100 year old cold record broken in Huntsville, AL

Actually, two new records; one for high one for low. This from earlier:



132 AM CDT WED JUL 30 2014




IN 2006.

Actually, they have the wording backwards, it is supposed to be record low maximum. Obviously 81 degrees is not that warm for July in Alabama. They’ll probably issue a correction later. The NWS predicted the new record low earlier with this graphic:


Now the record has been broken according to the latest data from KHSV:


The temperature at Huntsville International Airport dropped to 57 degrees as of 4:53 a.m. 56 degrees.

The previous record for the date was 60 degrees set back in 1914.


The record DID go lower, to 56F, and I’ve updated the post.



725 AM CDT WED JUL 30 2014




Dr. John Christy writes in with:

A bigger story is the Montgomery low of 59F – tying the all time monthly record low for July set on 20 July 2009 from records that go back to the 1880s.


84 thoughts on “100 year old cold record broken in Huntsville, AL

  1. As the annual hurricane season is approaching, it may be useful to look at the past numbers and consider what may or may not be expected in the near future.
    Correlation of the hurricane annual number to an apparent precursor (as shown here ) is only indicative of possible future occurrences.

  2. What is a LOW MAXIMUM? You can have a LOW or LOWEST temperature, or a MAXIMUM temperature, but a LOW MAXIMUM is a non-sequiture, they cancel each-other out.
    If you mean the lowest DAY-TIME temperature or the highest DAY-TIME temperature then say so.
    If this is an example of the descriptive language of Weather and Climate “science”, then I understand why they are in the mess that they are in.

  3. Pierre Gosselin says:
    At the airport no less, where you have the UHI!
    Most airports are not urban, haven’t been to Alabama.
    There may be other warming effects at airport due to close proximity to runway, but it’s not UHI.

  4. “Actually, two new records; one for high one for low. This from earlier:”
    OMG, more _extreme_ climate !
    Extreme climate swings at Huntsville , finally undeniable proof that the whole planet is going unstable. We must act now.

  5. Yay, us!!! Dr. Christy was on the local news last night (WHNT, the previous home of our old friend Dan Satterfield) explaining the UHI effect. On the news this morning, they mentioned that today is the date of the all time record high in Huntsville of 111F recorded in 1930.

  6. Such records are not rare this summer. We stayed in the 60s a day or two this month here in central Oklahoma. Seems we set new lowest highs two days in a row. Most of Oklahoma is still in drought, but we’ve had more rain the usual lately. It is welcome. It is weather, and it is nothing compared to the dust bowl days.

  7. Cool…..This is where I live! Drove by the airport this morning on my way to Decatur. Its chilly outside. Feels great! Football weather.

  8. I am in Nashville, TN and have long planned summer outdoor work very early in the morning to avoid the heat. (Not much you can do about the humidity.) The last two days, I have actually delayed my start until 8-9 am waiting for it to warm up. That has not happened before in the 25+ years I have lived here. I like it!

  9. Yeah, it’s been sweet here in Huntsville the last couple of days. Windows open and everything. 🙂

  10. So the low was a full 3F clear of the previous record???
    If hypothetically a two-horse town in North Dakota had the highest July30 by a full 3 deg above the previous record high, it would be front page news right?

  11. Clearly this is an anomaly of a PSS (Poorly Sited Station).
    Oh, Warmists definition of a PSS:
    a station providing accurate information.
    /borderline sarc

  12. Paraphrasing noted warmist Dr. David Viner…”Children just won’t know what heat waves are!”
    BTW, it has been nice here in New England – hardly any 90+ deg days all summer. 70 – 80s during the day, 50s at night.

  13. 69F was the high yesterday w/no rain-cooling here in western MD. 47F this morning. Need a space-heater at my feet.
    If this same pattern occurred in mid-Jan…..

  14. Joe says:
    July 30, 2014 at 4:01 am
    What is a LOW MAXIMUM? You can have a LOW or LOWEST temperature, or a MAXIMUM temperature, but a LOW MAXIMUM is a non-sequiture, they cancel each-other out.
    If you mean the lowest DAY-TIME temperature or the highest DAY-TIME temperature then say so.

    I agree that the wording is confusing. But, I believe the words MAX and MIN refer to the entire 24-hour period. So yes, you can have a record low MAX or a record high MAX, just as you can have a record low MIN or a record high MIN.

  15. Now remember, record lows are “natural variation” only record highs really matter. /sarc

  16. Is it a wording mistake by NWS or is it stuck on the words maximum, record high, extreme, and others to go along with blazing red color system bias?

  17. Joe, a warm front can come through in the middle of the night, or a cold one in the middle of the daylight hours. Let’s say it gets as warm as 69F at 3 am, and then a cold front starts blowing through, so the temperature starts falling off from there. Maybe by 3 pm (midafternoon), between the cold front and the sunshine, it’s only 60F, and steadies there for a while, before cooling again as night falls.
    The high temperature from midnight to midnight — i.e., the high temperature for the calendar date of this hypothetical “day” is 69F. Would you call that the “day-time” high? I wouldn’t. But it IS the maximum temperature for that calendar “day”.
    Let’s further hypothesize that the date is July 30; that in this location, “July 30” over the last 100 years has had an average high temperature (regardless of time of day) of 75F; and that on, say, July 30, 1922, the maximum temperature reached was only 71F (and, sure, it was your “daytime” high). Let’s say that the maximum temperature for “July 30” in this place has never been that low since — until this year, when the, yes, “low maximum” was only 69F — it was the “maximum” for this day, but not during daylight hours, AND a record-breaking “low maximum”.
    Get it?

  18. Joe says:
    What is a LOW MAXIMUM? You can have a LOW or LOWEST temperature, or a MAXIMUM temperature, but a LOW MAXIMUM is a non-sequiture, they cancel each-other out.
    If you mean the lowest DAY-TIME temperature or the highest DAY-TIME temperature then say so.

    Low maximum is fine. Your spelling of “non-sequiture” is not. Neither is your understanding of the meaning of that term. Ditto your assumption that “maximum temperature” and “daytime temperature” are the same thing.

  19. Cool & wet here in Denver on the other side of the same cool push – raining & 56 at my location as I type this. Expected high only in the 60s, normal high of 89. Anecdotally, this has been the cloudiest summer I can remember here over the last 17 years at this location. Not necessarily the coolest, as we have had hot streaks, but frequently punctuated by cool, cloudy wet days like today.

  20. Joe says:
    July 30, 2014 at 4:01 am

    What is a LOW MAXIMUM? You can have a LOW or LOWEST temperature, or a MAXIMUM temperature, but a LOW MAXIMUM is a non-sequiture, they cancel each-other out.
    If you mean the lowest DAY-TIME temperature or the highest DAY-TIME temperature then say so.

    Make a list of all the maximum temperatures for the date over the years where you have data. Pick the highest, that’s the record high maximum. Pick the lowest, that’s the record low maximum. They sometimes occur at midnight so referring to daytime temps won’t work. (Besides, the lowest DAY-TIME temperature typically occurs at dawn.)

    If this is an example of the descriptive language of Weather and Climate “science”, then I understand why they are in the mess that they are in.

    Improvements are welcome, I’m sure.

  21. Joe, if the highest temperature for July 30 is the “daily maximum”. and you looked at all the July 30 “daily maximums” in the record, what might you call the lowest value of that set?

  22. FWIW, Atlanta and Macon also broke previous low temperature records for this date (July 30):
    Atlanta: 60°F, breaking previous record of 61°F from 1936
    Macon: 61°F, breaking previous record of 62°F from 1930
    Story is here .

  23. Greg Goodman says:
    July 30, 2014 at 4:21 am
    what is the point in linking all this stuff if you don’t explain what you “precursor” is and provide a data source?
    Hi Greg
    Thanks for the comment. Every now and than we look at climate models from academia and individual contributors, made out of multiplicity of the components, and hardly anyone knows what they are made of and even less how they work.
    The link you quote, is not a model but a straight forward comparison of two well known variables (sub-equatorial N. Atlantic hurricane annual numbers and sub-polar N. Atlantic atmospheric pressure). Knowing that isn’t of any help since I do not think there is any single or collective assembly of ideas that may explain the processes involved if any, thus it belongs to the realm of speculation, as the most of predictions do. Here I was guided by a simple principle ‘if it worked during the most of the time the past, it just may work in the near future’, but the advice is:do not cancel your insurance policy.

  24. previous comment re: record low temps in Atlanta & Macon was mine; I botched pasting my usual name.

  25. Jealous of all you folks with lower than average temps. Not so here. It’s been in the upper 90s or low 100s all month. Not unusual for this time of year, but it would be nice to have some of those lower temps! Come to think of it, there were a couple days last week down into the upper 70s, and that was nice!

  26. FWIW, both Atlanta and Macon (Georgia) set new record low temps for this date (July 30):
    Article is here.
    New Atlanta low is 60°F, breaking previous record of 61°F from 1936.
    New Macon low is 61&def;F, breaking previous record of 62°F from 1920.

  27. Hmmm … Two harsh winters followed by cool springs and summers. Could this be a climate shift back to the old normal? Can’t be, because CO2 continues to rise. >/sarc>

  28. It has been unusually wet and cool here in NH this summer. Spring was also somewhat wet and cool, as I recall. But, that’s “Climate Change” for ya. Had it been unusually warm and dry, that would have been “Global Warming”.

  29. The news this morning said about 2,000 people die each year in the US from the weather, most die from the winter cold. I’m having trouble tying this to climate change but I’m confident someone will think of a way.

  30. Everyone needs to calm down a bit. This may be a record Low Maximum, or record High Minimum, Or a Record Global Warming Negative, or Climate Disruption anomaly, but actually after all of the data and homogenization are in, the temperature was shown as 57, but in reality it is only 56.6003472942567 F. Rounded up and therefore Global Warming is real, frightening and dangerous. Run for the hills!!!!

  31. vukcevic says:
    July 30, 2014 at 3:39 am
    Accumulated cyclone energy, ACE, follows solar activity. Presently there is insufficient solar activity for hurricane development. Give it a chance, as the most active regions on the sun are now rolling into earth-facing position, SSN and solar flux are now up from very low levels that began almost two weeks ago. While the energy of the sun has waned with each solar rotation so far this summer, she may wax brilliant again long enough to warm tropical waters up enough to drive the high volume surface evaporation needed for cyclogenesis. She may also give us some flaring events that can rapidly energize the Earth’s electric field, which helps to provide the extra massive uplift and rotation needed for big cyclones/hurricanes vs regular tropical storms.
    Since the sunspot number dropped to zero on July 17, the morning heat index temps across the US have fallen dramatically, and it’s generally cooled off everywhere except the coastal and SW states. It’s been cool in Michigan, barely getting to 60F every day, and gardeners and farmers all across the region are dealing with spindly plants and less fruit from not enough Sun! Our garden took off well when the Sun was more active earlier in May/June, but it’s struggling now.
    The present cooldown in the US has reached the Gulf States. The cold front sitting across the south now is a repeat of the situation we saw several weeks ago under similar circumstances, and similar to last winter, when the “polar vortex” pushed cold air all the way into Florida.
    The “super” moon’s effect on atmospheric tides is seen in weather map analysis, as it has pulled cooler air from the Canadian north southward, easily counteracting recently weak solar-driven tropical warmth, as it went from max declination north on July 23, to tomorrow at the equator headed southward, with still a week to go before it peaks south before heading back north, when it will drag warmer tropical air northward with it on it’s transit north, as it always does.
    Today, the SSN is 160, and F10.7 is 132, from small, unimpressive sunspots, and in the next week, the mildly higher solar activity will provide some warm-up. See http://origin-www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/usaf-45-day-ap-and-f107cm-flux-forecast 45-DAY F10.7 CM FLUX FORECAST:
    30Jul14 145
    31Jul14 145
    01Aug14 145
    02Aug14 145
    13Aug14 090
    14Aug14 090
    15Aug14 090
    27Aug14 140
    28Aug14 140
    29Aug14 140
    09Sep14 090
    10Sep14 090
    11Sep14 090
    The Air Force also thinks the sun’s energy is slowly tapering off. I’m curious how agricultural output will turn out from the northern states and Canada after the season is over. Will food production be down from lack of solar intensity? Things are shaping up for a repeat and worse of last year’s severe US winter, as many long-range forecasters are saying. What say you Mr. V?

  32. And humidity at 90 percent. What happened to those green house gas down-welling IR fluxes keeping us all warm?

  33. How can someone that works for the National Weather Service be so stupid. A record high temperature of 81 degrees in Alabama during July, are you kidding? That doesn’t even make sense.

  34. Runway or UHI doesn’t matter, under the local conditions “calm” means almost no wind a black body
    can go lower than normal temperatures just before morning.

  35. via Gordon F.
    Wednesday July 23 was a day of new weather records across Oregon and SW Washington In one instance, Portland Airport broke the all-time rainfall record by a factor of ten! Other areas with longer records, like Vancouver, WA, broke rainfall records that have stood for almost a century. We alo had a number of record low high temperatures. Portland tied a record low high of 68 F set in 2008.
    455 AM PDT THU JUL 24 2014
    ASTORIA 0.82 INCH 0.42 / 1952
    PORTLAND (AIRPORT) 0.62 INCH 0.06 / 1959
    VANCOUVER 0.52 INCH 0.47 / 1918
    HILLSBORO 0.36 INCH 0.02 / 1992
    MCMINNVILLE 0.30 INCH 0.06 / 1919
    EUGENE 0.21 INCH 0.17 / 1918
    HOOD RIVER 0.42 INCH 0.15 / 1935
    PORTLAND (AIRPORT) 68 DEG ** TIED 68 IN 2008
    HILLSBORO 69 DEG ** TIED 68 IN 2008
    MCMINNVILLE 69 DEG ** NEW RCD 70 IN 1992
    SALEM 68 DEG ** NEW RCD 70 IN 1949
    HOOD RIVER 63 DEG ** NEW RCD 66 IN 1918
    There were also record low temperatures set in Eastern Oregon this morning:
    1111 AM PDT FRI JUL 25 2014
    *JOHN DAY(CITY), OR 42 / 1963 40 1891
    MEACHAM, OR 36 / 2008 35 1929
    PENDLETON(ARPT), OR 50 / 2007 48 1934
    THE DALLES, OR 52 / 1989 52 (TIED) 1929

  36. The entire Shreveport NWS reporting zone set low-low and low-max records earlier this month.
    440 PM CDT MON JUL 21 2014
    SHREVEPORT LA 64 IN 1894 64 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1874
    Before that:
    750 PM CDT SUN JUL 20 2014
    TEXARKANA AR 85 IN 1959 81 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1896
    And before that:
    0748 PM CDT SAT JUL 19 2014
    SHREVEPORT LA 79 IN 1967 73 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1874
    MONROE LA 79 IN 1967 76 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1930
    TEXARKANA AR 82 IN 1959 75 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1896
    EL DORADO AR 81 IN 1959 74 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1907
    TYLER TX 81 IN 2013 75 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1896
    LONGVIEW TX 80 IN 1920 73 IN 2014 RECORDS SINCE 1902

    • The point is that neither record highs OR record lows prove/disprove AGW. However, when an hundred year old high temp is broken we are inundated with foolish claims of “proof”. A record low will be all but ignored by the alarmists.

  37. huntsville should have set a new record low for the 29th also since they went below 60 before midnight……usually the low temp comes around sunrise, but last night it was already below 60 before midnight which was colder than the sunrise temp earlier on the 29th..

  38. 105º in Omak, Washington yesterday, 40 miles south of here. More wild filers were started, no relief from emergent phenomena, deer are emerging from the surrounding hills seeking water and browse, my tomatoes went missing overnight. My coffee trees are carrying more cherries right now than at any time in the last 10 years. Some like it hot.

  39. Karma:
    Atlanta sets a record low on the day the EPA holds hearings there about capping carbon.

  40. According to wunderground, the record high temp for Huntsville on 7/29 was 111 degrees. However since that was in 1930 it was adjusted DOWN to 80 degrees, hence yesterday was a record, AGW is real, and we’re all going to die.

  41. Bill Taylor said on July 30, 2014 at 8:41 am:

    for those thinking about “jumbo shrimp” why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?

    Must be a regional thing, here in Pennsylvania we drive on the highway and sometimes park on the berm. But I’ve yet to find a lowway. Although I have heard of a midway, it lies somewhere between different towns but I’ve never seen it when driving.
    I think someone is playing word games with you. Like when someone is on one of the Interstate Highways like I-80 or I-81 with the temporary perpetual construction or a rare daily accident, then they may indeed exclaim the highway has become a parkway!

  42. justaskin says:July 30, 2014 at 8:26 am
    “And the point is that these low temperatures somehow disprove AGW?”
    No that is not “the point”. That would be asinine.
    If it were “the point” someone would say “these low temperatures somehow disprove AGW”.
    You should try to just ask better questions without framing them with a foolish strawman assumption.
    Do you ever ask the same kind of question of alarmists?
    “And the point is that these high temperatures somehow prove AGW?”
    They more than anyone regularly point to every imaginable observation and suggest it is proof of AGW. Often while also thoroughly distorting the observation, measurement, trend and anything else they can be deceitful with.

  43. Today was the third time this month we have been within 3 deg of the all time July low… 110 years of records.

  44. justaskin said on July 30, 2014 at 8:26 am:

    And the point is that these low temperatures somehow disprove AGW? While the eastern US has experienced cool temperatures this year, it is just about the only place on the planet that has:

    Do you understand what that map is showing? Temperatures have peaked at the high end, where they’ve been paused. The averages the map uses are taken over many cooler years. We’d have to be quickly sliding into planetary glaciation for that map of “Land & Ocean Temperature Percentiles Jan-Jun 2014” to show predominantly no warmer than average.
    Indeed, while they like painting the oceans with “Record Warmest” red, it could well be possible that many of the dark pink “Much Warmer than Average” areas could actually currently be neutral or have a cooling trend and still fall within that grouping.
    Meanwhile let’s look at just June:
    North Hemisphere has much Average, Warmer than Average, and Cooler than Average. They have to look to the oceans to find spots of “Record Warmest”, which is fun because the historical ocean data is so sparse it’s basically just educated guesses from modeling. As we were at the peak of modern temperatures, so much Average and below actually indicates cooling.
    Here in Pennsylvania, yesterday a TV meteorologist noted spots where the tree leaves are already turning colors, and it does feel more like a start of October than it does an end of July. Better get the fuel oil tanks filled up.

  45. Pierre, airports are built on the periphery of urban areas (see link below). They have their own encroaching heat island affect much like overgrown, poorly maintained rural sites do but on mega-steroids. Instead of window mounted air conditioner exhaust, BBQ flames, patio concrete slab additions and overturned metal boats directing heat into the sensors, the concrete carpet, and back-end, ass-up exhaust of the jets does it.

  46. Looks like the Hudson’s Bay Low is back in place. Another cold Fall and Winter for folks back East but unfortunately it does not portend well regarding Blockosaurus Rex (and hence the drought here in CA).

  47. kadaka,
    Thanks for re-posting the link, which I hope will help inform the discussion. I see many land areas with warmer than average temperatures (Europe, East Africa, Middle East, Australia), not just over the oceans. And how do you know that temperatures have “peaked”? We have seen many apparent “pauses” in global surface temperatures over the last century (some lasting multiple decades), yet the oceans continue to warm, ice continues to melt (i.e., sea level is rising), and surface temperatures have always resumed their upward trend. I’m glad you’re enjoying the cool summer in PA, but I hope you can appreciate that one season at one location is not indicative of global patterns.

  48. Anybody know where to find climate records (if any) for HSV area during the LIA? You know, just in case…

  49. dp says:
    July 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    105° in Omak, Washington yesterday, 40 miles south of here. More wild filers were started,

    Hey, I remember Omak, very fondly, thanks to a store that was open on Sunday, way, way back in 1974. I didn’t come across any “wild filers,” probably too early in the season for them, 🙂 but the temperature was in the mid-upper 80s:
    June 23 8:45 AM
    odometer start: 1856.2
    … presupposes my rear tire lives through today which may be asking a lot of it. It looks like the ply inside it is torn at one point, causing it to bulge out a little…. This being Sunday makes it a bit hard to buy a new one today.
    June 23th, 2:20 PM
    odometer: 1901.7
    Well, I made it to Omak and stopped at a drug store from some cloth tape which I wrapped around the bad spot. I quickly decided it wasn’t going to work, especially when I tried putting on the rear brake and tore off part of the tape. Fortunately, a woman I talked to pointed me to a discount store that was open where I got a $1.99 Korean tire and some more Kodachrome – 64 film (the first I’ve seen in quite some time). So, it looks like I’m back in business again. About 40 miles to Canada, might as well get going.
    I believe I tore the ply in the tire on gravel in the campground the night before. The Korean tire did fine, even with more air in it than rated, and got me to Canada that evening. I replaced it the next day. I found a really cool way to fold a tire in three (i.e. it turns into three loops) without twists, and kept the tire for the rest of the trip. I hadn’t brought a spare tire because I had never had one fail before.
    Try the three-fold with a broad rubber band. It’s a little hard to describe, so I won’t. I’ve seen it used in some car windshield sunshades and a foldup kiddie play house.

  50. kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
    July 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Here in Pennsylvania, yesterday a TV meteorologist noted spots where the tree leaves are already turning colors, and it does feel more like a start of October than it does an end of July. Better get the fuel oil tanks filled up.

    Here in New Hampshire, the security guard at work commented that he thinks things are ahead of schedule (I think some of that is the late spring makes things on time, like Black-Eyed Susans, seem to be early). However, some stressed sumac and aspen have some color, despite the moist summer. Black Locusts are happy, they often shed their leaves early during dry summers.
    I generally look forward to mid-August when the humid southwest wind finally breaks for the first time in weeks. Right now it’s 77°F with a dew point of 57°F (25°C/14°C). Pretty good for the periphery of the winter-like Canadian incursions.
    A couple days ago a storm brought the air pressure down to 29.36″ (991 mb), it was the lowest air pressure I’ve recorded in July in ten years of records. It has happened in June, but not in August except during Hurricane Irene.

  51. My very experienced horse (life experience that is–he’s 30) has been shedding his summer coat for 2 weeks already. He knows something we don’t know.

  52. @justaskin
    With half the world experiencing an almost el nino with a 0.6 degree anomaly, we have record monthly temperatures over months that were in 2 degree anomaly. Yeah, right. The books are being cooked. Can’t imagine your government lying to you? Check out what they’re claiming the inflation number to be.

  53. justaskin says:
    July 30, 2014 at 8:26 am
    And the point is that these low temperatures somehow disprove AGW?

    They disprove Obama’s claim that global warming is happening here and now in River City.

  54. Here, near Richmond VA, we experienced 56 degrees yesterday morning, 2 degrees lower than the old record of 58 degrees. I’ve been keeping records here at home (Mechanicsville) for about a year now, and we have had several records set or tied in that time; all are colder than the previous record cold. (Most of my records will not be recorded as such, since I am not at the airport, and the airport, with a healthy UHI, likely did not get down as low as out here, perhaps 10 miles away.)
    I am amazed at the misunderstanding of record low maximum (we’ve had some of those here this year also). One day in January, we had a high of 17 degrees and a low of 5, both record cold for the date. The previous coldest high temperature on that date was (I think) 21, and the previous record low for the date was 12. It is a rare winter day in Richmond that fails to reach 20 degrees, but we saw it twice this past winter (another day had a high of 19). So it is perfectly possible to have a record low maximum as well as a record low minimum; in fact, it’s unavoidable if records have been kept.

  55. Ever been to Alabama? It’s a little hard to believe that 81F would be a record high temperature.
    How did that garbage from the NWS ever pass even the most basic sanity check? Maybe it was written in cursive script.

  56. Southern winter anecdotal updates:
    Numerous interior central and southern Queensland town coldest max and min records were broken during mid-July, 2014. Even the more humid coastal cities broke coldest recorded day and night records this year:
    Brisbane records coldest morning in 103 years
    July 13, 2014 00:22:52
    Keep in mind this refers to BOM’s historical ‘data’, which is so manipulated that its reliability, objectivity and representativeness is at least questionable (bit of a shame, that, as not so long ago their historical data was considered credible and objective)
    As for the nowcast, a very strong cold front is set to enter four states and is setting up to break the August record lows over the next couple of days. As the preceding winds are being affected by a major low pressure area, siting well south of Oz, for the past few weeks, it’s been pulling down warmer tropical air on its northern side for a few days preceding this antarctic cold front’s SE-erly surge into the eastern states. So we’ve had warm tropical air inflows followed by very cold SW antarctic surges.
    The temp variability this winter does not appear to have a higher or lower bias, but the temp range has become more variable with intense winter storm developments in the Southern ocean. The only reason we’re not getting much colder winds (thus far) over Australia has been the co-blocking mid to upper level high, that’s be sitting over central and northern Australia for the last few weeks, in conjunction with a very large and near stationary Southern ocean low pressure zone (which extends from sea level into the upper levels).
    The result has been frigid wet and very windy southern ocean polar air coming ashore all week here:
    And the current national sat-radar composite shows the resulting large SE surge and blizzard (starting in Alpine areas tonight) followed by frosty antarctic air surges for several days to come:
    So the pattern that’s emerging (so far) this winter has been pulses of warmth, followed by windy intense cold snaps.
    And as you’ve probably guessed the amazingly one-eyed ABC commentariate has been making much of the warm pulses, whilst downplaying the extent and intensity of the associated record-breaking cold snaps that follow.
    In other winter-ish news today the Federal Government announced it will buy what it calls a new “multi-purpose icebreaker” to replace the Aurora Australis, in 2019. Presumably this is to expand the capacity to rescue a growing number of stranded ego-maniacal grandstanding warmists stuck in summer blizzards and expanding sea ice, as they try to determine why they don’t pay due regard to natural climatic variability (we may need a couple new breakers if Jo, et al.’s multi-decadal cooling prediction emerges in the interim).

  57. ***
    Ric Werme says:
    July 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    Black Locusts are happy, they often shed their leaves early during dry summers.
    Prb’ly not dryness — here they turn brown mid-summer from plagues of the Locust Leaf Miner.

  58. On the NOAA medium and long range forecasts that blue blob keeps getting a little closer to Sunspot, New Mexico. Maybe if Alamogordo area breaks 100 year records Leif will notice????

  59. dp and Ric, I also remember Omak but not fondly. 38 years ago my ex and I were on our way to visit Colville relatives who couldn’t come to our wedding. I got food poisoning in Omak from a tavern. The French dip “dip” did me in. I fainting off the notell motel toilet seat and hit the edge of the toilet paper roll holder. It was just great showing up as a newly wed couple with a black eye.

  60. ren says:
    July 31, 2014 at 7:21 am
    Unmentionable (sorry)
    Thanks ren, yes, there’s the source of the higher temp variability.
    The mid-level to upper blocked pressure pattern seemed even more distinct last week. The current cold pulse low is present from surface to 250 HPa.
    Looking at the Jetstream for tomorrow over the same area I don’t know if I’ve seen it so strong over such a wide band of latitude, but then goes into these NS standing-waves. Fortunately one of them has not shoved polar air right into the eastern tropics for a week or two … yet.

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