Introducing the WUWT US Weather History Reference Page

We are pleased to introduce WUWT’s newest addition, the WUWT US Weather History Reference Page

The US Weather History page includes temperature, precipitation and snowfall graphs and graphics covering the prior year in the United States. It will soon be joined by the US Weather Prediction, the US Climate History and the Global Climate Indicators pages. All of which should be good additions, but the Global Climate Indicators page is shaping up to be particularly formidable…

We have also added new graphs and graphics to the Sea Ice, Atmosphere, ENSO and Solar pages. If you have not had the opportunity to look through WUWT’s reference pages, it is highly recommended, as they are very informative, and indicative of the tremendous complexity of Earth’s climate system:

If you have have any suggested additions or improvements to any of the WUWT Reference Pages, please let us know in comments below.

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My sincere thanks to WUWT regular “justthefacts” for his hard work on this – Anthony

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28 thoughts on “Introducing the WUWT US Weather History Reference Page

  1. Very impressive! Considering the volume of quality data available here, one would think you would be entitled to some hefty government funding… ;)

    As always, thanks!

  2. I would like to see a graph of stratospheric temperatures — updated on a monthly basis.

  3. Looks like a bunch of good new stuff.

    The US/Canada is probably a good indicator of what the NH climate is doing, this being because of size and the latitude spread. When the UK Met. Office come out with their claims, built on data collected mainly from the UK which is a small insignificant island off the NW coast of Europe, I smile.

    I look forward to reading the facts.

  4. Wonderful! The sea surface temps should be especially useful when the Carbon Cultists start attributing some event to “unusually warm oceans”.

    One thing that’s missing is wind. I don’t know if NOAA makes it available in a useful or graph-able way, but it would be a good indicator of gradient strength and overall instability.

  5. Would it be possible to indicate temperature sensor locations on the temp maps? Often, readers will quip, “Not based on our local temps!!!”

  6. The Solar pages still seem full of poorly annoted graphs: of little use to interested amateurs.

  7. Thanks, Anthony, for setting up this invaluable reference page.

    Thanks, justthefacts, for putting in this enormous work, populating the reference page.

    I love going there, looking at the graphs, and just thinking about what they show.

  8. Anthony, Thanks to you and those who contribute to this site, my grandkids teachers better stay on top of their game or the kids are going to be more knowledgable.

  9. Would greatly appreciate graphs and links concerning Arctic sea ice volume.

    Also, updated graphs on GrIS mass balance and Antarctic mass balance would be appreciated. These can be obtained from Dr. John Wahr at the University of Colorado.

  10. An Inquirer says: April 4, 2011 at 5:24 am

    “I would like to see a graph of stratospheric temperatures — updated on a monthly basis.”

    Forthcoming on the new Global Climate Indicators Page:

    Temperature Lower Troposphere (TLT) – 1979 to Present
    ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tlt/plots/rss_ts_channel_tlt_global_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

    Temperature Middle Troposphere (TMT) – 1979 to Present
    ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tmt/plots/rss_ts_channel_tmt_global_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

    Temperature Troposphere / Stratosphere (TTS) – 1987 to Present
    ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tts/plots/rss_ts_channel_tts_global_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

    Temperature Lower Stratosphere (TLS) – 1979 to Present
    ftp://ftp.ssmi.com/msu/graphics/tls/plots/rss_ts_channel_tls_global_land_and_sea_v03_3.png

  11. Great page, Anthony, and thanks to justhefacts for doing the work on that.

    Can’t help but notice how the weather stops north of of the 49th Parallel. Maybe that is why the real weather often comes as a surprise that the forecast didn’t foresee. :-)

  12. Wade says: April 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    What about a global ocean temperature page?

    Global ocean temps are available on the WUWT Ocean Reference Page:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/ocean/

    polistra says: April 4, 2011 at 6:01 am

    One thing that’s missing is wind. I don’t know if NOAA makes it available in a useful or graph-able way, but it would be a good indicator of gradient strength and overall instability.

    I’ve added several 1 day wind graphics at the bottom, but I haven’t come across any longer term sources. I will keep my eyes open for them, but source suggestions are most welcome.

    Pamela Gray says: April 4, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Would it be possible to indicate temperature sensor locations on the temp maps? Often, readers will quip, “Not based on our local temps!!!”

    No, “DATA SOURCE: River Forecast Centers ~5000 stations per day, including ~1500 stations from the Hydrologic Automated Data System, and Climate Anomaly Data Base ~several hundred stations per day”

    If station locations were overlaid on the temp maps there wouldn’t be much to see.

    Bob(Sceptical Redcoat) says: April 4, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Any chance of providing the Weather history data for the UK; or a reliable link to it?

    Eventually, will probably be part of a Eurasian Weather History Page but there are a number of other pages currently in the pipeline that will precede it.

    Tenney Naumer says: April 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Would greatly appreciate graphs and links concerning Arctic sea ice volume.

    I am not aware of any accurate source of this data. The only Arctic sea ice volume sources I’ve seen are this model based one that I don’t consider credible;

    and this forecast based one that I don’t think proved particularly accurate last year:

    http://www7320.nrlssc.navy.mil/pips2/ithi.html

    Also, updated graphs on GrIS mass balance and Antarctic mass balance would be appreciated. These can be obtained from Dr. John Wahr at the University of Colorado.

    I’ve seen several of John’s papers on this subject, but current graphs on mass balance do not appear to be available via the University of Colorado website. I am also skeptical of Mr. Wahr’s research, as he has this Greenland sea ice loss chart;

    on his bio page;

    http://cires.colorado.edu/people/wahr/

    but he ignores/fails to address the fact that the accuracy of his analysis has been challenged by an array of sources:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/09/06/grace-under-fire/

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/03/10/why-im-not-worried-about-greenlands-icecap/

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/08/upcoming-paper-in-nature-greenland-ice-sheet-melt-its-weather-not-climate/

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/23/on-being-the-wrong-size/

    At present I do not think we are able to accurately measure ice volume. Counter points are most welcome.

  13. TFN Johnson says: April 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

    “The Solar pages still seem full of poorly annoted graphs: of little use to interested amateurs.”

    Eventually we may open the Reference Pages to questions and recruit experts to answer them, which should help improve the slide titles throughout, however the short-term goal is to publish additional pages so we cover all of the key areas of the climate system.

  14. Hi Just the Facts,

    I am a little confused. The first link you gave in your above comment wrt to Arctic sea volume was to the volume anomaly, but you mentioned that it was Greenland, was that a typo?

    I mean, the pages of links you are creating are a pretty valuable resource, but the Arctic ice extent is not nearly as important as the volume numbers, so it is important to include them even with the uncertainties, and the ranges are indicated as pretty broad, plus we now have more than 30 years of data.

  15. Also, AW’s post of 2010.12.08 concerning an article about lubrication and speeding up of glaciers on Greenland does not say anything about inaccuracies or in any way challenge Dr. Wahr’s GrIS mass balance GRACE data. So, I am not sure what you mean.

  16. Tenney Naumer says: April 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I am a little confused. The first link you gave in your above comment wrt to Arctic sea volume was to the volume anomaly, but you mentioned that it was Greenland, was that a typo?”

    Yes, typo, I meant this one: http://cires.colorado.edu/people/wahr/ARFY10-fig1.jpg

    I mean, the pages of links you are creating are a pretty valuable resource, but the Arctic ice extent is not nearly as important as the volume numbers, so it is important to include them even with the uncertainties, and the ranges are indicated as pretty broad, plus we now have more than 30 years of data.”

    I agree that volume is the important measure, but 30 years of garbage isn’t worthy of reference pages. I dealt with Zhang’s exercises in nudging last year:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/23/wuwt-arctic-sea-ice-news-6/#comment-395815

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/23/wuwt-arctic-sea-ice-news-6/#comment-395815

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/23/wuwt-arctic-sea-ice-news-6/#comment-396121

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/23/wuwt-arctic-sea-ice-news-6/#comment-396121

  17. Tenney Naumer says: April 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Also, AW’s post of 2010.12.08 concerning an article about lubrication and speeding up of glaciers on Greenland does not say anything about inaccuracies or in any way challenge Dr. Wahr’s GrIS mass balance GRACE data. So, I am not sure what you mean.

    You are correct, while the other three references I cited do directly challenge John’s claims, the 2010.12.08 article is irrelevant to this argument. I slapped these responses together, as I have several non-climate related things going on, but that’s no excuse for inaccuracy. I like your criticality, keep it up.

  18. Wow, what a treat! The humidity map is rather puzzling (it looks like cloud cover) but I guess intuitively informative. Love the sea surface temperature maps and find the differences between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts amazing. Thank you for your hard work, Just the Facts.

  19. Dear Just The Facts,

    You know, apparently, Jason Box’s group got similar results for Greenland using different methodology.

    I don’t even much care what either group did.

    Since I have no access to quantitative data, I have been tracking Greenland’s melt qualitatively by looking at composite satellite images available on a Danish site. I also look at the MODIS images. I store the composite images on my HD. They are fairly low resolution compared to anything available to a actual researcher.

    Even so, the melt during 2010 was visually very dramatic. If I can see rapid changes occurring by looking at low-resolution images, then to me that has significance because I shouldn’t even be able to discern rapid changes from such images unless they are large.

    Further, we know that temperatures on southwestern Greenland remained above freezing even through December, unlike prior years when freezing would take affect by September. The images that I look at also allow one to see the effects of runoff in the sea due to the reflectivity of the sediment particles that flow out with the glacial runoff, and runoff could be seen through December. Only lately has there been ice in the sea off the southwest coast sufficient to get in the way of observing the sediment particle reflections.

    The same site also used to have graphics of water temperatures around the coast of Greenland, and when certain events occurred like major draining of most all melt lakes along the edge of the ice sheet in August (these are very interesting since they are neon blue against white in the MODIS images, and when they drain out, they leave depressions behind that are greyish where their shadows occur). The number and size of the melt lakes were much larger in 2010 that in any prior year. Further, the retreat of the edge of the ice sheet along the south west was not built back by any accumulation of snowfall this past winter due to temperatures being above freezing. This actually resulted in a lowering of the horizon to the east of Nuuk, causing the sun to appear two days earlier than normal in January.

    The other thing that occurred all around the entire coast of Greenland was that none of the fjords really froze over like they had in past years. Not to mention the ice arches did not form at the north end of the Nares Strait so sea ice from the Arctic continued to flow out through December. And the ice that flows out there is in general what is left of the multi-year ice.

    Again, this is all qualitative info, but it is easy enough to see what occurs when the ice arches form (as they had done for years) and when they stop forming.

    Now, we have a situation where we know that the Arctic Sea temperature has increased, the temperature of the air above the Arctic has increased, the winds have increased in speed, there are more storms, and the ice is much much thinner, leading to its greater susceptibility to being shoved around and broken up and moved out of the Arctic Sea.

    Anyway, this is the link to the Danish site: http://www.seaice.dk/latest-ice.html

    Once there, you have to click on the link to “Overview pictures of northern and southern hemisphere.”

    The images are updated daily so if you want to see them again, you have to download them as their links will not work the next day.

    I used to look at a Canadian site to track the sea ice north of the Canadian archipelago, but the images are too fuzzy now due to more storms. They are best when there are no clouds. This is not the case for the Danish images which use some type of system that eliminates cloud cover.

  20. Tenney Naumer says: April 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    You know, apparently, Jason Box’s group got similar results for Greenland using different methodology.

    “Jason was a contributing author to “Climate Change 2007″, the definitive report on the science of climate change by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”

    http://bprc.osu.edu/wiki/Jason_Box_Professional_Bio

    Not that that invalidates his research, but is certainly reason for healthy skepticism.

    Since I have no access to quantitative data,

    I don’t know of any real time data source for Greenland ice melt. This set covers through 2007:

    http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0218.html

    Even so, the melt during 2010 was visually very dramatic. If I can see rapid changes occurring by looking at low-resolution images, then to me that has significance because I shouldn’t even be able to discern rapid changes from such images unless they are large.

    This seems logical considering that, if this study is accurate, “The temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean adjacent to Greenland — the warmest water in at least 2,000 year”;

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/01/27/the-north-atlantic-heat-is-on/

    and the North Atlantic Oscillation was in a strong negative phase for the entirety of 2010:

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/pna/month_nao_index.shtml

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/pna/norm.nao.monthly.b5001.current.ascii.table

    The same site also used to have graphics of water temperatures around the coast of Greenland, and when certain events occurred like major draining of most all melt lakes along the edge of the ice sheet in August

    There are several good water temp and anomaly graphics and animations on our Ocean Page;

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/ocean/

    check out these;

    http://www7320.nrlssc.navy.mil/global_ncom/anims/nat/

    especially this one;

    and these:

    http://www7320.nrlssc.navy.mil/global_ncom/anims/arc/

    I used to look at a Canadian site to track the sea ice north of the Canadian archipelago, but the images are too fuzzy now due to more storms. They are best when there are no clouds. This is not the case for the Danish images which use some type of system that eliminates cloud cover.

    Check out some of the links in the Source Guide I created at the bottom of the WUWT Sea Ice Page:

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/

    Bremen’s got good regional sea ice graphic:

    http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de:8084/amsr/regions.html

    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Weather Service – Environmental Modeling Center lets you step through and animate 30 days of changes:

    http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/seaice/nh.html

    Also, here are good plots from NOAA;
    ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02186/plots/

    and Cryosphere Today:

    http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/recent365.anom.region.5.html

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