According to Time Magazine: “Climate change skeptics are pointing to the record cold weather as evidence that the globe isn’t warming. But it could be that melting Arctic ice is making sudden cold snaps more likely—not less“
Do you want to see what a cold snap really looks like according to the NOAA?
February 1936 – Coldest Month in USA History (click on the image for the full effect)
In 2014, Feb was -1.69°F below the 1901-2000 average. In February 1936 the USA was -8.59°F below average. Big difference.
In North Dakota, February 1936 was -26.0°F below the 1901-2000 average. The whole month averaged -14.1°F below 0.
In comparison, lets take a look at Feb 2014:
March 1910 (Before Global Warming) 7.94°F Above the 1901-2000 Average
Some of those divisions are 16F above normal.
March 2014 (After Global Warming) -0.99°F Below the 1901-2000 Average
PS I just randomly picked 1934 without checking. And then I noticed 1910 … but I’ll post the 1934 map so it doesn’t go to waste.
March 1934 (Before Global Warming) 1.28°F Above the 1901-2000 Average
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.
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.
“In only two years — 1969 and 1978 — was there more snow on the ground in North America in early March than there is now.
As of Tuesday, North America is covered by the third-highest amount of snow this late in the season since records began in 1966, according to NOAA’s U.S. National Ice Center.
Only 1969 and 1978 had more snow cover at this point in the year, according to Sean Helfrich of NOAA’s National Ice Center.“
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.