84 year old lowest daytime high temperature record broken at LAX, 98 year record tied at San Diego, plus a string of records at many other cities

From the “weather is not climate department”, while the east gets a heat wave, southern California sets chilly records in July over several days. Both Los Angeles and San Diego NWS offices made a number of record event reports, which I’ve compiled below along with an LA Times story. Much of the Southwest was cooler as seen in the map below:

Plot of new records set in the Southwest USA - from HAMWeather map center - click for more

Of particular note from San Diego:

[THURSDAY JULY 8th] RECORD OF 64 DEGREES IN SAN DIEGO TIED THE LOWEST MAX TEMPERATURE
 EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF JULY WHICH LAST OCCURRED IN 1912.

LA Times: What summer? Record cold at LAX as July gloom continues

July 10, 2010

Unusually cold temperatures in Southern California continued, with Los Angeles International Airport setting a record low on Friday.

LAX got to only 67 degrees, breaking a record set in 1926, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to stay fairly cool Saturday, with highs around 70 on the coast and in the 80s inland. Conditions will be a bit warmer on Sunday, according to the weather service.

July has turned out to be cooler than normal.

Instead of daytime highs approaching the mid-80s, downtown L.A. has experienced temperatures in the mid- to high 70s. From June 1 to July 5, daytime and nighttime temperatures have averaged a relatively cool 69.8 degrees.

That makes that stretch one of the cooler ones for that time of the year in the last 10 years, just slightly warmer than the same period in 2004 (69.4 degrees) and 2002 (68.9 degrees). The cooler ocean air early in the day has a moderating effect on daily temperature conditions. And low-lying clouds have been tempering the sun’s heat.

— Shelby Grad

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Here’s today’s report from San Diego:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
 640 PM PDT SUN JUL 11 2010

 ...LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS BROKEN OR TIED ON JULY 11...

 LOCATION           NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD      PERIOD OF RECORD

 ALPINE                 77           79 IN 1987         SINCE 1952
 LAGUNA BEACH           68   TIED    68 IN 1965         SINCE 1928
 NEWPORT BEACH          66   TIED    66 IN 2000         SINCE 1934
 OCEANSIDE HARBOR       64           66 IN 2005         SINCE 1953
 VISTA                  72           73 IN 1965         SINCE 1957
RECORD EVENT REPORT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
 535 PM PDT SAT JUL 10 2010

 ...LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS BROKEN OR TIED ON JULY 10...

 LOCATION           NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD      PERIOD OF RECORD

 CHULA VISTA            67   TIED    67 IN 1963         SINCE 1948
 LAGUNA BEACH           65           67 IN 1965         SINCE 1928
 LA MESA                72   TIED    72 IN 1955         SINCE 1948
 NEWPORT BEACH          65           67 IN 2001         SINCE 1934
 OCEANSIDE HARBOR       64           66 IN 2000         SINCE 1953
 SAN DIEGO              67   TIED    67 IN 1916         SINCE 1875 

 THIS IS THE SIXTH STRAIGHT DAY SAN DIEGO HAS BROKEN OR TIED THE LOWEST
 MAX RECORDS.
RECORD EVENT REPORT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
 540 PM PDT FRI JUL 9 2010

 ...LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS BROKEN OR TIED ON JULY 9...

 LOCATION           NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD      PERIOD OF RECORD

 LAGUNA BEACH           66           68 IN 1965         SINCE 1928
 LA MESA                71           73 IN 1965         SINCE 1948
 NEWPORT BEACH          65   TIED    65 IN 1996         SINCE 1934
 OCEANSIDE HARBOR       63           65 IN 2004         SINCE 1953
 SAN DIEGO              65           66 IN 1909         SINCE 1875

 RECORD EVENT REPORT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
 530 PM PDT THU JUL 8 2010

 ...LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS BROKEN OR TIED ON JULY 8...

 LOCATION           NEW RECORD       OLD RECORD      PERIOD OF RECORD

 ALPINE                 67           78 IN 1987         SINCE 1952
 CHULA VISTA            64           66 IN 1964         SINCE 1948
 EL CAJON               72           73 IN 1987         SINCE 1979
 LAGUNA BEACH           66           70 IN 1987         SINCE 1928
 LA MESA                65           74 IN 1987         SINCE 1948
 OCEANSIDE HARBOR       63           64 IN 2002         SINCE 1953
 RIVERSIDE MARCH        81    TIED   81 IN 1944         SINCE 1927
 SAN DIEGO              64           65 IN 1902         SINCE 1875
 VISTA                  66           72 IN 1987         SINCE 1957

 TODAY`S RECORD OF 64 DEGREES IN SAN DIEGO TIED THE LOWEST MAX TEMPERATURE
 EVER RECORED IN THE MONTH OF JULY WHICH LAST OCCURRED IN 1912.

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Here’s the official NWS record report from LAX:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
430 AM PDT FRI JUL 10 2010

...ONE RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AGAIN YESTERDAY...

YESTERDAY WAS ANOTHER IN A STRING OF VERY COOL EARLY JULY DAYS
IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...ESPECIALLY AT THE IMMEDIATE COAST
OF LOS ANGELES WHERE A NEW DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE
WAS RECORDED YESTERDAY.

A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE IS SET WHEN THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE ON A CERTAIN DATE IS COOLER THAN ON THAT DATE
IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE FOLLOWING IS A RECORD SET OR TIED FOR JULY 9TH...ALONG
WITH THE OLD RECORD AND THE YEAR IN WHICH IT OCCURRED.

STATION                     NEW            OLD
                           RECORD (2010)  RECORD   YEAR

LOS ANGELES AIRPORT          67             68     1926

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Here is the record events from Friday July 9th:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
330 AM PDT FRI JUL 9 2010

...MANY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES SET AGAIN YESTERDAY...

...THREE DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET...

YESTERDAY WAS ANOTHER IN A STRING OF VERY COOL EARLY JULY DAYS
IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA. MANY NEW DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED YESTERDAY.

A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE IS SET WHEN THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE ON A CERTAIN DATE IS COOLER THAN ON THAT DATE
IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE RECORDS SET OR TIED FOR
JULY 7TH...ALONG WITH THE OLD RECORD AND THE YEAR IN
WHICH IT OCCURRED.

STATION                     NEW            OLD
                           RECORD (2010)  RECORD   YEAR

LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN/USC     70             71     1916
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT          65             67     1987
BURBANK AIRPORT              72             76     1944
SAN GABRIEL                  72             80     1944
UCLA                         66             69     1960
SANTA MONICA PIER            63   (TIED)    63     1965
SANTA MARIA                  66   (TIED)    66     1956
SAN LUIS OBISPO CAL POLY     67             69     1974

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And from Thursday July 8th:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
555 AM PDT THU JUL 8 2010

...MANY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES SET AGAIN YESTERDAY...

...THREE DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET...

YESTERDAY WAS ANOTHER IN A STRING OF VERY COOL EARLY JULY DAYS
IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA. MANY NEW DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED YESTERDAY.

A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE IS SET WHEN THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE ON A CERTAIN DATE IS COOLER THAN ON THAT DATE
IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE RECORDS SET OR TIED FOR
JULY 7TH...ALONG WITH THE OLD RECORD AND THE YEAR IN
WHICH IT OCCURRED.

STATION                     NEW            OLD
                           RECORD (2010)  RECORD   YEAR

LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN/USC     71             72     1923
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT          67   (TIED)    67     1952
LONG BEACH AIRPORT           73   (TIED)    73     2009
BURBANK AIRPORT              74             78     1969
SAN GABRIEL                  72             78     1945
SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT        66   (TIED)    66     1952
UCLA                         67             69     1963
PASO ROBLES AIRPORT          75   (TIED)    75     1969

DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS WERE ALSO SET YESTERDAY.

RAINFALL OF 0.02 INCHES AT UCLA SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE.
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS A TRACE...SET IN 1950 AND AGAIN IN 1968.

RAINFALL OF 0.01 INCHES AT OXNARD NWS SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE
DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS A TRACE...SET IN 2004.

RAINFALL OF 0.01 INCHES AT CAMARILLO AIRPORT SET A NEW RECORD
FOR THE DATE. MEASURABLE RAIN HAD PREVIOUSLY NEVER BEEN RECORDED
THERE ON JULY 7TH.

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Wednesday July 7th

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
615 AM PDT WED JUL 7 2010

...MANY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES SET YESTERDAY...

...THREE DAILY PRECIPITATION RECORDS WERE SET...

YESTERDAY WAS A VERY COOL EARLY JULY DAY IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA.
MANY NEW DAILY RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE
ESTABLISHED.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE RECORDS SET FOR JULY 6TH...ALONG WITH
THE OLD RECORD AND THE YEAR IN WHICH IT OCCURRED.

STATION                     NEW            OLD
                           RECORD (2010)  RECORD   YEAR

LOS ANGELES AIRPORT          66*            68     1968
BURBANK AIRPORT              73             76     1963
WOODLAND HILLS               79             82     1969
SAN GABRIEL                  74             77     1969
SANTA BARBARA                67   (TIED)    67     1971
SAN LUIS OBISPO/CAL POLY     67   (TIED)    67     1955

*THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 66 DEGREES AT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT TIED A
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR ANY DAY DURING THE MONTH OF
JULY...MATCHING THE 66 DEGREE HIGH SET MOST RECENTLY ON JULY 25TH
1965.

DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS WERE ALSO SET OR TIED YESTERDAY.

RAINFALL OF 0.02 INCHES AT SANTA MONICA PIER SET A RECORD FOR THE
DATE. MEASURABLE RAIN HAS NEVER BEEN RECORDED THERE ON JULY 6TH.

RAINFALL OF 0.02 INCHES AT OXNARD NWS AND 0.01 INCHES AT UCLA TIED
RECORDS FOR THE DATE SET IN 2001.

ALTHOUGH NOT NECESSARILY RECORD BREAKING...IT HAS BEEN A VERY CHILLY
START TO THE MONTH OF JULY IN SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA...PARTICULARLY
ON THE COASTAL PLAIN. IN FACT...AT DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES...LOS
ANGELES AIRPORT...LONG BEACH AIRPORT...SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT...AND
HERE AT THE OXNARD NWS...AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE FIRST 6
DAYS IN JULY WERE COOLER THAN THE FIRST 6 DAYS THIS PAST JANUARY.
HERE ARE THE COMPARISONS.

STATION                   AVG HIGH       AVG HIGH     NORM AVG
                         JAN 1-6 2010  JUL 1-6 2010   JUL 1-6

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES        76.3          75.8         82.5
LOS ANGELES AIRPORT         74.8          69.2         74.3
LONG BEACH AIRPORT          74.8          73.3         81.3
SANTA BARBARA AIRPORT       69.7          68.5         76.0
OXNARD (NWS)                74.8          69.8         72.0

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And Tuesday July 6th

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
455 AM PDT TUE JUL 6 2010

...RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS...

IF THE DAYS HAVE SEEMED RATHER CHILLY FOR JULY LATELY...IT IS WITH
GOOD REASON. RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN SET OR TIED
IN SOME LOCATIONS ON EACH OF THE PAST THREE DAYS.

ON JULY 3RD...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 69 DEGREES AT LONG BEACH
AIRPORT BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 72 DEGREES SET IN 1999.

ON JULY 4TH...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70 DEGREES AT LONG BEACH
AIRPORT TIED THE RECORD FOR THE DATE...SET IN 2002.

YESTERDAY...NEW RECORDS WERE SET AT BOTH LOS ANGELES AIRPORT AND
LONG BEACH AIRPORT FOR JULY 5TH. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 67 DEGREES
AT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT WAS 1 DEGREE LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD
OF 68 DEGREES SET IN 1968. THE HIGH OF 71 DEGREES AT LONG BEACH
AIRPORT WAS ALSO 1 DEGREE LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 72
DEGREES SET IN 2002.

OFFICIAL RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT AT LOS ANGELES AIRPORT SINCE 1944
AND AT LONG BEACH AIRPORT SINCE 1958.

ADDITIONAL RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS
SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA TODAY AND WEDNESDAY.
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47 thoughts on “84 year old lowest daytime high temperature record broken at LAX, 98 year record tied at San Diego, plus a string of records at many other cities

  1. You missed the record lows in the Pacific Northwest a couple of weeks ago. Burr! Then it was a heat wave. Now it’s going to be chilly again. 60s tomorrow.

  2. How is this possible? I thought airports were heat islands.

    REPLY: Yes. when you have solar radiation coming in heating up the vast tarmac. SoCal has been socked in with clouds. But notice the red dot in AZ? Wait till you see my next post! -Anthony

  3. I’ve lived here off and on for 50 years. I live in SoCal near the coast. This is the coldest summer I’ve ever experienced here. Everyone I run into agrees. It’s flat bizarre. It’s only like spring weather now. Prior to this it was like winter. I still turn on the heater at night. It’s July.

    Someone from work went to Catalina last weekend. It rained the whole time and they caught a cold. They hadn’t packed winter gear.

  4. Chicago area has been very mild for this time of year….I think the “heat wave” has moved on, so where are the warmists lately? They come in waves, just like Minnesota gnats!

    68F in Chicago right now, perfect sleeping weather…

  5. Got to agree with Frank – the PNWet has been miserable this year. First BBQ happened between drizzles on June 30 Brrrrr!

    The good news is we have lots of mosquitos. [/snarq]

    Summer, which began on Tuesday this past week, has ended, and tomorrow will be 65º. Again.

  6. Another good example of the wide variety of weather, and another example of why the climate meme of global long-term average weather, either historic or future, is useless. We can never experience climate, only the weather at our current location in the moment of time we call now.

    A more meaningful and useful concept is that of weather regime, which is what is happening in your local area currently and what is likely to be going to happen there for the next few years. Good knowledge of this would allow for efficient farm production, through correct crop selection, and minimise the impact of future extreme weather events.

    It would be far better if science focused the vast amounts of money currently spent on climate research into finding ways for predicting future local weather regimes, thus improving short/medium term planning.

  7. You know Anthony, this is what happened in OH last year. We were very unsummer-like in the summer weather department. Second coldest July on record, I do believe. It is strange none of the people I spoke to last year are as hysterical as they are this year about global warming. We even had a day in June where the high was in the 50s or 60s. It was a record low high for the date, part of a very abnormal summer. This year is much hotter, and also quiet in the tornado department. I may be speaking too soon, hopefully not, but it seems the weather has been very tame this year, comparatively. We have had a few miserable days, but I think people are just complaining because last year’s summer was so mild. Bracket that mild summer in cold winters, and you have my theory as to why global warming is again a danger in OH.

    They got all sissy-skinned to hot weather. ;)

    Don’t know what they are complaining about. I have no air-conditioner. Those are bad for the environment…

  8. I work as a meteorologist in SoCal, and let me tell you…if you compare any parameter (marine layer depth, 850 mb temp, 500 mb height) to high temperatures…there isn’t even one that comes close in the last 10-15 years in July. Almost all of the first seven days have been not only outliers, but extreme outliers with respect to any atmospheric parameter you look at. It doesn’t help that water temperatures are running 6 or so degrees below normal. Even with this upcoming heat spell we’re likely to get out west later this week, coastal locations probably won’t get out of the low 70s. Just an incredibly “cold” period for midsummer. The fact that San Diego tied an all-time July record low that’s 98 years old is astounding. The GW proponents will argue this is consistent with AGW theory, as the impact on deserts will naturally increase onshore flow and deepen the marine layer. However, with the deserts generally running at or below normal too (with the exception of the High Mojave in California), this doesn’t add up. It’s just a freak short-term wx fluctuation that is pretty remarkable…and re-emphasizes that, yes, we can still break cold records, even in the urban wasteland of Southern California.

  9. HR says:
    July 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    How is this possible? I thought airports were heat islands.

    REPLY: Yes. when you have solar radiation coming in heating up the vast tarmac. SoCal has been socked in with clouds. But notice the red dot in AZ? Wait till you see my next post! -Anthony

    One of the things I like about this blog is exemplified here. Anthony could have been demeaning and belittling about the reply, but instead avoided the snark that we all, even myself sometimes, draw out of our holsters. Kudos for that, because when I first read the comment, I had teed up a snarky reply in the noggin.

  10. Jan Pompe
    July 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Jan,

    It’s rare to see you here. I’m glad to see your name!! :-)

    Gene

  11. ‘….But notice the red dot in AZ? Wait till you see my next post! -Anthony’

    And what is the other red dot?
    A measle?

  12. CRS, Dr.P.H. says:
    July 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Chicago area has been very mild for this time of year….I think the “heat wave” has moved on, so where are the warmists lately?
    **********************************
    VILLABOLO:

    Right here CRS. Where are you as far as the ENTIRE WORLD is concerned?

    What I’d like to do is inform you that record hot temperatures have outnumbered record lows. Have you taken the trouble to ascertain how much of the Earth is hotter than average compared to colder than average? Or is this a faith based assumption?

  13. villabolo says:
    July 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    “[…]What I’d like to do is inform you that record hot temperatures have outnumbered record lows. […]”

    Yawn. Here we go again. Any data to back that up?

  14. @villabolox says: July 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    “Have you taken the trouble to ascertain how much of the Earth is hotter than average compared to colder than average? Or is this a faith based assumption?”

    Whilst ever the “temperature records” are largely in the hands of the “true believers” who have cherry picked, adjusted and homogenised them to death; any assessment of what is “average”, “colder than average” or indeed “hotter than average” is largely “a faith based assumption”.

    With some of the annual, monthly, weekly and daily temperature swings we have seen (both recently and going all the way back to the oldest “unadjusted” records) any shifts of a few tenths of a degree over a Century looks about as exciting as sea level rise of a few inches over a similar period.

    You still haven’t explained to us why it is all our fault because of the CO2 we emit, rather than because of the number of Big Macs we eat or the cost of posting a letter or any one of hundreds of things that have been increasing. We get your general message that it has to be our fault, one way or another.

    Meanwhile, the climate, oblivious to all the best theories, just keeps on doin’ whatta climate’s gotta do.

    You should get out more.

  15. Although there are some days when I forget to check the weather forecast, I haven’t noticed any 40C (104F) highs here in Sacramento County–so far. And that’s unusual. Knock on wood!

  16. Cold sea-water in Vancouver (BC) area keeping things tolerably cool this year. Laughable news reports of a “heat wave” — everything is relative in the minds of those who forget other years – or maybe folks just have no clue about geography and pay too much attention to eastern media? or perhaps climate religion? My measure: wore the wetsuit sea-kayaking later this year than I can ever recall. A month of solid cloud & rain followed by a few days of sunshine = media “heat wave”. In a summer when the North Pacific High sets in deep (and hot unbearable sun dominates for weeks to months at a time) people just call that pattern “normal”. Short memories.

  17. The ocean temps have been in free fall recently, the last of the heat from the suns recent decades of frantic behavior. Slumbering as it is now, some-what short of watts/sq metre , the coming decade or three may be a tad cool.

  18. When we get a string of hot days it’s called a heatwave.

    There is no equivalent term for a string of cool days.

    Since our weather regime looks to be trending that way, may I suggest that a string of successive unseasonably cool days be called “a fonzie”.

    Because Fonzie was cool, donchaknow.

  19. I second papertiger, that a string of successive unseasonably cool days be called “a fonzie”.

  20. papertiger says:
    July 12, 2010 at 2:58 am

    “When we get a string of hot days it’s called a heatwave.

    There is no equivalent term for a string of cool days.”

    WA Today.com.au calls it a cold snap.

    “Perth has shivered into its 14th straight day of sub-five degree days, with tomorrow’s forecast showers expected to thaw the cold spell. It’s the longest running cold snap in 66 years.”

    Also :

    “St Vincent de Paul spokeswoman Lucinda Ardagh said the charity had received 3000 calls in the past eight weeks from about 10,000 people seeking help. Of those 34 per cent wanted assistance with their power and gas bills this winter.

    She said that was a 46 per cent increase in demand for utilities assistance compared to this time last year.”

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/freeze-hits-elderly-struggling-families-hard-20100707-zzwh.html

  21. Temps here in San Diego have been almost exactly average – for early January! A couple of days San Diego also had an incredibly short thermometer, with only 3 degrees difference between the low and high temp. That’s a very strong indication of just how thick the marine layer has been when basically no radiational heating occurs during the day!

    But finally today the sun did come out for a little while except for right along the coast. Definitely the coldest start to July in history for San Diego and vicinity. But it also means a significant savings in electric bills for people a few miles inland where they normally need to run their A/C units this time of year. Some places inland have been 15 to 20 degrees below normal meaning the days have been quite pleasant!

  22. Out here in the east, we’re having 2 summers at once :( But I’ve always said, when it’s unusually warm in one place, it is unusually cool someplace else. That heat came from somewhere….

  23. papertiger says:
    July 12, 2010 at 2:58 am
    “When we get a string of hot days it’s called a heatwave.

    There is no equivalent term for a string of cool days.

    Since our weather regime looks to be trending that way, may I suggest that a string of successive unseasonably cool days be called “a fonzie”.

    Because Fonzie was cool, donchaknow.”

    I like a ‘Fonzie‘!!!

    My alternative suggestion would be to call it a ‘cold straight‘, but then I do play quite a bit of poker. If this were to be adopted, then we should perhaps rename a heat wave a ‘hot flush‘.

  24. Tony Hansen says:
    July 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    ‘….But notice the red dot in AZ? Wait till you see my next post! -Anthony’
    And what is the other red dot?
    A measle?

    It doesn’t appear to be a measle. If you click on the map, then on high temp records (or just hover over a dot), you would have found it was “TX; Dell City, 5 miles SSW of; Tue, 6 Jul 2010; 107; 104 in 1994”

    I’ll defer to you and folks in Texas to describe/defend the Dell City outskirts.

    A lot of the reporting stations at hamweather.com are not well sited or maintained, so the data needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

    The low max temp records east of there are mostly from July 9th & 10th. Wow – living in New Hampshire, I never thought I’d be envious of July temps in Texas!

  25. Remember, according Michael Mann, the heat wave on the eastern US is proof of AGW. Therefore, by his logic, the cool weather on the western US is an aberration; not climate but simply weather. Of course, what Michael Mann conveniently ignores is the effect La Nina has on the jet stream.

  26. DirkH says:

    July 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm
    villabolo says:
    July 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    “[…]What I’d like to do is inform you that record hot temperatures have outnumbered record lows. […]”
    Yawn. Here we go again. Any data to back that up?

    You’re both lazy bandwidth (oops – If typoed badwidth) wasters. Click on the damn map, read below the damn map:

    Total Records: 2582
    Rainfall: 857
    High Temperatures: 594
    Low Temperatures: 103
    Lowest Max Temperatures: 438
    Highest Min Temperatures: 590

  27. Hot in the east. Cold in the west. But between the east and west, Minnesota weather has been normal for the last month or so. Not too hot, not too cold, and just the average amount of rain.

  28. The east coast may be having warm temps now but overall it has been a cool year here in central North Carolina compared to 2004. several Snowstorms this winter, we see snow about every five years. And it was downright cold this spring and we did not see normal temperatures until June even so we are not seeing the temperatures we did prior to 2004 (haven’t broke a hundred yet)

    For the year 2004 I count 43 days over ninety F and nine days of 98F by July tenth compared with just 26 days over ninety F and four days of 98F for 2010 for the same date, July tenth.

  29. Ric Werme says:
    July 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Thanks. I did not mouse-over…. my bad.
    Douglas adams was right – mice can do anything :)

  30. So the West is record low and the east is record high. My stats book would say that averages out to normal. But I’m sure it’s all due to AGW.

  31. It’s no wonder S Cal is cold, the Pacific ocean temps there are well below avg. And the polar jetstream is still pushing far enough south to keep NW winds blowing onshore in those areas. The southwestern US heat-bubble is confined well into the interior.

    This may also be currently cutting off monsoon moisture that normally enters AZ & western NM, blocking it eastward toward east NW & TX.

  32. Gore effect weather oscillations. When the Jolly Green Giant arrives all kinds of cooling transpire. Cooling with even record snows. If he bought a pad out there, he may be in the area and that alone causes severe temp drops.
    There were even chances of Goreflakes at mid level elevations.

  33. villabolo says:
    July 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm
    CRS, Dr.P.H. says:
    July 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Chicago area has been very mild for this time of year….I think the “heat wave” has moved on, so where are the warmists lately?
    **********************************
    VILLABOLO:

    Right here CRS. Where are you as far as the ENTIRE WORLD is concerned?

    What I’d like to do is inform you that record hot temperatures have outnumbered record lows. Have you taken the trouble to ascertain how much of the Earth is hotter than average compared to colder than average? Or is this a faith based assumption?
    ——-
    REPLY:
    Sr. V, I’ve been involved in greenhouse gas mitigation since 1979, concentrating on biomethane production from cattle & manure ponds. I’ve published, won awards and know more about this than many who post on RC etc. Some of my lab & field work was used by the UN to develop the science of the Clean Development Mechanism under Kyoto.

    With that in mind, I was much more concerned about warming until recently, when I gave it some very hard thought and studied the record in depth. The models don’t add up nor make sense. Too many variables & influences (solar activity, historic warming/cooling, cloud formation etc.) are conveniently deleted to create a “party-line” story of AGW.

    There are far bigger problems for the world, including mercury deposition onto land & into the oceans, where it accumulates in the food chain. The oceans are being stripped clean of anything with fins by the Chinese, Russians, Koreans & others (US included), and our agricultural practices are totally unsustainable.

    The world doesn’t need any more economic damage from imposition of carbon controls, if the powers want to reduce carbon, they should stimulate innovation in low-carbon energy systems. So far, only the big conglomerates like GE and Siemens are slurping up that money. Stay cool, the sky isn’t falling.

  34. 84 year old lowest daytime high temperature record broken at LAX, 98 year record tied at San Diego, plus a string of records at many other cities

    So what? Right now, Europe is experiencing a prolonged heat wave, and I’m sure there are many other regions seeing temperatures well above average.

    REPLY: Yes and to see why, see the top post now on WUWT – Anthony

  35. When it is colder, it is just a “snap” however long the duration of the cold, and when warmer it is a “wave”, however short the period of warmer temperatures. The going from zero degrees F to 25 degrees below zero F is termed “cooler”, and going up a single degree is termed “hotter”.

  36. It’s been relatively cold in Western Johannesburg over the last day or so, a High of 9ºC today and Accuweather predicts -3ºC tonight and -5ºC for Thursday night. This is our second severe cold spell in a month or so. I know it is purely anecdotal and of no significance as evidence, but this year reminds me strongly of the winters when I first moved to the Transvaal Highveld in the mid eighties. My garden has been badly nailed by black frost for the second time in three years, before 2008 I’d only experienced one once in a decade and a half.

    P.s. Thanks for the World Bank money for the shiny new coal fired PowerStation.

  37. DirkH says:
    villabolo says: “[…]What I’d like to do is inform you that record hot temperatures have outnumbered record lows. […]”

    Yawn. Here we go again. Any data to back that up?

    It doesn’t matter. The thermometers are not distributed in such a way that the raw counts can really be compared anyway. So we have a lot more thermometers at Airports now than in the past, and a lot more in major urban tarmac jungles. OK, I’d expect more ‘record highs’ just from nothing changing.

    But what is clearly the case is that it’s July, and cold enough at night I have to button up the house. For the last few decades in July we were trying desperately to get the house temp below 80 F (wife gets headaches from the AC…)

    Further, I’ve harvested ONE tomato of about 2 inch diameter and it was only barely ‘ripe’. By mid-July I’m usually getting a colander full at a clip. Oh, and the squash are still being lazy too. I’ve got some 45 day squash that are presently on their 60 th day… Did get about one handful of green beans…

    If it needs heat, it just is not growing.

    But hey, just a year or so ago Hansen had us breaking a 115 year record heat in the west… Just because the temperature records were not falling, that’s no reason to thing it wasn’t the hottest ever. At least in the land of “climate science”…

    Bastardi predicted a warm summer on the East coast, and was right. Now he’s predicting a darned cold just about everywhere next year. I’m going with Joe. He’s got his head on straight and he knows how to use it.

  38. FWIW, since climate is the derivative of weather (change of weather over time) and since weather is chaotic, climate is chaotic. Chaotic systems are refractory to mathematical analysis and so any math based model of them is doomed to failure.

    It just is not possible to “model climate change” with a computer. Sorry.

    You can however model the data you have. The only problem with that is that modeling data has zero predictive power. And with each major data update you need a new model optimization. Sorry again.

    But it is really great for misleading folks and putting on a good show.

    (Just finished a very good book on the philosophy of mathematics. One of the examples used of systems where math fails due to chaotic systems was weather… “Is God a Mathematician?”).

  39. “But it is really great for misleading folks and putting on a good show.”

    And stealing people’s money.

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