Eastern U.S. record breaking cold and snow as seen from space

From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: NASA snaps picture of Eastern US in a record-breaking ‘freezer’

NASA's Terra satellite captured this picture of snow across the eastern United States on Feb. 19 at 16:20 UTC (11:20 a.m. EST). Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team - Click to enlarge

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this picture of snow across the eastern United States on Feb. 19 at 16:20 UTC (11:20 a.m. EST). Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of the snow-covered eastern U.S. that looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer. In addition to the snow cover, Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over the Eastern U.S. triggering many record low temperatures in many states.

On Feb. 19 at 16:40 UTC (11:40 a.m. EST), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured a picture of the snowy landscape. The snow cover combined with the frosty air mass made the eastern U.S. feel like the inside of freezer. The MODIS image was created at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

On the morning of Feb. 20, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) noted, “There were widespread subzero overnight lows Thursday night (Feb. 19) extending from Illinois to western Virginia, and numerous record lows were set. Bitterly-cold arctic air is setting numerous temperature records across the eastern U.S. and will keep temperatures well below normal on Friday (Feb. 20).”

In Baltimore, Maryland, a low temperature of 1F broke the record low for coldest morning recorded at the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington-International Airport.

In Louisville, Kentucky, temperatures dropped to -6F, breaking the old record low of 0F, according to meteorologist Brian Goode of WAVE-TV. Meanwhile, Richmond Kentucky bottomed out at a frigid -32F.

In North Carolina, a record low temperature was set at Charlotte where the overnight temperature bottomed out at 7F breaking the old record of 13F in 1896. In Asheville, temperatures dropped to just 4F breaking the old record of 10F in 1979. Temperature records for Asheville extend back to 1876.

Several records were also broken in Georgia, according to Matt Daniel, a meteorologist at WMAZ-TV, Macon Georgia, who cited data from the National Weather Service. Daniel said that Macon set a new record low when the temperature dropped to 18F, beating the previous record of 21F set in 1958. Athens broke a new record low, too dropping to 14F and beating the old record of 18F set in 1958/1928.

NOAA’s NPC noted that “Highs on Friday (Feb. 20) will struggle to get out of the teens from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic region. After Friday, temperatures are forecast to moderate and get closer to February averages as a storm system approaches from the west.”

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255 thoughts on “Eastern U.S. record breaking cold and snow as seen from space

      • The year 1899 would be almost the mid point of the cooling trend from 1885 to 1915/16. Then there was a 30+ year warm trend from there to 1946/47. It looks cyclical to me, as well.

    • Roll on Holocene Glacial !
      Laurentide ice sheet was up to 3000m thick, but guess what, parts of Siberia even today under permafrost, never got covered with ice sheet during the last Ice age. Atmospheric-oceanic currents interaction with jet stream stuck in meridional flow, picking lot of evaporation from the Pacific and depositing it as snow over north American continent.

      • So how do you tell snow from cloud as seen from outer space. Can they look through clouds to see only the surface ??

      • But Alaska and Yukon were refuges for megafauna during the last glaciation – conditions allowed that at least.

      • Little Ice Age LIA apparently was global cooling due to lack of sunspots, Maunder minimum.

        while the last Ice Age was only part of N. Hemisphere

        Note Alaska was not under the ice sheet, Alaska is getting warm again, an ominous sign

      • Alaska and Siberia were (mostly) ice-free because it was too dry, not because it wasn’t cold enough. Alaska north of the coastal mountains has never been glaciated, since it is in rain-shadow.

        And that map of ice-sheets is way off. There were major ice-caps in the southern hemisphere too, in southern South America, in Tasmania and on the South Island of New Zealand. Not to mention any number of montane glaciers.
        On the other hand the icecap in Eurasia is much too large for the last ice-age, it actually mostly shows the next-to-last ice-age for 135,000-225,000 years ago (except in Ukraina where it shows MIS 12, the fifth ice age back),
        Wherever did you find that junk?

      • The Cambridge University map on the other hand is more or less correct for the last glacial maximum about 20,000 years ago, except that the ice over Scandinavia and in England actually coalesced in the North Sea and Iceland was not completely ice-covered at that time.

      • Official Ice age for Europe and North America began in 865. And, ends in 1865. I came across this when reading about wool production in England’s History.

        It was still very cold in Texas to about 1956. We actually had four seasons back then. Don’t know if this was related to the mini ice age.

      • “Official Ice age for Europe and North America began in 865. And, ends in 1865. I came across this when reading about wool production in England’s History.”

        Interesting, but when and how and who was it decided LIA started in 865 and ended in 1865?

      • The Atlantic froze in New York harbour and people could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island in the LIA. During the American Revolution, when British forces occupied Manhattan, American soldiers secreted cannons stored in Manhattan out over the ice down to New Jersey. Yeah it was in the Western Hemisphere, too. Sorry I can’t locate the link. The Bosphorus in Turkey also froze over so southern eastern hem was affeccted too. Only global warming zealots question the extent of these periods (very warm and very cold) and have tried to deep six them over the past couple of decades..

    • What about the rest of the world where temperatures are dropping? Mexico, The Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and many parts of Europe.

    • Not a real photo. Does the image look remotely real to you? Here’s the take-away sentence from this article: The MODIS image was created at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

      Nice “image”

      • Heinrich, You know, I’m thinking the same thing. It’s creepy. The question is why not show the real photo?

    • Whether the weather be hot,
      Whether the weather be cold,
      Whatever the weather,
      We’ll weather the weather,
      Whether we like it or not.

      • I worked at an observatory in the Andes mountains long age. The weather forcasts came from Antofagasta by telex (!). During the 1983 El Nino it was so bad that we got on the telex (in Spanish, obviously): “Today no weather because of the weather”.

    • No big whoop near Concord NH. This morning’s low was 11.0F, so not even the coldest of the season:

      mysql> select dt, lo_temp, hi_temp from daily where lo_temp <= -10.0;
      +------------+---------+---------+
      | dt         | lo_temp | hi_temp |
      +------------+---------+---------+
      | 2004-01-10 |   -11.0 |     7.2 |
      | 2004-01-14 |   -13.5 |     0.9 |
      | 2004-01-16 |   -11.0 |    10.4 |
      | 2005-01-22 |   -13.0 |    10.2 |
      | 2009-01-16 |   -17.5 |    15.7 |
      | 2009-01-17 |   -11.0 |    18.4 |
      | 2011-01-24 |   -10.0 |     7.0 |
      | 2014-01-04 |   -11.2 |    20.2 |
      | 2015-01-08 |   -11.2 |    16.5 |
      +------------+---------+---------+

      Just weather.

    • I am dangerously holding my breath awaiting an “Official” comment from ” Snow-whites-house”

    • Don’t you mean vegetation. Breathing animals exhale CO2.

      By the way. CO2 helps us live longer and look younger for a longer time. Rather simple. Too much Oxygen burns us up too quickly. That is why people on mountain tops live a lot longer and are in better health.

      Would not shout this out to loudly to politicians. First thing you know will be taxed for using CO2. I know, but this is a different kind of Carbon Tax. Sort of like being taxed coming and going.

      • Lee Tousignant – Regarding CO2 and breathing: Yes, we breathe CO2 out, but CO2 is also involved in the control of respiration. Chemoreceptors which are located in structures termed the carotid and aortic bodies play an important role. They are stimulated by a decrease in the O2 pressure and by increases in the CO2 pressure and H+ concentration in arterial blood.
        There is also a respiratory center in the brain, lying within the medulla oblongata. This sends impulses to the respiratory system. The neurons of this center are stimulated directly by increases in CO2 pressure and H+ concentration. Conversely, the center is depressed by decreases in CO2 pressure and H+ ion concentration (i.e. an increase in pH).
        The breathing in of increased concentrations of externally administered CO2 is a powerful respiratory stimulant.
        So, in this context CO2 does help us to breathe.

  1. Yes siree! Global warming….one more thing the libtards got wrong!
    Wrong about o many things and too blind to see what is right in their face. Too bad they make the rest of us suffer for their stupidity.

    • Yes, they got it wrong. And you, simpleton, have it wrong, as well! You people who thing that ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ or whatever it’s being called this week means everything gets warmer simply show your ignorance with statements like this. If it gets warm enough and enough fresh water gets dumped into the ocean, it will shut down the Atlantic Conveyor and other ocean currents that keep things warm. This means the ambient temperature gets colder. Do educate yourself.

      • Hmm, but the rate of ocean increase has decreased precipitously. The 11,000 year average is 11mm per year. The 20th century average was 3.4mm per year. 21st century it is 1.7mm per year and going down. (It may actually be zero now, as most glaciers are growing again) So if less fresh water is going into the oceans, where is this magical fresh water that shuts down heat coming from?

      • I also wonder, how, if cold water blocks the warmth, how we ever got out of the ice age to begin with, when much more fresh water was being released. There were times, in the last 11,000 years when the water rose a yard in a matter of days. Wouldn’t that have just plunged the earth back into an ice age?

      • By “educate” do you mean?: “Accept what you’ve been told. The science is settled.”
        In my education, I learned of something called The Scientific Method. When i see so-called scientists abandon this method, it’s not MY education that is in question.

      • Hey Jeffrey,,, you are the ignorant person. When using the Scientific Method, you form a hypothesis and then conduct lab work or gather data which in turn either proves or disproves said hypothesis. What is utterly ridiculous is the fact that idiot liberals want every possible outcome of data to prove their moronic hypothesis that human creation of Co2 is destroying the planet. Thus they try to preach that when its hot,, Global Warming,,, when it’s cold,,,, the cause is still global warming,,, when there is a drought,,, global warming is to blame,,, when there are floods ,,,, it’s global warming,,, when there are hurricanes…. yes— global warming,,, I’ve even seen some idiots proclaim that Global warming is causing earthquakes… It is a joke that anybody even repeats what these absolute idiots are preaching!!!!!!! The earth’s climate is cyclical,,,, always has been…. This will continue with man living on the planet or without.

      • Soooo… the gravitational forces of the moon and the massive tides resulting, will be overcome by a little fresh water? and and and the solar cycles have nothing to do with the amount of energy the earth receives and therefore could never effect the normal cyclical climate changes the earth has always experienced?

      • Climate change is simply a socialist construct designed to destroy capitalism and the free market in the Western world. Nobody else on the planet cares. The Chinese could give a rat’s toe nail about it. Only the suicidal Europeans (and their fellow travelers in North America and Oceania), who seem to want to find multiple avenues of self-destruction, are pushing this fallacy that humans are responsible for climate change. Did SUVs cause the Carboniferous era 360 million years ago?

      • Lowest sunspot output in years. Please practice what you preach. Ahh but what should one expect from some spewing angry vitriolic sentences calling others names. Your debate skills are lacking , your science is flawed More CO2 makes bigger plants which in turn creates more oxygen through photo synthesis.
        Instead of getting your science through you tube and insulting people I think you should bone up on your sixth grade science. You and Al Gore.
        http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/feb/10/low-sunspot-activity-may-spell-colder-weather-for/
        Now go play with your hockey stick graph.

      • @ M Painter — that’s my guess (the main clue: “… or whatever it’s being called this week…).

        Sorry about that, Smith — we’ve been under attack from a battalion of trolls this week.

      • Well Jeffrey, Seeing as NASA OCO debunks CO2 well mixed gas theory, what is your postulation on the “Control Knob” TM.?

      • The Atlantic Conveyor is driven by the gravity and the earths rotation. Only at the polar boundaries do marginal changes in temperature or salinity effect its change from surface to subsurface by a few miles.

        If not, just stop rivers by pumping in cold or saline water, why build dams?

      • So Jeffrey, the danger from Global Warming is “the ambient temperature gets colder”? So we should fear the cold from global warming? The more warming, the colder it gets? Sorry, I really must be too stupid to “educate” myself, because I just can’t seem to grasp the concept!

      • If it gets warm enough and enough fresh water gets dumped into the ocean, it will shut down the Atlantic Conveyor and other ocean currents that keep things warm.

        Oh, lord. That’s Bill Nye the Science Guy’s argument. “enough fresh water gets dumped into the ocean, it will shut down the Atlantic Conveyor?” Fresh water into the oceans has been happening daily for eons. It’s called rain. The conveyor and other ocean currents, as you call them, are driven by the wind (wind stress) and the rotation of the earth, and it takes centuries for the thermohaline circulation to traverse the world once.

        Bill Nye on Larry King in 2007 making these ridiculous claims: 0:50-2:60 min.

  2. Looks like Kentucky’s -32F just missed out from the all-time state low:

    Kentucky -34F Jan. 28, 1963 Cynthiana 684′ elev

  3. Clearly these temperature readings need to be adjusted, homogenized, re-centered, and further massaged.

    The tendency of Gaia to not comport with the belief system of the heroic man-made-CO2-is-frying-the-planet cult is quite disappointing.

    So much so that the cultists may be forced to cut short Gaia’s reign as goddess.

    Or, they could accept reality, and deal with the actuality of a cooling planet.

    Naaaaah….

    • Sadly, you are right, in 10 years from now the gatekeepers of official temperature records will have ensured this current cold spell never took place. It will have been homogenised away.

  4. Too much cold is always tougher for life than too much heat…….both will happen whether we have a global warming or global cooling climate.

    The reason is because of natural cycles and numerous natural forces that are much more powerful, especially on a regional scale than the impact that increases in CO2 will ever cause…..by a wide margin.

  5. Yeppper…Global Warming…AKA…..Climate change….Anyone look at what the Sun is doing lately?…Try to blame that on CO2…LOL…

    • F10.7 is falling to below 100 any day now. But that’s been cycling up and down. Got down to 80’s for a half rotation in July before jumping back up to +130. The magnetic indices web sites I’ve checked haven’t been updated for a few weeks, and some not since end of 2014. So not sure what there is there.

      Sunspot activity is getting low right now, but monthly average is still around 50 I think, which has been typical for cycle 24.

      The biggest concern with solar activity that I haven’t heard any discussion on is the presence of a significant size south polar coronal hole. Coronal holes are not unusual, except this one is polar. Polar coronal holes (from what I’ve read) typically appear during solar minimum, not during active phases. We’re just 4 months past the NASA declared solar max of November 2014. So that to me suggests the sun may get quieter a lot faster than solar physicists might otherwise expect. All the previous model predictions of Cycle 24 going back to 2009 have been off the mark so far.

    • Can’t look at the facts that you pointed out. They need to spout the liberal nonsense. It makes them feel good.

  6. West-central IL has been pretty lucky. 6 or 8″ of snow on the ground and a sunny 40 deg.F right now in Hooterville. Coldest it got at our Hollerback Ranch was -9F.

    • O.T. but a question.

      There really is a place called Hooterville? I thought it was a placename made up for the T.V. show because of all the well endowed young women that resided there.

      • Apologies, Richard of NZ, for my attempt at humorously describing my rural retirement hideaway. It kind describes my experience here, if you’ve ever followed the theme.

  7. Climate and weather are synonyms…What kind of idiot has just now figured out that the weather changes? Democrats, that’s who! GOOGLE CLIMATE DEFINITION and stop being a pathetic democrat liar….

  8. Yesterday, Feb 20, Buffalo set a new record low maximum of 1°F, breaking the old record low max of 6°F, set in 1950. Today, we’ll be topping 100″ of snow for the season, with several weeks to go … that’s one helluva way to get exercise.

    • Are you guys sure about those past records?
      Are they being broken or are they actually being smashed?

      All those old North American temperature records you guys are quoting have supposedly been officially de-rated, downgraded, reduced and etc by the NCDC, GISS, NOAA, CRU UKMet, BEST and etc and etc because they made the modern temperatures look too darn cold and some comparative warming up of present temperatures was urgently required .

      So curiosity has got the best of me and I’m wondering what those past record low temperatures with the same times and dates that are now being broken, now look like in the NCDC’s and etc’s records.

      As those old temperatures have been cooled by a degree or more, sometimes two degrees but who knows, NCDC and etc no longer know either, due to break point adjustments and etc and etc , an admitted fact by Zeke Hausfather, Mosher and other insiders, then if what you guys are quoting as past low temp records are actually NCDC and etc adjusted temperature records, your cold spell isn’t just breaking the real, observed past records.
      It’s absolutely smashing them.

      Nobody seems to know any more what were the real temperatures observed and recorded by those careful weather men of past eras really were.
      Thats the price future science now has to pay for today’s scientific stupidity and the utterly incompetent corrupting of the scientific truth on a grand scale.

      • From what I’ve read they don’t mess w/the one-time records — cold or hot. I guess because that would cause a true uproar — more stealthy just to bollix-up the trends and averages.

      • I wouldn’t be surprised if by the time we got to the 2100 the official freezing point of water was 36 degrees F.

  9. Anyone know where Al Gore is right about now? I do. He’s trying to count his millions, but he’s laughing too hard.

  10. In Baltimore, Maryland, a low temperature of 1F broke the record low for coldest morning recorded at the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington-International Airport.
    ***********************************

    LOL I’ve considered that a good morning this year.
    I hate Feb…

  11. So I take it the record high temperatures on the west coast will offset the record low temperatures on the east coast…
    …and overall US temps will still show an increase

    /snark

    • Yeah, the Northwest’s 10 or so degrees above average record highs are going to offset the East’s 40 degrees below average record lows. The NOAA maps are a joke, for my area they show the departure from normal as -8F last week, which is strange because our normal average is 40F but our high temperatures last week were in the teens, and the lows were 40F below average. No, data fixing going on there.

    • It has been warm in Northern California, but it hasn’t been record setting nor close to record setting. I hope a freeze does not come along as the fruit trees are starting to bloom. It will either be a bumper harvest, or if a freeze comes along, then no fruit.

  12. That little groundhog makes more sense than Al Gore and his band of misfit scientist that bought into the global warming myth. 4.5 billion years old the Earth is and they are basing their theologies on computer models. What the hell? Aren’t computers programs the result of humans designs and writings?

  13. These jet stream loops that allow Arctic excursions into humid lower latitudes is a mini lesson on how glacial ages creep forward.

    Read about the herky jerky cold/warm jitters (less related to Milankovitch cycles that also produce cold regimes) that are likely related to long term weather pattern variations allowing cold Arctic incursions into lower lattitudes:
    http://www.esd.ornl.gov/projects/qen/nerc130k.html

    See a visual representation of hypothesized glacial extent during these herky jerky cold, wet spells and compare that edge with the current picture in this post:
    http://hugefloods.com/Pleistocene.html

    Bottom line, you must have a cold incursions mixing with precipitable water vapor for ice age glacial buildup to happen. Kinda like what we have right now but happening frequently during longer seasonal cold periods such that summer melt is squeezed down in time in a 100 plus year pattern.

    Anybody who can’t or won’t see this mini-lesson in how ice can advance have to come up with far-fetched triggers while ignoring the present mechanism that is so easily understood and entirely plausible.

    • Last week I noticed on earthnullschool that the wind conditions were transporting streams of warm moist air into the polar regions. This could be seen in both hemispheres. In the NH, the northward movement was in place both in the Pacific and Atlantic basins. It fit with the lowered state of sea ice growth in the Arctic, as both entrances into the Arctic had these warm moist streams of air pushing in. That has recently changed on the Atlantic side. There is now a steady wind flow for several days coming from the Russian side that crosses the top of Greenland and then heads south. Will this force sea ice to move south out of the Arctic?

  14. I can’t wait for summer – when we hear complaints about the HEAT!!!!
    Now let me see – cold in winter, hot in summer, spring and fall – much better.
    The key would be, it seems, to have spring and fall all year long.
    How’s that?

    • They pretty much have that in coastal southern California. If you move there bring lots of money or be prepared to live like a refugee.

  15. Ridicule Global Warming as much as you want, but it is an indisputable fact that we used to have winters with heavy snow and temperatures so cold that even Niagara Falls would freeze over. We saw these winters disappear over the ’80s and ’90s, proving the theory of Global Warming. Various skeptics and deniers refused to believe the evidence right in front of their eyes, but surely now that these winters with heavy snow and temperatures so cold that even Niagara Falls freezes over are returning, no sane person can deny that … uh … Global Warming is … uh …

    Wait, let me go out and come back in again.

  16. Take a good look at the picture above. That is exactly the opposite of what the climatolgist Flock was saying only a few months ago. Of course it wasn’t that long ago that the Flock was all for anthropogenic global warming until the global temperature flattened out contradicting their claim of it going up even faster. It also contradicted their claim that polar caps would melt and snow would disappear. So, plan B was implemented – climate change. Now anything that happens can be attributed to man-made climate change. They even tried to separate weather from climate except when it gets warmer. Every road leads to climate change and that road is paved with human impact. The Flock continues to follow.

    Now the Flock leaders, in their infinite pursuit of conning governments for more funding, are claiming that global warming is causing all the snow (warming ocean temperatures pushing more into colder air blah blah). What they totally ignore are the record low temperatures. They can’t justify that with global warming.

    The two things they can’t hide (but avoid like the plague) are the following two undeniable facts. There are more, but these alone totally destroy their claims.

    1. Ice is growing both in the Artic Circle and in Antartica. At a rapid pace. Totally opposite of what they were claiming not that long ago. But Plan B steps with the mighty climate change sword. Climate change allows for both extreme warming and extreme cooling. Of course they have no hard data to back that up, but their claims are broadcasted anyway. What better way to make all roads lead to man-made climate change. They attach man-made to climate change on everything even though man’s impact on the climate is microscopically small. Something like .03%.

    2. C02 level changes lag behind temperature changes. Several decades to several centuries. They cannot alter or modify that data without clearly being shown as fraud. Those numbers aren’t arbitrary. They can only manipulate data they can hide from the public and CO2 data levels is common knowledge. Instead they totally ignore discussing the subject and continue to spout that C02 increases cause warming when the data tells the exact opposite. Temperature changes cause C02 level changes and not the other way around.

    Just remember these the next time you hear someone blaming something on global warming, err… I mean climate change, err… I mean man-made climate change. The ones you hear it from the most are the biggest hypocrites.

  17. The real danger to America is not just a filthy muslim sodomite by the name of Obama alone, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a filthy sodomite like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a gay Obama presidency than to restore the necessary,commonsense ,Godliness and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a creature for their president or any democrat.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr.gay muslim Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the gay fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. “The Republic can survive a gay Obama, who is, after all, merely a gay fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made this gay muslim creature their President.

    • Racism, religious hatred and homophobia have nothing to do with science. Saddest thing about the global warming debate is the press coverage to people who’s reason for being skeptical is intolerance. Worse is the fact that I get lumped in with such people when I disagree with the Global Warming narrative myself.

  18. DuJan, founder and editor of the Hillary Clinton-supporting website, told WND he has first-hand information from two different sources that “Obama was personally involved in the gay bar scene.”

    “If you just hang out at these bars, the older guys who have been frequenting these gay bars for 25 years will tell you these stories,” DuJan said. “Obama used to go to the gay bars during the week, most often on Wednesday, and they said he was very much into older white guys.”

    Obama, DuJan said, is “not heterosexual and he’s not bisexual. He’s homosexual.”

    =======================

    [No more references to sexual orientation, please. You had your say, that’s enough. ~mod.]

    • John Boles (February 21, 2015 at 11:48 am) wrote:

      The Atlantic conveyor? They just want a money conveyor from the rich to themselves, IMHO.

      You have the right picture, but the wrong target. The rich are very good at protecting themselves and their money from depredation. They have phalanxes of lobbyists and accountants and tax attorneys to press their case in Congress and take advantage of the loopholes that result from their influence.

      There’s a much easier target — you and I, and the rest of the middle class. Individually, we don’t have a lot of money, but when you steal a little bit from tens of millions of people, it adds up in a hurry. When the government comes after us looking for money, all we have for protection is a copy of TurboTax. Guess who’s going to lose?

  19. Yes, it really is climate change. It is getting colder. In fact, 2014 was one of the 600 coldest in the last 10000 years, and the long term trend is down. The way to solve it is to restore CO2 levels to about 800 ppm, and even with that we may not be able to stave off the next ice age by more than a few hundred years. But it will help solve our food shortage:
    What then is this “Carbon Pollution”?

    A sinister, evil collusion?

    CO2, it is clean,

    Makes for growth, makes it green,

    A transfer of wealth, a solution.
    Some explanation and nice charts to illustrate the point:
    http://lenbilen.com/2014/02/22/co2-the-life-giving-gas-not-carbon-pollution-a-limerick-and-explanation/

    • And the freezing cold Arctic. Many extreme cold warnings today by Environment Canada for the Arctic. You can include that part of the globe, and Antartica.oh yah and…….

  20. Global Warming is being offset by the giant wind farms that have been built on the Great Plains and Midwest. The windmills are sucking cold air out of Canada, further cooling the air and pushing it eastward. They are also causing high pressure systems to form over East Coast which has forced Atlantic Hurricanes to turn north in mid ocean and miss the East Coast since 2005. Only one hurricane has hit the East Coast since the giant wind farms were built and that was because the wind just wasn’t blowing across the Great Plains 3 days before Sandy hit NJ. The trouble is, since each blade on these giant windmills is not in perfect balance, they are sending vibrations deep into the earth which is causing an increase in earthquake activity in areas like Oklahoma that have never had earthquakes before. Eventually, this will cause a rift valley to form on the Great Plains which will be flooded by a shallow ocean in the next 200 years. This will greatly damage wheat and corn production, leading to world wide famine. Also the windmills are pushing against the earth’s natural east west rotation, causing the the earth to slow ever so slightly, but just enough that in a few short years all GPS devices will become completely useless. The greatest scientist ever Nikola Tesla did experiments on both power generation and vibrations so this is solid science and can’t be challenged.

    • Yes absolutely, I too have noticed the earth’s east west rotation slow slightly. Makes it harder to stir sugar into my tea in the morning.

      • My coffee stirs the other way around down under.
        Which scientific hypothesis derived from climate science research implies it should counter the stirring of your tea effects in slowing the Earth’s rotation

    • And just how is GPS rendered useless? Current Latitude/ Longitude are its function. Changes in Lat/Long are mathematically calculated in the receiver.

      Whatever happens to the shape of the planet will not affect the computation of a GPS receiver. If your receiver has bad information of a mountain or surface feature lat/long, then that might be a problem with your receiver data, not GPS.

      The GPS accuracy is the result of inaccuracies in the signal combined with a factor based on the geometry of the satellites. Within the receiver the position error is thus estimated by looking at: The geometry of the satellites contributing to the position fix and The estimated user equivalent ranging error (UERE) caused by various disturbances.

      As the surface features move, change, whatever, the data in the GPS receiver is updated; unless you chose to not know where your within a few meters.

    • I think that all these tall buildings of 1000 to 3000 feet in height which are being built in various countries are bound to knock the Earth’s rotation out of kilter.
      All these wind farms could well do the same.
      We’ll wobble out of our normal orbit, and then there’ll be trouble. It’ll get very cold as we head away from the sun, but we might fry if we go the other way. I need a government grant to study this idea.

  21. The good news for us at least, Wichita is far enough to the west that we rarely get bitter shots of cold at this magnitude and also receive periodic breaks from warmer air masses.

    It’s in the mid 50’s right now but it is going to get a bit colder, only that it will be more in line with what is typical for February and not even close to subzero deep freezes.

  22. None of these records for cold, ice cover and snow cover count.
    It is only the high temperature records that count.
    Signed,
    Modern Media

  23. Good there is global warming. Think how cold it would be otherwise. In Michigan the crocus normally are poking up from the ground about now. Not this year.

  24. Its so arrogant to think that humans could have the power to change the earth’s temperature. The sun will do what is does to control earth’s climate, and we will take what we get. Why we ever dumped the discussion of air pollution and switched to global warming is beyond me. Pollution is unarguable. We pollute. We don’t warm the earth…get over yourselves about that one and get back to talking about the filth we spew into our environment.

    • Arrogant to think that? Maybe not, after all, the atmosphere is finite, just like the oceans we thought of as unlimited and have overfished, the forests ditto we have denuded, and the rivers ditto we have polluted. But it is arrogant to insist that it has happened when the evidence suggests otherwise.

    • For decades the air has been clean. The environmentalists won. You can tell that the environmentalists won because when you go to to a hotel they don’t clean your towels or sheets unless you insist on it and they advertise this lack of service as if it was wonderful by putting out a card saying they are being “Green” and not being cheap.
      It used to be that some politicians could run against environmentalists on the basis that the hurt business, but no more.
      So having won what do environmentalists do to raise money? They can’t complain about the air or the water that is clean, they can’t complain about endangered species, they are protected, the super fund sites are mainly clean, so now what? The only answer is climate change, without it the WWF,The Sierra Club and Greenpeace might as well close up shop their job is done, and their donors know it.

      • It was not environmentalists who fixed the smog problems in places such as Pittsburgh, London, LA, etc.
        It was responsible local and state governments and the people – not bludging greenies.

  25. “From NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: NASA snaps picture of Eastern US in a record-breaking ‘freezer’“.

    1. Whose words (“record-breaking freezer”) are they? IOW are they really NASA’s or is someone else applying them? Check : They are NASA’s own words. http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-snaps-picture-of-eastern-us-in-a-record-breaking-freezer/#.VOkCnS4auTs

    2. Is it really a record-breaking freezer, or are NASA hyping it? IOW, is there really an overall record low, or are there just a few local records being set? After all, local record highs and lows are being set all the time. And over what time-frame is the “record”? I haven’t been able to check, because I don’t see enough information. Can anyone provide more information?

  26. The dark area shows an area of low pressure in the stratosphere over the polar circle. You can see how the arctic air can flow into North America.

  27. “Weather” is a “short term” phenomena that meteorologists with their computer models cannot closely predict for more that a few hours into the future. “Climate” covers whatever period of time the “scientists” want it to cover depending of which theory they are trying to prove or which generous grant they are trying to acquire, and can be prophesied with virtually 100% accuracy according to computer models and those that stand to profit enormously from preventing it’s potentially catastrophic consequences.

    • Climate = THE WEATHER CONDITIONS over a period of time, just as weather is measured over a period of time. If you google Climate definition you will see that they are synonyms.
      Climate = the weather conditions
      Weather = the climatic conditions
      Democrats = LIARS

  28. Global = All over the entire world, everywhere on earth
    Warming = Rising temperatures
    HOW are record cold temps possible anywhere if temps are rising everywhere?

    Democrats don’t think through the names of their ridiculous lies very well.

    And BTW, Climate and Weather are synonyms, and the weather has always changed…..

  29. One of the concerns of scientist that warned of the coming ice age was that if enough of the earth was covered with highly reflective snow that a tipping point would be reached. The coming ice age was partly our fault for adding smoke particals to the air.

  30. I just found this website today and glad I did. [Pamala Gray, “built for work”??????? (please send pics)]
    I live for chaos and have found my home. For the longest time I thought I was the only guy on the planet that didn’t believe in Global Warming and where else can you find info on Mr Gay Obama..????—all in the same place? {HOME}

  31. “Partly” is a big word, and should be placed in proper perspective. It is constantly used by the NWO cultists when the word “negligible” is a more rational fit. Of course humanity has some influence on our environment, we could not exist without controlling our living conditions. Try living in wilderness. The extent if our influence on the global climate is the point of contention, mostly necessary for our current standard of living and grossly exaggerated.

  32. Lewis P Buckingham February 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm
    “NoNoNo, its clearly climate change and it is getting hotter.
    From 2004 to 2015 the temperature has risen by almost two percent.
    That means that over 100 years the temperature will have risen by 18%.
    We must act now!”

    18% of what?

  33. The fact alone that an entire continent is cooling -in this case N.A., which is also the largest man-based CO2 emitter -discredits the Anthropogenic GLOBAL warming theory.

    • soulsurfer

      The fact alone that an entire continent is cooling -in this case N.A., which is also the largest man-based CO2 emitter -discredits the Anthropogenic GLOBAL warming theory.

      Antarctica is also cooling.

  34. Records.

    Everyday there’s a new record reported someplace on something, because records are fun.

    I listen to basketball games on the radio. There’s records set in every game. First time player A scored x points 3 games in a row. First time team has won a game by less than 5 points for 7 games in a row, first time team had x amount of assists in first 7 minutes of 1 quarter. etc. Broadcasters come up with these records to make the broadcast more interesting. And it does make the game more interesting to listen to.

    Likewise records in the climate science circus are strictly for entertainment purposes. The records reported have no scientific value. Records only have significance if placed into a robust scientific context. Unfortunately for climate science, imaginary contexts do not count.

  35. Bitter Cold in Southern New Jersey Breaking 50-year Record.

    http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/weather/62340-below-zero-temperatures-set-overnight-records-in-south-jersey-.html

    South Jersey records set

    Cold air managed to set two records at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, where the National Weather Service keeps official South Jersey recordings.

    The temperature dropped to -1 at 11:53 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, breaking the former mark of zero that was recorded in 1966.

    By 5 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, the temperature had dropped to -4 at the International City Airport, easily setting a record for today. The old mark was 3 degrees above zero and was set in 1968.

  36. LOL look at all that global warming! Someone call Al Gore, tell him; GAMES UP! You scam was just disproved by mama nature! Hahahahaha!!!

  37. A bit late to: noaaprogrammer February 21, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Can’t resist another rhyming version:

    Whether the weather be hot,
    Whether the weather be cold,
    Whatever the weather,
    Put Gore out to tether
    And wether him – it’s worth a shot!

  38. I refer to the maps presented by Vukcevic (Feb.21 at 1.40pm and 2.09pm) and comments by tty (Feb.21 at 3.06pm and 3.12pm).
    Surely another plausible explanation of these “peculiar” asymetric expanses of ice in the last Ice Age is that at that time the Earth was spinning on a different axis to that now exsisting. A North Pole centered approximately upon Ellesmere Island or the Baffin Sea gives a much better fit to the actual extent of Ice sheets then, and does not need mind numbing propositions like the huge expansions of coldness and Ice sheet cover in some latitudes down to 35-40 degrees N in some places (e.g. Prairie Lands in the US) but freedom from ice cover as far North as to 70 degrees N in others (e.g. eastern Siberian coast). Such variations (on the basis of the Earth’s present spin axis) are inconceivable in any terms we now ascribe to the e.g. rain shadows and extraordinary air dryness in some latitudes and longitudes but not in others.

    The vast upheavals to the Earth’s surface which would result from the necessarily external source of force needed to make such a spin axis change would also provide explanation of many other changes found on the Earth’s surface e.g. Mountain range building and tectonic shifts of continents.

    The fact that such changes are disturbing to our ideas of our living on a “settled” planet should not deter us from thinking this proposition through. The fit of the extent of Ice sheets in the last Ice Age must be seen as striking, and there is now NO necessity for vastly expanded Ice sheets to explain the geological findings regarding variable extent of the Ice sheet then. Look at the Arctic on a globe and you will see things in a new light!

  39. More waves of arctic air are coming.
    “Two more big blasts of frigid air will move in through the end of the month,” Lundberg said.
    The first cold wave will sweep in behind the storm spreading wintry precipitation along an 1,800-mile swath this weekend. The first new wave of cold air will spread from the northern Plains on Saturday to the Midwest on Sunday, then the East by Monday.

  40. I’m sure that these record lows will be excluded from the temperature records on spurious grounds. Perhaps, the historical records will be adjusted down to maintain the warming agenda.

  41. Just another NASA satellite for the alarmists to ignore.

    Notice how the alarmist community consists of two distinct groups? We have the smart liars who know the alarmism is bs and then the dupes who just take the liars word never checking out the science. Also known as followers.

  42. We desperately need some global warming before polar bears are sighted in Virginia. Everyone please leave their lights on and let their car engines run in the driveway.

  43. Curious . . . if you click on the pic a couple of times to enlarge it, you can see fingerprint like ridging of the ice/snow. It is especially noticeable in West Virginia. Anyone have an explanation?

    • Valleys that are mostly unforested are quite white compared to forested ridges/highlands. Look especially at the Cumberland valley just west of the Blue Ridge mountains. Similar, smaller valleys also show whiter in the ridge/valley region in eastern WV.

      Forested areas have lower albedos than cleared valleys when snow-covered.

  44. “In Louisville, Kentucky, temperatures dropped to -6F, breaking the old record low of 0F, according to meteorologist Brian Goode of WAVE-TV. Meanwhile, Richmond Kentucky bottomed out at a frigid -32F.” I’m am HIGHLY skeptical that that can be true ~ Was -32 perhaps the ‘WINDCHILL’ ??? Be accurate and be ridiculed….

    • Extreme cold temps can vary quite a bit. Be skeptical, but a frost-hollow can be far colder than a very nearby higher elevation in clear, calm conditions. Frankfort, KY had -21F at an official station.

  45. I live in southwest VA. This morning we just hit 33F which is the first time we’ve been above freezing in 8 days. We hit -4F 48 hours ago which was an all time record for Feb. In order to just keep the house at just 65F, we’re running the heat pump, 3 space heaters and 1 set of gas logs. My power bill will be well over $400.

  46. After making necessary and well-accepted adjustments, global warming zealots will find that this has been the second warmest winter on record.

  47. I see references to freezing the balls off a brass monkey as related to triangular frames for holding pyramids of cannon balls on deck. I had a distant relative that was an officer on merchant marine vessels during WWII (captain after the war) who studied sailing in England before the war on old sailing vessels – this was part officers’ training. He told me that the “brass monkey” was the balancing mechanism for the “floating compass” to keep it horizontal. It consisted of bras arms radiating out with balls on the end – probably looking like a monkey.

  48. 2015 shaping up to be the hottest year ever….. Record snowfall and cold brought to you by CGW….Hockey stick burned for heat because of the extreme cold caused by Global warming which caused climate change which brought on climate disruption. (Future headline predictions leading up to the IPCC Paris Follies. When will We ever learn?

  49. Polar ice is already gone on the Sun, Mercury and Venus… it just stands to reason that the Earth is next.

  50. HEADLINE: Republicans To Investigate Climate Data Tampering By NASA

    Are government climate agencies tampering with climate data to show warming? Some Republicans think so. California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says to expect congressional hearings on climate data tampering.

    Rohrabacher serves as the vice chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA and other agencies that monitor the Earth’s climate.

    Rohrabacher has long been critical of the theory of man-made global warming. Lately, the California Republican has criticizing NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for allegedly tampering with temperature data to create an artificial warming trend. Such data is then used to justify regulations aimed at curbing fossil fuel use and other industrial activities.

    Rohrabacher isn’t the only one to call for hearings on the science behind global warming. Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has also promised to hold hearings on global warming data.

    “We’re going to have a committee hearing on the science,” said Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “People are going to hear the other side of the story.”

    For years, those skeptical of man-made global warming have argued that government agencies are altering raw temperature data to create a warming trend. Allegations of tampering have increased as satellite temperature readings show much less warming than land and ocean-based weather stations show.

    Science blogger Steven Goddard (a pseudonym) has been a major critic of NASA’s and NOAA’s temperature measurements. Goddard points out that NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center makes the present look warmer by artificially cooling past temperatures to show a warming trend.

    “NCDC pulls every trick in the book to turn the US cooling trend into warming. The raw data shows cooling since the 1920s,” Goddard told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview last month.

    “NCDC does a hockey stick of adjustments to reverse the trend,” Goddard said. “This includes cooling the past for ‘time of observation bias’ infilling missing rural data with urban temperatures, and doing almost nothing to compensate for urban heat island effects.”

    NOAA does make temperature adjustments, but it argues such adjustments are necessary to remove “artificial biases” in surface temperature data. The biggest adjustment made by NCDC scientists is cooling past data to take into account the fact that there was a big shift from taking temperature readings in the afternoon to the morning.

    “We get a lot of people questioning our data adjustments,” Thomas Peterson, NCDC’s principal scientist, told TheDCNF. There was an “artificial cool bias in the data,” Peterson said.

    Switching the time of the day temperatures were taken from the afternoon, when temperatures are warmer, to the morning, when temperatures are cooler, caused a cooling bias in the data. Temperature data from nearby weather stations was used to help create a baseline temperature for different regions.

    But there are some drawbacks in surface temperature readings from a few thousand weather stations, boats and buoys spread out across the world. Peterson said the weather station system is “only really good for the U.S.”

    “The main problem is where there are a few stations in the middle of nowhere.” Peterson said, specifically referring to weather station data problems on St. Helena Island.

    UK Telegraph writer Christopher Booker joined the fray recently, using work by Goddard and other bloggers to criticize climate agencies for data tampering.

    “Of much more serious significance, however, is the way this wholesale manipulation of the official temperature record… has become the real elephant in the room of the greatest and most costly scare the world has known,” Booker wrote. “This really does begin to look like one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/20/republicans-to-investigate-climate-data-tampering-by-nasa/

    • Very nice but I believe this was taken on January 8.
      It would be quite interesting to have a current one. Do you know if such is available?

    • Same NOAA web site claiming 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded and other claims of the planet is burning. How insulting is that?

      • As a disclaimer, all replies here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect that of NOAA.

        I’m not sure how they can say that with a straight face. All evidence to the contrary. It seems as though it is kind of hard to stop pushing a narrative once it gets ingrained.

        The record cold temps from around the nation sure aren’t going to be helping them. Especially the ones that just beat out their over 100 year records. OUCH!

      • We’ll see how the “adjustments” play out. Can’t imagine why a precision instrument always needs adjusting upward, unless it is from the distant past (any year before this year), then it is adjusted lower. Must sustain that warming trend!!! :)

      • I need a little help.
        Again thank you for the update.
        Now, I am looking at your updated picture and, say, just looking at the locations on the Northeast.
        So at the north, say Boston area on the news, looking south.
        I see everything white. OK. Snow.
        However, obviously there was (still is) a lot more snow on the ground around Boston than further south or southwest.
        Is it correct for me to conclude that the white areas are only “snow covered” areas irrelevant of how deep the snow is?

      • I would say yes, it is snow regardless of depth. I don’t work on that constellation. There is only one satellite at the moment, but they are launching another soon. I’m not sure what is the minimum depth. When you look at the difference between this picture and one from another constellation, it is easier to compare. The data from DMSP is no where near that good.

  51. From – From NASA’s What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate?
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html#.VOozwfnF_Z0

    The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.

    When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hear stories from their parents and grandparents about how snow was always piled up to their waists as they trudged off to school. Children today in most areas of the country haven’t experienced those kinds of dreadful snow-packed winters, except for the Northeastern U.S. in January 2005. The change in recent winter snows indicate that the climate has changed since their parents were young.

    • Please!
      I was 6 in 1945. Walking to school in the cold and snow, skating, skiing, coming back home for hot chocolate.
      Then it was a little warmer.
      My children walked to school from 1970.
      Cold, snow, skating on the pound, sliding on hills, coming back home for hot chocolate. Darn, they learn snowboarding. I did not have this when I was a kid.
      Then it was a little warmer.
      Now it is a little colder, again (at least here from 2011). The visiting grandchildren are having a ball in the snow, skating on the pound, sliding on hills, coming back home for hot chocolate. You should see the snowboards!
      Then it will get a little warmer. I have a new granddaughter. She may have to wait until she is 10 or 15 to enjoy the winter sports in a colder weather, but then it will get a little warmer again. I just don’t know what kind of stuff will be popular for her to play in the snow.

      So, the climate has not changed. The USDA cultivating regions have not changed. This is “climate”.
      Even in the British Isles, they were going to “update” the regions. They gave up in 2011. No need for this. Climate had not changed enough as clearly stated on their site. Why do all the updating work they said. Not needed!

      So I don’t get very nervous about the “coldest” or “warmest” month or year when the change is + or – 0.02C.

      So the climate has not change since 1945. Just a few very, very, slight warming periods and then cool or nothing.

      Now think about it. Born and living in a different climate region, like Florida. Would you be thinking about walking to school in snow! I don’t think so. Go further. Is anybody living in the “global temperature region”? I don’t think so because such a zone does not exist. We are all living in regional zones and this, to me is “climate” we know and weather is changing within a climate zone.

      So, weather is indeed short term but there is no such thing as a “global zone climate”, climate is simply determined by the weather (temperature, precipitation, etc.) variations within a geographical zone or region and following the seasons. The idea of “yearly global temperature average” is absurd and has absolutely no scientific meaning of any kind and of absolutely no consequence for human activities in the various regions on heart. And by activities I mean all of them. From walking to school to growing food.

      • rd50: I agree absolutely. I was born in England in 1948, and my ‘take’ on it all goes (in part) like this:
        I’m wary of the significance accorded to fraction of a degree temperature changes. As an example, the average Central England Temperature (CET) record figure for for 2012 was 9.70C, but temperatures over 9C are nothing new in the record – go back to the late 1600s and there they are.
        The average for 1686 was 10.13C, so it could have been claimed at that time that this was ‘the hottest year yet’ – but with no anthropogenic CO2 to blame!
        There’s also the point to be made that average temperatures lose information about what actually goes on weather-wise.
        If for example you have a look at the CET years 1659, 1754, 1902, 1956, and 2010, all have an average temperature for the year of 8.83 degrees C.
        Robin Stirling in ‘The Weather of Britain’ (published 1997) tells us on p148 that after a mild January in 1956, ‘ the first day of February saw a severe blast of air of Siberian origin sweep across Britain, giving day maxima well below freezing in many parts of the south, as low as -6C at Ipswich. Even in the Scillies there were two days of continuous frost and gales’ and also ‘February 1956 will be remembered by arable farmers for the severe damage to winter wheat, since, except along the east coast, there was very little snow to protect the ground from hard frost.’
        In 1963, the annual average was slightly lower at 8.47C, yet Stirling comments that ‘in 1963, there was probably the coldest January since 1814 over England’ and ‘the Thames was frozen over above Kingston power station, although not at Tower Bridge because of the warmth from industrial cooling water which pours into the river.’
        The ‘take home’ message for me from all this is that minor temperature differences don’t define climate, and that we should beware of record temperatures.

        ‘Highest recorded’ looks like this using figures from the Central England Temperature record. The temperatures are in Celsius, and are averages for the years shown.
        1659: first CET reading ever 8.83⁰C
        1660: highest ever recorded 9.08
        1686: highest ever recorded 10.13
        1733: highest ever recorded 10.47
        1959: highest ever recorded 10.48
        1989: highest ever recorded 10.50
        1990: highest ever recorded 10.63
        2006: highest ever recorded 10.82
        2014: highest ever recorded 10.93
        Isn’t amazing that our huge planet can regulate temperature this well? It’s interesting to think that after all these years of ‘highest ever recorded’ we’re all still here and not being fried.
        And – I’ll say it again for the warmists – in 1750, we’re told that CO2 was 280ppm, now it’s 400. That’s a 43% rise of this trace gas, which is now 0.04% of the atmosphere.
        CO2 is measured in dry samples, so the concentration in atmospheric water vapour is even less. Clear and present danger, anyone? I think not.

      • Carbon500, you have stumbled onto the reason for many “trends” that inch their way this way or that in fractions. This likely has more to do with increasing precision due to measurement issues such as changes in number and (re)placement of sensors as well as number and placement of the decimal point followed by rounding over time. This is the only thing that can be hypothesized about such trends because the statistical margin of error is greater than the resulting measurement average.

      • RD50, I see a lot of thinking that is similar and clearly thought out. I have only lived in the Rockies and west. Most winters I spend skiing in the month of January because it is the off season and typically the coldest. Over many years one sees a great amount of variation in the temperatures and snow depth. It is just the normal process of how a chaotic the climate system which is driven by the various air masses that do battle when mixing. I think in the mid 70’s I recall skiing in January on a blend of snow, sand and gravel from Montana to Wyoming to Colorado to Utah and California. I ended up in Whistler only to be rained on. Other winters were superb skiing.

        Too many listen to the deviation from what is referred to as “normal.” Then that deviation is turned into extreme. I doubt a lot of media types have ever done anything outside their little media bubble. There is no normal, I cringe when I see or here the term “normal” regarding the weather. There are averages from statistical data, but that is not and never will be reality.

        Pilots learn (at least are supposed to learn) about weather. In doing so the books discuss the various air masses that cause weather. Dry continental air masses move south from Canada into the U.S. which meet up with oceanic air moist air masses from the Pacific, Gulf, and Atlantic. That’s not going to change. Same for subtropical and tropic regions. The north side of the mountain areas of the Hawaiian islands are going to get wet and stay wet, just like the coastal mountains along the Pacific coast of North America. The Great American desert is not going to change any more than the mid-west and so forth.

        So, yes indeed, you have it figured out.

  52. Seems that some in here might actually be informed somewhat about what comes closest to an infinite chaos on our planet. It seems (I have read) that water vapor in the uppermost atmosphere is broken into its component oxygen and hydrogen by ultraviolet radiation, with some of the lighter hydrogen being lost to a wispy trail behind us in our path around the sun. Most of the heavier oxygen is retained in our atmosphere by gravity, providing a source of “new” oxygen. I was wondering what possible effects this phenomena might have on “climate maintenance,” that is: Does it increase as vapor increases when warming occurs? Is there a “latent heat” effect, and what would the significance of that be? There is necessarily an ensemble of mediating factors at work over the last 4 billion years of life since the sun has increased by 1/3 in its luminosity over the same period. One such factor is Greenland moving North, due to plate drift, and raised several hundreds of feet in the process, collecting ice and providing an increased albedo over these time spans. Any comments, scientists?

      • Thank you.
        I love the phrase from “Carbon 500” at the above post:

        “Isn’t amazing that our huge planet can regulate temperature this well? It’s interesting to think that after all these years of ‘highest ever recorded’ we’re all still here and not being fried.”

      • Rather look on sea ice concentration, 2015 is much more thicker ice and same with ice coverage in 2015 some grey thinner snow areas are missing. Overall 2015 looks much colder than 2006.

  53. There is a big difference to what is happening in North America and what is happening for the globe generally . There is no “global wide” warming or record temperatures in 2014. only regional warming like the extra warming of North Pacific SST . 2014 was the only the 4th warmest with respect to global and Northern Hemisphere land areas . North America has been cooling for almost 2 decades. US was the 34 th warmest and Canada was the 25 th warmest on an annual basis. The Great Lakes and St . Lawrence Valley were 61 warmest or 7 th coldest in 67 years .
    Based on winter basis the 2013/14 winter was the 24 the coldest in 67 years for Canada. Some regions like Northern Ontario and Quebec and Great Lakes and St Lawrence valley were 6th coldest and 8th coldest respectively in 67 years. For US, the 2013/14 winter was the 33 rd coldest in 119 years and 2 nd coldest in the last 17 years. US and Canadian annual and seasonal temperatures have been trending colder for 17 years now since 1998. Winters have been trending colder in Northern Hemisphere since 1995 or 20 years

  54. There must be something happening. Maybe it is…..
    I gave my personal experience in a post above that “global warming” is useless and has no scientific meaning, certainly not the first person to state this.
    Nobody lives in the “global region”. All politics is local! All Climate is regional!
    Then I see posted by Carbon 500 “Average temperatures loses information about what actually goes on weather-wise.” and other very sensible information.
    And more of such from Carbon 500 again, Highflight 56433, Dawtgtomis, Peter, and Herkimer all posted recently.
    Nice to see that some of us are reflecting on what our actual experiences are (also were) within the “climate region” we lived in or visited. Climate is indeed time dependent. We are told this again and again and again. The scientists telling us this are conveniently forgetting that climate is geographically (zone) dependent and season dependent and seasons dependent. MUCH MORE than “number time” dependent!
    We, the above, know this because we experienced it. Remember empirical observations! Climate is not only time (years) dependent but geographical zones and seasons dependent.

    So now for the “Maybe it is”
    We in the USA, are experiencing the exact opposite of ‘global warming” or “global climate change” and it is pronounced enough that that the news media cannot avoid reporting such and indeed even better, asking why. CONTRASTING regions within the USA and asking WHY is it so cold, record cold and snow in one region and so warm in the other region, of the same country. Well, what do you know. Global warming now cannot be used for the entire USA. We cannot count of the USA to be GLOBAL! Darn it.

    Now image this. Just a quick summary. Northeast USA about to set record temperature/climate A (cold). Southwest USA about to set record temperature/climate B (warm). We can’t ask for better: A is just the opposite of B.
    Can we have a better empirical proof that the average: A+B divided by 2 is as worthless as worthless can be for ANY practical reason?

  55. rd50: I’d like to carry on with the regional climate theme. I like to browse books on meteorology, and an item which drew my attention is the Kӧppen classification of climate, devised by German climatologist Wladimir Kӧppen (1846-1940). It has according to what I’ve read been the best known and most used climate classification system for decades (p430,’The Atmosphere’, Frederick K. Lutgens and Edward J Tarbuck, pub. Pearson Prentice Hall 2007).
    Using this classification, the UK is described as having a humid middle latitude, mild winter or Marine West Coast (Cfb) type of climate. And so it remains, regardless of annual variations.
    What the Cfb coding means is that the average temperature of the coldest month is under 18 degrees C and above -3 degrees C.
    No month is above 22C, and at least four are over 10C.
    So, a wide range of temperatures define the British climate.
    Thus it was in 2014, and also in 1659 as seen in the Central England Temperature Record (CET).
    All this has stayed the same regardless of the small increase in concentration of the trace gas over which so much fuss has been made.

  56. Pamela Gray: I’d like to reply to your observation: ‘Carbon500, you have stumbled onto the reason for many “trends” that inch their way this way or that in fractions. This likely has more to do with increasing precision due to measurement issues such as changes in number and (re)placement of sensors as well as number and placement of the decimal point followed by rounding over time. This is the only thing that can be hypothesized about such trends because the statistical margin of error is greater than the resulting measurement average.’
    Agreed entirely – and also of interest for me is Ian Plimer’s observation in his book ‘Heaven and Earth’ that the measurement of CO2 using the current method has never been compared or validated with the older so-called ‘wet methods’ of measurement.
    I worked in a hospital laboratory for many years, and can only say that that I’m amazed that this validation appears not to have been done. Such comparisons are routine and vital in a working laboratory.

  57. Even Dallas is iced over, 1000 flights canceled, car crashes everywhere cause they don’t know how to drive in it.

    Cooler summer here, just waiting for lakes ice to melt.

  58. * 250 Million Years Ago.

    Tropical collapse caused by lethal heat: Extreme temperatures blamed for ‘dead zone’
    Oct 18, 2012
    phys.org/news/2012-10-tropical-collapse-lethal-extreme-temperatures.html

  59. It has definitely been a crazy past few days. We haven’t seen this much snow and ice in quite a while. Thanks for sharing that awesome image! Is it spring yet?!

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