Record cold in Portland Maine in July

Average Temperature for Portland, Maine

More from the “weather is not climate department”. Emphasis below mine. And it is having an effect not only on crops but tourism in the Northeast US.  – Anthony

Statement as of 4:00 PM EDT on July 9, 2009

record event report … corrected

National Weather Service Gray ME

400 PM EDT Thursday Jul 09 2009

… More record cold weather for Portland Maine…

The temperature at the Portland jetport only reached 58 degrees

yesterday. This set a record for the coldest high temperature on

July 7th. The old record was 59 degrees set in 1961. To put this in

another perspective… the normal low temperature for July 7th is 58

degrees.

The low temperature on Wednesday was 55 degrees. This produced a

range of only 3 degrees between the high and low temperatures which

is a record for the smallest daily range in temperatures on July

7th. The old record was a 4 degree spread set in 1963 and 1995.

The 3 degree daily temperature range yesterday also tied the record

for the smallest daily temperature range for any day in July. The

record was established on July 16th, 1961 and occurred five more

times before this year.

The average temperature yesterday was 57 degrees… which tied 1961

as the coldest average temperature for July 7th.

The high of 58 yesterday tied July 6th of 1956 as the second coldest

high ever recorded at the Portland jetport in July. The coldest high

ever in July was 57 degrees on the 4th of July in 1992.

On the 1st and 2nd of this month Portland only reached 59 degrees

both days… setting records for the coldest high temperature each

day and also tying several other days for the fourth coldest high

ever recorded in July.

Portland has set a record cold high temperature four out of the

first eight days this month. Here is a list of the record cold high

temperatures so far this month…

Date high temp. 2009 old record high and year

July 1st 59 degrees 62 degrees in 1976

July 2nd 59 degrees 63 degrees in 1986

July 7th 60 degrees 64 degrees in 1956

July 8th 58 degrees 59 degrees in 1961

Here is a list of the coldest high temperatures ever recorded in the

month of July at the Portland jetport. Four of the ten coldest

highs occurred in the first eight days of this month…

Rank temperature date

1 57 degrees July 4, 1992

2 58 degrees July 6, 1956

58 degrees July 8, 2009 <===

4 59 degrees July 8, 1961

59 degrees July 16, 1961

59 degrees July 30, 1976

59 degrees July 3, 1987

59 degrees July 1, 2009 <===

59 degrees July 2, 2009 <===

10 60 degrees July 7, 2009 <===

11 61 degrees several dates

The normal high temperature for the month of July is 78.8 degrees.

Along with the cold weather portlanders have also had to deal with

soaking rain this month. There have been three days so far with

around an inch and a half of rain. Rainfall of 1.41 inches fell on

the 2nd, 1.57 inches fell on the 7th and 1.50 inches fell on the 8th.

The 1.41 inches on the 2nd set a record for daily precipitation for

the date… topping the old record of 1.32 inches set in 1983. The

1.57 inches on the 7th was also a record… breaking the old mark for

the date of 1.34 inches set in 1935. The 1.50 inches on the 8th was

far short of the record 3.66 inches that fell on July 8th, 1915.

Temperature records at the Portland jetport began on November 25,

1940 and precipitation records go back to 1871.

&&

Note… corrected date in second table and added normal high for July.

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Flanagan

Isn’t it strange that while the US is having a globally average temperature, all we can read here is about record colds? I mean, there must be record highs also in order ot have a globally zero anomaly for the US, so where are they? Florida, California? Why not mention them?
Slightly OT, but anyway interesting. While the US is still debating over the feasibility of renewable energies, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are starting a newtork of concentrating solar plants. This industrial project is projected to give Europe a 15% of imported solar energy by 2050, which is exactly the objective (65% European renewable, 15% imported solar, 20% fossil fuels)
http://www.desertec.org/en/
Time to wake up!
REPLY: “Flanagan” – I’m sick and tired of your European whining about what we report or don’t here in America. MSM doesn’t report ANY of this stuff, but will jump all over heat waves and link it to global warming with no justification whatsoever. I report these these because they unusual. The record low in Portland in July is very unusual. Heat wave in Texas, not unusual. Happens every summer.
If you don’t like what I report, visit other blogs, or get your own blog and report whatever you see fit. But please do shut the hell up on this issue. I just have no interest in your critiques nor opinion on the matter, especially from that of an anonymous coward.
Anthony Watts

ew-3

This could hurt the potatoe crop.
Already see signs of the problem in NY and RI.

Barry

I was amazed today to read on BBC news: “Almost 250 children under the age of five have died in a wave of intensely cold weather in Peru.”
and in the same article:
“Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March. ”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8146995.stm
It would be amusing if it weren’t for the end result of all the stupidity.
It is like me flipping the light switch, telling you the light is on, then in the next breath I flip the same switch and again tell you the light is on, although you can see clearly for yourself that the light is off.
These people must believe that everybody is as gullible as they are.

DR

June was cold in Michigan. We had four or five days using A/C, which pushed up the average at the end of the month, but quickly dropped. Count the growing heat days and June was way behind. So far July is cooler than June!
Through July 13:
Normal hi: 82
Recorded Mean hi: 73 June: 74
Recorded Hi: 80 June: 91
Normal lo: 59
Actual lo mean: 51.7 June: 52.2
Average calculated daily temp thru Jul 13: 70.5
Actual measured: 62.2 June: 63.1
5 day forecast
Avg. daily mean: 64
Avg. hi: 75
Avg. lo: 53
If this doesn’t turn around next week, this will be among the coldest July recorded in our area. The berries, strawberries, peppers etc. are a bust. Corn is 2-3 weeks behind.
Anyone with pools in Michigan can testify. We missed tying the record low for this day by 1 degree. For July 4 weekend we went North to Tawas and it reached a whopping 69 deg high. Nary a jet ski was seen.

Leon Brozyna

I wonder if Sen. (ma’am) Boxer will add this to her list of dire consequences of unregulated climate change: droughts, floods, fires, loss of species, damage to agriculture, worsening air pollution and more? And more? Ah yes, the catch-all phrase, able to include a year without a summer.

Ray

I have another “weather is not climate department” from here, in the Fraser Valley.
It’s been about 10 years that I live in the Fraser Valley and at most we only have about 1 lightning and 1 thunder a year. Last night was different. We had a real lightning and thouder storm. It started around 12h30 am and ended at about 4h30 am. It was really unusual to have such activity here.

henrychance

Algore is preeching endtimes droughts, fires and calamities in Australia as we speak. My local area has a station that has a 3 degree guarantee. They give money to a charity each time they are off. They over state the daily highs these days, often by 10 to 15 degrees. Cold dry air is heavier than water saturated air. Some of the warmist claims defy physics.

Frank K.

I can vouch for it being cooler than normal here in the NE. In New Hampshire, it has been mostly rainy and cool, with most daytime highs being in the 60 – 70s (usually we have week or two of 80 – 90 deg temps by now — not so this year).

Gary Pearse

The high in Ottawa Canada today is 17C (62.6F) and we almost always are warmer than the northeast coasters which we would include Maine in. theweathernetwork.com – a Canadian TV weather station gives two week forecast each day and for the last two years, they have almost consistently sloped the curve up to higher temperatures near the end of the forecast period, in the belief or hope that things will return to normal from the below normal coolness. I have emailed them from time to time my own two week forecast staying below normal and have been right more often than they have. Why do these people have “contact us” buttons if they don’t reply. I have a similar query in regarding the World Glacier Monitoring Services latest report being 2005 with 2006-2007 preliminary in. Where is the 2008 report? They must have the data or its gone! Are they waiting for the Copenhagen warm-in to be over before releasing it. I note that the number of advancing glaciers have increased between 2005 and the 2006-2007 preliminary and I suspect that the 2008 is going to show a lot more advances with all the snow that has fallen in the Alps, Andes, NZ ,Australia and elswhere in the last couple of years

Quick! Rip those particulate filters off the coal stacks before it is too late!
Sorry, just practicing.

Mrs Whatsit

Weather is not climate weather is not climate weather is not climate
HOWEVER it was 41 degrees before sunrise today at my house in central New York State. Forty-One Degrees. It is July 13, fer crissakes. The forecast for tonight is for lows in the 40s again. We haven’t had temps above 80 degrees (or often even in the 70s) for weeks and the 10-day forecast shows more and more of the same.
I repeat: Weather is not climate weather is not climate weather is not climate . . .

imapopulist

BBC news: “Almost 250 children under the age of five have died in a wave of intensely cold weather in Peru.” and in the same article: “Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March. ”
Doublethink at its finest. Welcome to 1984.

Am spending a month in Rhode Island. Does anyone else at similar latitude or farther north perceive mild solar dimming as though from volcanic dust?

I found this to be very interesting.
Atlantic Mutlidecadal Oscillation – The Key Global Climate Indicator = long duration changes Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature which are now going negative. Good correlation with temperature this past century.
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/amo_the_key_global_climate_indicator/

I’m tired of this weather we’ve had in SE Texas. I KNOW the rest of the world is getting a chill, but apparently it’s been at the expense of SE Texas which has been hot and dry and all drought-y.
I realize this is speculation based on weather, but is it possible for regional cooling trends to lock in weather patterns more so than warming trends, specifically rain patterns?

Squidly

Well, another weather is not climate comment. This year in Nashville, TN, I am having a hell of a time keeping my pool warm enough to swim, on those rare days without thunderstorms. And I think it is safe to assume now, that we are done with our droughts here for now. Getting tired of having to pick out the mushrooms from my yard, and if it gets any wetter, I am going to need a canoe to get to work.

Steven Hill

July has been cooler here in Ky. so far, they keep saying 90 everyday and it never makes it there. It’s been cloudy several days after lunch. Got the windows open today, it’s very nice here. It should be burning hot this time of the year.

James F. Evans

Portland, Oregon hasn’t had a really cold spell or anything except just in the last day or so we had a marine push of what I call “beach mist” that lasted till late afternoon and then gradually increased to a consistent, but light rain (small misty type droplets), usually “beach mist” type mornings dry out, or regular rain follows (bigger droplets).
To me this indicated a low turbulance, low cloud regime off the Oregon coast (a type of fog like cloudiness), and this suggests in my mind’s eye a low energy type of weather pattern.
Weather is not climate, but enough weather starts looking like a trend…

novanglus

We’ve seen a string of cool weather here in Knoxville, TN as well. As of now, we have yet to even reach the average temperature on any single day in July, which, IIRC by way of a local meteorologist, is a record string of days of below average temperature. We’re supposed to average 87, right now we’re around 84 for the first 2 weeks in July. We also haven’t had a 90 degree day in July yet, which is also very unusual. We have a chance tomorrow and wednesday, but their forecasts have tended to be on the high side lately. But, then, they have forecast several days of low to mid 80s again. This is definitely shaping up to me one of the coolest and wettest summers I can recall. But the flies and mosquitos seem to love it. :/

D. King

Barry (09:06:35) :
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8146995.stm
“Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March.”
What’s next….Experts blame night on lack of light?
This would be funny if weren’t so pathetic!

GroupCaptainMandrake

Guys, how come this website has not had a full article devoted to the ICESat results that were announced last week concerning record thinning of Arctic ice? Here are some sample websites:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,512836,00.html
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/thin-ice-the-norm-in-warming-arctic/
My recollection is that a summary of this website’s articles on polar ice is:
a) Artic ice areal extent DID go way below normal a few years ago, but it has recovered to about normal this year; altho this article contradicts that:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/12/751043/-Report-on-Arctic-Sea-Ice:-June-2009
b) Antartic ice areal extent has been growing, and at least if not more than cancels out the shrinking Artic ice (furthermore, because of the position of the sun in the sky when the ice is greatest in extent, Antartic ice has more of an albedo effect, so its greater area leads to more reflection and thus more cooling than Artic ice)
The ICESat results, however, are very interesting because they describe ice thickness, not areal extent, and show a dramatic plunge. Whats up with that? Inquiring minds want to know!
Sorry that this comment is totally off topic, but I am not sure where to suggest it. (I assume that Anthony’s email inbox is crammed full…).

Adam from Kansas

The BBC will just say it’s because of CO2 induced climate change, apparently CO2 can cause anything to happen according to them.
Apparently these ground observations completely contradict the run-up in UAH temps. on channel 5? Is the NOAA satallite data wrong or something? It seems like we shouldn’t be seeing so many cold records if the early 20th century was significantly colder than 2009?
Meanwhile here in Kansas the last heatwave day is tomorrow as the heat gets pushed to the west, we’re not supposed to get to 100 today according to Intellicast, but after a high of 102 tomorrow it’ll drop down into the 80’s and low 90’s the rest of the week, it also looks like Texas will be getting relief too. Also yesterday we got to 103 degrees or so according to the official Airport reading that has recently been showing temps. up to 4 degrees higher than Jabara Airport and McConnel Air Force Base, and it didn’t seem like it quite got up to 100 when I mentally do the bias correction for our little home thermometer during the hottest part of the day.

jsuther2013

Gary, I blast the weather network too when I get frustrated with their stuck-in-a-groove ‘climate change’ and ‘warming’ pronouncements. The latest was their thirty year data set for locations in Canada, that is ‘revised every ten years’ showing from 1961 to 1990. Some revision! What are they afraid of showing us?

Douglas DC

Cool Green tomato summer here in NE Oregon-we get highs occasionally in the 90’s but we still get rain and lows near the high 30’slow 40’s Actually looking forward to the Four Corners high that may park itself over the west for the week.
eventually we will have some monsoonal moisture but,i cannot wait to have moring coffee on my patio without a sweater on…

tarpon
Flanagan

I’m very impressed by your politeness, Anthony. If you don’t like dissenting ideas, state it from the start. Maybe “Wattsup with my own opinions” would be better.
REPLY: “Flanagan” There are plenty of dissenting ideas presented here, including yours, so your critcism as usual is myopic to your own world view.
I grow tired of your constant whining over the reporting of things that I see as relevant and interesting to the readers of this blog. Nearly every time I report on a record low or cold story you start this whining drivel. I’m tired of it.
I’m also not impressed with the need for an academic such as yourself, at a university in Belgium to have to hide behind anonymity. If you ideas and opinions are worth something, put your name to it. Intellectual cowards such as yourself do not impress me at all. – Anthony Watts

Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck

Folks up there are talking about “the year without summer”
Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death
The Year There Was No Summer
Of the cold summers in the period 1811 to 1817, the year 1816 has gone down in the annals of New England history as “The Year There Was No Summer,” the “Poverty Year” and “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death.” …..
http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/history/1816.htm
1816 – The Year Without Summer , By: Lee Foster, Meteorologist
As we all know living in New England means enduring long winters and savoring the short summers. However, in 1816, the summer season was shorter than normal and is commonly referred to as “The Year Without Summer”…..
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/car/Newsletter/htm_format_articles/climate_corner/yearwithoutsummer_lf.htm

Kum Dollison

Lucia’s Blackboard has an interesting article up on the HadSST Numbers. They are “through the roof.”
http://rankexploits.com/musings/2009/hadsst-highest-values-since-1998/
Looks like we could be in for a heck of an El Nino. And, a Very Hot Year.

Lance

Operate a ‘climate’ station south of Calgary Alberta. to-date, we are running .5 C below normal for the year. June started out cold, latest frost recorded was June 10th and we had snow in the early part of June also! HOWEVER, the last half of the month flip-flopped and was very hot and dry (crops are in trouble) June ended up being bang on normal for Temps. July is running below normal now too.
However, weather is not climate (unless its a hot spell!!) It will be interesting to see how this year plays out and if our sun continues to sleep.

Frank K.

GroupCaptainMandrake (10:24:15) :
“Guys, how come this website has not had a full article devoted to the ICESat results that were announced last week concerning record thinning of Arctic ice?”
[Sigh] Here you, go – have fun, and read the other articles there too.
http://www.climateaudit.org/?p=6547
“The global sea ice anomaly in June 2009 remained positive. Over the 1979-2009 period, there is zero trend in global sea ice anomaly, with a SH increasing trend offsetting a NH decreasing trend. June 2009 NH anomaly was not remarkable.”
PS
The Catlin Survey Team would have appreciated some of that thinning ice while they were up there…

Hannio

Oh, how I wish those cooler temps could be spread around. We are having a record breaking heat wave here in central Texas with 23 days of 100+ temperatures already this summer.

Anthony: “Heat wave in Texas, not unusual. Happens every summer.
San Antonio 7/13/09 Forecast:
Today 103°F
Tues 103
Wed 104
Thur 101
Fri 102
These temperatures are not unprecedented, but are unusual and do not happen every summer. Even though last year was also a drought year, I don’t believe we had one day that hit triple digits.
While now confined to the indoors, I’m going to dig into the temperature dataset for some specifics.

Vincent

“Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March.”
Of course. It was proved in “Day After Tomorrow” that Global warming does indeed cause intense cold, leading to an ice age. Didnt’ you know this movie is peer reviewed?
At least, that’s how it seems to me.

Pamela Gray

For those of you who get confused about weather versus climate, temp ranges and record lows/highs ARE related to climate. Climate zones very much depend on temperature ranges. Agriculture depends on knowledge of temp ranges. Climate zones are decided on based on day and night temp range. The average does very little to elucidate plant health. A case in point, the average of one climate zone may be exactly the average of another climate zone, yet the climate zones will have two different identification numbers. What makes the difference is the range of lows and the range of highs. Plants are very tolerant of averages. They are not so tolerant of extremes. For example, here in NE Oregon, the average daily temp is perfect for daytime growth. But the night time temps are preventing blossom development and seed set. Tomato plants will not blossom and set seed till night time temps rise above at least 50 degrees on a regular basis. So the day’s average does not have to change one bit, but the night time lows need to come up. If record nighttime low’s continue over several years, it will change the parameters of the climate zone and could even be given a different designation.

Steven Hill

“Flanagan”
But what have you done? I think AGW is a fraud but I have done all sorts of things to lower my energy usage to save money more than anything.
Changed lights
95% eff furnace
28 mph highway van
New windows, double glass with argon
New washer and dryer energy star rated
and additional things
People like you want us to spend 500% more on energy as well as live in sod houses. The next war that you get yourself in, maybe we will just stay home this time.

Sarah from Saskatchewan

More cold weather news from Saskatchewan: brrrr.
http://globalfreeze.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/regina-beats-92-year-old-record-low/
yes, I know! it’s weather not climate.
I am also watching the nsidc daily ice melt report with great interest:
I am not a climate scientist, I am an engineer – but I believe this makes me well qualified to interpret a graph – and it looks to me as though the ice melt is slowing since the 2007 record low. Certainly not ‘accelerating’.
http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_timeseries.png

Gary Pearse

Kum Dollison (11:18:22) :
Lucia’s Blackboard has an interesting article up on the HadSST Numbers. They are “through the roof.”
The AGW consensus has begun to hedge bets, talking about perhaps a delay of 10 or 20 years in the warming with an intervening cool spell. Recent freezing of 250 children in Peru the other day (BBC news- reports this a “Climate Change” event – were not letting you guys get away with this “change” malarkey – you said unequivocally that higher CO2 was higher temperature. The Hadcentre has been through the roof for 20 years, but they will be heading for the basement like a lot of others like todays Real Climate:
“We hypothesize that the established pre-1998 trend is the true forced warming signal, and that the climate system effectively overshot this signal in response to the 1997/98 El Niño. This overshoot is in the process of radiatively dissipating, and the climate will return to its earlier defined, greenhouse gas-forced warming signal. If this hypothesis is correct, the era of consistent record-breaking global mean temperatures will not resume until roughly 2020.”
So Mr Dollison, don’t find yourself left all alone one day soon. I’m sure you don’t live in Canada or the northern half of the US or in Peru.

George E. Smith

“”” Flanagan (08:42:37) :
Isn’t it strange that while the US is having a globally average temperature, all we can read here is about record colds? I mean, there must be record highs also in order ot have a globally zero anomaly for the US, so where are they? Florida, California? Why not mention them? “””
Well there you go Flanagan jumping to conclusions. You equate a “globally zero anomaly” with a globally normal TEMPERATURE RANGE.
First of all, just on the basis of properly sampled data; it is possible to have a zero average deviation (from some number) and have record lows, but no record highs; or you could have reocrd highs; without any record lows, and still have a zero average deviation.
Even on the basis of global anomalies (which aren’t global temperatures); one might expect that the 1998 big El Nino could exist without displacing the average; and yet have no record lows accompanying it.
But anyway; you are just pointing out the whole fallacy of these anomalies; The sampling regiman violates the Nyquist sampling theorem; so you can’t believe anything about those anomaly reports other than the specific data that they report; which isn’t anything to do with global temperatures.

Jack Simmons

Ray (09:18:19) :

I have another “weather is not climate department” from here, in the Fraser Valley.

Fraser, Colorado?
Just a note on Portland Maine.
My daughter and family live in Freeport, just north of Portland.
A lot of complaints about lack of sunshine and all the rain. Vegetable garden not doing well.

tim maguire

New York City, cold wet June, saved from being a record for both by a warm dry final week. Beautiful July with cool nights and warm days when it is usually oppressively hot. We had one 90 degree day (in April!) and have only gotten close a couple times since. Haven’t used the air conditioners yet.
I know data is not the plural of anecdote, but an anecdote is a datapoint. Enough weathers and you got yourself climate (with the alarmists conveniently vague on where the switchover is).

E.M.Smith

Flanagan (08:42:37) : Isn’t it strange that while the US is having a globally average temperature, all we can read here is about record colds? I mean, there must be record highs also in order ot have a globally zero anomaly for the US, so where are they? Florida, California? Why not mention them?
Well, no, there does not need to be such a compensating record high. The basic problem is that you are using a broken “rubber ruler” to measure the “average”. GIStemp so throughly cooks the record (as I posted under a prior thread) that you can’t at all say the ‘average warmth’ is anything other than a computer generated fantasy.
Basically, the news reports and “weather is not climate” posting here serve as a ‘sanity check’ on the insane computer dreams cooked up by folks like Hansen et. al. When your “computer toy” says it is burning up, and all around the planet folks are reporting cold, snow, freezing, death from cold, crop failures from cold, cold cold cold… it’s not the people who are wrong, it’s the computer toy.
And, BTW, YOU do NOT want to mention California. I’m suffering the coldest summer I can remember in the last 30 ish years of living here as we are under The Big Blue Blob of cold anomaly. Last night it was 50F on my patio when I went to bed. That is a common WINTER HIGH for this area. Common summer lows are more like 75 F and sometimes 85F.
There is also an unlikely but possible case where the typical warm area is slightly warmer, but there are more of them, while the record cold areas are smaller, but colder by a large margin. That would make an average higher with record cold spots. I do not think that is what is going on. The distribution of the cold reports around the planet are fairly uniform (though with some poleward excess and some equatorial deficit).
Occam’s Razor says it’s the crappy computer code with known demonstrable bugs and brokenness in it; no need to fabricate some conspiracy theory of folks all over the planet making up cold weather reports, nor any need to hunt for the hidden hot spots being kept from public view by the same conspirators.
Basically, the cold reports are the sound of truth pushing the broken computer fantasy aside. The people saying “The Computer Has No Clothes!”.

Kum Dollison

Gary Pearse,
I have not a clue what you are talking about. But, evidently, I’m not alone. You attributed this:
you said unequivocally that higher CO2 was higher temperature.
To me. I’ve never said any such thing. I’ve, from day one, thought Anthropogenic, CO2-induced, Catastrophic warming was the silliest sort of nonsense.
But, that doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the Oceans are heating up quite rapidly. Son, weather is weather. If it’s hot, it’s hot. If it’s cold, it’s cold. I don’t care if the sun hung out a “Gone Fishing” sign; if the oceans are heating up, the oceans are heating up.
Sometimes you gotta call “time out” in the debate, and go look out the window (and, that’s all you want to do in N. Mississippi cause it’s been hotter’n hades here this year.

mkurbo

Can’t stand when the Google ad for “Help Stop Global Warming” comes up right after the article intro…
Every time I see it I write a note to the “We Can Solve the Non-Problem People” and tell them to do something productive with their life !

Adam from Kansas

Unisys seems to be showing SST’s going down again now, while fairly warm for one month, the downtrend it seems to show this July may suggest that the recent high anomaly may only be that high for just the month of June. While the ENSO region isn’t budging much temp. wise the other ocean temps. seem to be dropping.
Unisys primarily uses bouys to chart the SST’s, so you have no possible bias from NOAA satallites and not much in the way of urban heat islands.
http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.html
I noticed there was a noticable drop in SST’s since looking at this late last month, if it continues the recent peak will be a one month wonder and not like 1998.

Brian D

While it has been cooler than normal for the most of the eastern half of the US, it has been baking in TX, and OK, especially TX. Nature trying to balance itself.
But we(our ancestors) have seen something similar before. This was just a quick read from history. I remembered seeing this, and it reminded me of the pattern we see now. Fitting for this post. Probably more instances, as well.
July 11
1888 – Heavy snow reached almost to the base of Mt. Washington, NH, and the peaks of the Green Mountains were whitened.
1888 – Colorado records its hottest temperature ever (118F) at Bennett CO.

dearieme

Let me explain. The cause is a mystery mechanism. There, that was easy, wasn’t it?
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.ab03c6d3b3a7ecad80ca03e378097a4b.1a1&show_article=1

Greg

Ref. to Texas heat, check out the summer of 1980, 60+ days over 100 degrees in the DFW area, so it is possible to have hot dry weather. On the flip side during Dec. 1983 over 240 straight hours of subfreezing temps that caused major water main breaks. Old saying if you don’t like the weather wait it will change.

Peter

Nova Scotia here. WORST. SUMMER. EVER. The sun disappeared for 24 straight days, foggy, cold, miserable. It has been over 80 F exactly one freakish day in May, otherwise an absolute disaster. It simply cannot get over 20 C, had to use the heat several days in June and early July which is unheard of.
If you walked dow the street in Halifax with a “Stop Global Warming” T-shirt on, you would be assaulted.

Paul Maynard

This is sort of off-thread
I was at a gathering today at which a presentation was given by a number of people from DEFRA- that’s the UK Dept for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs otherwise part of the UK government AGW propaganda machine.
First have a look at this website and go the Climate Projections section for an example of hubris that cannot be matched. By the way, these projections are good becuase they are based upon “30 year trends as they are statistically solid”.
http://www.ukcip.org.uk/index.php
I also heard major league dissembling on the issue of certainties. They admit to there being uncertainty but solve this by using probabalistic based projections. The speaker either did not know or did not want to discuss the impact of the IPCC’s 75% minimum uncertainty about climate processes. He did say that our knowledge of climate processes had improved considerably in the past 7 years. Also the fact the the MSM media always present their output as fact – “we can’t control what appears in the media”.
Then we had the classic argument that we had to use modelling as we only had about 150 years of measurements – in fact I lost the plot here as I am sure he said that one of the problems with observations was non-stationarity.
Lastly a guy from the audience (from Reading University) said temps in the US were now at the upper end of projections- sheesh.
I am sorry this is incoherent. I should have taken better notes. I am still dumbfounded by the sheer arrogance and incompetence.
Cheers
Paul

E.M.Smith

Harold Ambler (09:45:36) :
Am spending a month in Rhode Island. Does anyone else at similar latitude or farther north perceive mild solar dimming as though from volcanic dust?

I have the translucent (with freckles!) skin of the redhead gene. I am fairly finely calibrated from decades of sunburns to know exactly when the activity in my skin is in the “danger zone”. I also have a half century of familiarity with exactly when that happens over the calendar year by time of day at this latitude.
Not only do things look a bit “dimmer” to the eye, but my skin does not complain until well after the “normal” hour… At this time of year, even a couple of minutes at high noon in the garden sans shirt ought to cause me That Tingling Sinking Feeling RUN GET A SHIRT!. Instead I just get “warm sun, worry in a few minutes”. I know, very unscientific. But the “Bite” has gone down in the sunshine. (I really do have it down to minutes. I’m normally good for 15 to 20 minutes MAX at high noon in summer to get a sunburn. I’m constantly aware of the sun angle, skin feel, and clock whenever I’m in the sun. If I don’t, it’s pain city… and my clock is running out long before the skin is reacting these days. Heck, I’ve even done some garden work lately without my mandatory wide brimmed hat on.
Can’t say what the cause is. We have had some increase in cumulus clouds, and there have been more overcast days, but it’s the clear sunny times, like now, that are a puzzlement. It looks like their is a faint milky haze “somewhere” up their (the expected stark dark blue sky is more of a periwinkle not quite milky faded blue jeans color). Don’t know how to turn that observation into a measurable quantity nor into a physical cause.