US record lows outpace record highs 127 to 4 this weekend

Since we were treated to scads of news articles by the MSM on how many record highs happened in July, it seems only fair that we report on the multitude of record lows that occurred this weekend in the USA, and I doubt we’ll see the sort of coverage the highs got. A number of these record lows go back into the past 100 years or more.

Here’s a map for the weekend:

Click for interactive source data

Here are the 4 record highs:

OR Prineville Sat, 18 Aug 2012 102 102 in 1982
OR Ruch Sat, 18 Aug 2012 102 101 in 1941
TX Port Isabel Sat, 18 Aug 2012 96 95 in 1913
WA Longmire Rainier Nps Sat, 18 Aug 2012 95 92 in 1966

Here’s a list of the 127 record lows:

AK Kodiak Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 41 42 in 1959
AR Harrison Boone Co Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 57 57 in 1982
AR Paragould, 1 miles S of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 62 63 in 1982
CO Holyoke Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 50 in 1976
HI Opihihale No 2 24.1 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 59 60 in 1984
IA Allerton Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 56 in 1975
IA Atlantic, 1 miles NE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 40 41 in 1871
IA Audubon Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 44 in 1871
IA Bedford Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 50 in 1955
IA Belle Plaine Sat, 18 Aug 2012 39 45 in 1976
IA Bloomfield, 1 miles WNW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 48 in 1937
IA Burlington, 2 miles S of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 49 in 1951
IA Clarinda Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 44 in 1917
IA Decorah Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 43 in 1937
IA Eldora Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 46 in 1951
IA Fairfield Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 48 in 1917
IA Grinnell, 3 miles SW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 44 in 1955
IA Guthrie Ctr Sat, 18 Aug 2012 41 44 in 1955
IA Harlan, 1 miles N of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 46 in 1917
IA Hawarden Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 44 in 1976
IA Iowa City Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 48 in 1937
IA Keosauqua Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 48 in 1955
IA Leon, 6 miles ESE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 43 in 1955
IA Logan Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 46 in 1917
IA Mapleton No.2 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 43 in 1917
IA Mt Ayr Sat, 18 Aug 2012 44 45 in 1871
IA Ottumwa Industrial Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 50 in 1937
IA Rathbun Dam Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 52 in 1955
IA Sheldon Sat, 18 Aug 2012 39 41 in 1976
IA Sidney Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1924
IA Washington Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 47 in 1937
IA Waterloo Municipal Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 43 in 1951
IA Williamsburg, 3 miles SE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 44 45 in 1927
IA Winterset, 1 miles N of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 41 45 in 1955
IL Cairo, 3 miles N of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 56 56 in 1978
IL Chicago Botanic Garden Sat, 18 Aug 2012 52 52 in 1976
IL Griggsville Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 49 in 1951
IL Jerseyville, 2 miles SW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 52 in 1955
IL Kaskaskia Rvr Nav Lock Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 53 in 1983
IL Kewanee, 1 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 47 in 1937
IL La Harpe Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 47 in 1951
IL Morrisonville Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1966
IL Mt Vernon, 3 miles NE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 52 in 1871
IL Normal, 4 miles NE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 49 in 1966
IL Quincy Rgnl Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 53 in 1937
IL Rochelle Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 48 in 1966
IL Springfield Lincoln Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 49 in 1937
IL White Hall, 1 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 51 in 1917
IN Indianapolis Se Side Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1937
IN Perrysville, 4 miles WNW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1966
KS Atwood Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 49 in 1920
KS Clay Ctr Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1917
KS Clinton Lake Sat, 18 Aug 2012 52 55 in 1955
KS Concordia Asos Sat, 18 Aug 2012 52 55 in 1974
KS Garnett, 1 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 56 in 1955
KS Iola, 1 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 55 in 1983
KS Ness City Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1955
KS Oakley, 4 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1934
KS Oberlin Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 50 in 1893
KS Pomona Lake Sat, 18 Aug 2012 56 56 in 1966
KS Smith Ctr Sat, 18 Aug 2012 52 52 in 1934
KS Topeka Asos Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 53 in 1963
KS Tuttle Creek Lake Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 53 in 1955
KY Paducah Barkley Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 55 56 in 1982
KY Providence Sat, 18 Aug 2012 56 57 in 1980
MI Big Rapids Wtr Wks Sat, 18 Aug 2012 26 37 in 1917
MI Howell Wwtp Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 45 in 1981
MN Browns Valley Sat, 18 Aug 2012 41 42 in 1976
MN Forest Lake, 5 miles NE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 46 in 1951
MN Montevideo, 1 miles SW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 44 44 in 1951
MO Amity, 4 miles NE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 50 in 1955
MO Buffalo, 2 miles N of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1906
MO Butler, 4 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 52 56 in 1982
MO Canton L Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 52 in 1951
MO Cape Girardeau Faa Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 52 in 1982
MO Carrollton Sat, 18 Aug 2012 53 55 in 1955
MO Clinton Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 48 in 1966
MO Columbia Rgnl Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 53 55 in 1966
MO Farmington Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 51 in 1950
MO Fulton Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 52 in 1917
MO Hamilton, 2 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 51 in 1982
MO Kirksville Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 49 in 1955
MO Maryville, 2 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 49 in 1955
MO Memphis Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 49 in 1955
MO Moberly Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 51 in 1917
MO Monroe City Sat, 18 Aug 2012 48 55 in 1951
MO New Franklin, 1 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 53 in 1966
MO Perryville Wtp Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1950
MO Princeton Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 50 in 1871
MO Shelbina Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 48 in 1917
MO Spickard, 7 miles W of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 49 in 1955
MO St Joseph Rosecrans Mem Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 50 in 1955
MO Unionville Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1963
MO Vichy Rolla National Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 56 in 1982
MO Wappapello Dam Sat, 18 Aug 2012 56 57 in 1950
MO Warrenton, 1 miles N of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 52 in 1966
MT Mizpah, 4 miles NNW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 37 38 in 1959
NE Auburn, 5 miles ESE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 48 in 1917
NE Benkelman Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 51 in 1934
NE Chambers Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 44 in 1976
NE Crete Sat, 18 Aug 2012 51 51 in 1917
NE Culbertson Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 49 in 1893
NE David City Sat, 18 Aug 2012 49 52 in 1959
NE Greeley Sat, 18 Aug 2012 39 46 in 1959
NE Hartington Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 45 in 1907
NE Hayes Center, 1 miles NW of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 48 in 1901
NE Hebron Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 51 in 1917
NE Imperial Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 49 in 1918
NE Lincoln Ap Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 49 in 1917
NE Madrid Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 47 in 1884
NE Mc Cook Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1903
NE Osceola Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 48 in 1959
NE Ravenna Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 47 in 1924
NE Seward Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 48 in 1917
NE Springview Sat, 18 Aug 2012 39 45 in 1971
NE Superior, 4 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 47 52 in 1955
NE Syracuse Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 45 in 1917
NE Tecumseh, 1 miles S of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 44 in 1917
NE Tekamah Sat, 18 Aug 2012 45 47 in 1917
NE Trenton Dam Sat, 18 Aug 2012 50 50 in 1924
NE Wakefield Sat, 18 Aug 2012 43 45 in 1976
NV Ruth Sat, 18 Aug 2012 32 33 in 1942
SD Madison, 2 miles SE of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 40 40 in 1976
SD Pickstown Sat, 18 Aug 2012 46 48 in 1961
SD Yankton, 2 miles E of Sat, 18 Aug 2012 44 44 in 1976
TN Pulaski Wwtp Sat, 18 Aug 2012 44 55 in 1950
TX Bravo Sat, 18 Aug 2012 42 55 in 1982
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Bill

OH MY GAWD!! We’re all gonna freeze to death. What are the chances that with a random climate roulette wheel that this would happenz??? It now appears that there is an anti-random foot pedal weighted loading of the climate roulette wheel.
Actually on a more serious note I find it amazing you can set record lows with all the temperature adjustments that go on. But maybe they don’t need to adjust Tmin as it appears to be going up on its own (yes, I know this is a prediction of the climate models).
Also, note the randomness of the four years where highs were broken. The previous records were in 1982, 1941, 1913, and 1966. Not all in the last decade.

michaeljmcfadden

Am I reading the map incorrectly? It would appear that there were “high minimum temps” in Bismarck, Denver, Raleigh, NY, Portland, Chicago … why would there be HMTs in just those major cities? What about all the non-big-city areas around them? The generalized “low temps” seem to all be sitting out in the middle of nowhere.
😕
MJM

Freddie Stoller

One day we are all freezing to death due to global warming?!

cptcharles

While we haven’t broken any records where I live, it is definitely cooler than normal in SW Ohio.
I don’t recall the last August (especially mid-month) when I’ve had the windows open, and wearing an extra shirt… and to top it off, the Starlings are already beginning to gather together. Normally, they start flocking in latter half of September.
That’s not a good sign if you’re hoping for a mild winter.

Mike86

Now if we could just get 2-4 inches of rain over a 5-6 day period.

Entropic man

I would hate to live in the Midwest at the moment. Between drought, heat waves, record low temperatures your weather is bouncing around all over the place.

michaeljmcfadden

Ahh! OK… “Never Mind!” as that SNL gal used to say. The yellow dots for those cities are tiny ones, not quite the same as the slightly larger yellow circles. No idea though why the mapmaker would pick out a seemingly random dozen moderately large cities to name on the map.
– MJM

Darrin

Prineville, OR has grown quite a bit in the last 20yrs and is currently sticking a google server farm in. Someone might want to take a peek at how siting looks.

John West

DRAFT
For immediate press release from NASA (National Alarmist Subsidy Administration):
The record cold weather was predicted by the models and is consistent with global warming “weirding” the weather. As CO2 continues to assert its control over the weather [insert gobbledygook], therefore we must re-double our efforts to send energy costs to unprecedented levels.

The whole reporting of record highs is a sham.
For instance NCAR issued a report a couple of years ago, which only compared back to 1950. In fact most record highs were set in the 1930’s
http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/most-ohio-record-temperatures-set-before-1940/

starzmom

You don’t say what set of weather stations these are. Here in Kansas City, the KCI airport station is the “official” NWS station, and they set a new low record too, on the 17th. Old record was 1943. And no, no one made a big deal about it.

Richard Day

And I’ll bet you won’t hear one word of it in the MSM. Except for “this is consistent with climate change models. The earth is getting warmer”.

Doug Huffman

I spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon yesterday with an elderly (many years of local experience) farming couple. Millie announced that fall has arrived here and that winter will be early.
The Dog Days – Dies Caniculares – occurred when Sirius, the Dog Star is high, in July & August, and as hot as tradition demands but are still called exceptional. How much of CC/GW hysteria is Gen-whateverrr learning how nature and the world really are after their coddled adolescence?
Millie’s husband, Duane is definitely hard-boiled.

Richdo

Anthony, I’m a bit sceptical of the 26 reported by your source for Big Rapids, MI. It certainly has been colder than normal in central Michigan and not widely commented on but that’s 10-20+ deg lower than the lows reported for other stations in the region on the 18th and well below freezing.
http://www.examiner.com/article/temperatures-dip-into-the-30s-saturday-morning
It just kind of jumped out at me. Even if this one is incorrect it doesn’t change the point of your post: Temps are well below normal over a large part of the country and no one is crying “Climate Change”.

Gail Combs

michaeljmcfadden says:
August 20, 2012 at 3:28 am
Am I reading the map incorrectly? It would appear that there were “high minimum temps” in Bismarck, Denver, Raleigh, NY, Portland, Chicago … why would there be HMTs in just those major cities?…
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I do not know about the other cities but RDU (Raleigh/Durham Airport) was discussed HERE. When I checked early this morning at 4:12 AM RDU was reading 2 to 4 degrees F higher than the surrounding area. It is also part of the climate record and seems to be labeled Raleigh. They also painted the blacktop around the station white after 2010 (experiment perhaps?)
Right now it is 68F with a light rain in Raleigh, directly south in Chapel hill (small airport) it is 67F, south of that in Moncure (very rural) it is 67F at 737 AM.
With a lot of black top at airports a higher minimum especially where it is humid would be expected. Notice you are seeing the high minimums along the seacoasts. Houston TX is well known for being a steam bath. With the purging of the temperature stations, The ‘Station drop out’ problem from 1990 onward until the number was reduced from 7250 to about 1900 in 1992 and further to about 960 stations in 2006 a lot of the rural stations got dropped.
According to Smith, there’s also been an affinity for retaining airport stations over other kinds of stations. His count shows 92% of GHCN stations in the USA are sited at airports, with about 41% worldwide.
Do not tell me these turkeys couldn’t find nice rural stations like the one at Moncure used to be (Old Chestnut Crossing). Heck nearby Sandford and Pittsboro (12 miles west and south) have recently been moved to the newly built “Raleigh Executive Airport” too. WeatherUnderground now automatically pops up airports and you have to fight to get the non-airport stations.
“Raleigh Executive Airport” in Sanford (Located in the middle of a bunch of farms) is 68 °F and RDU is still 68 °F @ 8:09 (it is misting rain through the entire area)
The close by rural stations are:
Log Barn Rd, Pittsboro, North Carolina: 66.9 °F
Old Chestnut Crossing, Moncure, North Carolina (PWS) : 66.7 °F
Jordan Lake, Pittsboro, North Carolina (PWS): 66.4 °F
Henrys Ridge, Pittsboro, North Carolina (PWS) 67.3 °F

Justthinkin

Lies.All lies!!! Haven’t seen or heard anything about this from the LSM (Shirley I don’t need a sarc tag). Anywho,I noticed a lot of those “record” min temps were actually just ties. So shouldn’t the line say ” met or beat” record lows?

Wade

michaeljmcfadden says:
August 20, 2012 at 3:28 am
Am I reading the map incorrectly? It would appear that there were “high minimum temps” in Bismarck, Denver, Raleigh, NY, Portland, Chicago … why would there be HMTs in just those major cities? What about all the non-big-city areas around them? The generalized “low temps” seem to all be sitting out in the middle of nowhere.

I can’t speak for the other cities, but here in North Carolina it was a cloudy, rainy day all day. Clouds hold temperature down during the day but up at night too. When you average the temperature, it was well-below the 30 year “normal”. The Raleigh measurements are at the local airport too. I live 50 miles east of Raleigh. When I drive into Raleigh, my car’s temperature reading always increases by 3 degrees or so going into the city and drops by the same amount leaving. The urban heat island effect can be easily felt driving in and out of Raleigh.

beng

First major Canuckian cool-air mass of the season. Right on schedule. Arctic is cooling down too.
Y’all in the US midwest understandably may welcome this, but I lament the decline of summer….

Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
Noteworthy. Weather is fickle. My only real concern is the similarities to the 1930s. Given CO2 had nothing to do with that, I think it unwise to assume it does today. Given the suffering of the 30s, I think it wise to prepare. Build more reservoirs, and pray they fill.

Gail Combs

Entropic man says:
August 20, 2012 at 3:57 am
I would hate to live in the Midwest at the moment. Between drought, heat waves, record low temperatures your weather is bouncing around all over the place.
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When the humidity is low the temperatures bounce a lot. Think deserts.
Sleepalot did a comparison of the Brazilian rainforest and the N. African Desert.

For May 2012, Barcelos, Brazil (Lat: 1 South)
Temp: monthly min 20C, monthly max 33C, monthly average 26C
Average humidity 90%
For May 2012, Adrar, Algeria (Lat: 27 North)
Temp: monthly min 9C monthly max 44C, monthly average 30C
Average humidity around 0%

I expanded the thought here

… The effect of the addition of water vapor (~ 4%) is not to raise the temperature but to even the temperature out. The monthly high is 10C lower and the monthly low is ~ 10C higher when the GHG H2O is added to the atmosphere in this example. The average temperature is about 4C lower in Brazil despite the fact that Algeria is further north above the tropic of Cancer. Some of the difference is from the effect of clouds/albedo but the dramatic effect on the temperature extremes is also from the humidity.
I took a rough look at the data from Brazil. Twelve days were sunny. I had to toss the data for two days because it was bogus. The average humidity was 80% for those ten days. The high was 32 with a range of 1.7C and the low was 22.7C with a range of 2.8C. Given the small range in values over the month the data is probably a pretty good estimate for the effects of humidity only. You still get the day-night variation of ~ 10C with a high humidity vs a day-night variation of 35C without and the average temp is STILL going to be lower when the humidity is high.
This data would indicate GHGs have two effects. One is to even out the temperature and the second is to act as a “coolant” at least if the GHG is H2O…

This of course backs up the comment of another who keeps saying temperature alone is the WRONG parameter and we should be including humidity in the calculations too.
Of course the Specific Humidity has been falling since 1948 according to NOAA so the Climastrologists would not want to call attention to that fact. The increase of CO2 is supposed to cause an increase in water vapor so the effect of CO2 can be multiplied by a factor of three to get the 2 to 4 C increase in temperature so widely publicized. Therefore a decrease in water vapor (negative feedback) would suggest that there has been a corresponding decrease in CO2 or at least the effect of the CO2 has been greatly diminished and not multiplied.
Kind of takes the “Catastrophic” out of the news doesn’t it.

Dick of Utah

Who fiddled with the “climate dice” again?

Martin Mayer

This is what global warming looks like!

CSinKS

Global Warming … is there anything it can’t do?

DocMartyn

” Paul Homewood says:
August 20, 2012 at 4:40 am
The whole reporting of record highs is a sham”
This temperature series is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham

Entropic man

Gail Combs says:
August 20, 2012 at 5:36 am
Entropic man says:
August 20, 2012 at 3:57 am
I would hate to live in the Midwest at the moment. Between drought, heat waves, record low temperatures your weather is bouncing around all over the place.
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When the humidity is low the temperatures bounce a lot.
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In Ireland we get the opposite effect. Constant humidity moderates the temperatures. With 50″ of rain and a semi-permanent position just North of the Polar Front, we have very mild temperatures. In Winter we get a couple of cold spells a year with an inch or so of snow, but it never lasts more than 2-3 days. In Summer 80F is a rare hot day to be remarked upon (we mostly speculate when it will stop raining!). We are at the latitude of Seattle, with the Gulf Stream flowing past to warm things up a bit.
The only sign of climate change here is a long term trend becoming a bit warmer, and even wetter.

DMarshall

I suggest making this a weekly feature so we can all see if and how the highs and lows are changing.
But why leave out the High Min and Low Max temps? They are significant too, no?

michaelstrickland92

While I don’t doubt that the vast majority of these will stand, I can guarantee with 100% certainty that the Pulaski, TN record is wrong. It did not even get into the 50s anywhere near there this past weekend, so there is some kind of mistake. Again, that doesn’t change the overall result.

Juice

Record highs followed by record lows? Oh no. Climate disruption! CO2 caused this!

Resourceguy

And of course the swing from record highs to record lows will be blamed on global warming….and the Koch brothers!

Isn’t that amazing? We have had warm weather in SE Europe for the first couple of weeks of August, and now it is much cooler. Extreme weather, no doubt, for the last 50 to 100 years…. And all the Greek mountains that are scheduled to have wind farms are on fire by some miracle… But we shall be saving on CO2 with the windmills.

Gail Combs-
You wrote:
“According to Smith, there’s also been an affinity for retaining airport stations over other kinds of stations. His count shows 92% of GHCN stations in the USA are sited at airports, with about 41% worldwide.”
I am very interested in temperature measurements and would very much like to quote this information because it is so important. Where can I find information on “Smith” and these results?
Information on the relationship between GHCN and USHCN (checked by the WUWT survey) would be helpful; without checking I presume that USHCN is just the US part of GHCN. (I have read this information before but thoughts slip eventually…..)
I’ll return to this WUWT posting and hope to find an answer. Alternatively, please e-mail me directly at imcqueen(at)nbnet.nb.ca
IanM

Doug Proctor

Snowfalls? Appalachians? In the southern Canadian Rockies we’ve already had snowfall at moderately low altitudes, but in the eastern US?

Brian

The High Min Temps on the west coast seem to be along the I5 corridor.

Austin

September cool front in August in North TX. Does this mean we are 20-25 days into fall now? Starlings were flocked up this morning. Let’s see what the grackles do the new few days. The knocking down of the thermal Southern Plains ridge this early will have real consequences weather-wise the next few weeks. This is uncharted territory.

izen

Just goes to show how the exceptional warmth in the Arctic which is melting out the polar ice has disrupted the jetstreams so that the cold air is pulled down ove the midwest.
Expect much more of these extremes in both directions as the polar amplification of AGW causes weather patterns not seem for at least a thousand years !

Entropic,
What you are decribing is weather, nothing more. And the long term temperature trend [the green line] is decelerating, not increasing. Sorry to have to bring actual science into the discussion, but what you believe just ain’t so.

Dr. John M. Ware

I’m thinking the 26 in MI might be a misprint for 36, which would still be a new record. Likewise possibly for Pulaski TN and the one in TX; they dropped so far below the previous record that a misprint is highly possible, without in the least changing the fact of so many new or tied low records. Here in central VA we are at 71 having just finished with a light drizzle; very cool for nearly noon in August. Yesterday the airport zoomed all the way to 75, but we didn’t exceed 72 here. Still humid, though; hard to work outside for long; my glasses steam up and so do I.

polistra

Interesting that the ‘blanketed’ readings (high lows and low highs) on that map are all in the mountains. Usually that’s where you find the low lows.

izen says:
“Expect much more of these extremes in both directions as the polar amplification of AGW causes weather patterns not seem for at least a thousand years !”
izen’s belief system convinces him that he actually knows the weather patterns from a thousand years ago… and he knows that AGW is the cause of everything currently observed. But in reality, there are no ‘extremes’ currently. This has all happened before, repeatedly, and to a much greater extent. We are now in a “Goldilocks climate”, where temperatures have been unusually flat for the past century and a half.
There is zero scientific evidence to support izen’s baseless belief – and plenty of evidence that refutes it, such as the verifiable fact that rises in CO2 always follow rises in temperature. The alarmist crowd never did have any scientific evidence on their side, only their misguided belief system. Religious belief in CAGW seems to be enough for most of them. Crazy, no?

Crispin in Waterloo

Having enjoyed one of the most wonderful, warm summer in ages in Waterloo, this should be the time of year when it is unbearably hot. The CNE is on! (Canadian National Exhibition). I have seen the Shell Tower temperature hit 106 F and that is right at the lakeshore. That was in 1969.
Today, fall is here. Leaves on maple trees turned over the weekend between Waterloo and Stratford. It is getting too cold to wear shorts – my knees are freezing!
How about consulting the traditional climate modelling/predicting system: What percentage of the Woolly Bear caterpillers body is brown this year? They are black-brown-black striped with the middle brown section supposed to foretell the winter: short = hard, long = mild
The statement that ‘climate models forecast’ the current cold weather can’t pass without comment. What a load of BS. Show me a climate model that actually predicts much colder weather around the world. That ‘prediction’ is just CYA bull-speak from warmists who see their gold-plated predictions being trashed by Grandma Nature who has apparently taken a dim view of their alarmist nonsense.
NOAA says (real data) that the specific humidity has been dropping for 60 years. Huh. And CO2 has rise continuuously all that time. Anyone see a spurious correlation here? CO2 dries the apmpsphere, apparently. Certainly a better match than CO2 and increased temperature, right? Given that all GMC’s predict a rise in specific humidity with an increase in CO2, we see another FAIL sign attached to them. (All of them? Wouldn’t want to pre-judge!)
Next we will be hearing from the CAGW camp that we need to reduce the CO2 level of the atmosphere in order to bring temperatures up again. If it continues to get colder, at least we will be able to burn all the Stupid lying around to thaw the pipes.

It has been a slightly wetter year here in Florida. Clearly the only explanation is that global waring is causing droughts and rain at the same time.
[Should that not be “Global warring”? 8<) Robt]

phlogiston

What do the stats of record highs and lows tell us?
Both AGW proponents and AGW skeptics believe that global temperatures – with a lot of averaging – change with time. AGW-ers believe that we now have unidirectional warming, for ever and ever amen. Skeptics also believe that climate changes, but that at short-medium time scales this change is a roughly sinusoidal oscillation. And we appear to be currently at the top of an oscillation with maximal temperatures for a century or so.
The month-to-month temperature record of course adds a huge amount of noise and up-and-down fluctuation to these slowly moving averages. If you take the sinusoidal oscillation model, then you would always expect more high temperature records when you are at the peak of a temperature oscillation, and more low records when you are in a trough. (The fact that you still get record lows when near a temperature peak shows how wide the short term fluctuation is.)
So there is no problem from the skeptic point of view for there to be currently more record highs than record lows. We are at a peak of natural temperature oscillation so more record highs would be expected than record lows. In a trough the opposite is expected.
So what is the big deal about record highs and lows?

Carnac the Magnificent

I Carnac the all seeing seer, see the August 2012 headline from the great whore J. Hansen. August 2012 was the the hottest month ever. The desert Southwest and West Coast were the drivers of the heat. Never mind the cooler temperatures east of the Rockies, as they were just weather.
Even now J. Hansen is feverishly rewriting the past record al la Mikey’s nature trick.

Werner Brozek

phlogiston says:
August 20, 2012 at 8:39 am
We are at a peak of natural temperature oscillation so more record highs would be expected than record lows.

However when you consider that there has been natural warming since the LIA, the new low records are doubly bad for warmists. See:
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/akasofu_ipcc.jpg

Meyer

While we haven’t broken any record lows here in northern WI (to my knowledge), we’ve had some days that didn’t even reach 70F. Yes, it’s northern WI, but August is usually hot and humid, 80’s with some 90’s. Depressing because I cherish those hot, muggy days after 5 months of attempted glaciation…

DD More

izen says: 8:05 am
Expect much more of these extremes in both directions as the polar amplification of AGW causes weather patterns not seem for at least a thousand years.
The extremes have been seen in the last 100 years. See this explained very well, after Sioux Falls and a number of S Dakota cities set record lows on 8 / 17.
http://www.keloland.com/weather/newsdetail11951.cfm/hot-and-cold-of-records/?id=136010
From the report. -” It happened in 1934 when Sioux Falls set a record high of 107 on August 4 to a record low of 39 degrees on August 24.
This also happened in 1896 and 1970. The interesting thing about 1970 is we went from a record high of 99 degrees on August 14 to a record low two days later of 48 degrees, and then back to a record high of 99 degrees on August 29.

Kelvin Vaughan

cptcharles says:
August 20, 2012 at 3:52 am
the Starlings are already beginning to gather together. Normally, they start flocking in latter half of September.
That’s interesting I said that last week for our UK starlings!

Kelvin Vaughan

CSinKS says:
August 20, 2012 at 6:12 am
Global Warming … is there anything it can’t do?
It can’t bring down taxes!

Kelvin Vaughan

Entropic man says:
August 20, 2012 at 6:40 am
The only sign of climate change here is a long term trend becoming a bit warmer, and even wetter.
Quit the blarney Ireland couldn’t get any wetter!

So the trend of record highs outpacing lows has been intensifying and going on for several years – that’s why it got a lot of attention. A one-time blip of record lows may get a little attention, but nobody is saying there won’t ever be any record lows ever again. You should put this information about record lows into the larger context of trends of record highs versus record lows – then it would be useful information.
As for media coverage, I can assure you that, if we see a real and documented long-term trend toward lower temperatures, record lows, or if someone shows that global warming is NOT happening, it will get all sorts of media attention. Til then, stay cool!