Hundreds of new cold and snow records set in the USA

New 2 day record December snowfall amount to the Minneapolis/St Paul area

While there have been a few high temperature records in the desert southwest and western Oregon, the majority of weather records in the USA this week have been for cold, snowfall, or rainfall. The biggest number of records have to do with the lowest maximum temperature.

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Here’s a summary of the weather records:

Record Events for Mon Dec 6, 2010 through Sun Dec 12, 2010
Total Records: 2002
Rainfall: 319
Snowfall: 320
High Temperatures: 71
Low Temperatures: 426
Lowest Max Temperatures: 767
Highest Min Temperatures: 99

Uncharacteristically for the Associated Press, they give this latest snowstorm the title of “monster”:

Rutgers snow lab has the current snow cover for 2010:

Last year, we seemed to have a bit more snow cover in the USA (and globally) at this time:

I think Rutgers is having a little joke by making snow cover “yellowish”.

Here’s a Public Information Statement (PIS) from the NWS in Minneapolis

Dec 10-11 Snowfall…New December Record

The December 10-11 snowstorm brought a new 2 day record December snowfall amount to the Minneapolis/St Paul area, and perhaps to other areas as well. The new record is 17.1 inches. This storm was bit unusual in that it was a Pacific type storm system. The snowfall amounts were in the category of what would be more typical of a storm moving out of the southwest U.S. toward the Mississippi valley.

This storm also ranks in the top 5 of the largest snowfalls in the Twin Cities. See the Minnesota State Climatology site for further details.

Here is the broad picture of the storm total snow.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

800 PM CST SUN DEC 12 2010

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE WINTER STORM EVENT DEC 10-11...

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW...AND ICE AND SLEET

CATEGORIES...THEN BY AMOUNT...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE

FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME

 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------

 23.00   5 SE OSCEOLA             WI  POLK             0900 AM

 22.00   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       0500 PM

         TELEVISION STATION WQOW.

 21.50   NEW MARKET               MN  SCOTT            0930 PM

 21.50   SHAKOPEE                 MN  SCOTT            0700 PM

 21.00   OAKDALE                  MN  WASHINGTON       0330 AM

 20.00   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0800 AM

 20.00   MAPLEWOOD                MN  RAMSEY           0330 AM

 19.20   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       0100 PM

 18.50   4 NNE MENOMONIE          WI  DUNN             0945 PM

 18.00   MENOMONIE                WI  DUNN             0800 AM

 18.00   EAST FARMINGTON          WI  POLK             0630 PM

 18.00   3 SSW BURNSVILLE         MN  DAKOTA           0615 PM

 18.00   2 W PRIOR LAKE           MN  SCOTT            0900 PM

 17.50   3 NW MINNEAPOLIS         MN  HENNEPIN         0100 PM

 17.40   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0900 PM

 17.20   WOODBURY                 MN  WASHINGTON       0900 AM

 17.20   1 W CARVER               MN  CARVER           1000 PM

 17.10   MINNEAPOLIS              MN  HENNEPIN         0130 AM

         MEASURED AT THE MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL AIRPORT

 17.00   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       1100 AM

 17.00   2 N MENOMONIE            WI  DUNN             0630 PM

 16.50   SAVAGE                   MN  SCOTT            1130 PM

 16.30   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0830 PM

 16.10   BLOOMINGTON              MN  HENNEPIN         0600 PM

 16.00   RIDGELAND                WI  DUNN             0100 PM

 16.00   DURAND                   WI  PEPIN            1030 PM

 15.50   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0130 AM

         MEASURED AT THE NWS OFFICE

 15.20   ST LOUIS PARK            MN  HENNEPIN         1030 PM

 15.00   1 SSW DELANO             MN  WRIGHT           0630 PM

 14.70   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           0745 AM

 14.50   3 SSW WHITE BEAR LAKE    MN  RAMSEY           1030 PM

 14.20   STANLEY                  WI  CHIPPEWA         0930 AM

 13.70   LESTER PRAIRIE           MN  MCLEOD           0930 AM

 13.50   1 ESE CHASKA             MN  CARVER           0700 PM

 13.50   ELK MOUND                WI  DUNN             0700 PM

 13.00   STILLWATER               MN  WASHINGTON       1200 PM

 13.00   JIM FALLS                WI  CHIPPEWA         0930 AM

 12.50   NORTH BRANCH             MN  CHISAGO          1100 AM

 12.50   1 ENE CAMBRIDGE          MN  ISANTI           0630 PM

 12.00   FARIBAULT                MN  RICE             0900 PM

 11.50   ANDOVER                  MN  ANOKA            0145 AM

 11.00   HAUGEN                   WI  BARRON           1130 AM

 10.00   ST JAMES                 MN  WATONWAN         1230 PM

 10.00   CUMBERLAND               WI  BARRON           0730 AM

  9.50   NORTH BRANCH             MN  CHISAGO          0430 PM

  9.00   VESTA                    MN  REDWOOD          1230 PM

  8.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0715 PM

  7.00   4S ST CLOUD              MN  STEARNS          0630 PM

  6.00   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0830 PM

Here is a Radar Replay during the time of some of the heavier snow (9 am to 3pm).

Snow Depth as of December 12

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latitude

Don’t worry, there’s a lot more snow coming…………

I love this. Anthony, you should include the old quote “snow falls will become a thing of the past!”

James Barker

Watch out where the Huskies go….don’t you eat that yellow snow!:)

KnR

No problem as the models allow for this , in fact those AGW models allow for anything you like. With the possible exception of ‘rain of frogs’ but I understand the ‘team’ is working on that one too.

Pops

Rocky Balboa, here’s the very link for you:
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.

Jackstraw

How about this for a record: 157 inches of snow already in Breckenridge and it’s still a week before winter starts.
All Anthony’s rainy days are paying off in spades for us (thanks)

Tony

@Rocky Balboa –
Thanks for that quote – I looked it up and found the article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html along with a couple other priceless quotes from Dr. David Viner at CRU that snow will become “a very rare and exciting event”. and “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
I hope the Wayback Machine keeps that page archived 🙂

wws

“Absolute Proof of Global Warming! This is what we always predicted!” – The Team

Mark Wise

And to think, “our children won’t know what snow is…..” *blink*

Gary

The radio this morning welcomed us with “Sunny and Seven degrees (F).” This is in Mountain Home, AR. Everyone’s cars, porch thermometers, etc. all reflected singled digits for much of the earliest morn. NOAA? They reported the lowest it got was 10 (F) and only that for an hour. I guess NOAA is more accurate than every temperature gauge in town, to the warm, of course.
I don’t know if 7 (F) is a record for my small town, but as stated in another of my previous comments – it is abnormally COLD for this clime. Even the old birds from Chicago and Wisconsin are admitting it’s indeed cold. And the “damn yankee” meter is never wrong. If they say it’s cold – it’s cold – even if it is a former Confederate State. (no offense to old birds or damn yankees)

Baa Humbug

Uncharacteristically for the Associated Press, they give this latest snowstorm the title of “monster”:

At the end of the video clip, look who is wedged in between 3 other “monster” video clips.
Youtube works in mysterious ways

pablo an ex pat

It’s possibly an example of the Gore Effect in St Paul.
Will Steger, who’s an Arctic Explorer and Climate Change Activist, had to cancel last Friday Night’s 20th anniversary celebration of his 1990 Antarctic trek due to the bad weather conditions in St Paul.
A link to a commentary piece building up the event is given below.
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentary/111290944.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU

J. Knight

Well, Gary, we’re having a heat wave down here in Mountain View, Ar. It was 9F on my thermometer early this morning, and even our cat has more sense than to go out in this. He stuck his head out, looked at me, and scurried under the nearest bed. He didn’t want to take any chances, I guess. Anyway, it’s the coldest morning I ever remember here for this date, and I’m sure we will see a slew of new low temp records, regardless of NOAA and its propencity to skew/manage the temps toward the warm side.

Frank K.

Remember – weather is NOT climate … unless the title “warmest year EVER” is on the line!

Anonymous Howard

While there have been a few high temperature records in the desert southwest and western Oregon, the majority of weather records in the USA this week have been for cold, snowfall, or rainfall.

Just eyeballing the map, it looks like the eastern ⅓ to ½ of the United States is experiencing unusually low temps (thanks to an Arctic blast), while the rest is experiencing unusually high temps. The record highs are being set down in Mexico, though, where they don’t count. This pattern is predicted to continue for the next few days.

Chris

Clearly it’s global warming! We’ve had loads of global warming here in the UK in the last couple of weeks.

Frank K.

Here’s a quote from another “enlightened” climate “expert”…
Expert: Snowfall set to get rarer
Published Date:
16 January 2010
By Sion Donovan
Education reporter
A climate scientist has predicted the recent snowfall could be the last we see for a long time.
Dr. Nick Pepin, from the University of Portsmouth, believes such long-lasting snow will become a rare event in the future.


‘And it will, on average, get rarer so people should enjoy it when it happens. Snow that sticks to the ground will be less frequent.’

[sigh]

Trace

So if it is cold now, what does it mean when the AO forecast models seem to be agreeing with a drop down to -6 AO around 17-December? Super cold blast right before Christmas?
http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/ao_index_ensm.shtml

In Florida the non-native manatees need FPL customer money to stay warm. Power plants good when they protect manatees so eco-nuts can beat boaters over the head with misleading statistics — http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6013&Itemid=199
When the eco0nuts found non-native species anchoring beaches and inlets, they cut the Australian pines down, which has then caused massive beach erosion .. it is debatable how the Austrailian pines seeds got to Flodia, most say they were washed up by the sea. So why protect the non-native manatees. Do you think we can stop the sun?
Sheesh is it getting cold in SWFL, our inshore fish are being decimated, by the cold. The weather guys, the ones that avoid the tourist approved forecast and lies, are saying the next few days are the coldest so far, and winter is still a week away.

Elizabeth

Yes, but we have been hearing climate change is causing increased snowfall/precipitation too. Next, climate change will be responsible for cooler than average temperatures.

eadler

It seems from the map shown by Anthony that there have been many record low maximum temperatures in parts of the midwest and southeastern US. The number of record temperatures is influenced by the density of stations, which, based on the map is very high in the areas where record low max temperatures have occurred. If we examined the area in which there were high versus low temperatures, I wonder if we would come the to the conclusion that the area where there were below normal temperatures in the US exceeded the area where there were record high temperatures. That would seem to me a more significant measure of what is happening than the numbers of weather stations.
Despite the number of record lows in the US, the GISS Global Land-Sea temperature record for this November has an anomaly of .96 which is quite warm to say the least. In addition, the Year for Dec-Nov is the warmest year on record despite the fact that a fraction of the US is experiencing colder than normal temperatures .
REPLY: Mr. Adler, at least TRY to have the appearance of knowing what you are talking about.
” November has an anomaly of .96 which is quite warm to say the least.” is false.
According to the published GISS data itself, GISS GLOBAL Land-Ocean Temperature Index, which you can read here:
http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt
2010 70 75 86 75 64 55 51 55 54 63 74***** ***** 65 69 75 53 63 2010
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec J-D D-N DJF MAM JJA SON Year

The November 2010 anomaly is .74 not .96

In fact, .96 does not appear anywhere in the GISS record. – Anthony

R. Gates

Greater snowfall is an indication of an accleration in the hydrological cycle…not a cooling of the earth. This finer point seems to be missed by some. The coolest place on earth is also the driest and gets very little actual snowfall…and that is Antarctica. When I see skeptics point to greater snowfall as any indication that AGW must not be happening it does make me chuckle a bit. It takes tremendous energy to move the mass of moisture in snow from the ocean to cover your driveway. As an acceleration of the hydrological cycle has long been predicted by GCM’s when looking at rising CO2 levels (as that is what the earth has done for millions of years when CO2 levels rise) and heavy record snowfalls are exactly that, I would suggest that some skeptics really take a look at all that is implied in that accleration.

pat

The urban heat effect is well demonstrated, And I have noted before the unlikely juxtaposition of hot and cold records. This most frequently happens in Texas and here we have it again.

Well, something is going on. We’ve had a SECOND day of observable snowfall (little to no accumulation) in BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. Snow in the deep South is a rarity, in and of itself, and even a single event, before Christmas (heck, even before the official first day of winter), is virtually unheard of. As the cold air mass passes over, we’re projected to go to 16 degrees overnight, thanks to no cloud cover behind the front.

Anonymous Howard

Gary says: (December 13, 2010 at 6:48 am)

The radio this morning welcomed us with “Sunny and Seven degrees (F).” This is in Mountain Home, AR. Everyone’s cars, porch thermometers, etc. all reflected singled digits for much of the earliest morn. NOAA? They reported the lowest it got was 10 (F) and only that for an hour. I guess NOAA is more accurate than every temperature gauge in town, to the warm, of course.

That agrees with data from Weather Underground, which as far as I’m aware is a commercial enterprise not associated with NOAA. They probably both get their data from the Ozark Regional Airport anyway. Maybe that’s far enough away from Mountain Home to account for the difference? I notice, for example, that the Marion County Regional Airport only had a low of 12°F, and that’s less than 10 miles further west.

Jimbo

Here’s the forecast. Brrrrrr!
Bitterly Cold Lows in Florida to End Midweek
Intense Lake-Effect Snow
National Weather Service Current Weather Warnings
AND
Arctic Cold Returning to the United Kingdom

INDEPENDENT (UK) – 20 March 2000
According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”….”Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Foxgoose

Maybe “the team” will have to get a bit more radical to crawl out from under all of this “warming”.
I think their easiest route is – dust off all the records, zero all the “adjustments”, “rationalisations” and “homogenisations” and then call a megaconference (somewhere with a beach of course) with a working title;-
“Back to the Seventies”
subtitled:-
“It’s MUCH Worse Than We Thought – We’re Going to Freeze to Death After All!”

Baa Humbug

Here are some wonderful pictures of Globull Warming falling on DAMASCUS SYRIA of all places.
I especially like this one if the kind mods would allow it.

Jimbo

Chris says:
December 13, 2010 at 7:42 am
Clearly it’s global warming! We’ve had loads of global warming here in the UK in the last couple of weeks.

There’s more on the way and we are not even at mid-December yet. I think January is usually the coldest month in the UK. ;O)

Frank K. says:
December 13, 2010 at 7:42 am
Here’s a quote from another “enlightened” climate “expert”…
…………………………
Published Date: 16 January 2010
……………………….
Dr. Nick Pepin, from the University of Portsmouth, believes such long-lasting snow will become a rare event in the future.
‘And it will, on average, get rarer so people should enjoy it when it happens. Snow that sticks to the ground will be less frequent.’

Oh really!
UK winter snow since 2007

Evening Standard – 8 February 2007
“Airports close as snow brings travel chaos to Britain”

UPI – 2 December 2008
“Early snow blanketed much of Britain Tuesday,…”

Guardian – 2 February 2009
“Transport hit as UK wakes to heaviest snow in decades

BBC – 7 January 2010
“Frozen Britain seen from above”

Reuters – 13 January 2010
“Britain, shivering through its coldest winter in three decades…”

BBC – 25 November 2010
“The earliest widespread snowfall for 17 years has gripped many parts of the UK.”

With more to come. 10 years ago the same prediction which nature has shown to be false. 4 years of widespread UK snow in a row is not a rare or exciting event. Well, not for pensioners at least. :o(

R. Gates

I would also suggest that some people really look at the data related to actual temperature of the N. Hemisphere during the past month:
http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/maproom/.Global/.Atm_Temp/Anomaly.html
More heat=greater evaporation=larger snowfall in winter & greater rainfall in summer.

BobW in NC

Hmmmm. Be interesting to see what the UAH temperature anomaly is for December. Maybe it will be low enough to temper talk of 2010 being the third warmest year on record? That would be just dandy!

Philhippos

It is getting so cold here in the UK that we need to know how we can ramp up our CO2 output fast to try to alleviate the risks to the elderly and the frail. Suggestions to Chris Huhne (rhymes with loon) at chris@chrishuhne.org.uk whilst he recovers from his huge but largely unreported success in Cancun.

Ackos

There is apparently a very large High pressure system sitting over the SW US, pushing the arctic type weather to the east…where it can stay…heheh

Elizabeth

R Gates, “As an acceleration of the hydrological cycle has long been predicted by GCM’s when looking at rising CO2 levels (as that is what the earth has done for millions of years when CO2 levels rise) and heavy record snowfalls are exactly that, I would suggest that some skeptics really take a look at all that is implied in that accleration.”
I took you up on that offer and looked into snowfall records for Minneapolis/St Paul: http://climate.umn.edu/doc/twin_cities/alltimep.htm. I don’t see any records being broken lately. The theory I would offer for all of this snow: it’s Minnesota in December, it snows.

Elizabeth

Pardon me, to ammend to the above, the record december snowfall we just saw in Mn/St Paul is not greater than the record for amount of snowfall in two days, albeit still a record.

oldgifford

R. Gates says:
“The coolest place on earth is also the driest and gets very little actual snowfall…”
What drier than the Sahara?
Currently in the UK our wind generation capacity is about 5,000 MW, and the wind turbines are generating 189 MW, about 0.3% of our total demand, about 0.04% of their capability. How on earth can we continue to invest in such a useless and expensive technology.?

MattN

I’m really surprise a 17″ snowfall is a record in Minneapolis. 17″ wouldn’t even a record for most parts of North Carolina…

rbateman

R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
Great. So, tell us where all that cold comes from.
Maybe the warmest ever Arctic where the heat pumps out to space?
Don’t look now, but the barn door is open, and the next step in the sequence is a N. Hem. repeat of what happened last June/July in the S. Hem.

Robert Wykoff

R Gates. Yes, it is possible to have extra heat evaporate more water and get more snow. However, for years and years, and even displayed in the comments on this page the “experts” have said over and over that winters snows will become a thing of the past.
The reason more people are becoming skeptical is because the “experts” this year are demanding that the snows are proof of global warming. I would bet eleventy billion dollars that if there was no snow or cold this year the “experts” and you included would be declaring that the lack of snow was proof of global warming. Just like the drought in Austrailia was proof of global warming, and now the lack of drought in Austrailia is also proof of global warming.
No matter what happens anywhere on earth it is always proof of global warming…even if that proof is exactly the opposite of what they claimed was proof just a few years before.
I will respect the opinion of global warming experts, if they can provide even one kind of weather anywhere on earth that could be used to disprove global warming.

BillD

Hoever, over the last 11 months, record high and record high lows have outnumbered record lows about 3:1. But I agree–right now much of the USA is having cold winter weather.

John Peter

“R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:21 am
Greater snowfall is an indication of an accleration in the hydrological cycle…not a cooling of the earth. This finer point seems to be missed by some. The coolest place on earth is also the driest and gets very little actual snowfall…and that is Antarctica. When I see skeptics point to greater snowfall as any indication that AGW must not be happening it does make me chuckle a bit. It takes tremendous energy to move the mass of moisture in snow from the ocean to cover your driveway. As an acceleration of the hydrological cycle has long been predicted by GCM’s when looking at rising CO2 levels (as that is what the earth has done for millions of years when CO2 levels rise) and heavy record snowfalls are exactly that, I would suggest that some skeptics really take a look at all that is implied in that accleration.”
R Gates is an expert and I am not, but frankly my take on “Man Made Global Warming” is simple. The snow should fall as rain here in Scotland as a result of AGW. CO2 is approaching 400ppm. Mr Gates, when will Dr David Viner’s prediction “within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”….”Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” come true? I am fed up showelling snow and because of frost day/night I cannot shift the ice either. Used to have mild winters here when there was less CO2 in the air. I need relief from this particular version of “Climate Disruption”. Don’t mind more rain, but we are promised more snow and cold from Thursay. Brrr.

R. Gates

Elizabeth says:
December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am
R Gates, “As an acceleration of the hydrological cycle has long been predicted by GCM’s when looking at rising CO2 levels (as that is what the earth has done for millions of years when CO2 levels rise) and heavy record snowfalls are exactly that, I would suggest that some skeptics really take a look at all that is implied in that accleration.”
I took you up on that offer and looked into snowfall records for Minneapolis/St Paul: http://climate.umn.edu/doc/twin_cities/alltimep.htm. I don’t see any records being broken lately. The theory I would offer for all of this snow: it’s Minnesota in December, it snows
______
While it’s nice to track our local weather, if you’re serious about tracking the acceleration of the hydrological cycle on a global basis then you should keep a keen eye out for heavy precipitation events (record setting) across the globe…extreme downpours, rains, and snowfalls in the winter. Some of the latest research being done on this can be found in this story:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2010/10/global-warming-river-flows-oceans-climate-disruption.html
The acceleration of the hydrological cycle is the way the earth has provided a negative feedback to control the levels of CO2 for millions of years. CO2=more heat=greater evaporation=great rainfall & snowfall in winter=greater weathering of rock to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
The only issue now is that normally CO2 hasn’t increased by 40% in just a few hundred years, so exactly how this will affect the natural negative feedback mechanism of rock weathering isn’t known.

Sam Parsons

R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
“I would also suggest that some people really look at the data related to actual temperature of the N. Hemisphere during the past month:
http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/maproom/.Global/.Atm_Temp/Anomaly.html
More heat=greater evaporation=larger snowfall in winter & greater rainfall in summer.”
The important facts about this great snowfall, in North America, are that the cold air mass 1) has arrived much earlier than usual, 2) is way colder than usual, and 3) is far more extensive than usual, extending all the way to Brownsville, Texas and Miami, Florida. In Florida, we are experiencing what amounts to a winter emergency. We do not possess the kind of heating equipment that is needed for tonight. I hope it is obvious to you why we do not possess the needed heating equipment.

Jimbo

R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
I would also suggest that some people really look at the data related to actual temperature of the N. Hemisphere during the past month:…

Do you think the average freezing American or European give a dog’s fart about the ‘actual’ temperatures in the N. Hemisphere? They are struggling with reality i.e. paying high energy bills this winter, old people dying of hypothermia, Norway record cold etc. Your appeals to their reason will fail. Seeing is believing not badly placed thermometors and extrapolations from Warmist scientists. Trust gone long ago my friend.

R. Gates

oldgifford says:
December 13, 2010 at 9:21 am
R. Gates says:
“The coolest place on earth is also the driest and gets very little actual snowfall…”
What drier than the Sahara?
Currently in the UK our wind generation capacity is about 5,000 MW, and the wind turbines are generating 189 MW, about 0.3% of our total demand, about 0.04% of their capability. How on earth can we continue to invest in such a useless and expensive technology.?
______
The issue of technology is somewhat off-topic from the general accerlation of the hydrological cycle caused by increased CO2, but I agree with you that expensive technology to reduce greenhouse emissions and expensive government programs is not the best route to take. I think small is better and more efficient and I think the idea of building smaller, greener homes and having small energy generation technology that takes people off the grid is much better than a bunch of large, expensive wind farms. The age of small scale green and personal (home) power generation is here and it doesn’t involve Big government with big programs to make it happen.

Douglas DC

As I look at the record highs(Just a quick perusal,) I noticed that they aren’t smashed, but given the Urban heat Island effect, and thermometer locations , I noticed a lot were set in the late 40’s and 50’s -at the beginning of the Last PDO switch. I realize that we can control the weather, the tides and the sea levels. But is this a bit curious? hmmm?
Oh, and if the snow is the Warm-what about albedo? -reflect on that…

Sam Parsons

“R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:21 am
“reater snowfall is an indication of an accleration in the hydrological cycle…not a cooling of the earth. This finer point seems to be missed by some.”
Talk about someone who misses a point or two! The amount of snowfall is not the big deal. The big deal is the timing, extent, coldness of the air mass. In fact, the lack of significant snowfall south of St. Louis is proof positive that there was a tiny amount of moisture in the air. So, where is this extra moisture you are trumpeting?

R. Gates

Sam Parsons says:
December 13, 2010 at 9:45 am
R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
“I would also suggest that some people really look at the data related to actual temperature of the N. Hemisphere during the past month:
http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/maproom/.Global/.Atm_Temp/Anomaly.html
More heat=greater evaporation=larger snowfall in winter & greater rainfall in summer.”
The important facts about this great snowfall, in North America, are that the cold air mass 1) has arrived much earlier than usual, 2) is way colder than usual, and 3) is far more extensive than usual, extending all the way to Brownsville, Texas and Miami, Florida. In Florida, we are experiencing what amounts to a winter emergency. We do not possess the kind of heating equipment that is needed for tonight. I hope it is obvious to you why we do not possess the needed heating equipment.
________
There is, in essence, a huge “freezer door” opened right from the Arctic to the E. United States. Normally the Arctic will have several closed low pressure systems that hold most of the cold up there with only an occasional outbreak and that outbreak will only usually affect the Northern U.S. The large strong high pressure system over Cananda combined with the low pressure over the eastern U.S. is that “opened freezer door” sucking that air right from the Arctic. Now, on the flip side, the temperatures in the Arctic are at normal to above normal across the whole of the Arctic, just as you’d expect to happen if you left your own freezer door open– it would be above average inside the freezer!
What does all this have to do with AGW? That’s the million dollar question, but there are those who are looking at it. You might want to read this article from this summer:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=12160105&tqkw=&tqshow=&tqkw=&=tqshow
Odd things are happening with pressure gradient over the Arctic and it may be related to both the lower than average sea ice and the bottom line is that it may increase the chance of cold outbreaks to points south of the arctic in the future…as counter-intuitive as this seems.

Tomasso

I would like to see Al Gore sued for breach of promise. For the past 20 years I’ve been waiting for death of winter, preferably to coincide with my retirement. I’ve seen no evidence that things are getting any better.

Sam Parsons

R. Gates says:
December 13, 2010 at 9:42 am
Elizabeth says:
December 13, 2010 at 9:15 am
While it’s nice to track our local weather, if you’re serious about tracking the acceleration of the hydrological cycle on a global basis then you should keep a keen eye out for heavy precipitation events (record setting) across the globe…extreme downpours, rains, and snowfalls in the winter. Some of the latest research being done on this can be found in this story:
So, now you are saying that these local phenomena that YOU HAVE BEEN CITING do not matter, only the global cycle matters? Then why were you citing local phenomena?
By the way, is there some reason to believe that there is a global hydrological cycle? To me, that sounds like a global cloud cycle or global humidity cycle, and I know that neither of those exist. I am asking for an answer in your very own words. Do not refer me to an article. I am not your student.