Cold from Seattle to Sao Paulo

From the “weather is not climate” department.

By Steven Goddard

I noticed something interesting in the NCEP forecast for the coming week. Temperatures are predicted to be below normal across a 7,000 mile swath of the Americas. That is more than one fourth of the way around the earth. Below is a composite image of generated from three of the NCEP maps.

Looks like another cold soccer Saturday, across the entire US. Of course there are other places on the Earth that will have above normal temperatures, but this seemed noteworthy for the dual hemispheric scope, even it is just “weather”.

Here’s the USA forecast to May 6th. Note that much of the West will be well below normal with neutral to slightly above normal in the East:

And South America:

Source: NCEP forecast page.


Please no grousing about the USA being in °F and South America being in °C. That’s the way NCEP provides the maps. – Anthony

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April 28, 2010 12:40 pm

Should be noted that the US NCEP map has changed since early this morning, when it showed below normal for the entire US.

stephen richards
April 28, 2010 12:55 pm

try this one if you are looking for more warmer places. They seem to be few and far between. These forecast are NCEP Europe into winter this year.

Henry chance
April 28, 2010 12:55 pm

It should be noted that above normal temps in the first part of April triggered the warmistas to claim a total smackdown.

April 28, 2010 12:56 pm

Weather is certainly climate. If weather weren’t around, we wouldn’t have a climate system!

April 28, 2010 12:56 pm

Here in Calgary it started raining during the night, but during the morning it changed to snow. I just had to brush a few inches off my car to get lunch. On Saturday night we got about 6 inches of slush.
One of our biggest dumps of snow on record was March 17, 1998… it seems that once el Nino falters we get slammed. Thankfully, this has shut down the doomsayers who have been screaming “drought” just because we had a few weeks of relatively calm weather.

April 28, 2010 1:00 pm

Why do I get the feeling that the blueness of these individual maps won’t bring down the all-knowing “anomaly” number for the month?
The longer arctic sea ice beats 2003 the better.

April 28, 2010 1:02 pm

I hate a really hot summer, but so far I am enjoying a nice semi-mild spring following that brutal winter we just had here in the east…

April 28, 2010 1:13 pm

Where’s the heat! We’ve lost the heat! It must have gone even deeper into the ocean! Kevin T – FIND THAT HEAT!
Here in the desert southwest of the US the weather (climate?) is just gorgeous.

Al Gored
April 28, 2010 1:16 pm

Shouldn’t there be a bright red anomaly wherever Al Gore or James Hansen is?

April 28, 2010 1:16 pm

Al Gore Spoke. Isn’t it Obvious?
People ask why we pay attention to Al Gore. When Al Gore speaks, Gaia listens!!!
(too bad she doesn’t like him very much)

April 28, 2010 1:18 pm

yep. i am located at that dark blue spot in california.
getting tired of the snow 🙁
one or two snowstorms in april is normal and tolerable, but this is getting old. it’s california for crying out loud!
this one came in with hurricane strength winds, which broke up the ice on two of our lakes, finally, a month late. but we have two more lakes still frozen!

Myron Mesecke
April 28, 2010 1:32 pm

I know that Texas has been cooler than is normal. The plants in my garden have been growing more slowly. It might be a good thing that I decided to change the tomato plants to raised beds so the soil will be warmer.
No wonder they have been in such a rush to try to get cap and trade passed. They aren’t just racing against the clock, they are racing against a dropping thermometer.

April 28, 2010 1:37 pm

I have been looking at The COLA maps probably daily for the last 3 years. For the last year nearly every day the map has looked colder for yes.. both NA and SA at the same time. I posted about the cold SA nearly 3 years ago its still the same. Europe looks like getting cold again
BTW the above COLA data does not concur with AMSU as it did the last time it was cold in 2008 for example, something is not right… Of course I am a skeptic so I will cherry pick LOL

April 28, 2010 1:39 pm

Is the CRU that provided the monthly climate averages the same CRU that has had such issues over their data? Just asking.

April 28, 2010 1:39 pm

Below the US, the real geographical southern hemisphere it is the PACIFIC sea. It is a current delusion to think South America is southwards the US. The South American WEST coast longitude it is the same as New York= 75°W. Capisce?

April 28, 2010 1:45 pm

More interesting news:
Locals Believe Iceland’s Katla Volcano Will Erupt In Five Days, And They Could Be Correct – Updated

Jason Bair
April 28, 2010 1:47 pm

Winter seems to be holding on a long while here in SoCal. Cold and mid 50s this week with +60mph winds. This is Feb/March weather.
I know, weather =/= climate but my electric bill is loving the cool weather.

April 28, 2010 1:53 pm

When all is said and done, this will be the warmest April on record. Count on it.

April 28, 2010 2:01 pm

Anthony said “Please no grousing about the USA being in °F and South America being in °C. That’s the way NCEP provides the maps. – Anthony” but actually they aren’t that far apart. The range on the Fahrenheit scale is +/- 20 while that on the Celsius scale is +/- 10. Since one F is 1.8 C, a direct conversion from C to F would show the C scale as +/- 18 degrees, close to the current magnitude. In other words, no need to grouse as the color scheme for the two maps is quite comparable.

Justa Joe
April 28, 2010 2:03 pm

It’s been darn cold in the Reno – Tahoe area for the entirety of 2011. I guess that’s a new meaning for “keep Tahoe blue.” That’s why I am amazed that alarmists will hollar out without chagrin that last March was the hottest month in the history of the planet Earth (I paraphrase) .

April 28, 2010 2:08 pm

Cold asks for reclusion and thinking whether Warm for going out and diversion. This is why our Climate Big Brothers go from tropical island to tropical island all the time, though they prefer some cold “delikatessen”as caviar and free and friendly companions.

April 28, 2010 2:18 pm

13 days of spotless sun. interesting correlation.

April 28, 2010 2:19 pm

But what about the World? Are there more reds or blues?
See the picture:
“Compiled” with Opera browser (
REPLY: Nice job, looks like you had no trouble at all zooming those web pages to fit.

April 28, 2010 2:31 pm

looks like you had no trouble at all zooming those web pages to fit.
That’s why I like Opera a lot! 🙂

Ray Donahue
April 28, 2010 2:32 pm

Hi, Regarding conversion from degrees F to degrees C or vice versa:

April 28, 2010 2:43 pm

Justa Joe says:
April 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm
It’s been darn cold in the Reno – Tahoe area for the entirety of 2011.
Uhhh… did I just do a Rip Van Winkle? I coulda sworn it was still 1967….

Eduardo Ferreyra
April 28, 2010 3:16 pm

Hi, Anthony,
The map showing warming in northern, central and south part of Argentina is wrong. Utterly wrong. You can check the forecast for the central part of the country in: Pilar where it shows temperature to be at the absolutely normal level: maximum of 27ºC for saturday and minimum of 11ºC for tomorrow (3ºC below normal) and 17 – 18ºC for the rest of week, hitting the bullseye of normal temps.
In Bariloche, Patagonia, we’ll have temperatures ranging from 2ºC to -1ºC, way below normal for the time of year, and highs of 6 to 10ºC, also quite below normal. See: >a href=”″>Bariloche

Eduardo Ferreyra
April 28, 2010 3:18 pm

I am sorry. Correct link to Bariloche forecast: Bariloche

April 28, 2010 3:18 pm

UAH global anomaly is still very high, though. But I wouldn’t be surprised if anomalies drop significantly over the next few months.

Pamela Gray
April 28, 2010 3:43 pm

We are back to chains again. Most of us have taken off our snow tires (by law) but anyone going over Meacham or Tollgate in the Blue Mountains of NE Oregon last night came down the other side praying they would make it through without sliding off the snow covered winding roads. This will kill spring wheat on the upper slopes and could damage emerging winter wheat as well. The roads have cleared for now but tonight will likely bring another blast of snow.

April 28, 2010 3:54 pm

I don’t think weather has any relevance to climate

April 28, 2010 4:04 pm

starzmom says:
April 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Is the CRU that provided the monthly climate averages the same CRU that has had such issues over their data? Just asking.

Yes, but Phil Jones early work did not have the issues that befell it before getting associated with the wrong crowd.
And I believe he released that data. The globe is cooling even compared with Phil’s good data sets.
That’s really saying something.

April 28, 2010 4:10 pm

Frank says:
April 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm
13 days of spotless sun. interesting correlation.

13 days of a spotless sun, with lots of white-light facula producing Active Regions.
What that does, I cannot say. But, if it does something to the climate somehow, it’s interesting bad news.

April 28, 2010 4:20 pm

It seems this gonna be OK; it looks like they are using lunar phases for weather changes which is OK. (May 6th). If models don´t work it´s time to get back to traditional knowledge….just in case.

Justa Joe
April 28, 2010 4:29 pm

Robert E. Phelan says:
April 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm
Justa Joe says:
April 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm
It’s been darn cold in the Reno – Tahoe area for the entirety of 2011.
Uhhh… did I just do a Rip Van Winkle? I coulda sworn it was still 1967….
You caught my typo. I meant to say 2010, and I should add ‘thus far’.

Layne Blanchard
April 28, 2010 4:33 pm

Well, here in the Northwest, the forecast is highs in the mid/high 50’s and lows in the mid/low 40’s. Guess I’ll have to light the fireplace and find a bottle of Pinot. Shucks.

April 28, 2010 4:43 pm

We got hammered in northern Vermont last night by more than a foot of scientific hot air. Unfortunately we changed to summer tires last week with all of the talk of global warming and I almost lost my new car having made it through another Vermont winter without an accident. After I went in the ditch the second time and getting out to survey the damage I could barely stand on the white stuff without falling down. The tow truck slid all over the road coming uphill in four-wheel drive. The tow operator even had a hard time keeping his truck from sliding as he winched me out. The good news is that after sliding sideways past the guardrail, driving over and under downed trees, and getting winched out of the brook my new car did not have a scratch. That scientific hot air sure is slippery though.

Pamela Gray
April 28, 2010 4:47 pm

Dagon, you are joking, yes? Otherwise we apparently need to throw out what farmers understand to be “climate zones”.

April 28, 2010 5:09 pm

It was below freezing here this morning, and the growing season is well under way. It’s still April so that can happen, but jeez. This winter is never going to end, I don’t care what the calendar says. We’ve been way below normal for the last couple of weeks; a few nice days here and there, but for the most part it’s been pretty chilly.

jack morrow
April 28, 2010 5:16 pm

This time of year I sleep with only 2 sheets on the bed-no cover. Last night I decided it was going to be a 1 sheet night. I should have checked the local meteorologist forecast. I froze . You know ,when you are too sleepy to pull up extra cover? I didn’t know the forecast was 15 degrees below normal . Where was the Watts man?

April 28, 2010 5:37 pm

I blame the Volcanoes.
On the upside, I get to wear my turtlenecks awhile longer. 🙂
I did query the eldest of our clan the other day and they remarked that it is starting to feel alot like 15 or so years ago.
We live in Central Kalifornia, FYI.

April 28, 2010 5:58 pm

We are headed into the fifth week of the soccer season in Colorado, and the fifth week of snowed out, rained out or just bitter cold Saturdays. One week I had to coach two games and watch a third, in 35 MPH winds and 45 F temperatures. I was nearly hypothermic by the time I got home. We only have three weeks left to the season, and I am starting to wonder if we will have any pleasant weather.

April 28, 2010 6:08 pm

Here in Boston, the TV weatherman just said that this will be one of the warmest Marches ever, even with the current below-average temps. So what’s the point? You could pick out somewhere in the world every day that is “below average.” The pettiness of this sort of post just makes AGW skeptics look bad.

April 28, 2010 6:15 pm

Must be all that warm El Nino water making South America cold. Cold is the new hot.

April 28, 2010 6:19 pm

During the summer of 2003, the two week hot spell in Europe was unquestionably “climate.”
Since then, climate has retreated into computer models and all subsequent meteorological events (besides Katrina of course) have been weather.
Climate is waiting for “natural variability” to go away, before it comes back out of hiding.

April 28, 2010 6:27 pm

MarkB says:
April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
Um, and where in this post did it say this had anything to do with global warming climate change?
I read the post as a simple curiousity…oh look the whole western hemisphere is showing below average temperatures. That’s definitely not the same as the (trivial) “somewhere in the world everyday that is ‘below average'”.

Pamela Gray
April 28, 2010 6:29 pm

MarkB, weather variability is what defines climate zones. The mean, range, mode, and median and cloud days are all important farming statistics, including day to day, month to month, season long, years long, and decades long data. Doesn’t anyone study how food is grown anymore?

April 28, 2010 6:33 pm

stevengoddard says:
April 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm
Last weekend was especially cold I thought. I took the garbage out one night and swore I saw snow. My run on Sunday evening was absolutely brutal, as the wind was smashing me from the north and I was getting speckled with rain.
What’s funny is how fast the CAGW crowd is to say “it’s just weather, not climate” when it’s cold, but when it’s warm, it’s global warming. The thing is, it’s so easy to get it into your mind that the local features are tied to global warming (or not). Anytime I think I get a feel for it, the weather changes a lot. Fort Collins is particularly interesting, as I heard repeatedly in 2005/2006 how the recent years’ drought was due to global warming. Funny, now that we’re getting a lot more precipitation, suddenly THAT is caused by global warming.
When you point it out to the CAGW crowd, they don’t even understand the criticism…usually the response is something like “yes, exactly…warmer, colder, more rain, less rain, more snow, no snow…it’s all due to climate change!”

Ian W
April 28, 2010 7:51 pm

The cold may well be due to the cold sea surface temperatures . I know we are told things are actually hot – but it certainly does not look like it – the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard of North America are very cold so the North Atlantic Drift (Gulf Stream) will be cool. The mid-Atlantic is cooling and the El Nino Modoki is fading. Its starting to look like Joe Bastardi will be right about a significant temperature drop this year.

April 28, 2010 8:00 pm

Reuters help Pen Hadow’s propaganda:
Arctic Explorers Get Nasty Surprise – Rain, in the link at , begins as follows,
“In what looks to be another sign the Arctic is heating up quickly, British explorers in Canada ‘s Far North reported on Tuesday that they had been hit by a three-minute rain shower over the weekend. The rain fell on the team’s ice base off Ellef Rignes island, about 3,900 km (2,420 miles) north of the Canadian capital, Ottawa . “It’s definitely a shocker … the general feeling within the polar community is that rainfall in the high Canadian Arctic in April is a freak event,” said Pen Hadow, the team’s expedition director.”

richcar 1225
April 28, 2010 8:32 pm

Tucson will end the month with no ninety degree days. The average first ninety degree day is April 10 although in the last thirty years it has been April 3.

April 28, 2010 8:39 pm

Ian W says:
April 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm
The cold may well be due to the cold sea surface temperatures .

The North Pacific is cold, from Japan all the way over to California. Doesn’t matter whether it’s storming or not, the air coming in has a real bite to it.

April 28, 2010 8:49 pm

MarkB says:
April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
“Here in Boston, the TV weatherman just said that this will be one of the warmest Marches ever, even with the current below-average temps. So what’s the point? You could pick out somewhere in the world every day that is “below average.” The pettiness of this sort of post just makes AGW skeptics look bad.”
And I’ll ask you: What’s YOUR point?
Big F-ing deal about the warmest March “ever” in Boston.
New England caught the tail of that massive positive height anomaly that dominated in the atmosphere over northeastern Canada this winter, shunting the cold air to the south.
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

April 28, 2010 9:54 pm

Long time locals here in the eastern sierra (Mono County) say that this is the first time in 45 years that area lakes at 8000 feet have been frozen this late in the season. It is estimated that Mammoth Mountain got another 2 feet of snow over the crest the past 36 hours and it is still snowing! Current temp in town at 9:50 pm Wednesday is 20 degrees! have another 8 inches on the deck at 8200 foot level.

JRR Canada
April 28, 2010 9:58 pm

The freak event is this british exibitionist being given any credibility by anyone .The sciency nature of his exploration? I missed the daily postings of ,we are in the arctic and its so cold, that gave this guy such credibility last year. I had hoped this year fish and feathers would charge them with illegally feeding the bears, but they are not off the ice yet.What about illegal baiting of the bears?That goofy ice base just teasing the polar bears.

John Peter
April 29, 2010 1:23 am

Still cannot understand why AMSU-A shows a positive temperature anomaly of 0.87 degrees F at near surface level when all the indications are cooling around the globe. There must be some heat somewhere to produce the warmth anomaly.
Anyone with information which can clarify this discrepancy between what I can read in this thread and the Satellite readings?

April 29, 2010 4:45 am

Here in Tokyo we are ending April with only a handful of days above 20 degrees C for the year. We had our last snowfall on the 15th of the month and more than a few days during the month that qualified as bona fide January winter days.

April 29, 2010 5:07 am

We were supposed to make up our weather-cancelled Saturday soccer match today, and instead woke up to an unforecasted blizzard.
Our winter started in early October, and is still going strong almost seven months later.

From: Kevin Trenberth
To: Michael Mann
Subject: Re: BBC U-turn on climate
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:57:37 -0600
Cc: Stephen H Schneider , Myles Allen , peter stott , “Philip D. Jones” , Benjamin Santer , Tom Wigley , Thomas R Karl , Gavin Schmidt , James Hansen , Michael Oppenheimer
Hi all
Well I have my own article on where the heck is global warming? We are asking that here in Boulder where we have broken records the past two days for the coldest days on record. We had 4 inches of snow. The high the last 2 days was below 30F and the normal is 69F, and it smashed the previous records for these days by 10F. The low was about 18F and also a record low, well below the previous record low. This is January weather (see the Rockies baseball playoff game was canceled on saturday and then played last night in below freezing weather).

April 29, 2010 5:47 am

A damaging frost here this morning in rural western MD — low 27F (-3C). I’m in a frost hollow, so nothing unusual — frosts in May here are common. But nobody around here plants anything frost-sensitive until after mid-May.
Larches and Dawn redwoods here leafed out weeks ago, but their new foliage withstands frosts quite well. Other trees are much more susceptible.

April 29, 2010 6:15 am

Heavy snow forecast for Arizona on the last day of April.

April 29, 2010 6:19 am

A beautiful spring day on the CSU campus

April 29, 2010 6:59 am

stevengoddard says:
April 29, 2010 at 5:07 am
Steve, you beat me to it. My wife and I woke up to find several inches of global warming climate change outside with more still falling! No biking into work/school for us today. Yesterday was a fairly warm day (well, so I was told…I work in a basement at CSU), but today (and the first half of the week) more than makes up for it.
And I remember that frigid start to October…I ran the CSU Homecoming 5k in that crap. I had no idea I’d be running in 16F weather with snow/ice!

April 29, 2010 7:31 am

Pamela Gray says:
April 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Everyone knows that food comes from the food factory, neatly wrapped, safety sealed and packed, ready for the shelves of your nearest mega-super. Sometimes I’m tempted to ask my students “Where do buffalo wings come from?”…. but I’m afraid of what the answers might be.

Steve Keohane
April 29, 2010 7:54 am

Gee, thanks Steven. I’m in the darkest blue island in west central Colorado, looking out at 7″ of new snow with an alleged ten hours of precip. to go. If the NCEP predictions are anything like the ones from the NWS last fall for the most recent winter, I can expect temperatures 15°F above normal. Only kidding, as this is only a week out and looks on track so far. I’m grateful to not have changed my studded snow tires yet!
I just noticed something a little odd on the AMSU-A temperature graph, one can only select Y-axis as degrees Celsius or Kelvin, yet the little message about the anomaly for the most recent day is °F. Just another annoying little thing, someone likes .87°F (which is not relevant to the data being displayed) better than .48°C.

April 29, 2010 8:06 am

The report for Sherman Pass in Washington
“Temperature: 32ºF / 0ºC
Elevation: 5575 ft / 1699 m
Restrictions EastBound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.
Restrictions WestBound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.
Compact snow and ice on the roadway. Pass is Open. Seasonal weather reports have ended. Should an incident or adverse weather that affects travel occur, updates will be provided as soon as possible.
I like the bit about ‘seasonal weather reports have ended’…I.E. Winter is supposed to be over.

April 29, 2010 8:39 am

I flew from Denver to Phoenix on October 11. It was 18F when I left Denver and 88F in Phoenix when I landed. The hotel shuttle driver wanted to turn the air conditioning on, and I asked him not to.
18 degrees at the beginning of October? That is supposed to be the nicest time of year in Colorado. Some global warming ……

April 29, 2010 10:05 am

20F at my house this morning.
since global warming has started making spring come earlier i have moved my annual spring climbing trip from april to may, since april has been to cold. now it looks like even the second week of may will be too early.

mikael pihlström
April 29, 2010 10:13 am

MarkB says:
April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
” So what’s the point? You could pick out somewhere in the world every day that is “below average.” The pettiness of this sort of post just makes AGW skeptics look bad.”
There is no point, I guess, just a group of people making all they
kind of a dogm (‘No AGW’) that is sinking fast. All this concentration
on the bad guys, Jones, Mann, Trenberth. Don’t you realize that hundreds
of articles appear each year, written by people you never heard of, which add
important information to all aspects of climate change.
I am of course not saying that everything is ‘pro’ AGW, but it is
relevant stuff.

April 29, 2010 11:24 am

Took this picture riding my bike this morning

April 29, 2010 11:56 am

They’ve revised the continental U.S. so that Illinois is going to be above average instead of below average.

April 29, 2010 11:56 am

Awful lot of BLUE on all those maps!

April 29, 2010 2:08 pm

Canada too.
CALGARY — A potentially record-setting snowstorm that’s battering Calgary temporarily knocked out power for about 43,000 households.

April 29, 2010 2:24 pm

We’ve been skiing powder for the last 10 days here in the N. Central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. A new storm is dumping snow on Breckenridge right now. We should have another foot by Friday morning. The current Winter started on 21 Sept. 2009 with the first measurable and lasting snow; that’s more than seven months of winter, not abnormal for this region/altitude, but definitely no warming here. It’s cold and wintry!

April 29, 2010 6:55 pm

So far, I do not think we have had any of the real summer-like days in the Puget Sound area that we usually get by this time. Just for reference here is a link to the East Pacific MM5 computer forecast loop for the next few days:
This appears to be a color-coded, animated map showing temperature, pressure, and winds over the East Pacific and the U.S. West Coast as predicted for the next 99 hours in 3 hr steps. My apologies if this tries to embed here as an image.

April 29, 2010 7:30 pm

Last night’s snow melted off enough today to make up the snowed out soccer game from last Saturday. It was a balmy 48F, with steady 25MPH winds this afternoon.
They keep promising global warming – and just are not delivering. No wonder the AG upset with Mann.

April 30, 2010 5:04 am

This is what Colorado looks like in Springtime:

April 30, 2010 6:58 am

MarkB says: Here in Boston, the TV weatherman just said that this will be one of the warmest Marches ever, even with the current below-average temps.
Exactly! That’ how “climate science” works, doncha know! All the temps can be below-average, but it still ends up “one of the warmest”. Ever. ALWAY “ever”. Even when it’s 10 degrees below normal and was tropical during the carboniferous, it’s still the “warmest EVER”…
It’s the computer models that “fix up” those errant temperatures and bring them back to their senses. Can’t have reality messing up a perfectly good narrative, after all.
The pettiness of this sort of post just makes AGW skeptics look bad.
I see that the “sign inversion” problem the Warmers have with cold / warm has also pervaded into the language centers of the brain too… Maybe it’s a virus… Let’s try a ‘sign inversion’ test:
‘The importance of this sort of post just makes AGW skeptics look good.’
Yeah, that works fine. Yup, a sign inversion problem…
How does “Climaticus Inverticus” sound as a name for this illness?

April 30, 2010 10:59 am

Looks like Alberta is getting some inverted global warming – oops – climate change
(or is it just weather?)

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