water begins to flow downhill, gravity will take over and a constant flow of water will be established, lowering the ocean level slowly, and gradually filling the Death Valley basin. The new inland lake would be non-tidal, so the salt would settle out, providing a potential huge fresh water supply for California, and the cooler lake surface would have an effect on the regional temperature, reversing global warming. For the first time, humans could test the effect by adjusting and regulating the flow into the new lake, increasing its size to cool things, decreasing it if things get too cool. Once the lake reaches an adequate volume, fresh water would settle and also could be pumped into the California aquifer, even utilizing local river systems, to support irrigation and consumer needs for millenia.

Rick Lynch
Reply to  Ken L in Kelowna
August 2, 2015 9:22 am

The EPA would never allow you to destroy an ecosystem (death valley).

Reply to  Ken L in Kelowna
August 2, 2015 10:42 am

Sounds like a good idea. Run with it!

Steven F
Reply to  Ken L in Kelowna
August 2, 2015 4:50 pm

“lowering the ocean level slowly, and gradually filling the Death Valley basin. The new inland lake would be non-tidal, so the salt would settle out, providing a potential huge fresh water supply for California”
Salt does not settle out. The great salt lake in Utah is also none tidal and yet it has been filed with salt water throughout recorded history and according to geologist it has always been full of salt water. Another example is the Salten Sea in southern California. The sea was formed when a leeve broke on the Colorado river. The Colorado river flowed uncontrolled for over a year into the salten sink creating the lake. The lake was originally filled with fresh water. Now it is salt water and the salinity is slowly climbing.

August 2, 2015 9:19 am

Looks rather normal to me and not extreme at all. Go to wikipedia and search Pedocal. The page you will be taken to has a little gif map of Pedocal soils (west US) and Pedalfer soils (east US) with the little red line in between being the demarcation of 30 inches annual precipitation, i.e. east of the red line is greater than 30 inches and west of the red line is less than 30 inches. This has been known since 1938!
Ha ha

Rick Lynch
August 2, 2015 9:19 am

The map shows a lot of rain where I live in Washington, but we have had an extremely dry year for us. It also shows lots of accumulation in normally dry places like Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, so the division of east versus west doesn’t rally hold water, so to speak

August 2, 2015 10:49 am

Thank you so very much for this. I have been observing rainfall here in Iowa for the past year and have seen storms approach our area just north of I-80 on the Mississipi River time and again, only to split up around Des Moines or wash out just twenty miles west of us. You can see this phenomenon on the map as an east-west line of yellow all the way across the state and following almost exactly the path of I-80 in the midst of all the red. I thought I was either paranoid or nuts. This map confirms my observations beyond a doubt.
Now, if someone would only explain what causes this. There’s a nuke plant just twelve miles downstream and another sixty miles to the west. Those and the interstate (the busiest road in the country) seem to be possible explanations. The river may play some part in the washing out of rain as it enters our county from the west, especially since it flows almost east-west here. But I don’t know enough science to make an argument for any of these.
Whatever the reason, our local crops are suffering while the rest of the state is looking at a record harvest. Very disconcerting.

August 3, 2015 2:24 am

Creeper: definitely not the nuke plant. The better part of the US’s 100+ nuke plants are in the present wet zone and they not affecting the rains in any way. Look at the jet stream graph that Ren posted at 11:44 P.M. There can be very sharp demarcations of weather patterns due to the jet stream. Iowa is right at the demarcation line. Terribly sorry to hear about your crops. I have farmer friends in Nebraska and understand how the vagaries of weather can be boom or bust for the farmer.

August 3, 2015 1:23 pm

So the southeastern US is largely swamp and the southwestern US is largely desert. Is this really news? I would think that both the Bald Cypress and the Saguaros and Joshua Trees have been around for a loooong time.

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