"Global Warming" Cancels Christmas for Many Travelers – Breaks Records

Hundreds of passengers spent the night sleeping in Dallas Fort Worth Airport near Dallas, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009 after a winter storm forced the cancellation of many flights from Dallas. The Star-Telegram  newspaper said Dallas-Fort Worth was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years.  (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Hundreds of passengers spent the night sleeping in Dallas Fort Worth Airport near Dallas, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009 after a winter storm forced the cancellation of many flights from Dallas. The Star-Telegram newspaper said Dallas-Fort Worth was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

From the “weather is not climate” department, inconvenient travel:

Here’s a sample of headlines related to difficult if not impossible holiday travel:

Christmas Eve storm in central states creates travel misery (WaPo)

A slow-moving storm spread snow, sleet and rain across the nation’s midsection Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Oklahoma, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas. It cautioned that travel would be extremely dangerous in those areas through the weekend and that drivers should pack a winter survival kit.

Winter Storm Disrupts Holiday Travel (NYT)

“Snow will be falling at a rate that snow plows are not able to keep up with,” AccuWeather reported on its Web site, “while winds gusting past 40 miles per hour will cause severe blowing and drifting along with whiteout conditions.”

Heavy snowfall causes disruption across Europe (BBC)

Heavy snow and ice are causing disruption across a wide swathe of Europe. Flights have been delayed or cancelled at airports in Britain, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Power providers in south-east France say they have had to cut supplies to around two million people to avoid a massive regional blackout.

In Poland, nearly 60 people have died this December because of the weather.

Rare blizzard strikes West Texas

DALLAS — In much of the rolling plains of West Texas, a blizzard has never been recorded.

There has been one now.

The region west and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area saw blizzard-like conditions throughout the day Christmas Eve as up to 8 inches of snow fell in the region, according to the National Weather Service. Winds gusting at up to 65 mph drifted the snow as deep as 5 feet in some areas.

No blizzard warning had ever been issued for an area of Texas as far south as Interstate 20, said Jim Wingenroth, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in San Angelo.

Heavily traveled Interstate 20 between Cisco and Abilene was closed after six inches of snow fell in the area 130 miles west of Dallas, said Larry Smith, Brownwood area engineer for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Treetops glisten, but storm snarls Midwest holiday (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

The Star-Telegram said the Dallas-Fort Worth area was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years. While the area had a sprinkling of holiday snow in 2004 and 1997, the lasttime it experienced “a true, New England-style dose of snow on Christmas Day was Dec. 25, 1926,” the newspaper reported.

Some churches canceled Christmas Eve services, while others saw sharply lower attendance.

Oklahoma City had received 14 inches of snow by Thursday night, breaking a record set back in 1914 of 2.5 inches.

Share

Advertisements

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

I wonder if the term “global warming” will be a new name for snow.

[img]http://www.ribiska-druzina-tolmin.si/slike/pop31.jpg[/img]
Well, in our part of the world there are extreme floods!

Heads up from Joe Bastardi European weather blog:
WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN! SEVERE COLD LOOMING FOR MUCH OF EUROPE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE NEW YEAR!
While we are in a bit of a break over the next week, a reload of excess cold is on the way for the first 2 weeks of the New Year, that will challenge the recent cold as far as how cold it was against the normals. Severe cold is likely to cause major hardship across much of the continent and when we stand back and look at this, we will say that our forecast at least caught the SPIRIT OF THE WINTER, if not the law.

Medic1532

Merry Christmas everyone from the pacific Northwest where we are still waiting for a white christmas 🙂 Medic 1532

Sigurdur

Mr. Cripwell:
You have it wrong. Have you not read the memo?
The snow is caused by “global warming”. Ya see, we started warming ohhh, around 12,000 years ago and it started snowing then.

photon without a Higgs

Waco, Texas had snow on Christmas Eve for the first time on record.
per: The Weather Channel

John in NZ

It serves them right for having Xmas in winter.

Henry chance

Joe Romm on Climate progress is loudly denying the blizzards. He denied the blizzard in copenhagen and Can’t cope with the days following paralysing europe.
These are the very first days of winter. To all the global warmiong adherents. Welcome to cooling. Enjoy reality for a change.
REPLY: One of his posts posed the theory that the snow was a “global warming type event”. -A

Two thousand and nine
global warming unleashes
a double winter

photon without a Higgs

Oklahoma City had received 14 inches of snow by Thursday night, breaking a record set back in 1914 of 2.5 inches.
This was also a record for the most snow for any single day ever in Oklahoma City.
Dallas got 3 inches yesterday. And most of the Northwest corner of Texas is covered in record snow.

Ian W

For some people this will be proof positive that CO2 is causing climate change – logic has been replaced with the new science of unfalsifiable hypotheses. Or to put it another way “whatever happens it is caused by fossil fuel burning – so we intend to tax fossil fuels”. They would still be saying this if the Mississippi was a glacier all the way to New Orleans.

Ed Murphy

I was just posting on a forum about the hazardous travel and stranded people.
Cold shock: how ignorance and a winter dip can kill – News
http://www.aol.com.au/news/story/Cold-shock-how-ignorance-and-a-winter-dip-can-kill/2357493/index.html
CDC Winter Weather | FAQ
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/faq.asp
Cold Weather Safety
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/weather/ColdWeatherSafety.htm

Pieter F

One may notice that many of these stories report new records in the 55 to 80 year time frame or “not seen in more than 50 years.” Similar statements go back to cool weather last summer. Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record.

photon without a Higgs

From Gold Butte, Montana to Tombstone, Arizona to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin there was record snow in the U.S.A.

Steve Goddard

There have been some theories that warmer temperatures would increase snowfall in Greenland and Antarctica due to greater humidity. I haven’t heard any theories though that global warming would lead to the near record cold and snow which the US is seeing. Most of the reports have predicted warmer winters with decreasing snow.
A few years ago The Guardian was predicting that England would become a Mediterranean climate.
There is a reason why the theory was named “global warming.” It is supposed to be getting warmer.

We are having our usual snow filled December etc. in the far North East next to Maine. I usually don’t have to shovel my roof off this early, but… Things change. Ice dams to cope with now, on the edge of my roof, causing water to back up towards the house under the shingles. However, all is not misery. I still have chestnuts – not over an open fire, which I don’t have anyway, but in the microwave.
Romm also made some blistering comments (which I didn’t read other than for Revkin’s response to Romm, on Revkin’s opinion piece in the times) about the departing Andy Revkin from the NYtimes, so maybe Andy can’t have been that bad after all. I resisted making my own blistering comment after that, about Andy striving to learn some science at Pace, and report more about valid science than that peddled by the IPCC.
Merry – apply politically correct noun here – to everyone!

phlogiston

Juraj V. (07:58:56) :
“Heads up from Joe Bastardi European weather blog:
WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN! SEVERE COLD LOOMING FOR MUCH OF EUROPE FIRST 2 WEEKS OF THE NEW YEAR!”
Piers Corbyn (WeatherAction, London) is saying the same thing.

While I am at it: we need a new word for the English language: WIKI-WISE, to mean woefully misinformed, profoundly ignorant of the facts, believing only what one is told to believe. Shades of Orwell again.

Douglas DC

White Christmas in NE Oregon, we have 1/2 to 2″ in the area of La Grande,low stratus this am. Cold, in the upper teens and low 20 F. Chance of snow this weekend.BTW
the NOAA extended last week said:”Above Normal temps, below normal precip.”
Ok, I think they are wrong.
Here’s the University webcam: http://www.eou.edu/webcam/

Where is my Global Warming? I want it now!
Just finished trying to get my truck out of the street where I had to leave it yesterday since the global warming was three feet in my drive way here in beautiful Oklahoma City.

R Pearse

And here in Eastern Ontario there is little snow (though it was bitterly cold until yesterday, with -16 C overnight Monday, homogenised with Toronto that would make it only -10). Luck of the draw I guess.

JonesII

And Piers Corbyn is saying the same:
WeatherAction forecast (issued Dec 2) for severe winter
storms USA & Canada 19-31 Dec dramatically confirmed
Notably dangerous warning for 28-30 Dec remains in force
● Likely worst hit to be: MidWest, Great Lakes, Central & NE USA
● Short range Met Maps now show developing Northerly blast 28 Dec
but it will be more severe than standard meteorology expects

Enjoy Global Warming Al Baby!!

Phillip Bratby

Even the beeb is covering it http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8430482.stm But it has to be put in perspective as normal: “Although severe, storms are not uncommon in the US during the winter months, says meteorologist Stav Danaos at the BBC Weather Centre.”

Henry chance

Pieter F (08:24:51) :
One may notice that many of these stories report new records in the 55 to 80 year time frame or “not seen in more than 50 years.” Similar statements go back to cool weather last summer. Meanwhile, James Hansen told us last week that 2010 may be the warmest year in the history of the instrumental record

So is James Hansen telling us NASA GISS plans on tweeking the numbers?

Revd Philip Foster

Here in the UK the Queen’s Christmas Day Speech mentioned not a word about ‘Global Warming’, despite talking about her attendance at the Commonwealth Meeting in the W.Indies which was all about AGW!!
Maybe the Palace is getting the message.!
Happy Christmas

Leon Brozyna

Interesting weather …
From NOAA, there are no watches or warnings of any type for Buffalo today, but there is a Public Information Statement:

At 7 am this morning… the Rochester Airport reported 1 inch of snow
remaining on the ground. At the Buffalo Airport… a trace of snow
was on the ground at 7 am.
The official definition of a white Christmas is to have 1 inch or
more of snow on the ground at 7 am. Therefore… officially Rochester
has a white Christmas while Buffalo does not.

And the rain should be starting within the hour.

Leslie

It is a little sad that nowadays we are compelled to view even weather reports with political prisms. Climate change indeed.

Dishman

Jim Cripwell wrote:
I wonder if the term “global warming” will be a new name for snow.
I’ve been using it that way for a year, particularly after last year’s big storm in Seattle.
There’s now proof of Global Warming in Dallas!

Back2bat

John in NZ (08:05:16) :
It serves them right for having Xmas in winter.
Indeed! Whoever picked Christmas Day did not even get the season right. Twas Spring, if i recall. Anyway, the purpose was to “Christianize” Saturnalia, a Roman pagan holiday. What ignorance or conceit to sacrifice the truth for a convenient lie!
A minor irritant this time of year.

Yep – “we got it good”.
Visible satellite image showing snow cover in Texas and Oklahoma, 2009-12-25 10:30 AM CST
As the tail end and last vestiges of the storm wound through North Central Texas about 10 PM last night I took a walk and it felt like ‘Arctic Winter’ conditions with snow and a cutting, fiercely blowing cold …
Merry Christmas to all from the snow-encrusted D/FW (TX) area!
.
.
.
.
(Note: There are a few clouds present in the midst of the snow field shown in the image above, but substantially the ‘white’ is due to snow covering the ground.)
.

Richard

Here the global warming of the last two weeks ( 2 feet of snow ) is turning in to global thawing. Should be nice with the frost we get after the weekend.

Suzanne

Doesn’t anybody read history anymore? In the past these record winter blizzards in the Northern Hemisphere occurred during cold periods associated with low sunspot activity and/or the aftermath of large volcanos. (e.g.Tambora 1813, ?Rabaul 535, Pinatubo 1993). The hallmarks of the Sporer, Maunder and Dalton Minima was failure of the monsoons in the Orient and the cold, wet weather in Europe. In the US Great Plains and Intermountain West the double whammy of summer drouth and severe blizzards clustered around low sunspot activity 1798-1832 (Dalton minimum), 1860’s, 1890’s, 1910’s, 1930’s and most recently during the 1960’s and early 70’s when the media and alarmist scientists were screaming about a coming ice age. In the Intermountain West and Great Plains we are in our third year of shortened growing seasons and colder winters. How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?

Bruce Cobb

“Although severe, storms are not uncommon in the US during the winter months, says meteorologist Stav Danaos at the BBC Weather Centre.”
And, In other stunningly-obvious news, storms are not uncommon during the Spring, Summer or Fall, either.

Rhys Jaggar

Snow in London now disappearing after a week of snow and, more annoyingly, dangerous ice on pavements.
Piers Corbyn of Weather Action plc indicates that, after a brief thaw in late December that significant blizzards will hit the UK in January.
We await developments with interest…..

Jesse

“Merry Christmas everyone from the pacific Northwest where we are still waiting for a white christmas 🙂 Medic 1532″
To be fair though, Medic, we had about a foot on the ground last Christmas, at least in the Portland area, in what was our snowiest December on record. I actually had about 36” total last year, in the suburbs north of Portland.
This month its all about the cold in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is on track to record it’s coldest month in 20 years. The official station had a low of 12 earlier this month ( for a west coast maritime climate such as ours, that’s cold!) and I hit a low of 4 during the same cold snap.

Gordon Ford

It’s elementary dear friends. Global Warming is confined to the arctic where it is forcing the cold air south. Get used to it!
Best of the season from south west Canada where Global Warming is presently confined to the mountain tops. Must be due to the carbon tax we pay here in BC

J.Peden

Steve Goddard (08:30:01) :
A few years ago The Guardian was predicting that England would become a Mediterranean climate.
That would have been frightening, indeed – a Tropical Paradise. Yes, I remember that ~ “England would become ‘unrecognizeable'”, all of a sudden, too, for that term to make any sense. Imagine waking up there one morning surrounded by Palm Trees and Girls Gone Wild. Horrible!

J.Peden

Douglas DC (08:47:45) :
White Christmas in NE Oregon, we have 1/2 to 2″ in the area of La Grande,low stratus this am. Cold, in the upper teens and low 20 F. Chance of snow this weekend.BTW
Right, same here about 75 road miles East of you. And since we here in NE Oregon have taken control of the 1200km. Grid Cell, the same thing must be happening at the Pacific beach.

Snow is one thing -ice is something else entirely.
Having had rain falling on frozen ground Sunday night, then snow on top, then some sun melting a bit off the top, everything re-freezing: that makes for most unpleasant conditions, especially for for pedestrians.
Having the grass on the big playing fields in the parks still covered in ice means even the dogs are not keen to stay out for long.
As for gritting pavements and footpaths – forget it! Local government hasn’t got the money or resources – after all, why plan ahead for an event the alarmists said wouldn’t happen any longer?
All I can say is: ‘that’ll teach’em!’ (I hope!!)

P Walker

A friend called fron Sun Valley ID . Five degrees F , power out for the last twelve hours from Shoshone north . For some reason the alarm system in my townhouse has gone off , but the phones aren’t working either so he can’t call the security people .

Flints

I read somewhere that this is called the “Gore Effect”. It’s Gods way (I don’t believe in God ….. well maybe) of telling the world that Al Gore is a liar.

Thanks!
The quiet Sun, the Copenhagen Conference, and the airport photo confirm God’s continuing sense of humor with the self-centered creatures living on the third ball of dirt from the Sun.
With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel

It’s a typically brutal winter day in San Diego. Crystal-blue sky and a bone-chilling 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Merry Christmas and Salubrious Solstice!

DCC

Those “80-year records” are one more way the MSM slants the truth. Apparently they are speaking only of Christmas day. I recall snow in Dallas when returning from a Thanksgiving visit to Iowa around 1983-84. The fountain in our swimming pool was a popcicle when we got home.
Cityrating.com says that Dallas has an annual average of 37 days below 32 degrees.

Greg

Steve Goddard (08:30:01) :
“There is a reason why the theory was named “global warming.” It is supposed to be getting warmer.”
This is the reason that the “theory” was changed to “Climate Change.” 😉

R Shearer

England’s climate is becoming like that of the Mediterranean, or at least southern France where it snowed last week.

rbateman

Kellogs Global Warming Flakes: The best way to start your day, with Total Global Cooling.
It’s the whole Northern Hemisphere.
We knew from the reports last summer from down under what was coming.
Why didn’t they?

John K. Sutherland (08:40:19) :
“While I am at it: we need a new word for the English language: WIKI-WISE, to mean woefully misinformed, profoundly ignorant of the facts, believing only what one is told to believe. Shades of Orwell again.”
“wiki-wise” added to Urban Dictionary…

Hansen is the butcher with his thumb on the scale.

DirkH

“Suzanne (09:40:49) :
[…]How many years of blizzards will it take before the “warmists” catch on that the correlation between weather trends is with the PDO, AMO and solar activity, not with CO2?”
Exactly. I wonder what kinds of adjustment they are making right now to make their climate models fit again. Must be a terrible job.