Cold and snow wave grips the USA, nearly 10,000 cold and snow records set in the last six weeks

Paging Seth Borenstein! 9787 new cold and snow records since March 13th

If this were a month of a heatwave across thus USA, like last July, you can bet it would be MSM headlines all over the place and breathless stories from AP’s Seth Borenstein and pronouncements from the Mannian climate cartel about how all this is connected to global warming, er climate change, er climate disruption.

9787_snowcold_records_USA

Source here

But nary a peep so far about this cold wave lasting over a month that has generated 9787 records posted by NOAA/NWS.

Conversely, here is the list of high temperatures, and high minimum temperatures.

3171_hightemp_records_USA

Source here

The tally to present for the last 6 weeks

High temperature records: 1214

Low temperature records: 3464

High minimum temperature records: 1957

Low maximum temperature records: 4323

Snowfall records: 2000

There is no corresponding anti-snowfall record.

h/t to Robert W. Felix at iceagenow.com

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|sarc| There is no need to mention it. This weather is not surprising. It is all consistent with the fact of Anthropogenic Globull Warmcolding. |/sarc|

michel

Iceagenow is (at least I hope it is) a wonderful tongue in cheek parody of alarmism. Up on a par with Minnesotans for Global Warming. Congratulations to Felix for having kept it up and kept it fresh for so long.
His most wonderful catastrophist fantasy was something like: what happened to the mammoths is going to happen to us. The idea was that it would suddenly start to snow one day, not a few inches or a few feet but many meters. It would just snow and keep on snowing and in a few days we would all be buried under 100s of meters of snow.
Like the mammoths!

jc

I find looking at these two images a bit weird. It looks as though it is a commonplace that, for example, a record low and a high minimum temp have occurred adjacent to each other.
This has no doubt been covered at WUWT before, but is this in accordance with reality if supposedly happening in many instances, some of which, surely, cannot vary topographically, or in other ways, sufficiently to make sense of this?
Am I misreading this, or does this indicate potential problems in sites/measurements that make the mind boggle?

Snow blindness is a terrible thing. That’s why warmists wear those red rose tinted glasses.

jc

It has occurred to me belatedly that if this is over one month, rather than one day, this does make sense.

DennisA

From the Scotsman newspaper:
TWO German tourists who arrived in Scotland for a holiday at the end of February have finally left after being stranded in a remote glen by a snow storm for five weeks.
For the past five weeks Mr Suft and Ms Kumschier have stayed at a bed and breakfast in the village, doing odd jobs to pay for their accommodation, as they waited for the road to be cleared.
Last week Perth and Kinross council sent a JCB to dig a channel through the snow and drag the camper van out of the snow drift.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/german-tourists-stranded-in-highlands-for-five-weeks-1-2906075

PiperPaul

If reality don’t fit, they will not admit.

Dave B

Now it’s Mother Nature’s turn to mock alarmists.

Kev-in-Uk

given the time of year, could the record ‘highs’ be more representative of increased UHI? (certainly for some of the poor sited urban stations) – I am presuming that the record ‘lows’ are acceptable, as to my knowledge folk don’t cool the outside much with human activity! – mind you, if we imagined a really rough weather day, with nobody travelling in private cars/buses,etc due to blocked roads, etc – on those days any UHI contribution from say, traffic, would be lower and could contribute to the recorded ‘lows’?

ColdinOz

Urban heat Island effect will give you a lot of high minimums.

still frozen in Canada, ldd

@ DennisA, Was reading this yesterday at the DM.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312821/Scotland-Sandstorm-Crop-Barley-ruined-tons-sand-blown-land.html
‘The last bad case was when I was very young in the mid-70s and the mess it left was just incredible.’
I keep seeing this, reference to the 70’s weather – Joe B of the Weather Bell; you’re right again.
And given the frozen condition on this continent so far south, food prices will be going up this year.

dwr54

As with March and April 2012, so far in March and April 2013 no new ‘all time’ highest maximum or lowest minimum temperature records have been broken in the lower 48 states; though one all time lowest minimum was broken in Hawaii. That’s according to NOAA’s ‘Records look-up’ page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/records/all-time/maxt/2012/04/00?sts%5B%5D=US#records_look_up
From the same source, in March and April this year (so far) 40 ‘monthly’ lowest minimum temperature records have been broken, in contrast to 11 monthly highest maximum temperature records broken in the same period. That’s a ratio of about 4/1 lowest/highest monthly records broken in March and April 2013.
In March and April 2012 a total of 511 monthly highest maximum temperatures were broken, against 18 monthly lowest minimum temperatures in the same period. That gives a ratio of about 28/1 highest/lowest monthly records broken in March and April 2012.
The total number of monthly temperature records broken during March and April 2012 is in the order of 7 times higher than the number of monthly temperature records so far broken in March and April 2013. Perhaps this is what marked the March and April 2013 events as more noteworthy to the mainstream media outlets?

It is not just the USA, all of the higher latitudes of N. Hemisphere are affected.
Is this a trend direction change?
The N.H’s composite data set is not long enough to extrapolate to future, however there is a good correlation between the CET record and the N.H’s temperature records .
The 350 year long CET record allows for a sensible extrapolation of the basic components comprising natural trend, as I demonstrate here:
http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/CET-NV.htm
Time will tell, but it appears that the ‘global warming’ peak, at least in the higher latitudes of the N. Hemisphere is over.

Robertv

Climate Mammoths
http://thiniceclimate.org/

Robertv

http://youtu.be/t7EAlTcZFwY
If this is true , climate records older than 10.000 years have no importance.

Phil's Dad

jc highlights an important point when he asks why so many high and low records in close proximity (not withstanding that this is over a month). Temperatures are rock solid when we are talking of beating records by tiny fractions of a degree (either way).

David L.

Folks, this is just weather. Climate would be this sort of thing over the past 16 years or so. /sarc

Here in Minnesota, in Duluth, this April is not just the snowiest April they’ve ever had, but has now become the snowiest month period in the entire record there. If you are at all familiar with the weather in Duluth, you will realize that is, if not unprecedented, at least fairly exceptional. There is still a possibility of more snow today and tomorrow, before some warmth finally moves in for the weekend.
Where I live is several hundred miles south of Duluth, but we have had exactly two days where the daily high was above the historical average since 27 Feb. One in March was one degree above average and one day in early April was plus 4 above avg. An additional three days matched the avg. Though not a majority, a strong plurality of the rest of the days in between had highs in the 15-20 degrees below avg. range

Luther Wu

vukcevic says:
April 24, 2013 at 1:46 am
“…
Time will tell, but it appears that the ‘global warming’ peak, at least in the higher latitudes of the N. Hemisphere is over.”
__________
So What- it’s still all your fault and your taxes are going up and your energy usage is going down!

Jimbo

Never forget what they told us was about Spring arriving earlier and earlier.
Exhibit 1

Abstract
…………In a warmer world, less winter precipitation falls as snow and the melting of winter snow occurs earlier in spring. Even without any changes in precipitation intensity, both of these effects lead to a shift in peak river runoff to winter and early spring, away from summer and autumn when demand is highest……
Nature – T. P. Barnett et. al. – 17 November 2005

Greg

“From the Scotsman newspaper:
TWO German tourists who arrived in Scotland for a holiday at the end of February have finally left after being stranded in a remote glen by a snow storm for five weeks.”
WHAT?! Scotland gets about two weeks of camper van weather per year and it does not happen in the middle of winter.
Not even the Met Office predicted a barbecue winter.
Mind you some Germans enjoy a challenge like that. There’s a motorbike rally called the Elephant Rally which is held in the middle in the middle of the continent on the Czech-German border.

CodeTech

I live on a lake… since this house was built in 1995 we’ve been keeping track of freeze and thaw dates. This year we are already 2 weeks past the majority of thaws, and the ice is still thick and solid. The latest it’s ever been was May 3. Should be interesting to see when we thaw.

Greg

Watch out if the weather carries on in the US, you may have an influx of german tourists this year. 😉

Bloke down the pub

jc says:
April 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm
I find looking at these two images a bit weird. It looks as though it is a commonplace that, for example, a record low and a high minimum temp have occurred adjacent to each other.
Don’t forget that these records were set over a number of weeks, so it shouldn’t be unexpected.
I thought that just a little while ago, the fact that max temp records outnumbered min temp records by 3:1 was incontrovertible proof of global warming?

Wu

Does it truly matter? Cold and snow is caused by global warming of course. Nothing to see here…

Jimbo

Exhibit 2

There is no winter any more despite a cold snap before Christmas. It is nothing like years ago when I was younger. There is a real problem with spring because so much is flowering so early year to year. It’s hard to plan attractions as the marketing has to be planned. You do that relying on things happening at certain times.”
Daily Express [UK] – Dr Nigel Taylor, Curator of Kew Gardens, 8 Feb 2008

Just this April we had:

5 April 2013
First week of April and it’s STILL SNOWING! London and South East hit by more white stuff as the Great Spring Freeze keeps its grip on Britain
Daily Mail

michel
Larry in Texas

Brrrrr! It’s now April 24, and we have 41 degrees down here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a wind chill that makes it feel like it is 35 degrees. This is not my idea of spring, especially this close to May in Texas. Global warming is MUCH better than global cooling. Lol!

Jimbo

Exhibit 3

26 August 2006
Spring is arriving earlier each year as a result of climate change, the first “conclusive proof” that global warming is altering the timing of the seasons, scientists announced yesterday……
“Not only do we clearly demonstrate change in the timing of seasons, but that change is much stronger in countries that have experienced more warming,” said Tim Sparks, an environmental scientist on the study at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood near Huntingdon……
“One of the biggest problems is that species don’t adapt to warming at the same rate. So if you have a bird that feeds on an insect that relies on a certain plant for food, and any one of those responds to warming differently to the others, the whole system can break down,” he said.
Guardian

And recently we had:

10 April 2013
Rare birds killed off after migration north sees them face freezing temperatures back in UK
Rare birds have fallen victim to Britain’s prolonged cold weather with the bodies of several breeds found dead across the country.
Independent

And 5 days before the start of Spring:

15 March 2013
Migrating birds leave frozen Germany
Huge flocks of migratory birds, such as cranes, lapwings and golden plovers, have been returning to Germany over the last couple of weeks after spending the winter in warmer climes. Many of them have now turned around and left thanks to the cold weather.
A lack of food was driving the birds out of the country, Matthias Werner from the national ornithological institute said on Thursday. Hundreds of them made a brief stop-over in northern Hesse, he added.

Jimbo
wayne Job

I have to say that I am becoming extremely impressed by what CO2 can achieve, if this global warming becomes any colder it will become a real bitch. One can only wonder why El Nino has been so shy of late, could it possibly be connected to the sun being on holidays.
Perhaps the experts at NASA could inform us as to the suns normal roster and the length of vacation to be expected, this would give us an idea as to how much oil, gas and coal futures to invest in.

Jimbo

Hey, let’s not leave out our Canadian neighbors.

23 April 2013
Record cold in EVERY Canadian province and territory
http://iceagenow.info/2013/04/record-cold-canadian-province-territory/

Dr. John M. Ware

Last year my daylilies started blooming on April 2. This year the first bloom was yesterday, April 23, a full three weeks later. Here in central Virginia the cold has not been as extreme as in Duluth (we lived in Superior WI for three years in the 1970s), but March was just cold, and except for a warm week April has been also. Most days have been at least somewhat colder than average for the time of year. Today we are predicted to feel 80 degrees; I’ll wait to see.

Mark H

Hi Anthony,left this comment because I didn,t know how to bring this to your attention.Just watched BBC Hardtalk,24/04/13 .You might find it interesting environmentalist author put on the rack by the BBC interviewer.Gotta be a first,we need more of same.Maybe you can find the link somewhere to put it up here.

T-Bird

“From the Scotsman newspaper:
TWO German tourists who arrived in Scotland for a holiday at the end of February have finally left after being stranded in a remote glen by a snow storm for five weeks.”
I was in Scotland back in 1993, on the first leg of a European trip. It was mid May so I didn’t pack a jacket. That was a mistake. I’d not quite realized how far north Scotland is and that therefore they have only two seasons: winter and July. It’s a lovely country but why anyone would want to go there in February escapes me.

Sam the First

Last year I stopped using my heating during the day around the first week of April. This year, today is the first day I’ve not had it on at all. I’m around 70 miles N of London.
Regarding the two maps: surely when it’s particularly cold outside there will be more heating on for longer in urban areas in both homes and businesses, thus increasing overall heat in urban heat islands.

John West

This is all perfectly in line with the alarmist fantasy as chronicled in the most scientifically sound (cough) prophetic documentary (cough) “The Day After Tomorrow” where global warming induces an ice age and the evil Republican politician that was so worried about little things like the economy has to admit the super brave and heroic alarmist paleoclimatologist was right all along to be more worried about trace gases in the atmosphere disrupting the climate.
/sarc

Dave Wendt says:
April 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

Here in Minnesota, in Duluth, this April is not just the snowiest April they’ve ever had, but has now become the snowiest month period in the entire record there. If you are at all familiar with the weather in Duluth, you will realize that is, if not unprecedented, at least fairly exceptional.

I’d go with “unprecedented in the written records.” Of course, that would make it exceptional too. 🙂

Steve Keohane

It is April 24th. By now we usually have hummingbirds return to western Colorado for the summer. It has been below freezing every morning, a bit warmer a dawn yesterday, but with snow. It has been in the teens in the past week and is currently about 20°F. It will be at least a couple more weeks before we have any flowers for the hummers to feed upon, assuming the buds survive this late freeze.

shs28078

Don’t you know the models predict co2 will cause record lows and snowfall in March and April in the continental US?
But they didn’t predict it would be this bad. It’s worse than we thought.

LKMiller

Perhaps the pendulum is swinging back. In the Pacific Northwest (PNW) we have been in a cooler and wetter weather pattern since 2008. This year is different. Here in the Willamette Valley we are at least 6″ behind on precipitation (we get most of our precip from October to May), and flowering of Douglas-fir is a solid 10 days earlier than in 2012. Today will top out at 74.

“There is no corresponding anti-snowfall record.”
The Hockey Team is hard at work on this.

michael hart

More measurements/observations will increase the probability of measuring ‘a record’, as will greater reported-precision.
The individual is also free to choose what they consider to be ‘a record’ worth mentioning. Fans of Baseball and Cricket know this, but many climate-change observers in the MSM are still struggling.

Box of Rocks

I fail to see what is so unprecedented about these lows.
The last freeze date in North Central Kansas is May 5th.

McComber Boy

Michael Hart says…More measurements/observations will increase the probability of measuring ‘a record’, as will greater reported-precision.”
But if you have kept up with Anthony’s work on weather stations, there are fewer stations being systematically adjusted upward. It must really be cold to overwhelm The Adjusters. (Almost sounds like something from a Monty Python adventure.)

beng

Slightly damaging frost the other morning here in western MD — 26F. Tired of the cold…..

richard verney

Many readers will recall that warmists have of late been suggesting that the reduced Arctic Ice coverage has played a role in Northern Europe (particularly the UK) experiencing colder than usual winters and snowier than usual winters these past few years. Whilst globally warming may have stalled, CET suggests that winter temperatures have fallen by about 1.5degC this century
One of the regular WUWT commentators (I think it is Steven Mosher) often puts forward that reduced Arctic ice cover is the explanation as to why more snow is to be expected In Northern Europe whereas previously warmists (for example Dr Viner
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html
) were suggesting that winters would become milder and children would not know what snow is.
The UK Met Office has been looking into this and now considers that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that reducedArctic ice coverage was responsible for the UK’s cold and snowy winter this year. In fact it appears that the Met Office do not consider reduced Arctic ice coverage to be responsible.See http://www.thegwpf.org/met-office-admits-arctic-sea-ice-cold-winter/

Well brace your selves for the flood of extreme weather claims due over the next two weeks.
As the moon crossed the equator headed South on the 22nd, the secondary tidal bulge in the atmosphere is rebuilding up off of the equator and will arrive with warm moist air to power the main spring out break of tornadoes, as the Moon is maximum culmination South on the 28th and we are in peak synod conjunction with Saturn, both will effectively combine to move more than usual amounts of warmth and moisture into the now frozen snow clogged streams.
The warm rain and rapid snow melting on frozen ground will make the news with the floods at the same time the tornadoes peak from the 27th until around May 5th when the moon crosses the equator headed North to bring in the rest of the spring thaw and more rains.
Be ready for the extreme meme to pop up in the media again and blame it on CO2 what done it!

Todd

“Here in Minnesota, in Duluth, this April is not just the snowiest April they’ve ever had, but has now become the snowiest month period in the entire record there.”
The St. Paul paper did carry an article about that. Over 50″ for April (record) close to 90″ since Feb 1 (record) 22″ on the ground (record for this late in the year) 12x” for the season (3rd and climbing)
In the Twin Cities, normal is now 62. The warmest we’ve been is 55. Only 3 days in April even topped 50.