November 2009 was warmest or 4th warmest on record, say NASA and NOAA

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:46 PM GMT on December 17, 2009

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The globe recorded its fourth warmest November since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies rated November 2009 as the warmest November on record, beating the 2001 record by 0.02°C. NOAA classified the year-to-date period, January - November 2009, as the fifth warmest such period on record. The November satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the warmest on record according to the University of Alabama Huntsville data set, or fifth warmest, according to the RSS data set.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for November 2009. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center.

Warmest November on record for Southern Hemisphere land areas
Southern Hemisphere land areas had their warmest November on record including Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. November was 1.87°C (3.4°F) above average in Australia, and several statewide records were broken, with New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, surpassing the previous largest maximum temperature anomaly recorded for an Australian state. The highest minimum temperature record for the continent was also broken, with an anomaly of 1.61°C (2.90°F) above average.

Third warmest November on record for the U.S.
For the contiguous U.S., the average November temperature was 4.0°F above average, making it the 3rd warmest November in the 115-year record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. That's a pretty remarkable swing from October, which was the third coldest October on record. Delaware experienced its warmest November on record, Wisconsin and New Jersey their second warmest, and five states had their third warmest November (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, and North Dakota). Eighteen other states had an average temperature that ranked in the top ten. No states had below normal temperatures for the month.

Unusually low tornado activity in November
November was a quiet month for tornadoes in the U.S., with only 4 preliminary reports. November 2009 was the slowest November since 1980, which had 3 tornadoes, and tied for 3rd quietest since extensive records began in 1950. The autumn as a whole was also calm with only 80 tornadoes reported in the U.S., compared to the 2006-2008 year average of 164.

U.S. drought
At the end of November, 9% of the contiguous United States was in moderate-to-exceptional drought. This is the smallest November drought footprint since 2005. Drought expanded across Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada, but improved over drought-stricken Texas. For the first time in many years, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows no areas in the highest classification of drought--exceptional drought. The second highest category of drought, extreme drought, covers only a small region of northeast Arizona.

U.S. fire activity
November, like September and October, saw below-normal U.S. fire activity in all respects.

Strong El Niño conditions continue
Strong El Niño conditions continue over the tropical Eastern Pacific. Ocean temperatures in the area 5°N - 5°S, 120°W - 170°W, also called the "Niña 3.4 region", were at 1.6°C above average on December 15, just above the 1.5°C threshold for a strong El Niño, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The strength of El Niño was roughly constant for the 5 weeks ending December 15. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is maintaining an El Niño Advisory. Current conditions and model forecasts favor continued El Niño conditions lasting through the Northern Hemisphere spring of 2010.

November sea ice extent in the Arctic 3rd lowest on record
November 2009 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent was the 3rd lowest since satellite measurements began in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Only 2006 and 2007 saw lower arctic sea ice extent. During 10-day period in the first half of November, arctic ice extent decreased below the 2007 record minimum, but rose above record minimum levels by the middle of the month.

Ricky Rood in Copenhagen
Our Climate Change expert, Dr. Ricky Rood, is in Copenhagen for the COP15 climate change treaty negotiations. His latest post, called Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? makes for very interesting reading on how the U.S. is "wasting its intellect and time on disruptions designed to play to people at home".

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I'll have another post late Friday.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting hydrus:
Will Tennessee get some of that?


what part?
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Quoting tornadodude:


hey there, well it looks like the from the mountains of North Carolina on up to the D.C. area might see close to a foot of snow, that is my opinion anyway. the low in the gulf looks to become quite impressive and there will be plenty of cold air and moisture, so it looks like NC, VA, and D.C. will get the brunt of the snow.
Will Tennessee get some of that?
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Any thoughts on the severe weather outlook for Southwest Florida? I am no longer seeing the advisory I saw yesterday.
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Isn't ironic I don't think Hitler ever had much more than 25% of the vote but was able to run Germany into the ground. Anyone see any parallels to today in the USA. Remember the bell curve when it comes to intelligence that will explain a lot.
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Quoting SouthALWX:

it's easier to shoot them that way =)
(edit: If Jesus had a helicopter, yes. yes he would)
and yes consider it dropped =)


LOL! See, that's the type of response I can appreciate. Reed needs to lighten up. Good Lord!
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Only us "liberals" think shooting wolves from helicopters is not a very Christian thing to advocate. Is that what Jesus would do Reed?

it's easier to shoot them that way =)
(edit: If Jesus had a helicopter, yes. yes he would)
and yes consider it dropped =)
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Quoting eyesontheweather:
Jeez, See what happens when there is no sense of Humor here!!! Seriously. After following this blog Off & On during the COP15 confrence it has come to my view that the majority of people on here a completely disgruntle with the political machine. The slowness of it and the rhetoric and inaction along with the the personal motives and the need for campaign contributions etc. That all shape the lack of action. I am sure many will agree that the current state of a politician in this country is rarely above that of a dummy sitting on the lap of a tranqulisist. So fight over the individual poloticians if you must, but in the end they are all saying what the person pulling the strings are telling them too. Sadly it is rarely what "We The People" want for the good of all people of this Land we call home


Nice post eyes!
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


As long as I don't have to hold hands...pass the urge. How about a rum spike?


oh you know you want to hold hands ;) jk rum spike, eh? right on
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Quoting NRAamy:
the blog has imploded....I'm taking my big fat Al Gore head and hiding out until the dust clears....


LOL! Comic relief welcome...
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Quoting tornadodude:


As long as I don't have to hold hands...pass the urge. How about a rum spike?
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Only us "liberals" think shooting wolves from helicopters is not a very Christian thing to advocate. Is that what Jesus would do Reed?


Mention her again and you'll be reported for being off topic, stop while your ahead dude.
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Only us "liberals" think shooting wolves from helicopters is not a very Christian thing to advocate. Is that what Jesus would do Reed?


.... can we just drop it? gosh
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Going on and on debating who is smarter Gore or Palin,has to be one of the most pointless debates I've seen on this blog,and there is long list of those debates.


You're right. I'm sorry to have engaged in this. Back to weather and climate...
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Quoting hydrus:
good Afternoon T-Dude, what is the latest on the upcoming snowstorm?


hey there, well it looks like the from the mountains of North Carolina on up to the D.C. area might see close to a foot of snow, that is my opinion anyway. the low in the gulf looks to become quite impressive and there will be plenty of cold air and moisture, so it looks like NC, VA, and D.C. will get the brunt of the snow.
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Going on and on debating who is smarter Gore or Palin,has to be one of the most pointless debates I've seen on this blog,and there is long list of those debates.
lol.
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Quoting tornadodude:
good Afternoon T-Dude, what is the latest on the upcoming snowstorm?
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Going on and on debating who is smarter Gore or Palin,has to be one of the most pointless debates I've seen on this blog,and there is long list of those debates.


like I said a minute ago, there is no point in arguing over that which we have no control
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Going on and on debating who is smarter Gore or Palin,has to be one of the most pointless debates I've seen on this blog,and there is long list of those debates.
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Whatever. I guess you selectively read the blog. Typical double standard. I am not attacking YOU so settle down there terminator. You have your opinion I have mine. I am obviously not going to change anyone's mind who already supports her but I find it alarming that anyone would champion such mediocrity.
Jeez, See what happens when there is no sense of Humor here!!! Seriously. After following this blog Off & On during the COP15 confrence it has come to my view that the majority of people on here a completely disgruntle with the political machine. The slowness of it and the rhetoric and inaction along with the the personal motives and the need for campaign contributions etc. That all shape the lack of action. I am sure many will agree that the current state of a politician in this country is rarely above that of a dummy sitting on the lap of a tranqulisist. So fight over the individual poloticians if you must, but in the end they are all saying what the person pulling the strings are telling them too. Sadly it is rarely what "We The People" want for the good of all people of this Land we call home
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the blog has imploded....I'm taking my big fat Al Gore head and hiding out until the dust clears....
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Hurricane Junky, you and every other liberals needs to understand that not everybody in this world is perfect, so stop attacking her, she goes through enough in her life already.
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Urge soda anyone? a round of Kum-bay-ah?

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Quoting tornadodude:
I'm not going to say anything more, it is futile and not worth saying. No point in arguing over that which we have no control.
Quoting SouthALWX:

Any college grad has a certain level of intelligence. Do I think she is smarter than Gore? Dunno. never met either, nor have I had a chance to set up a scholastic competition between them ( though I'd love to ) even so, under no circumstances is it acceptable within an intellectual community to call someone "stupid" or "moron" ... that's an attck. Lay out your reasons why you feel she is incapable. And dont accuse me of a double standard, I dont read the blog religiously. Being here today was just chance. I dont think anyone deserves to be attacked and if you search all through the blogs I promise you you will not find a post of mine nearby one attacking Gore. If I saw a blatant attack on his intelligence, then I assure you I would have spoken up in his defense.


OK, fair enough. However, if you have to ask the reasons why I think she is incapable, please refer to any number of interivews, Facebook posts, or other quotes that put her in GWB territory in regards to stupidity. She didn't even finish her only term as governor of a 700,000 person state. Why anyone thinks she is qualified to be any kind of leader is beyond me. She was being investigated for numerous ethics violations before she quit.
Do I need to go on? Let's just drop it. Sorry to keep going on and on.

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Quoting CaneWarning:


What????


she told me that she thinks it was for an image : /
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Quoting PcolaDan:
Came back in for a moment. Never mind. Ya'll just go on without me. It's sickening! BBL

AIM got banned???? why???


What????
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Quoting hurricanejunky:



I wasn't attacking anyone. I thought that was a pretty accurate assessment. Do you really think she's an intelligent individual? REALLY?!?!?!?


I think she is.
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Whatever. I guess you selectively read the blog. Typical double standard. I am not attacking YOU so settle down there terminator. You have your opinion I have mine. I am obviously not going to change anyone's mind who already supports her but I find it alarming that anyone would champion such mediocrity.

Any college grad has a certain level of intelligence. Do I think she is smarter than Gore? Dunno. never met either, nor have I had a chance to set up a scholastic competition between them ( though I'd love to ) even so, under no circumstances is it acceptable within an intellectual community to call someone "stupid" or "moron" ... that's an attck. Lay out your reasons why you feel she is incapable. And dont accuse me of a double standard, I dont read the blog religiously. Being here today was just chance. I dont think anyone deserves to be attacked and if you search all through the blogs I promise you you will not find a post of mine nearby one attacking Gore. If I saw a blatant attack on his intelligence, then I assure you I would have spoken up in his defense.
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;)
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Quoting tornadodude:


she received her bachelor's degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho and attended the following schools

* Hawaii Pacific University (Fall 1982),
* North Idaho College (Spring 1983 & Fall 1983),
* University of Idaho (Fall 1984 - Spring 1985),
* Matanuska-Susitna College (Fall 1985) and
* University of Idaho (Spring 1986, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987 ).

Before this she graduated from Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska.

source


Actually, I was joking.
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I'm not going to say anything more, it is futile and not worth saying. No point in arguing over that which we have no control.
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Quoting tornadodude:


She is obviously somewhat intelligent, come one man, she was a governor, ran for vice president, was a mayor, graduated college. She is by no means dumb, and you are clearly attacking her. Is calling someone a moron and saying she is just as qualified as Brittany Spears not attackig her????? youre smart enough not to say this


I wasn't attacking anyone on here. She was a governor? That's your comeback? So was George W. Bush. What's your point? She also quit under ethics investigations. Good Lord TDude, do you not pay attention to the dumb things she says and does? I'm out. See ya guys!
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Quoting SouthALWX:

I havent heard people call him " a moron by anyone's standards" if I had I would have said the same thing. Get real.


Whatever. I guess you selectively read the blog. Typical double standard. I am not attacking YOU so settle down there terminator. You have your opinion I have mine. I am obviously not going to change anyone's mind who already supports her but I find it alarming that anyone would champion such mediocrity.
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Quoting hurricanejunky:



I wasn't attacking anyone. I thought that was a pretty accurate assessment. Do you really think she's an intelligent individual? REALLY?!?!?!?


She is obviously somewhat intelligent, come one man, she was a governor, ran for vice president, was a mayor, graduated college. She is by no means dumb, and you are clearly attacking her. Is calling someone a moron and saying she is just as qualified as Brittany Spears not attacking her????? youre smart enough not to say this
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Came back in for a moment. Never mind. Ya'll just go on without me. It's sickening! BBL

AIM got banned???? why???
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Quoting SouthALWX:
sorry HJ but that last one crossed the line. you have no right to attack her as such. Namecalling doesnt help anyone.


I wasn't attacking anyone. I thought that was a pretty accurate assessment. Do you really think she's an intelligent individual? REALLY?!?!?!?
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Did Palin even finish high school?


she received her bachelor's degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho and attended the following schools

* Hawaii Pacific University (Fall 1982),
* North Idaho College (Spring 1983 & Fall 1983),
* University of Idaho (Fall 1984 - Spring 1985),
* Matanuska-Susitna College (Fall 1985) and
* University of Idaho (Spring 1986, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987 ).

Before this she graduated from Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska.

source
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Quoting Bordonaro:


See, the power of prayer is awesome! I want you to post lots of pictures of your Holiday Season Snowstorm!!!


Will do! I think there may be one for around New Years as well :P
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


OK Dad, thanks for putting me in my place. I don't recall hearing you pipe up to quell the wave of hatred for Al Gore that seems to wash over the blog regularly. Get real.

I havent heard people call him " a moron by anyone's standards" if I had I would have said the same thing. Get real.
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Quoting tornadodude:


looks great (:


See, the power of prayer is awesome! I want you to post lots of pictures of your Holiday Season Snowstorm!!!
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I think Lurk-Mode is appropriate for now
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sorry HJ but that last one crossed the line. you have no right to attack her as such. Namecalling doesnt help anyone.
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