According to the NOAA March 2014 was 43rd coldest out of 120 March’s.
That is the 2nd March in a row colder than the 1901-2000 average.
This is a partial list of the March’s warmer than 2014: 1898,1900,1901,1902,1903,1904,1905,1907,1908,1910,1911,1914,1916,1918,1919,1921,1925,1927,1928,1929,1933,1934,1935,1936,1938,1939 …
I missed this when it came out last month, but according to the NOAA Precipitation for the 12 month period ending February 2014 was normal.
It was .19 inches above the 1901-2000 mean.
Wasn’t there supposed to be a permanent “Climate Change” drought?
Addendum: If you split the NOAA Climate History in two (March – February), these are the averages:
1895 – 1955 = 29.45 inches
1956 – 2014 = 30.44
One last one:
1980 – 2014 = 30.75 inches
Climate Change … bringer of slightly more precipitation.
According to the NOAA, February 2014 was tied for 21st warmest with 2001. It was .45C colder than 1998. Brrr.
But it was also colder than 1983 and 1987 and 1991 and only .1C warmer than 1973. 1973!!!!
The trend for February from 1998 is down -0.15C/decade.
Update: I had 2013 in the title. Sorry. (thanks justsoeguy31167)
According to the NOAA, California averaged 3.43 inches of rain in February 2014, which was only .42 inches below the 1901-2000 mean.
That is about 5.7X as much rain compared to January when California only averaged only .6 inches of rain.
One month of average rainfall won’t end a drought, but it sure helps.
NOAA February 2014 Divisional Anomaly Map. Some Divisions were -11F colder than normal (191-2000 mean)
Click for bigger.
According to the NOAA February 2014 was 37th coldest February out of 120. 83 were warmer.
1954 and 1930 were the two warmest February’s.
According to the NOAA, January was only the 53rd warmest out of 120. That means 67 January’s (out of 120) were warmer.
The lower 48 states were pretty much divided right down the middle. Very cold in the east, warm in the west and normal in the states directly above Texas.
Alabama had its 4th coldest January in 120 years. It was -8.3F colder than normal. Minnesota was the coldest state, averaging 2.3F. Brrr. Only 52.3F colder than Florida.
Here are the maps of average temperature, rank out of 120 (120 = warmest) and temperature anomaly from 1901-2000
Average Temperature in F
Rank out of 120 (120 = warmest and 1 = coldest)
Anomaly in F from 1901 – 2000 average.
XKCD is a funny geeky comic that I read quite regularly. The blog Inconvenient Skeptic has a good post about being annoyed with a recent XKCD strip that mocks people for using the recent cold days to “disprove” global warming.
Go ahead, read the blog posting (if you are still interested) and comic and then return here.
I was ticked at XKCD for the obvious reason. The mainstream media always loves to blame global warming for any warm spell but never uses cold spells to mock the concept of global warming. I guess when XKCD followed along I was disappointed.
However, beyond that point I was interested in the St Louis data linked by the blog post here. I was immediately interested in the heatwave data in this Excel spreadsheet. I’ll just show the top twenty rows.
Notice 2012 didn’t make the top of any highlighted lists. It came close. But 1954, 1963 and 1936 had more days greater than 90F. 1936 topped consecutive days above 90F.
And 1936, 1934 and 1954 topped the list of days over 100F. And 1936 was the year with most consecutive days above 100F.
And the red circled years are the Least number of days above 90F and 100F. Notice there are recent years without any 100F days at all.
And while I didn’t highlight it, notice that in 1954 22 days were above 100F. Only 18 were in Jun/Jul/Aug. The other 4 were int the spring or fall. Now thats hot.
So much for recent “warming”. St Louis had more extreme heat in the past. Even 2012 did not set new records.
A few interesting (to me) graphs concerning the NOAA December 2013 temperate data.
Did you know six states (the ones in blue) have been cooling since 1895?
Did you know 30 states (of the lower 48) are cooling from 1998. North Dakota is cooling at at -56F per century in December since 1998.
Did you know that if you checked to see how far back you have to go to find the longest negative trend for December, many states go back a long, long way? Only Delaware is weird.
I would hate to be living in North Dakota’s recent climate.
From 1998 it has been cooling at -13.76F per Century.
Four of the months are warming. 95% of the warming has occurred in June and September. Eight months are cooling. 77% of the cooling has occurred in Feb/Dec/Apr.
The percentages are the % of cooling or warming the month contributes to the cooling/warming trend total. The x-axis is not the same for each graph because of the huge range.