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May 14, 2014

USA NOAA Mar/Apr 2014 Precipitation is Normal

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Remember when “drought was the new normal”?

According to the NOAA the first two months of spring were 0.15″ above the 1901-2000 average. In other words … Normal!

NOAA_Mar_Apr_2014_Precipitation

 

Most of the country is normal. Northwest and southeast are wetter. Middle south is drier.

cag_[ Statewide Precipitation Anomalies (accumulation between Mar 2014 and Apr 2014) ]

April 13, 2014

NOAA Precipitation Update as of Feb 2014 – Last 12 Months Were Normal

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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?

 

NOAA_Feb_2014_Precipitation_12 Months

 

Addendum: If you split the NOAA Climate History in two (March – February), these are the averages:

1895 – 1955 = 29.45 inches

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/us/110/00/pcp/12/02/1895-2014?base_prd=true&firstbaseyear=1896&lastbaseyear=1955

1956 – 2014 = 30.44

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/us/110/00/pcp/12/02/1895-2014?base_prd=true&firstbaseyear=1956&lastbaseyear=2014

 

One last one:

1980 – 2014 = 30.75 inches

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/time-series/us/110/00/pcp/12/02/1895-2014?base_prd=true&firstbaseyear=1980&lastbaseyear=2014

 

Climate Change … bringer of slightly more precipitation.

March 14, 2014

California February 2014 – Almost 6 Times As Much Rain Compared to January

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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_Feb_2014_California_Rainfall

February 18, 2014

Winter Rainfall UK 1910 to Jan 2014

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Because of the floods, they are arguing about the amount of rainfall due to “climate change” over in the UK. Looking at the data from the UK Met for winter rainfall, it appears rainfall goes up and down.

I wonder if the usual AGW alarmist media blamed climate change for the dry period 2009 to 2011? Do I have to ask? Of course they did!

Guardian 17 November 2011: As well as the recent dry weather, water companies and environment regulators are expecting the UK to have more frequent dry winters as a result of climate change.

The graph below is Dec/Jan/Feb anomalies from the 1981-2010 mean. Click for a bigger version.

UK WINTER Rainfall Anomaly From 1981-2010 Mean

August 15, 2013

5th Wettest July in USA History – NOAA 2013

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With all the claims about 2012 being the worst drought in USA history (total joke), I thought I would mention that July 2013 was the 5th wettest July ever according to the NOAA.

Only 1950, 1958, 1992 and 1915 were wetter. July 2013 was .71 inches above the 1901 – 2000 average. July 1930 was the driest.

The 1895 to 2013 trend for precipitation in July is 0. Flat. No trend at all. Perfectly average.

Year To Date precipitation for 2013 is 23rd wettest. 1.54″ above the long term average.

NOAA_July_2013_USA_Precipitation

March 16, 2013

Precipitation Canada February 2013

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The data is from the monthly summaries put out by Environment Canada. The Normals are the station where the anomaly from the 1971-2000 average is calculated by EC.

Precipitation is in mm of rain equivalent. Some of it would be snow. About 25mm to the inch for the non-metric.

Boat Bluff’s 677mm is about 27 inches. In one month.  Toronto had 328% of normal. Triple.

Top 10 Wettest Stations in Canada by % of Normal. (Only stations with EC Normals)

Province Station Year Month Precipitation (mm) Precipitation % of Normal
ONT TORONTO 2013 2 165.4 328
SASK LEROY 2013 2 27 244
ONT TORONTO LESTER B. PEARSO 2013 2 92 216
SASK QUAPPELLE 1 2013 2 25.1 212
ONT WROXETER 2013 2 117.9 211
QUE GASPE A 2013 2 121.8 206
ONT FOLDENS 2013 2 98.4 192
SASK DUVAL 2013 2 20.6 186
NU RANKIN INLET A 2013 2 16.2 183
NWT FORT SIMPSON A 2013 2 31.6 181

Top 10 Wettest Stations by amount of precipitation.  Any station is eligible. NA means EC does not calculate normals.

Province Station Year Month Precipitation (mm) Precipitation % of Normal
BC BOAT BLUFF 2013 2 677.2 147
BC ZEBALLOS MURAUDE CREEK 2013 2 473.9 NA
BC TOFINO A 2013 2 469.6 NA
BC ESTEVAN POINT 2013 2 430.8 125
BC PRINCE RUPERT MONT CIRC 2013 2 430.7 NA
BC ADDENBROKE ISLAND 2013 2 425.4 NA
BC LENNARD ISLAND 2013 2 419.5 120
BC BELLA BELLA 2013 2 396 NA
BC PORT ALICE 2013 2 387.2 101
BC TAHSIS VILLAGE NORTH 2013 2 370.5 NA

January 30, 2013

Are Toronto City Councillors Dumber Than A Sack Of Hammers?

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Are Toronto City Councillors  Dumber Than A Sack Of Hammers?

Some climate committee wants them to spend billions to deal with huge new increases in projected rainfall.

“Toronto must overhaul its aging infrastructure to adapt to dramatic new climate change projections — a process that could cost billions — say some councillors and environmentalists.”

“The city’s roads, sewers, storm drains and electrical grids were simply not built to withstand the new climate, said Councillor Gord Perks, a member of the committee.”

What new climate??????

Here is rainfall data from Environment Canada for Toronto’s Pearson Airport from 1950.

There is no new trend in rainfall. Click on the graph to make it bigger. Values on the left are % of the 1971-2000 average. Each month with data is a dot. The blue line is the Loess Curve.

Toronto_Rainfall

October 13, 2012

NOAA September 2012 Precipitation

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Four of the 48 continental US states set a record for lowest rainfall in September 2012 according to the NOAA. The ranks are out of 118 with 1 being driest. 19 out of the 48 states were below average (rank 59 and lower) and 29 were ranked above average.

Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Nebraska’s driest September were before 1900.

State Sep 2012 Sep Rank Driest Sep Lowest Rainfall Wettest Sep Highest Rainfall
Minnesota 0.56 1 2012 0.56 2010 6.7
Montana 0.15 1 2012 0.15 1986 3.71
North Dakota 0.24 1 2012 0.24 1900 5
South Dakota 0.24 1 2012 0.24 1986 4.27
Washington 0.11 2 1975 0.09 1959 4.78
Nebraska 0.51 3 1899 0.44 1973 6.5
Oregon 0.07 4 1999 0.03 1986 2.83
Idaho 0.19 7 1987 0.08 1959 3.23
Wisconsin 1.61 9 1952 0.78 1986 8.25
Wyoming 0.31 9 1979 0.22 1923 3.42
Iowa 1.62 15 1939 0.84 1926 9.75
California 0.1 24 1974 0.02 1904 2.42
South Carolina 2.36 24 2005 0.81 1928 13.12
Georgia 2.77 33 2005 0.93 2004 12.32
Michigan 2.69 36 1979 0.98 1986 8.62
Kansas 2.08 39 1956 0.29 1973 8.35
Florida 5.66 42 1921 2.13 1979 12.98
Oklahoma 2.9 55 1956 0.27 1945 7.86
New Mexico 1.49 58 1956 0.08 1941 5.84
Utah 0.85 61 1979 0.04 1982 3.71
Arizona 1.18 63 1953 0.02 1939 4.14
New Jersey 3.97 71 1941 0.27 1938 9.78
Colorado 1.4 72 1956 0.1 1961 2.93
Delaware 4.09 74 1941 0.15 1935 11.59
North Carolina 4.89 77 1990 1.22 1999 13.3
Maryland 4.16 81 1941 0.58 1999 10.45
Mississippi 4.15 85 1897 0.72 1906 10.06
Virginia 4.08 85 2005 0.79 1999 10.47
Nevada 0.69 90 1922 0.02 1982 2.57
Missouri 5.23 92 1897 0.7 1993 11.65
Rhode Island 5.2 92 1941 0.5 2008 9.51
Texas 4.01 92 1931 0.55 1936 6.9
Alabama 5.55 95 1984 0.66 1906 10.03
Maine 4.95 97 1948 1.26 1999 9.1
Massachusetts 5.32 97 1914 0.58 1933 9.66
Arkansas 5.19 98 2004 0.41 1913 9.94
Louisiana 6.01 98 1953 0.96 1913 12.92
Vermont 5.08 98 1908 0.96 1999 8.61
New Hampshire 5.46 99 1914 0.77 1938 9.81
New York 4.8 99 1964 1.18 1977 7.87
Connecticut 5.96 100 1914 0.35 1938 13.89
Pennsylvania 5.21 103 1943 0.79 2011 10.08
Illinois 5.12 104 1979 0.49 1926 9.68
Indiana 5.2 105 1897 0.6 1926 8.25
Tennessee 6.02 107 1897 0.6 1977 7.86
West Virginia 5.45 108 1985 0.69 2004 7.45
Kentucky 5.99 112 1897 0.28 2006 8.55
Ohio 5.57 115 1908 0.58 1926 7.16

The 1940-1959 period has the largest number of driest Septembers.

September 10, 2012

NOAA August 2012 – Precipitation Ranked Driest to Wettest by Ranking

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NOAA August 2012 Precipitation Ranked Driest to Wettest. Rank 1 = Driest. Rank 118 = Wettest.

Three states had the driest August ever: Nebraska, Washington and Wyoming.

No states had the wettest, but Louisiana and Mississippi each had their 2nd wettest (rank 117).

California (2002) and Nevada (1940) are the only state evers to have zero precipitation in August  therefore the records can only be tied.

State Aug 2012 Aug Ranking Driest Aug Driest Aug Precip
Nebraska 1.02 1 2012 1.02
Washington 0.05 1 2012 0.05
Wyoming 0.12 1 2012 0.12
Idaho 0.16 4 1940 0.12
Oregon 0.04 6 1955 0.01
Colorado 1.05 9 1960 0.63
South Dakota 1.19 12 2001 0.72
Minnesota 2.08 18 1930 1.24
Montana 0.59 21 2001 0.2
Wisconsin 2.53 24 1930 1.07
Missouri 2.35 26 1909 0.6
West Virginia 3.05 28 1957 1.55
Vermont 3.15 30 1957 1.28
New Mexico 1.75 33 1962 0.64
Iowa 2.94 38 1984 1.05
Ohio 2.86 40 1951 1.31
North Dakota 1.74 45 1961 0.72
New York 3.4 52 1907 1.47
Kansas 2.83 53 1913 0.53
Utah 0.87 53 1985 0.07
Texas 2.07 55 2000 0.47
Michigan 3.01 57 1930 0.76
Delaware 4.29 59 2008 0.99
Oklahoma 2.8 60 2000 0.14
Pennsylvania 3.66 60 1930 1.29
Kentucky 3.47 62 1925 1.27
Connecticut 4.07 67 1981 1.03
Tennessee 3.76 67 1953 0.97
Illinois 3.53 68 1953 1.12
Rhode Island 3.57 70 1984 0.58
Maryland 4.64 77 1930 1.07
Arizona 2.38 84 1962 0.62
Indiana 4.07 86 1897 1.59
New Jersey 5.68 86 1964 0.9
New Hampshire 5.03 87 1996 0.96
Virginia 4.91 87 1930 1.74
Maine 4.62 88 2002 1.08
North Carolina 6.35 89 1997 1.94
California 0.28 92 2002 0
Georgia 6.39 96 1925 1.84
Massachusetts 4.82 96 1907 1.11
Arkansas 4.38 97 2000 0.4
South Carolina 7.53 98 1925 1.47
Nevada 1.03 104 1944 0
Alabama 6.31 111 1925 1.13
Florida 11.69 115 1938 4.05
Louisiana 8.47 117 1980 1.67
Mississippi 8.58 117 1954 1.4

July 14, 2012

Wettest Month – NOAA Data – Surprise! Not as dry as they claim!

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Surprise. Six states set records for their wettest month in the last year.  There were 13 records set in 2011.

For example, June 2012 was the wettest June in Florida history with 13.16 inches of rain.

This is the most amount of precipitation for each month for each state. Ties are ignored.
Blue are records set in last 12 months.
Yellow are records set in previous century.

At the bottom are summary records for the region and nation as a whole (summarized by NOAA).

State Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Alabama 1936 1961 1980 1964 1991 1989 1916 1939 1906 1995 1948 1961
Arizona 1993 1980 1905 1926 1992 1927 1919 1951 1939 1972 1905 1965
Arkansas 1937 1939 1945 1927 2009 1928 1905 1915 1913 2009 1988 1982
California 1909 1998 1907 1926 1915 1929 1974 1983 1904 1962 1926 1955
Colorado 1916 1993 1912 1900 1995 1965 1998 1963 1961 1969 1946 1913
Connecticut 1979 2008 1953 1983 1984 1982 1897 1955 1938 2005 1988 1973
Delaware 1937 2003 1994 1983 1948 2006 1919 1967 1935 2005 1948 1996
Florida 1991 1998 1959 1933 2009 2012 1909 1898 1979 1924 1987 1997
Georgia 1925 1939 1980 1928 1976 1900 1916 1898 2004 1994 1948 2009
Idaho 1970 1986 1904 1965 1915 1964 1913 1968 1940 1975 1909 1996
Illinois 1950 1908 1898 2011 1943 1902 1958 1977 1926 1941 1985 1982
Indiana 1950 1909 1913 2011 1943 1958 1992 1977 1926 1919 1985 1990
Iowa 1949 1915 1990 1999 1903 2010 1993 2007 1926 2009 1931 1982
Kansas 1949 1911 1973 1944 1995 1951 1993 1977 1973 1941 1909 1913
Kentucky 1937 1989 1997 2011 1983 1928 1910 1974 2006 1919 1921 1990
Louisiana 1998 1966 1926 1991 1907 1989 1933 1940 1913 2009 1948 1982
Maine 1979 1900 1902 1901 1984 1917 1915 1991 1999 2005 1983 1973
Maryland 1937 2003 1994 1983 1989 1972 1945 1955 1999 1976 1972 2009
Massachusetts 1979 2008 2010 1987 2006 1982 1938 1955 1933 2005 1983 1973
Michigan 1950 1908 1976 1929 2004 2010 1952 1975 1986 1954 1988 1895
Minnesota 1969 1922 1977 1896 1938 1914 1897 1900 2010 1971 2000 1968
Mississippi 1937 1903 1980 1991 1907 1900 1940 2008 1906 2009 1948 1982
Missouri 1916 1990 1973 1994 1943 1928 1958 1915 1993 1941 1985 1982
Montana 1969 1910 1904 1940 1927 1944 1993 1968 1986 1946 1896 1917
Nebraska 1949 1915 1987 1984 1903 1967 1993 1977 1973 2008 1983 1913
Nevada 1916 1962 1907 1978 1995 1963 1984 1983 1982 2004 1960 2010
New Hampshire 1979 1900 1936 2007 1984 1922 1915 2011 1938 2005 1927 1973
New Jersey 1979 1896 2010 2007 1984 2003 1897 2011 1938 2005 1972 2009
New Mexico 1916 2005 1919 2004 1941 1903 1914 2006 1941 1972 1978 1991
New York 1979 1896 1913 2011 1984 1972 1992 2011 1977 2005 1927 1973
North Carolina 1998 1899 1980 1895 1901 1995 1916 1901 1999 1971 1948 2009
North Dakota 1916 1998 1902 1896 1927 2005 1993 1900 1900 1982 2000 2008
Ohio 1937 1909 1913 2011 1968 1902 1992 1980 1926 1919 1985 1990
Oklahoma 1949 1938 1973 1942 1957 2007 1950 1906 1945 1941 2004 1984
Oregon 1970 1904 1904 1993 1998 1937 1987 1968 1940 1950 1973 1964
Pennsylvania 1978 1981 1936 2011 1989 1972 1992 1955 2011 1976 1985 1990
Rhode Island 1979 2008 2010 1983 1948 1998 2009 1946 2008 2005 1983 1936
South Carolina 1925 1939 1980 1936 1976 1973 1916 1949 1928 1990 1948 2009
South Dakota 1949 1987 1977 1986 1962 1947 1993 1906 1986 1998 1922 1909
Tennessee 1937 1939 1975 1912 1983 1928 1967 1901 1977 1919 1948 1990
Texas 1932 1903 2007 1957 1929 1899 2007 1914 1936 1919 2004 1991
Utah 1916 1980 1906 1941 1995 1967 1936 1909 1982 1972 1978 2010
Vermont 1979 1981 1896 1996 1984 1922 1897 2011 1999 2005 1927 1973
Virginia 1937 2003 1975 1987 1971 1972 1945 1906 1999 1976 1985 2009
Washington 1953 1961 1997 1937 1948 1937 1983 1912 1959 1947 2006 1933
West Virginia 1937 1903 1963 2011 1996 1998 1896 1898 2004 1925 1985 1978
Wisconsin 1969 1922 1977 2008 2004 1968 1999 1980 1986 1900 1991 1968
Wyoming 1911 1936 1906 1900 1908 1967 1937 1930 1923 1998 1983 1964
Northeast Region 1979 2008 1936 1983 1984 1972 1897 2011 1999 2005 1983 1973
East North CentralRegion 1916 1922 1977 1896 2004 2010 1993 1980 1986 2009 1931 1982
Central Region 1937 1909 1897 2011 1995 1928 1958 1915 1926 2009 1985 1990
Southeast Region 1936 1998 1980 1928 1976 1900 1916 1901 2004 1959 1948 2009
West North Central Region 1949 1936 1987 1984 2011 1947 1993 1968 1973 1998 1896 1917
South Region 1932 1903 1973 1957 1935 2004 1950 1915 1913 2009 2004 1911
Southwest Region 1916 1980 1905 1900 1992 1927 1914 1963 1941 1972 1978 1965
Northwest Region 1953 1904 1904 1937 1998 1947 1983 1968 1959 1950 1909 1996
West Region 1916 1998 1907 1926 1915 1963 1984 1983 1976 2004 1926 1955
USA Contiguous 48 States 1916 1998 1973 1957 1957 1928 1950 1977 1986 2009 1983 1982

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