It's official – Chicago experienced the coldest four months ever on record

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Weather Channel producer Shawn Reynolds tweeted this incredible photo taken by pilot Hank Cain of a tundra-like Chicago, from above on January 23rd, 2014

An over a century-old record falls.

The average temperature for December 2013 to March 2014 period in  Chicago was only 22.0°F, 10 degrees below freezing, beating the old record set in the winter of 1903-04. It even beat the harsh winters of 1977/78 which were some of the worst ever.

While stories rage in the media about how global warming is a threat to mankind and nobody will be left untouched by it, the National Weather Service in Chicago issued this statement today.

No, it isn’t an April fools joke.

Here is the statement:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL

937 AM CDT TUE APR 1 2014 /1037 AM EDT TUE APR 1 2014/

...COLDEST FOUR MONTH PERIOD ON RECORD IN CHICAGO...

CHICAGO:

THE IMPRESSIVE COLD THIS PAST WINTER CONTINUED DURING

MARCH...WITH A MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 31.7 DEGREES

FOR THE MONTH. THIS RANKS AS THE 19TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD IN

CHICAGO. HOWEVER...OF EVEN MORE INTEREST IS THE FACT THAT WITH THE

ABNORMALLY COLD MARCH ACROSS THE AREA...THIS MADE THE AVERAGE

TEMPERATURE FOR THE DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH PERIOD IN CHICAGO 22.0

DEGREES...WHICH IS THE COLDEST SUCH PERIOD ON RECORD FOR CHICAGO

DATING BACK TO 1872!

HERE IS A LIST OF THIS YEARS DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH AVERAGE

TEMPERATURE RELATED TO THE OTHER COLDEST SUCH PERIODS ON RECORD

IN CHICAGO:

RANK    AVERAGE       YEAR

      DEC-MAR TEMP

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

1.      22.0        2013-14

2.      22.3        1903-04

3.      22.5        1977-78

        22.5        1892-93

5.      22.7        1978-79

ROCKFORD:

UNSEASONABLY COLD CONDITIONS ALSO OCCURRED IN ROCKFORD IN MARCH.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 29.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE

12TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD. THE DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH AVERAGE

TEMPERATURE FOR ROCKFORD WAS 18.4 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND

COLDEST SUCH PERIOD ON RECORD IN ROCKFORD DATING BACK TO 1906.

HERE IS A LIST OF THIS YEARS DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH AVERAGE

TEMPERATURE RELATED TO THE OTHER COLDEST SUCH PERIODS ON RECORD

IN ROCKFORD:

RANK    AVERAGE       YEAR

      DEC-MAR TEMP

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

1.      18.2        1977-78

2.      18.4        2013-14

3.      18.5        1978-79

4.      19.1        1911-12

5.      21.0        1981-82

$$

KJB

Source: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=lot&storyid=101458&source=0

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MattS

I live less than 60 miles north of Chicago in southeastern Wisconsin.
Can you please stop reminding me how cold this last winter was?
Thanks. 🙂

Les Johnson

I DREAM of temperatures getting up to 22 deg F.

Tim Walker

This cold is brought to you via AGW. The same force that will keep your children from experiencing snow. The models must be showing the freezing point of water will rise.

Tim Walker

Woops. I meant to say ‘the freezing point of water will fall.’

Les Johnson

On the notice board outside my office, I have drawing of a man with ear muffs, holding a white flag. Underneath is the captions:
I surrender.
Winter wins.
Please stop.

Jimmy

Calling it the coldest “ever” seems a bit of a reach, although I don’t doubt that it was the coldest 4 months on record.
REPLY: coldest ever for the existence of Chicago. -A

chuckarama

“EVER?” Oh. Good thing you qualified it. For a moment I thought you were going all cold alarmist on us. I mean, hello! Pleistocene! I won’t believe it till I see it as anomalous data or as an inverted hockey stick. Enough with your fancy talk.

Mark Luhman

Last year it snow in Baghdad, this year in Cairo (first time in over a hundred years.) Yet I am told that the abnormal cold is only in the US and the US does not make the world, after all world is still warming. My though yes it is still warming in the record keeper computers, and it will remain warming in their computers eve if ice sheets descend were yet again descending on Chicago, our Baghdad Bobs called climatologist will still insist that the world is warming. I truly believe they are cooking the books and we are probably in a cooling period. I can only hope the cooling period is brief and the world will continue to do a step change upward say in about twenty years, because I also know that where I spend most of my live only a few thousand years ago there was a sheet of ice covering that part of the world over a mile thick and we are not that many steps downward for that condition to return as the norm.

Mike H

Ya’ see? That’s why we needed to change form global warming to climate change. if we had stuck with GW, people could measure and prove wrong. If we go with CC, who the heck is going to know what we’re talking about and we can continue to fool some of the people all of the time. If not all of the time, at least long enough to get regulations in place and then we can find a new phantom menace.
If you don’t measure, you can’t manage. If you can’t measure, you can’t manage.

DR

We’re still struggling to get over 40 in Michigan. Yesterday was 59 for a short period. No sign of flowers, but the geese are flying north. A warm Spring is just around the corner.

SasjaL

On record, ok … but before that? If we turn back the clock 12-15000 years, it would be a different story …

Chad Wozniak

[snip -over the top – mod]

Bruce Cobb

Latest ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee since 1887 quite possible.

alan

Here comes the liberal BS about climate, regional vs global. OH SHUT THE HELL UP!!

Reblogged this on The Next Grand Minimum and commented:
Reminds me of this Ice Age Map: http://iceagenow.info/2011/05/ice-age-maps/

Sean

If there was a mile high glacier just 500 meters away from Chicago, the global warming cult would still be screaming about how the world is about to burn up due to global warming. They are in denial of all the science.

Calling Al Gore, Mr. Al Gore…..
Global Warming, RIGHT.
I’ve seen cold years and hot years.
The Earth has seen Ice Ages
and Hot spells (BTW long before industrialization)
The SUN controls Earth’s weather, PERIOD.
So-called “scientists” are voting their paychecks and propagandizing
for the UN globalists.
Liars, and socialist vermin.

Quinn

All the more impressive given that the UHI effect is likely stronger now than it has ever been.

Bamboo

This was clearly George Bush’s fault…

Chris

that`s why i moved to Florida after 45 years of cold Chicago winters.

SasjaL

alan on April 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm
Here’s the mixup about “liberalism” and “socialism” again … (Not the same!) The former is left wing politics and the latter is center-right politics.

dave

Cold? Like ice age cold , like global warming cold?
Time to start burning coal to warm the planet…… Al Gore has gon too far.

a p

UN insists it is warming along with most Dems!

Layne

It’s a travesty…..

Scute

Why do all weather service announcements and tables resemble a badly-typed WWII secret service memo?

SasjaLr

SasjaL on April 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Oooos! The other way around …

Sandbar Doombey

I hope this global warming thing kicks in soon!

Louis

What would provide more evidence for “extreme weather” than an all-time record? /sarc
Now we know why they emphasize the terms “extreme weather” and “climate change.” Record cold temperatures make “global warming” a tough sell, but they don’t necessarily falsify the idea of a changing climate or an increase in weather extremes. However, I still haven’t heard a convincing argument for how an increase in CO2 can cause record cold.

Todd

Last time I checked, the Quad Cities, on the other side of the states, was at #2 in temp, next to 1978-79. Number 1 on show.
So impressive, in light of the heat island that’s developed over the years.

Todd

Um, snow. Number one in snow. 🙂

ch

We hear incessantly about the horrors of pleasant weather and rarely about the downside of Arctic weather.
Ice on Lake Michigan proving fatal to waterfowl
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-12/news/chi-ice-on-lake-michigan-proving-fatal-to-waterfowl-20140312_1_waterfowl-scoters-lake-michigan

Leo Geiger

Yes, while the media talks about a climate report, WUWT does another local weather report.

Jimmy

April 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm
“REPLY: coldest ever for the existence of Chicago. -A”
I can agree with that explanation.

Ron Sinclair
Dr Burns

With more than a ten fold population increase (despite recent decline) since the first readings, UHI should add a couple of degrees to current readings.

Taphonomic

Did Gore visit Chicago this year? if so, this could be a case of the Gore effect.
Just another example of why we need to take action against extreme Gore effects.

Bruce Cobb

Leo Geiger says:
April 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Yes, while the media talks about a climate report, WUWT does another local weather report.
Yes, record cold winters and record ice levels, all despite record high CO2 levels, and despite a 17-year halt in warming, with signs that we are in fact cooling is “just weather”. Got it.

UpInArms

According to a report this afternoon, the White House announced President Obama has chosen Al Sharpton to be the next Czar of Global Warming. Apparently Sharpton’s climate change tutorials on MSNBC last month impressed the president. http://www.thedailyrash.com/obama-appoints-al-sharpton-global-warming-czar/

Bert Saxby

This could be worse than Y2K.

MrX

I’m in Eastern Canada. We’re still getting snow storms. We have another one on the way. It’s APRIL!!! I don’t remember there ever being this much snow in April. Where is this global warming? It’s not in my area. If you see this elusive global warming, tell it to come my way.
Global warming is like Elvis. People claim to see him/it, but no one can prove it.

Resourceguy

If this was weather, then what would you call if it repeats next year or say 3 out of 4 years? Answer: out migration

Reblogged this on OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET and commented:
Coldest winter in over 100 year but the warmers will still tell you its the hottest ever.

Will Stewart

The usual cherry picking of data for 1/1000000th of the world’s surface. There’s something called ‘science’ and it would behoove readers here to read about it first. So far, most everything I’ve seen is “Ready, fire, aim”….

MattS

“Global warming is like Elvis. People claim to see him/it, but no one can prove it.”
Global Warming has left the building. 😉

Mike Maguire

As you would expect, Detroit experienced a similar cold season. The 2nd snowiest ever so far and the 4th coldest Nov-Mar ever.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=dtx&storyid=100198&source=0
The occurrence of one cold and snowy Winter is obviously weather. What I find intriguing is the pattern over the last several decades.
Detroit had numerous mild/low snow Winters in the 1980’s/90’s while the earth experienced global warming and the PDO was positive. 4 of the lowest 20 snow seasons occurred during those 2 decades.
Since the PDO dropped into the negative zone around a decade ago, Detroit has had numerous snowy Winters. In fact, in the top 15, we find that 6 of the snowiest Winters have occurred in just the last 11 years. Which is half of the Winters during that period finishing in the top 15 of the past 130+ years of records.
#2 2013/14 91.7″
#5 2007/8 71.7″
#6 2010/11 69.1″
#10. 2008/9 65.7″
#11. 2004/5 63.8″
#15. 2002/3 60.9″
Does global warming cause more snow?
Well, snow amounts dropped off in the 1980’s/90’s when there was legit global warming. Shouldn’t we have seen snow increase then?
However, snow amounts during the last 11 years are the highest for any such period in Detroit’s recorded history, a time when the global temperature increase has stalled and the PDO, a natural cycle has flipped from positive to negative.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PDO.svg
This suggests that at the very least, the natural cycle shift, as seen in the PDO going from + to – around a decade ago is offsetting all the greenhouse gas warming effect from the CO2 (that has gone up every year during that time). With so much snow during that period it appears that snowy Winters are a result of or working in tandem to produce natural cooling which is completely offsetting the entire greenhouse gas warming effect for the last decade.
Northern Hemisphere snow cover in Winter has increased during the same time frame as Detroit:
http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=1
Will the warming resume when this natural effect flips again? Maybe, but it’s evidence that for periods of longer than a decade(probably 3 decades considering the past PDO), natural climate change is at least as powerful and at times(50’s-70’s) even more powerful than greenhouse gas warming.
In other words, this is more evidence that the natural cycle(s) have been underestimated which means the human factor has been given too much weight.

Drudge likes you better than the NWS! Congrats on another win.

I feel for you Americans – but imagine my distress, as I cope with the damaging effects of global warming in subtropical Hervey Bay, Australia. One day, if the globe experiences 10 degrees of warming or more, America may suffer the way I do – bathtub warm oceans and bright sunny days, even in winter, lots of beautiful young women running around the beach in skimpy swimwear, BBQs outdoors, because it is too hot to cook inside the house, long evenings drinking beer watching the thunderstorms, whale watching trips to see nature’s great mammals at play, a free waterpark provided by the local utility company, circuses, outdoor events, sports. Its tough I tell you, tough!

noaaprogrammer

Someone must have let Queen Elsa out of her computer animated program.

Ex

With Democrat Global Warming, we will all be able to put water into our ovens to make ice cubes!!!!
I mean since like democrats say Global WARMING makes it colder……….

bd

Soon it will be a “Climate Cooling” crisis with Al Gore at the helm. Blaming “Climate Change” for “Climate Cooling” and “Climate Warming” on “Climate Cooling”. Earthquakes creating Climate change or the opposite. Icebergs in the Great Lakes caused by the Gore effect. Snowfall in Equatorial New Guinea caused by “Carbon Cooling”. The ice in my beer cooler melting to fast is the real test of “Global Warming”. Think I will invent a line of Al Gore “Climate Change” beer coolers. The intention is to lessen the effect of “Global Warming” on my beer.