NOAA on Miami Florida: Coldest December on Record

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From the NOAA National Weather Service Office in Miami comes this year end report:

2010 South Florida Weather Year in Review
Coldest December on Record Concludes Year of Extremes
December 30th, 2010: Temperature and precipitation extremes marked the weather of 2010 across South Florida. A cool and wet January through March was followed by the hottest summer on record, and then concluded with the coldest December on record for the main climate sites in South Florida (details on the above mentioned periods will be included below).

Here are December 2010 temperature averages for select sites (through 7 AM Dec 30th):

* Location of observations for each location have moved since the first year of record, but are representative of the city for record keeping purposes.
** Present Miami Beach and Moore Haven temperature data may not be totally comparable to historical data due to difference in time of daily reports which causes double-reporting of low temperatures.


Complete statistics of the record cold December for all sites above (except Moore Haven) will be provided in Record Reports which will be issued early on Jan 1, 2011.

The main culprit behind the cold temperatures in December 2010 was the same one which caused the cold winter of 2009-2010; a strongly negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and Arctic Oscillation (AO). When these atmospheric oscillations are in the strong negative phase, they essentially “flip” the weather pattern across North America, with upper-level high pressure and relative warmth over Greenland and Northeastern Canada and upper-level low pressure and cold over the eastern Continental United States, including Florida (Figure 1). This pattern forces the jet stream to plunge south from northern Canada into the southeastern U.S., transporting Arctic air masses into Florida.

A pronounced shift in the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) phase was noted in 2010, from a strong El Niño, or warm, phase to a borderline strong La Niña, or cold, phase. While this may appear at first glance to be a key contributor to the temperature extremes noted across South Florida during 2010, it is believed that it was the strongly negative NAO and AO, not the ENSO phase, which contributed to the cold temperatures in early and late 2010. A strongly phased NAO/AO operating on shorter time scales can override the longer-term ENSO phase.

As mentioned above, South Florida experienced its hottest summer on record in 2010 (with the exception of Naples which recorded its second hottest recorded summer). Despite the record hot summer, average yearly temperatures at the main climate sites will end up around 1 degree below normal, which will be the coolest calendar year since the early and mid 1980s, and among the top 10 on record (except for Miami). At secondary sites Miami Beach and Moore Haven, it was the coolest year on record (please note caveat below table).

Here are the 2010 temperature averages for the year for the primary climate sites through December 29:

** Present Miami Beach and Moore Haven temperature data may not be totally comparable to historical data due to difference in time of daily reports which causes double-reporting of low temperatures.

Some other interesting 2010 temperature statistics:
– Miami International Airport (MIA) observed 103 days of temperatures at or above 90 degrees, the 4th most on record. The average number of 90+ degree days per year is 51. MIA also had a record 45 days of low temperatures of 80 degrees or higher, besting the previous record of 39 set in 2009. The average number of 80+ degree low temperature days per year is 13. On the other end of the thermometer, MIA had 6 mornings with low temperatures below 40 degrees. This ties the 5th most number of sub-40 degree days on record. The average yearly number of sub-40 degree days is 2.
– Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) observed 9 days of low temperatures below 40 degrees. This ties the 4th most number of sub-40 degree days on record. The average yearly number of sub-40 degree days is 3.
– Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) observed 106 days of temperatures at or above 90 degrees, the 8th most on record. The average number of 90+ degree days per year is 56. PBI also had a record 34 days of low temperatures of 80 degrees or higher, crushing the previous record of 17 set in 1900 and 2002. The average number of 80+ degree low temperature days per year is 6. On the other end of the thermometer, PBI had 18 mornings with low temperatures below 40 degrees. This easily breaks the previous record of 10 days set in 1920 and 1981. The average yearly number of sub-40 lows at PBI is 3. Six of the 18 days occurred in December, which breaks the previous monthly record for December of 5 set in 1962.
– Naples Regional Airport (APF) observed 125 days of temperatures at or above 90 degrees, the 12th most on record. The average number of 90+ degree days per year is 109. Naples also observed 13 days of low temperatures below 40 degrees. This ties the 5th most number of sub-40 degree days on record. The average yearly number of sub-40 degree days is 3. Eight of the 13 days occurred in December, which breaks the previous monthly record for December of 7 set in 1981.

Full report at NOAA/NWS here:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/mfl/news/2010WxSummary.pdf

h/t to Joe D’Aleo

SEE ALSO:

USA record lows outpace record highs 19 to 1 this week

Update 1/1/11 1:11:11 PM:  obligatory Drudge Link screen-cap for Posterity:  great way to start 2011!

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118 thoughts on “NOAA on Miami Florida: Coldest December on Record

  1. Well, there you go! We now have proof that we are locked in the grip of global warming because we are now seeing record low temperatures.

    As our global thirst for carbon fuels continues unabated, we are likely to see global temperatures warm to the point where we will see ice rinks in parks in Miami in the winter.

    Today’s snow flurries in Phoenix are but another sign that the globe is heating at a furious pace. Citrus growers in Arizona are afraid the heat will turn their oranges into frozen balls of slush.

    Remember … carbon fuel … doubleplus ungood.

  2. Would be nice to reference the surfacestation.org rating for each of these sites to see how the UHI and area development has affected the temps.

  3. Don’t fret. Those old temps will be adjusted lower in no-time, and they’ll get their records back! ;)

  4. aha…manitoba has all the global warming.
    more “heart-wrenching” comments at the link:

    30 Dec: Vancouver Sun: Mike DeSouza: Heart-wrenching view of bears inspires execs to do better
    WWF trip to northern Manitoba shows impact of climate change
    “It’s such a heart-wrenching way to learn a very hard lesson about climate change,” said David Moran, director of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola in Canada. “We’ve used the polar bear in our marketing material for over 80 years. So for us, the polar bear has a particularly warm place in our hearts.”
    The trip was organized by conservation group WWFCanada under a theme of “seeing is believing.” Moran and other corporate executives on the trip said it was particularly shocking to see the mammals stranded by large waves coming into the shore in November.
    “You know that they [polar bears] are virtually starving because they need the ice to hunt,” said Moran.
    “Without the ice, they can’t properly feed themselves, and so it’s such a graphic way of saying how climate change is impacting everything around you, but more importantly, this unique Canadian icon.” …

    http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Heart+wrenching+view+bears+inspires+execs+better/4040079/story.html

  5. Yeah, I’m waiting for the 2010 Fl. manatee cold death numbers. That was already a record in April for any year and way above the various averages.

  6. “A pronounced shift in the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) phase was noted in 2010, from a strong El Niño, or warm, phase to a borderline strong La Niña, or cold, phase. While this may appear at first glance to be a key contributor to the temperature extremes noted across South Florida during 2010, it is believed that it was the strongly negative NAO and AO, not the ENSO phase, which contributed to the cold temperatures in early and late 2010. A strongly phased NAO/AO operating on shorter time scales can override the longer-term ENSO phase.”

    Although the above is true there does seem to be a longer term NAO/AO cycling over multidecadal and centennial timescales and correlating with solar variability such as that seen from LIA to the Modern Maximum.

    In the recent and ongoing instance there has been a sudden and dramatic change in solar variability over the last few years which may well have induced the exceptionally negative NAO/AO that we now have.

    In fact the NAO/AO signal began to weaken as long ago as 2000 when I first noted that the late 20th century tendency towards a more positive AO had appeared to have stopped with signs of a reversal. That diagnosis was on the basis that from 2000 the jets across UK were no longer taking quite such a poleward track in both winter and summer. That process slowly developed and has been more noticeable since 2005 and quite dramatic for the last couple of years.

    It is also likely that the sudden change in solar behaviour is part of the longer term solar cycling indicating that the Modern Maximum is well and truly over unless we see a resumption of active solar cycles soon.

    If it is part of the longer term solar cycling then we may have to get used to more negative NAO/AO than we have been used to for quite some time.

    The interesting question (amongst many) is whether the more equatorward/meridional jets are themselves capable of altering global cloudiness and albedo so as to reduce solar shortwave into the oceans and thereby skew the balance between El Nino and La Nina in favour of the latter.

  7. This I can testify….
    I planted tomato seeds three months ago – over 90 days – I should be eating tomatoes right now….
    …the plants are only about 6 inch tall, it’s been too cold for them to grow

    Rest of the week in the high 70’s, another front is heading down though……

  8. Here is sea ice concenttration in one of the hottest years on the record which bodes badly for next year.

    While Arctic temperatures are rising towards hot.

  9. Finally let’s not forget:

    June 4, 1999
    “Warm Winters Result From Greenhouse Effect, Columbia Scientists Find, Using NASA Model”

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990604081638.htm

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v399/n6735/abs/399452a0.html

    March 2000
    “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html

    —————————
    Nov. 17, 2010
    “Global Warming Could Cool Down Northern Temperatures in Winter”

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101117114028.htm

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2009JD013568

    December 2010
    “Expect more extreme winters thanks to global warming, say scientists”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/expect-more-extreme-winters-thanks-to-global-warming-say-scientists-2168418.html

  10. A pronounced shift in the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) phase was noted in 2010, from a strong El Niño, or warm, phase to a borderline strong La Niña, or cold, phase.
    ———
    the NASA weather guys were speculating that the unusual El Niño/NAO coincidence was a major factor in last year’s USA cold snap. Now we have La Nina it looks like that explanation is a bit lame.

  11. DD More says:
    December 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Would be nice to reference the surfacestation.org rating for each of these sites to see how the UHI and area development has affected the temps.

    Yes easy to get record high including UHI, but record low including UHI that must have been low.

  12. Well this is just weather. Another thirty years of this and it will be climate.

    But it is interesting to wonder if it is a change in the system; or still just in the normal range of natural variability.

    Well those 150 year storms do seem to come alng about every five years or so.

  13. I’m going to bed now. I hope others can give some info on the cold temps. in the other areas of the southern hemisphere in 2010 to counter Hansen’s crap. Australia? SE Asia?

  14. Every time I see this “warmest summer on record” stuff I just laugh. We on the prairies suffered through one of the coldest summers in recent memory, just barely edging out 92’s Pinatubo weather.

    Yeah, the whole “warming” farce is a hard sell in the areas that didn’t see much warm.

  15. Since this is about changes from “normal” I was recently thinking about “Anomalies” meaning differences between what things really are, and what they are supposed to be.

    So here’s a question. I have this owl box station; just like all the ones on Anthony’s rogues gallery list; but hopefully mine comes without the Webster grill, and no parking lot.

    Now each and every day of the year; the conditions of my OBS change; if only because the earth moved around the sun a bit from yesterday, and it will be in a different place tomorrow.

    So actually the real “supposed to be conditions” change each and every day of the year, so I really should have a “supposed to be” Temperature number for my station that changes each and every day.

    So I should record my Temperatures every day from 1960 through 1990, to give me 30 years of “supposed to be” baseline Temperatures for each day of the year; so I avberage those 30 years of numbers for July-4 1960-1990 to give me the “Supposeed to be Temperature for each calendar day of the year, and then I should use THAT daily number to subtract from my “really is” number for whatever day, to get the real “anomaly” for each day.

    So my OB station should have a list of 366 “supposed to be” daily temperatures for me to use as my base line period data to determine my true anomalies.

    Doesn’t seem fair to compare a July-4th Current Temperature at my station with a baseline number that has a Dec 30th affected baseline; so I thing a single baseline Tempoerature for the whole 30 years ought to be outlawed, and anomalies should be measured correctly. The earth’s passage around the sun is not an anomaly; it is part of the natural vaiability of the earth’s position in space.

  16. “NOAA on Miami Florida: Coldest December on Record”

    In other places, we are ominously told of how the CO2 is at the highest level in 800,000 years. So exactly what would be different if we had drastically cut our CO2 emissions at a huge expense and the CO2 was 30 ppm lower?

  17. So UHI pumps the High and the low. Then they say it was a year of extremes. My guess is that if the UHI was factored out no new “record high” but certainly new record low. But that is how AGW reports, always include the bias so they can claim climate disruption or something.

  18. pat says:
    December 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Maybe David Moron of Coca Cola should have given one of those poor starving polar bears a comforting hug. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

    If I was CEO of Coke, I’d sack that Moron. Warmer climate means more cold drinks sales. Coke should be supporting sceptics.

    Back on topic, I would have thought extreme weather events is what we’d expect in a regime change.

  19. Record low temperatures in such diverse environments as Florida, Scandanavia and the UK certainly take a lot of explaining in terms of global warming….

    One would think that the AGW proponents would have the sense to hold their fire for a few months, and hope that things start warming up again so all this can be dismissed as “just weather.”

    But no. They just can’t help themselves…….

  20. latitude says: December 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    This I can testify….I planted tomato seeds three months ago – over 90 days – I should be eating tomatoes right now….the plants are only about 6 inch tall, it’s been too cold for them to grow

    How odd. I’d have expected them to grow much better due to the CO2 fertilization effect. Perhaps more than one factor is involved. Have you checked any tree rings for correlation?

  21. Let’s don’t forget record lows in Cancun.
    =================================================
    Werner Brozek says:
    December 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    “NOAA on Miami Florida: Coldest December on Record”
    In other places, we are ominously told of how the CO2 is at the highest level in 800,000 years. So exactly what would be different if we had drastically cut our CO2 emissions at a huge expense and the CO2 was 30 ppm lower?
    ======================================================
    Obviously we would have frozen to death………….

    We’re supposed to lower CO2 because it makes us too hot…

    ….now that we know that elevated CO2 levels can also make us too cold

    …what the hell do we do now!

  22. Facts! I do not believe in global warming, but…they predicted extremes, one for them. Now, when all he extremes are on the low side…we win…

  23. terrybixler says:
    December 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    “So UHI pumps the High and the low. Then they say it was a year of extremes. My guess is that if the UHI was factored out no new “record high” but certainly new record low.”

    Hansen has thermometers in all of chicago’s cemeteries. They are boiling hot.*

    *Think Kennedy v. Nixon, 1960.

  24. So let see 2010. We have
    South America: one of the coldest winters on record snow fall in the Amazon jungle loss of life, loss of cattle and crops
    Australia and New Zealand both having cold winters and early snow fall,parts of Australia having cold and wet summer.Oh and NZ temp record found be falsified and no warming for the last 50 years!!
    Parts of North Western Europe having early and extreme cold and snow, Monglia and China having extreme cold
    parts of the USA having cool and wet summer now having extreme snow events,
    frost in southern USA.record low hurricane season……

    whats the old saying..if looks like a duck,walks like a duck, sounds like a duck…it’s a duck…
    lots of folks saying it cold this year!!

  25. Palm Beach International should have been colder back in 1888 because I don’t think they paved the runways until the 1930’s.
    Miami International records go back to 1895, another community looking forward to the Wright Brothers.

    Twenty-five years from now, after the warming has resumed, will we look back at all the ‘global warming is responsible for the cooling’ nonsense and laugh, or will the next generation just recycle the hysteria?

  26. Denver Colorado has had a relatively mild late fall, with temps in the 40’s and 50’s in December. Not unusual, as I recall several winters over the last 60 years that have been like that.

    This morning a cold front swept through with snow and rapidly falling temps. It is currently 6.7 deg F in Broomfield and has been falling at about 1-2 deg F per hour since mid-day. It will probably hit 0 deg F or lower tonight, so it is busy balancing out the numbers as we speak. It will be interesting to see if during our typical coldest part of the winter (Mid January to mid February) we get into the serious sub-zero temperature range as we did in the 1960’s when at this same location temperatures dipped down near -30 deg F in January.

    Lots of folks are going to lose water pipes and engine blocks tonight, as it has been a while since we had a sharp temperature drop like this, with no warning for the uninitiated to get things winterized.

    Larry

  27. It looks like we in Ottawa are going to have our warmest New Year’s day since some time. Good!

    What is interesting is that the warmists have given up on their “weather is not climate” mantra in favour of the new and risky “COLD IS WARM” stance. Now that all weather is proof of global warming, they cannot revert to their previous position.

    Wasn’t there a hot-shot meeting in Lisbon this September ; Ecotretas has the details http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2010/10/climategate-secret-meeting_22.html in English, where all the top-notch super-duper climate scientists got together to discuss various issues. Pehaps this change of tack is a result of that meeting, figuring that the new, and irrefutable, argument avoids any embarassement that might be caused by future cold periods.

  28. In the recently released “State of the Climate Report” by NIWA (New Zealand), the authors point out that IPO (interdecadal pacific oscillation) has gone negative (2000 – present) meaning that La Ninas should dominate for the next twenty to thirty years and point out this is the opposite of that predicted by increased GHG. It looks like it is appearing in tandem with the negative NAO of the northern hemisphere. The last negative phase was from 1950-1980 similar to the negative phase of the NAO. This would seem to link NAO and ENSO globally.

    http://www.niwa.co.nz/our-science/climate/publications

  29. “Mike McMillan says:
    December 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Palm Beach International should have been colder back in 1888 because I don’t think they paved the runways until the 1930′s.”

    Wright Brothers, Kitty Hawk, 1903, probably not much going on until after that point.

  30. On “Our ABC” here in Queensland, the weather girl stated, amongst all the news about the rains and floods, December has been quite cool with temperatures across the state being 5 to 7 degrees ( C ) below normal.

    Again today, at 1:15 PM, it is now only 27 c and I’m in the tropics, normally it would be over 30, maybe even 35.
    It has been cool here for months, where is our summer ??
    So the cool is not only in the northern hemisphere.

  31. CodeTech says:
    December 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    “Yeah, the whole “warming” farce is a hard sell in the areas that didn’t see much warm.”

    It is a manufactured crisis for the green, liberal, urban electorate. They don’t see nature except for holiday trips and UHI makes them believe the planet is warming. They are also the first ones to believe the planet is overpopulated. No wonder when you live in a matchbox sized apartment.

    I think it’s a good time to start selling them the EM pollution scare now. Now that they all have wireless gizmos they are ripe for that step. Make’em feel guilty. Your iphone is killing the trees, that kinda thing. AGW already gets a little blue in the face.

  32. brad says:
    December 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    “Facts! I do not believe in global warming, but…they predicted extremes, one for them. Now, when all he extremes are on the low side…we win…”

    They didn’t predict any cold extreme until well after the fact (last years extreme cold in Mongolia for instance).

  33. It is puzzling that the cold Miami temps are explained by cold Canadian Arctic air and yet so much of Eastern Canada is unseasonably mild. How does the cold air get there without cooling everything in between?

  34. I live directly on Tampa Bay, and we’ve had snow before, and ice before, and miserable, freezing temperatures before. I don’t see anything unusual about this winter. Some winters are milder and some are harsher. Same with the summers.

    What I can say with absolute certainty is that the sea water level has not risen even an inch in my entire life here. I can walk over to the water and look at the markers put there thirty years ago, fifty years ago, and seventy years ago. No change. This is what made me suspicious of AGW in the first place.

    If you go go Key West and look at the water markers there for the southernmost tip of the US, you will discover that there has been no sea level rise in more than a century. Imagine that.

    People screaming about this winter being unusual are just a bunch of drama queens. There is no such thing as a “correct” temperature, and James Hansen needs to realize that his romanticized childhood summers and winters are not the ideals to which the rest of the world must eternally conform.

  35. DirkH says:
    December 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    They didn’t predict any cold extreme until well after the fact (last years extreme cold in Mongolia for instance).

    It’s all a matter of relying on your primary skill set. In this case, it’s tailoring parameters (plugs) to make superficially passable hindcasts.

  36. steve from rockwood;
    The center of the country is frigid; the Arctic air is sagging down the core of the continent. The edges are “spared”. Though LA might dispute that!

  37. Steve from rockwood asked: Eastern Canada is unseasonably mild. How does the cold air get there without cooling everything in between?

    Eastern Canada started out cold, but most of the cold air in Florida came from western Canada. The same blocking pattern featuring a deep low stalled over eastern Canada pumped warm air up and around and back into eastern Canada. Eventually some of that less frigid air made it to Virginia. In our third December cold blast we had the same flow as the first two cold blasts, but less cold air was available up in Canada.

  38. hotroad @ 5:43 — heading toward zero —

    Like you we are still sort of on the outer edge of this rapidly moving “warming induced” Arctic outbreak. We are (at 9 PM) at 14° F. headed to zero (WA State, east of the Cascades); much of Montana is already zero or below. This is one big mass of cold air. By morning, most of the country will seem very cold.

  39. Chris in (cold)Hervey Bay says:. .December 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    It has been cool here for months, where is our summer ??

    Here in Melbourne – right now 40 °C.

  40. Jimbo
    I am going to wait a week or so until the 2010 annual temperature data settles down and is verified.

    However from my preliminary study over a few very scattered Australian locations, once you account for UHI (and I have been able to do that for some locations very successfully) there is no indication that maximum temperature in these places has varied significantly for well over 100 years.

    On the otherhand, I just caught the last few seconds of an interview on the ABC NewsRadio station. The interviewee was described as the head of the IPCC, but he talked with and Aussie accent, when I would have expected a more Indian one.

    Well he said that they have checked all the other possible causes of the reported temperature rise, such as increases in sun’s radiation, cosmic rays, etc etc. He said that they could not account for the rise without including CO2. Now I don’t know what he meant by checking cosmic rays, but I did note that he completely failed to mention UHI, which seems to me to be the culpit down here in certain parts of Australia.

    But he is the expert and so he MUST be right, or xxxxxxxxxx (fill in the blanks to your taste).

    Happy New Year

  41. The warmists know the tide has moved against them. Most know that floating the ‘European cold is due to global warming’ will only result in loss of credibility. The New York Times is trying to spin the new EPA rules as us against the oil companies without addressing the reaction by the masses should it become unaffordable to heat our houses. The recent congressional elections have put fear into the small elite liberal wing of the democratic party. Many of the independents who swung republican are simply middle class democrats who see that Obama’s global warming policies will only result in exported jobs and higher utility costs. They do not believe in green jobs. Democrats have mistakenly counted on Hispanic voters but have instead watched as Hispanics took a republican governorship in New Mexico and of course the Senate seat in Florida. Raul Grivalja, the most left wing member of congress barely survived in Arizona.
    The Democrats are overseeing the destruction of the American oil industry while we import 12 million barrels a day of oil. Even President Lula of Brazil a trained Marxist has rediscovered populist capitalism while Brazil rapidly becomes the top oil exporter in the Western Hemisphere from deep water oil deposits from the Atlantic offshore.
    Next year we will have a bond crisis that will reveal that Emperor Obama has no clothes and has abdicated leadership to China, India and Brazil.

  42. Just read the title, havn’t read the comments yet, but I cannot help it: We are seeing record cold temperatures in most cities and countries of the world, but its the warmest year ever for the planet. But is it the same planet? Or is it planet CRU-Hansen in constellation Warmista Major?

  43. For anybody who wants to see what Florida’s temperatures have done over the last hundred years there is a government website (NOAA) called Climate At A Glance.

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/cag3/fl.html

    While warmist climatologist James Hansen claims the world is heating up at .1 degree per decade this website reveals that Florida has heated by only .03 degrees per decade over the last one hundred years. However, if you enter 1998 as the start date on the website you will see that Florida has cooled since then at the rate of -.87 degrees per decade. In other words temps in Florida are falling off a cliff. In fact in ten years Florida’s temperatures dropped more than the globe has warmed in 100 years. Ask your congressman and television weatherman to comment on this.

  44. It’s important to remember that, typically, high atmospheric temperatures are heat-shedding events. That heat, of course, though lost to space will be replaced by more heat…from the oceans…which are…cooling. Uh-oh…

  45. ha ha. agw results in snow.

    that is doubleplusgood
    the chocolate ration has been increased from 30 grams to 25 grams

  46. Watching the ENSO/SST Page over the past six months it has been interesting how the heat in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic around Bermuda and Cuba, has cooled down from a positive anomoly to a negative one.

    I assume a lot of heat was sucked up by the hurricane season, however a lot of the cooling has occurred since then, and seems likely due to the cold air pouring south from Canada, over the Southeast, and off the coast. ‘

    One reason Joe Bastardi was able to predict a cold December for the Southeast was due to the warmth in the Caribbean creating uplift which would draw the colder and heavier air south. Now it seems that dynamic is no longer able to occur to such a degree. Time for a pattern change?

  47. The warmists ‘ latest trick is to blame the ice free Arctic for the cold sweeping europe..apparently the warm ice free ocean heats the air and forms a huge high pressure area around which the freezing air flows..hmmmmm..looking at the charts there seems to be plenty of ice in the Arctic now[and for months].Also in my understanding heated rising air produces an area of LOW pressure?And of course where was all the extreme cold in 2007 when there was reduced Arctic sea ice??

  48. “DirkH says:
    December 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    It’s far, far more than that. Nonoy Oplas from Manila reports:
    http://funwithgovernment.blogspot.com/2010/12/global-warming-hits-asia.html

    Thank you very much for that Dirk. It is certainly consistent with the near surface temperatures at Dr. Spencer’s site:

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/2009/01/daily-monitoring-of-global-average-temperatures/

    The near surface global temperatures dropped from -16.75 C to -17.31 C or 0.56 C from December 23 to December 27.

  49. Nick Stokes says:
    December 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Here in Melbourne – right now 40 °C.
    __________________

    The low is expected to be 19 C, the forecast highs for the next few days are 25-19 C and the lows 15-11 C.

    Here in Kansas it was 62F yesterday but today it’s expected to only reach 33F with a low of 15F.

    But then again, it’s only weather.

  50. I was away this week and missed a lot here at WUWT . IIRC , there were a comment or two on other threads that claimed that the blocking high over Greenland was weakening . Is this still the case ?

  51. ” Nick Stokes says:
    December 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Here in Melbourne – right now 40 °C.”

    Yup, one hot day in an otherwise overwhelmingly cool Melbourne summer! :)

    Right now at 11:AM Melbourne is 19C.

  52. The low temperatures for the Southern US, especially Florida are not what I wanted to see:-( Right now the temperature in Kamloops BC is -10 C which is pretty normal for this time of year and we’re experiencing clear night skies and sunny days. I note that Daytona Beach is not that much warmer and for the first time since I’ve been to Florida will have to consider taking along some warm clothes. (Unless of course the weather decides to heat up in the next week).

    Then there are advantages to this “global warming” we’re experiencing. It’s possible to just leave the champagne outside to cool and that warm bottle of champagne will warm up the local atmosphere slightly.

    Happy new year everyone.

  53. tobyglyn says:
    December 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    “Yup, one hot day in an otherwise overwhelmingly cool Melbourne summer! :)”

    Yeah Tobes, sure thing. The LTA Maximum for Melbourne in December is 24.2C

    December ’10 average max was 24.8C.

    I think I can see a glacier forming at the end of my street.

  54. Sorry climate fraud deniers, but a 21% increase of co2 over the last 100 years is not enough to warm the planet: Earth’s atmosphere is 78% nitrogen 21% oxygen and less that 1% other gasses. co2 is only .039% of the atmosphere at today’s levels. It was claimed to be .032% levels 100 years ago. .039 – .032 = .007 or around 21% more co2 than 100 years ago. Sorry you climate change believers, but 21% of a fractional number is just so insignificant, and NO NASA scientist can or will debate me, and I only have an Associate Degree! He! He! He!

  55. Fake global warming, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  56. Up is Down. White is Black. 1+1=3. Tomorrow is Yesterday. Hot is Hot & Cold is Hot & Warm is Hot & Freezing is Hot & Burning is Hot & IceCubes are Hot & Snow is Hot & Oceans are Hot & the Air is Hot & the Ground is Hot & Nighttime is Hot & Daytime is Hot & Afternoon is Hot & Politicians Speech is Hot & Hot Girls are Hot & Ice Cream is Hot & Popsicles are Hot……………….But the SUN is COLD & could NEVER EVER HEAT ANYTHING EVER NOT EVER.

  57. The weather seems to move from its normal patterns. The cold weather is moving towards equator and the warmth is moving to north pole. So that tells us the earth’s rotation may have something to do with that in relation to sun.

  58. Folks seem to be missing the Forrest for the trees. Don’t let your denial of trust in mainstream scientist regarding climate change get in the way of the fact that the equivalent of two new China size populations will occupy the planet with us in a mere forty years. Do you really think we can just sit back and change nothing?

  59. Charlatans are common in history. Some hoaxes are revealed early before any harm is done, but the AGW hoax is pure evil. The lazy-minded political zombies who run with the herd like lemmings are best disregarded. They are lost. The creators and promoters of false science are dangerous, however, and should be identified, discredited and prosecuted quickly, before their lunacy kills more people.

  60. Congradulations to WUWT, you have hit the big times being liked thru the Drudge report, my hats off to Anthony Watts and all the other contributers, let the global warming ‘truthers march on!

  61. Global Temperature is an abstraction that does not exist in the real world. There is simply no method for identifying which of the earth’s countless molecules are included and which are excluded from the set it purportedly would represent.

    Additionally, there is no scientifically meaningful or definable criteria for even establishing such a subset of the earth’s molecules. Finally, there is no known instrumentation for measuring the thermal energy of any large subsets of the earth’s surface or near surface molecules.

    In short “global temperature” is a fiction dreamed up by charlatans and fraudsters preying upon the freedom of a people, now too dumbed-down by government education to retain their freedom any longer.

    We are toasted, not by carbon, but by our own ignorance and gullibility. It’s the only lesson of history worth noting.

  62. The global warming scam is one of the most despicable ploys pandering to the fears of a weak, spoiled and ignorant population who still see monsters in their closet. It’s all about the funding , folks, as Climate gate revealed. Here’s a fact you don’t see trumpeted by the leftwing nanny staters. The Icelandic volcano which erupted last summer produced more carbon emissions in ONE DAY than all the coal powered plants on earth do in ONE YEAR. Man made carbon is NOT A PROBLEM.

  63. Oh, so many busybodies that think they know it all! It’s a shame that so many self important people buy into the false science of climate change just to make themselves feel smart. And all the while, you are all just buying into the “redistribution of wealth” policies of the greedy, selfish, self-important so called “leaders” that have pushed this agenda along so gradually. With all your intelligence, you all are so blind to see that the road you are on has a street sign that clearly says Communist Ave. And for those of you that aware of the street sign, Communism has destroyed more lives than your climate change ever will. It is NOT a good thing.

  64. It all makes sense. The next time a farmer has flooded fields, tell him that it’s proof that a dry spell is just around the corner, kilewise, when the land is dry, tell him that it’s a sign of floods.
    What a crock.

  65. Global warming is an absolute fraud, all you have to do is follow the money trail and see who stands to gain from carbon taxes and trading. The oil companies love this stuff, they stand to make even more money not to mention all the fleecing of the poor for the last 1o years since 911. Any of you look at all the crazy looking clouds in recent years, this is a result of geo-engineering in the atmosphere by your governments without your consent or knowledge. Planes leaving long contrails which don’t disappear but rather spread out and form clouds. All those chemical soups eventually come back down on you and your families. I have 20 plus years in law enforcement and criminal investigations so it is easy for me to see the manipulation and fraud . Their is ample evidence available out there if anyone cares to do some research.

    John

  66. The goal in life is not to find oneself in the majority,
    But, to escape the ranks of the insane.

    So by the words of a politician, we must surrender our
    liberty so we can worship their guidance.

  67. Drudge lives in South Florida: obviously the DrudgeReport is the top-referrer to WUWT today, with the most page views going to this story on 1/1/2011 — a Saturday — and one of the slowest internet / news days of the year.

  68. somebody needs to tell these guys there was no Miami Intyernational location in 1895 nor was there a Ft Lauderdale International in 1912, minor point but makes you wonder

    The Good News about Global Warming ? Greenland will be Green Again!

  69. smacca says:
    January 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    “Yeah Tobes, sure thing. The LTA Maximum for Melbourne in December is 24.2C

    December ’10 average max was 24.8C.

    I think I can see a glacier forming at the end of my street.”

    Hmm, well Rod Dickson from the BOM says:

    “Until now Melbourne has shivered its way through the first month of summer, with an above average rainfall and even snow in parts of the state.
    But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rod Dickson said the New Year would bring in the the warmer weather.
    “Obviously we’re having a fairly cool period, but there are certainly increased chances of above average temperatures from January,” Mr Dickson said.”

    As I type this at 11:28 AM, Melbourne temp is a scorching 17C. :)

  70. Avery harden says:
    January 1, 2011 at 9:50 am
    Folks seem to be missing the Forrest for the trees. Don’t let your denial of trust in mainstream scientist regarding climate change get in the way of the fact that the equivalent of two new China size populations will occupy the planet with us in a mere forty years. Do you really think we can just sit back and change nothing?

    Horse pucky.

    http://overpopulationisamyth.com/overpopulation-the-making-of-a-myth#FAQ1

    The key point: the low edge of the low bracket of the UN Population projection has always been right so far. It now says: peak at under 8bn in 2030, then slowly declining.

  71. Brian H Jan 1 5:44

    Avery harden says:
    January 1, 2011 at 9:50 am
    “Folks seem to be missing the Forrest for the trees. Don’t let your denial of trust in mainstream scientist regarding climate change get in the way of the fact that the equivalent of two new China size populations will occupy the planet with us in a mere forty years. Do you really think we can just sit back and change nothing?”

    I agree with you Brian on population levelling off. A little calculation I like to give to measure the dimensions of the problem of population: 90 billion people could fit into Lake Superior, each with a square meter to tread water in – heck the 6B could even swim around. I always worry that when I offer this measure that Neo Malthusians might start working on how to get us all into Lake Superior.

  72. Ok, add denial of population increase to your list of things to be denied. Any concern with the billions of people today in China, India, and Brazil rapidly catching up with our consumption level? Imagine a few hundred million more cars before long just in China and India putting new demands on global petroleum. No concern about the hundreds of square miles of old growth trees dissappearing every year. It takes two or three hundred years to grow one of those. What about the hundreds of species of animals that go extinct every year? Oh, Those lying lamestream scientist. The world my kids and grandkids will inherit will be just fine, except for the annoying libs.

  73. Could one of you warmists please explain
    to me how warmer temps produce more snow?Oh wait.I forgot it warmed from -30C to -29C.Twits

  74. For just thinking,
    Here is the hypothisis how warmth creates more snow. White ice reflects sunlight (heat) back into space, equals colder temps on Earth. White ice melting in the Artic means non white exposed water absorbs heat from sun, means more evaporation, more moisture in the atmosphere for potential snow making.
    Regarding warming, the most significant indicator is average temperatures from thousands of points around the globe, for a year, or ten years, or ahundred. Anecdotal looks at small regions, for brief periods is misleading.

  75. Avery;
    The energy crisis is over:

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1108/opinions-steve-forbes-fact-comment-energy-crisis-over.html

    And very few species go extinct; those are bone-head extrapolations by ecologists “models” jammed with parameters and assumptions. (Sound familiar?) Actual known extinctions in the last century are about a dozen. And hundreds, or thousands, of new species have been discovered in that time. So actual DATA (ever heard of it) is not on your side.

  76. Jenkins;
    Don’t sweat it. Warming good, cooling bad. The proof will unfortunately come in the coming 30 yrs. of cold.

  77. I think I understand it now that it has been explained to me so many times. “Global Warming” makes it cold. “Scientists” who get massive grants to manipulate the data told us this. Previous climate changes before modern man does not apply, as no one was able to enrichen themselves with grants nor carbon credits.

    The Goreacle is my preacher and climate change is my religion. Any man who can invent the iternet, invent global warming, invent climate change, invent carbon credits, and become extremely rich on the con jobs without being convicted of fraud is a god to the mindless sheeples of the world. I understand he can not and will not debate in public, for his words are not to be questioned. He deserves his multiple mansions, his SUVs, his global travels in private jumbo jets, assaulting massage therapists so his “chakra” is soothed, for he is the left’s one and only Goreacle.

    His wife should be burned at the stake or stoned in the village square for leaving this modern day messiah of leftism. All Hail The Goreacle!

  78. All you flat earthers, all signs are clearly pointing towards catastrophic global warming events. Please rent or buy a inconvenient truth or the day after tomorrow in order to get your facts about the current climate problem. Nobel laureate and leading climate scientist Al Gore has brilliantly predicted this would happen. If you don’t believe a Oscar winning Film and a Nobel Peace prize recipient then you all must be stooopid. That’s it just to dumb to know better. We TELL you what to believe. See this is why we cant have you reading non approved books. We have a spent a great deal of money carefully changing facts, hiding dissent, ridiculing opposition, skewing charts and graphs and rewriting history in order to show that global warming / climate change is real. You must get your education from government approved centers and government certified educators.

    [/sarchasm ? - That gaping whole between an extremist and reality. 8<) Robt]

  79. Al Gore and Mike Moore wrong again…..but they got you tree hugging idiots to spend money on their movies.

  80. Jimbo,

    PLEASE dont go throwing the discredited astrophysicist ( Hansen) with his political agenda into the mix…

    This study is published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” and was authored by Jasper Kok.

    “The study’s key conclusion was to show that the ratio of small soil dust particles (clay), which cool the atmosphere, to large soil dust particles (silt), which yield an indirect heating effect, may be much higher than previous estimated. This is a critical finding because it shows that the Earth’s climate may be much more sensitive to solar radiation than previous models have indicated, which in turn casts doubt on anthropogenic warming theory — the idea that human carbon dioxide emissions bear the primary warming influence on the climate over the last several decades.”

    http://www.dailytech.com/Dust+Study+May+Invalidate+Most+Warming+Modeling+Work+Done+to+Date/article20516.htm

  81. Though many people still refuse to believe their lyin’ eyes, global warming is a scam. At the root of this scam is the desire for money, power and control. This is an evil world and it’s controlled by a tiny percentage of evil individuals who have the morals of the Third Reich.

  82. WWF tours Northern Manitoba with Coca Cola exec in November amid concern for Polar Bear plight in lieu of AGW related lack of ice in Hudson Bay. Wow! Apparently, Coca Cola execs are very concerned about Polar Bears. Wow! A polar bear swigging a coke.
    The WWF has been working this ruse for many years and they keep finding suckers. Hudson Bay represents the extreme southern range of the polar bear. it is a huge body of water that becomes totally ice free during the summer, a real bummer for the polar bear. The bears are reduced to wandering along the shore throughout the summer basically scavenging unlike polar bears in the high arctic where vast ice pack and food are plentiful all summer.
    Because Hudson Bay is an immense heat sink it takes a long time to freeze. If you head up there in November you’re likely to find polar bears in a poor state, anxiously waiting for ice up.
    The WWF and the rest of the AGW clowns have all promoted the plight of the polar bear. The truth is, Polar Bear numbers and their range have been increasing. Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba is a very marginal environment for this bear. check out how far south it is relative to their overall range. You’d think someone from Coca Cola would be smart enough to figure out when they’re being had. If they know better and are just doing it for a little PR they need some new management.

  83. Will the Climate Change Evangelists please tell us what weather events are NOT proof of climate change?

  84. here’s hoping that Al Gore has a little Rev Jim Jones in him … population “bomb” solved, never was about ‘warming’ anyhow, they must eradicate the human parasites

  85. It seems that many on this blog still don’t believe that American government policy and paying more taxes can change the climate of the entire planet. I’m shocked. How politically incorrect of you!!!

  86. I read the article about taking the executives to see the Polar BEars and how the Polar bears can’t get into the water unless there is Ice there ( They Can’t ?), and how they can’t travel north because THERE ARE ALREADY MANY BEARS THERE .

    But I found this part extra funny:
    “Coca-Cola said it is committed to reducing its environmental footprint, through initiatives such as the introduction of Canada’s first heavy-duty hybrid-electric trucks. The beverage company is aiming for a five-per-cent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next five years and is also hoping to raise awareness in advertising for others to do the same. ”

    Are they aware of the composition of their product ?
    Whole factories CREATE CO2 just to put into the Coke !

  87. Another day goes by and as I type this at 11:28 AM, Melbourne temp is an even cooler 16C.

    If this trend continues we can expect to see a glacier forming at the end of smacca’s street in the very near future ;-)

  88. Northern India is getting very cold too:

    “3 January 2011 Last updated at 05:08 GMT

    India shivers in deadly cold snap.

    Trucks stranded in the snow in Indian-administered Kashmir Indian-administered Kashmir has been hardest hit by the cold weather

    An intense spell of cold weather has disrupted life across northern India, reportedly claiming two dozen lives.

    The capital, Delhi, has been hit worst by the cold snap, along with Indian-administered Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

    In Leh in Kashmir, temperatures dropped to -23.6C – this winter’s lowest – on Sunday, weather officials said.

    Delhi, which is experiencing one of its coldest winters in years, has been hit by thick fog which disrupted flights.

    Sunday was Delhi’s coldest day this winter with temperatures dipping to 7.8C – cold by the standards of the Indian capital.

    Indian homes rarely have central heating – a regular feature in buildings in the West.

    The cold wave is being felt most intensely in Kashmir with the summer capital, Srinagar, recording sub-zero temperatures.

    The highway linking Kashmir with the rest of India has been shut due to snowfall, officials said.

    Homeless people have taken to gathering around street fires to try to keep warm and the night shelters for the poor in Delhi are overflowing.

    Five more people – including a 70-year-old man and a two year-old boy – suffered cold-related deaths in Uttar Pradesh, reports said.

    The Press Trust of India news agency reported three more cold-related deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12106386

  89. Again confusing local weather with global climate. This is called weather extremes, predicted as a result of climate change. I suppose you all think that the melting of nearly all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park is due to increasing cold weather. News flash ice and glaciers melt when the average temperature warms. The Montana park has 26 named glaciers today, down from 150 in 1850.

  90. Oh, give it a rest, Triton.

    After all, the global warmists are now scrambling to claim that the record and near record cold temperatures of this past month that were not just experienced as “local weather” but occurred in numerous places around the Northern Hemisphere were the result of global warming. Naturally.

    So if that is the case, then the melting glaciers in Glacier National Park must surely be a sign of global cooling! Either that, or perhaps they happened due to the “record” levels of sunspot activity in the late 19th and the 20th centuries? What do you think? Sounds reasonable to me.

    Oh, that’s right, I forgot, sorry about that. Climate change is not at all normal and is not supposed to happen, right? And if it happens then it must be the fault of human beings, right? So never mind what the Sun is doing because that doesn’t count and it has nothing to do with Earth’s climatic conditions.

    Sorry, I forgot that glaciers do not melt unless humans and our carbon emissions are responsible for it. Before we came along with our burning of carbon-based fuels and our plastic shopping bags, no glaciers ever melted.

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