877 new snowfall records set or tied in the USA in the last week

And that’s not all, for the week ending Dec 13th, there were 815 new snowfall records set. December 2009 is shaping up to be quite the snowmaker. Here’s a map showing continental USA records:

Continental USA Snowfall Records 12/20/09-12/27/09

Here is the daily count data from NCDC, with links to tabular reports  and source for the snowfall records:

Dec 20th 124

Dec 21st 50

Dec 22nd 75

Dec 23rd 71

Dec 24th 170

Dec 25th 235

Dec 26th 152

Total 877 (CONUS and Alaska)

Many of the records have been bested significantly, and there were a number of all time records broken as well.

For example, December 24th and 25th all time records:

Click tables for original source reports from NCDC.

Note that we saw the majority of records from the most recent snowstorm in places that are fairly far south of the major USA snow belt.

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UNIV OF MINN ST PAUL, MN 44.98 -93.18 COOP 218450 6.7 in 4.0 in 9 Dec 2009 31
SHERBURN 3 WSW, MN 43.63 -94.77 COOP 217602 4.0 in 3.0 in 22 Dec 2009 62
OK CITY WILL ROGERS AP, OK (KOKC) 35.39 -97.60 ASOS 346661 14.1 in 8.4 in 10 Mar 1948 69
POST, TX 33.20 -101.37 COOP 417206 9.2 in 9.0 in 15 Mar 1969 100

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Aren’t we supposed to be in mild El-Nino condiions? Isn’t that supposed to be making us warmer?

JFA in Montreal

that MUST be all those M $ of carbon credits that we’ve traded that are cooling our weather! Proof positive that trading carbon credits is SAVING us! 🙂

Capn Jack

Must be Global warming, heaven help them poley bears.
Imagine swimming because of no Ice floes, because Tinkerbell from Disney Land sprinkled pixie dust, now the little rascal sprinkles more fairy dust and snow everywhere, Calling Peter Hansen, tell tinks to stop being naughty.
All them flocks of Poley bears are gonna drown, from carrying too much snow.

cold hot

That’s not snow,it’s merely “soft hail” and its obviously due to global warming, I mean climate change, I mean the climate crisis. /sarc

Gregg E.

Could someone compile a list of all the record low, snowfall, rainfall, and record low maximum temps for 2009?
It’d be especially interesting to have them for the whole world, but just the USA would also be good.
Makes me wonder WTH these people are smoking/drinking/snorting as they claim 2009 is the warmest year ever and 2010 will be even warmer.

First Legal Action Filed Today With EPA CO2 Endangerment Finding Challenged
http://pr-canada.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=153980&Itemid=65

photon without a Higgs

1692 total for those 2 weeks in December.
There was also the 304 low temperature, and 403 lowest max temperature records (i.e. record cold) set Dec 6-14—what a travesty!
A December that was climate and not weather. 😉
somebody needs prayer: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00659/Al-Gore_659811a.jpg

geronimo

We were told at the very beginning to expect severe weather conditions, I don’t remember anyone mentioning cold extreme weather conditions, but they will now. If you believe in AGW every event confirms that belief, just like any other religion.

wayne

Here we go again! The records at NOAA are wrong or incomplete. At least one record is totally missing in that on 12/24 Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City got 14+ inches with previous record at two plus inches in the 80s. Not even mentioned in the 877.
I know. I got caught in the blizzard traveling 20 miles to my grandkids home on Christmas eve. Damnest thing I’ve every been in. Couldn’t see 100 feet at best in front of the car. It was 28 degrees outside, inside the car it was 90 degrees with defrost only setting and fan blowing hard but not enough heat to keep the windshield and wipers from freezing over ever 6 blocks or so, stop, get out, scrape, back-in for next segment for hour and a half. Lucky I didn’t get hit from cars behind. Fifty plus steady crosswind. Semis blown over. Cars literally blown off the road.
Makes me want to find why calculating wind chill doesn’t appear correct after that experience. I’ve been in snow with it -5 degrees and no wind with defroster able to keep up. What’s up?
If you’ve never been in a blizzard, believe me, think twice!!

wheres Al Gore – Im sure he must be in the middle of this snow!

RhudsonL

Whoever said the payola and the record industry were dead.?

wayne

Now that’s curious, when I go to the “Dec 24th 170” link, Oklhoma only has two entries, no Will Rogers International but, sorry, I missed the entry within the story itself.
NOAA records seem not to be CONSISTENT, apparently not totally missing.

photon without a Higgs

cold hot (01:31:21) :
That’s not snow,it’s merely “soft hail”
—————-
Rotted hail.

Aligner

For what it’s worth, Peirs Corbyn says worse to come. He was a few day’s ahead of himself with what we’ve already had so maybe first few days of January?
http://www.weatheraction.com/docs/WANews09No103.pdf
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv_aueaCtng&hl=en_GB&fs=1&]

Tenuc

It’s cold in the NH now, but likely to get much colder. The CAGW hypothesis does not explain how this can be happening, as CO2 levels have continued to rise while the Earth has cooled dramatically.
We need to do some urgent research as to what’s going on so that steps can be taken to prepare the population for more severe winters and cooler, shorter summers. The sun seems to be implicated in this cooling and the mechanisms of cause and effect need to be discovered.
The fall-out from Climategate is going to change the face of politics, science and the power balance of the world. I find it ironic that after spending all that money to prove the link between CO2 and climate, mother nature herself has decided to take matters into her own hands.
Mankind is nothing more than a pimple on the backside of an elephant, and the harsh lessons we are going to learn over the next few decades will help everyone understand this important fact. Survival of our species depends on it.

TerrySkinner

Gregg E wrote: “Makes me wonder WTH these people are smoking/drinking/snorting as they claim 2009 is the warmest year ever and 2010 will be even warmer.”
Ah, but you are way out of date my friend. It’s not the raw data that counts. Pfft to the raw data, we can throw that away as fast at possible. What’s valuable is the adjusted data. Once the data for 2009 is adjusted in accordance with ‘internationally accepted standards’ it will prove that 2009 was one of the hottest years ever.
I say this with total confidence even though I have at the moment no idea of what the raw data might show beyond lots of cold, cold, cold. I have full confidence in Jones, Mann and their merry Cru. They have after all proved themselves over and over again.
You may wonder how the old augers, oracles etc managed to survive for so many centuries when they had no special knowledge of what the future might bring. The ‘trick’ is to make sure that no matter what happens it is loudly proclaimed as exactly what was expected, no matter how it differs from what was previously said.

rbateman

That’s a lot of 1-ups on the scoreboard this month. But, by next month, you know what they will score Dec. 2009 as, the x-warmest.
It will take a full-fledged disaster to put the chill down the spine of those spinning mythical yarn. When the maddened crowds with torches and pitchforks come calling.

photon without a Higgs

Gregg E. (01:35:02) :
Makes me wonder WTH these people are smoking/drinking/snorting
I could say they drank the kool–aid. But they didn’t. They had both eyes open and acted with intention (for whatever reason). They weren’t on any judgment altering drug. ClimateGate emails, and especially ClimateGate computer code, showed us that.
In a way I do agree with Fred Singer, that I can feel some sympathy for them while not at all condoning what they did,
found at 7:04 to 7:37 of this video

Patrick Davis

22c here in Sydney, Australia today. Pretty cool for summer, but at ~90% humidity it’s very sticky.

Jimmy Haigh

Back home in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, and not far from where his Lorship lives on Loch Rannoch, there is over 1 foot of lying snow and it is still snowing.
This Scottish December is very unusual. In my lifetime I only remember one similar one, in 1981, which was colder but not as snowy. There was another cold December in 1962 when I was a toddler so don’t remember it. That winter of 1962-63 was one of the worst in my father’s memory – the only one worse was in 1947. The UK winter of 1947 didn’t start until late January and it snowed for weeks until sometime in late March I think.
But it’s just weather…

>> It’s not the raw data that counts. What’s valuable is
>>the adjusted data. Once the data for 2009 is adjusted
>>in accordance with ‘internationally accepted standards’
>>it will prove that 2009 was one of the hottest years ever.
Ah yes, New World Politics in action, across the globe. We have had this in the UK for ten years.
In the UK, official school results have been going up for ten years, while universities and businesses have been claiming that standards have been falling rapidly. Again, it is the ‘adjusted’ school results that get published, not the real ones.
In this case, they just make the testing easier. This is a physics exam for UK 16-year olds. From pure physics, this exam has been downgraded to general knowledge questions on Green propaganda – about wind turbines, solar cells, pollution, radioactive waste, renewables, conservation, geothermal power and insulation.
http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/qp-ms/AQA-PHY1AP-W-QP-MAR08.PDF
Where are the equations? Where are the underlying principles of physics, the foundations of knowledge? Where is the science? Just where are tomorrow’s scientists and engineers going to come from??
In world politics, the inmates have taken over the asylum. It is time to take back control.
.

Interesting to verify that most os the cold deaths seem to correlate with these records:
http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2009/12/december-2009-cold-death-toll.html
Ecotretas

Sandy

As I understood Lubos’s post on cold records, he was essentially saying after 50 years warming a 1 in 100 year freak cold event could still break long-term cold records even in a warmer climate.
Surely these statistics give us an accurate confidence level for the absurd hypothesis?

Snowed in in the UK

If you fancy a giggle, check out this article from The Independent of 2000 which quotes ‘leading researchers’ from The Hadley centre and elsewhere telling us that snow in the UK is ‘a thing of the past’
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html
Unfortunately, on the internet the links are updated even when the story isn’t. So, scroll to the bottom of the page in 2009 and what do you see?
“Met Office: more snow on the way”
Good old Independent.

Jeroen

I wonder what the Northern hemisphere anamoly will be. Cold in North America, Europa and China(Siberia is normal with all that cold).

P Gosselin

2009 WUWT HIGHLIGHTS
This is the year the AGW hypothesis crumbled to pieces.
In addition to numerous cold weather events, reports of quiet solar activity, Arctic refreeze, FOIA stonewalling, surging scepticism, the Catlin folly, etc., the following are some of the more important WUWT highlights:
15 January:
WUWT VOTED BEST SCIENCE BLOG 2008
21 January
FAULTY ANTARCTIC PAPER BY STEIG; MANN ET AL
18 February
FAULTY NSIDC SATELLITE AND DATA
9 March
ICCC CONFERENCE
WATTS’ PAPER: IS US SURFACE TEMP RECORD RELIABLE?
2 April
NOAA STUDY SHOWS CLIMATE CHANGE NOT ALL MANMADE
17 April
EPA DECLARES CO2 “A DANGEROUS POLLUTANT”
18 April
STUDY: ONLY 34% BLAME HUMANS FOR GLOBAL WARMING
28 April
POLAR 5 SURVEY FINDS SURPRISINGLY THICK ICE
25 May
MIT NEW LOW, RELEASES ULTRA-KOOK GW STUDY
27 May
SOLAR ACTIVITY REACHES NEW LOW
2 June
NIPCC RELEASES 880 PAGE REPORT
8 June
PIELKE COMMENTS ON THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS
20 June
MET OFFICE PREDICTS CLIMATE FOR REST OF CENTURY!
25 June
EPA SUPPRESSES SCIENCE
26 June
CLIMATE BILL PASSES HOUSE 219 – 212
23 July
MET OFFICE REFUSES TO RELEASE DATA
26 July
“DEEP COOL” MOLE LEAKS DATA TO MCINTYRE
30 July
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY MEMBERS REVOLT
1 August
NCDC: NOW AN ADVOCACY GROUP, PHOTOSHOPS!
8 August
AWI POLARSTERN REPORTS LOTS OF ICE
13 August
CASPAR AND THE JESUS PAPER
21 August
SOLAR CYCLE 24 POSTPONED AGAIN
26 August
FORMER CSIRO DIRECTOR PROJECTS GLOBAL COOLING
5 September
EL NINO
7 September
SCIENTISTS’ 2009 SEA ICE PROJECTIONS MISS THE BARN
28 September
CLIMATE AUDIT: YAMAL DIVERGENCE PROBLEM
29 September
COSMIC RAYS 19% HIGHER
3 October
SOLAR CYCLE 24
9 October
OCEAN HEAT CONTENT DROPPING
23 October
GROWING SCEPTICISM
3 November
LINDZEN/CHOI PAPER
5 November
SCEPTICISM SPREADS TO FINNLAND
15 November
450 SCEPTICAL PEER-REVIWED PAPERS
19 November
CLIMATEGATE EXPOSED: “UNBELIEVABLE!”
23 November
GLENN BECK ON CLIMATEGATE
MONBIOT EXPERIENCES RARE MOMENT OF SANITY
25 November
NEW ZEALAND WARMING MANIPULATED
29 November
MSM REMAINS IN DENIAL
1 December
WUWT HOCKEY STICK
PHIL JONES STEPS DOWN
7 December
EPA COUP D’ETAT, NOW MORE POWERFUL THAN CONGRESS?
AMERICA SEES THE HOAX
14 December
REVKEN TO LEAVE NYT
19 December
COPENHAGEN LEAVES WARMISTS OUT IN THE COLD
21 December
MM ON FOX NEWS SPECIAL
22 December
WIKI-REVISIONISM
25 December
WHITE CHRISTMAS
26 December
DRAMATIC ATMOSPHERIC COOLING
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!
These highlights will be accompanied by the links shortly.

UKIP

The UK experienced it’s coldest ever Christmas Eve, with a minimum recorded of -16c.
Didn’t see it reported anywhere, I can imagine the headlines if it was the mildest ever Christmas Eve however.

With four days to go, Lincoln, Nebraska has already had its snowiest December in the ~125 years records have been kept. I haven’t been keeping track, but I expect it will challenge the record for coldest December, also.
After CRU adjustments are applied, the snowfall totals will be deceased from 22.5 inches to ‘trace’, and we will learn that we’re actually now in the subtropical zone.
But at least Interstate 80 is open again.

P Gosselin

Just for the record,
The above 2009 hihjlights are ny own that I chose from the WUWT site.
A few of the highlights actually come from CA, Bishop Hill or Air Vent.

James Chamberlain

20 years from now the value added data will show a warm, dry winter of 2009-2010.

And in Europe: thunderstorms!

Carlo

Jeroen (04:25:59)
And in Siberia a hotspot

Steve M.

Jeroen (04:25:59) :
I wonder what the Northern hemisphere anamoly will be. Cold in North America, Europa and China(Siberia is normal with all that cold).
I expect the normal “hot spot” over Siberia

Ano

At what point does weather become climate? [Or at least have some passing familiarity with it?]

Ron Cram

Anthony, thank you for this link to NCDC for snow records. How can we learn or track how many cold weather records were set in 2009 or 2008?

Henry chance

Climate Progress is screeming that the equater is very hot.
It always is. When that changes let us know.
One of the things that bothers me is television. It has been less than 50 years that we have seen video reports of storms elswhere. Just because they weren’t reported, doesn’t make them less severe. In my area, it was a cool summer. It means there are still unharvested fall crops. That I have never seen.

The Other Dan

According to yesterday’s Burlington (Vermont) Free Press
“So far this winter, 10 inches of snow have fallen in Burlington, half the normal amount to date, according to the National Weather Service”
Current weather at the foot of Mt Mansfield is 40F and raining.

Leon Brozyna

It’s enough to warm the cockles of the heart — no record for Buffalo this year, unlike 2001 when record snowfall of over a foot and a half was recorded on the day before and the day after Christmas.
Last night we got some snow — it looks like powdered sugar was sprinkled over the green grass — and it’ll probably all melt by this afternoon in the sun and above freezing temps.
Of course, this being Buffalo, we’ll probably get socked in New Year’s Eve.

It is getting harder and harder to ‘hide the decline’ from anyone who looks out the window.

Jimmy Haigh

Steve M. (05:41:22) :
Jeroen (04:25:59) :
“I wonder what the Northern hemisphere anamoly will be. Cold in North America, Europa and China(Siberia is normal with all that cold).”
“I expect the normal “hot spot” over Siberia”
I expect the average will be something like -36C instead of the ‘official, homogenised,pasteurised and adjusted’ average of about -40C thus giving a huge anomaly of +4C.

P Gosselin

Looks to me like there’s a low centred over Montreal.
I don’t think Burlington Vermont is going to stay mild for long.
http://www.findlocalweather.com/weather_maps/temperature_north_america.html

Caleb

It has been interesting to watch the huge blizzard out west lose it’s strength, once it was cut off from the warm, moist air and cold arctic air that fueled it. Pressures at its center have risen from down near 980 mb to 1008 mb in two days.
New Hampshire has been on the warm side, which depresses the ski industry, but is a great blessing for people like me who have farm chores to do outside. It looks like we have a 48 hour window of opportunity to free items from ice, before the next arctic blast hits us Monday. “The Other Dan” in Vermont will be glad to hear the cold air may squeeze 3 inches of snow from the moist air as it moves in, but I’ll likely be a sour puss.
What impresses me so far this winter is the size of the storms. (There is gossip of another East Coast Bomb over New Year’s.) I understand the warm and moist “fuel” for these storms is due to the El Nino generating a rich southern stream, but I don’t fully understand why the other aspect of these huge storms, the northern stream’s cold, is so extremely cold.
Anyone have any ideas?

P Gosselin

Aligner
Corbyn seems to have hit the nail squarely on the head.

Richard M

Jeroen (04:25:59) :
“I wonder what the Northern hemisphere anomaly will be. Cold in North America, Europa and China(Siberia is normal with all that cold).”
The UAH SST anomaly has been running about .5F warmer than last year. The overall anomaly has also been above last year. I’m guessing the overall UAH anomaly will come in around .3-.4 above the base while the NH will be a little lower.

DirkH

O/T : Surprisingly, the wikipedia has a list of scientists opposing the mainstream scientific assessment of global warming.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming
I stumbled across this list when i saw that William M. Connolley, a member of the RealClimate blogging outfit, edited the wikipedia article about Segalstad , removing the reference from the Segalstad article to above category. He did that in November. The reverse reference – pointing from the category to Segalstad – is still there. The logic behind this escapes me.
You learn so much from the wikipedia, especially from the edit history.

Met Office Press Release 25 February 2009
Coldest winter for a decade
Mild weather is expected to see out what remains of winter. Despite this, it is expected to be the coldest UK winter since 1995/96, according to provisional Met Office figures.
……………….
Peter Stott, Climate Scientist at the Met Office, said: “Despite the cold winter this year, the trend to milder and wetter winters is expected to continue, with snow and frost becoming less of a feature in the future.

Richard M

Ok, we can’t see any climate changes in our recent weather. Isn’t that what really matters. If the climate has changed due to 60 years of emissions shouldn’t it start showing up sometime? Well, maybe it has but it’s so minor that nobody can tell the difference with their senses.
The fact is no one is going to be able to notice a 1F change in climate within all the nature variations. Even 1C is pretty much beyond our ability to notice unless one happens to live right at a freezing line. This is what makes much of the AGW hullabaloo such nonsense.

wakeupmaggy

Henry chance (05:50:41) :
Climate Progress is screaming that the equater is very hot.
It always is. When that changes let us know.
Now that there is loads of money for the victims of advanced cultures, the whole world will be forever screaming that they are hotter than ever. I doubt their temp reports will be ever be honest again.

Tenuc

Ano (05:41:24) :
“At what point does weather become climate? [Or at least have some passing familiarity with it?]”
Average global climate is an abstract concept which attempts to show changes in weather patterns over a long time period i.e. a trend.
However, weather systems are non-linear in behaviour and this makes accurate prediction of behaviour even a few weeks ahead impossible.
Both weather and climate exhibit deterministic chaos, with many systems operating in concert to produce the effects any observer experiences at any moment at a specific location on the Earth. So perhaps no surprise that climate scientist and meteorologists cannot speak with any certainty about what the future will bring.
Weather/climate are self similar on both metric and temporal scales, they change from moment to moment in a deterministic way without the assistance of man.