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 Bordonaro:


Hitler twisted the facts, that their economic/national problems were caused by "certain ethnic/religious groups".

In desperation, many Germans blindly followed "his policies", and MANY did NOT agree with what he finally did to the "ethnic minorities"!

In my humble opinion, Hitler was a diseased, deranged psychopath"!!

agreed, but he was smart. deranged, but intelligent.
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


At least Gore speaks in complete sentences and knows what "political publications" are. Calling her a female George W. Bush would be flattering. It's anyone's right to dislike Gore for political reasons or his message but Sarah Palin is a moron by anyone's standards. She is no more suited to be a political leader of any type (local, state or federal) than Brittany Spears. That's a pretty sad testament to where this country is that we'd actually celebrate such mediocrity.

In short, yes I'm tired of "hearing" about both of them.


dang man, thats harsh
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Quoting SouthALWX:

It does take a high intellect to convince so many people of your viewpoint. Hitler was smart too.


Hitler twisted the facts, that their economic/national problems were caused by "certain ethnic/religious groups". In fact, his economuc problems stemmed from an extremely harsh policies levied on Germany after WWI ended..

In desperation, many Germans blindly followed "his policies", and MANY did NOT agree with what he finally did to the "ethnic minorities"!

In my humble opinion, Hitler was a diseased, deranged psychopath"!!
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


If you are actually going to compare Sarah Palin's intellect (or lack thereof) to Al Gore's, you've got issues. Love or hate the guy he is far and away more intelligent than Palin. That is a FACT.
someone posted his college grades on here the other day. Now I am not going to say he is smart or not but they were closely related to George W's college scores
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Quoting SouthALWX:

It does take a high intellect to convince so many people of your viewpoint. Hitler was smart too.


Or a really good speaker, can convince without being smart at all. Just the right words.
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Quoting Bordonaro:
Tornado Dude, looks like you're neck of the woods may have a White Christmas :0)!!



looks great (:
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


It's amazing the power of stupid people in large numbers.

I agree... didnt realize copenhagen could hold so many 0.o ... (this is a joke and is simply a rebuttal to the accusation that palin supporters are "stupid", let's try and keep our judgments to ourselves .. as stated above "don't take yourself seriously")
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


If you are actually going to compare Sarah Palin's intellect (or lack thereof) to Al Gore's, you've got issues. Love or hate the guy he is far and away more intelligent than Palin. That is a FACT.

It does take a high intellect to convince so many people of your viewpoint. Hitler was smart too.
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Tornado Dude, looks like you're neck of the woods may have a White Christmas :0)!!

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Quoting Floodman:
Among the manmy reasons that Sarah Palin's book is out selling Gores is that Sarah used little words...LOL


It's amazing the power of stupid people in large numbers.
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New GFS Dallas-Ft Worth, TX Meteogram is hinting at a lil' snow the end of December! That is usually when we get hit, when the meteorologist hint that we'll get "just a lil' bit" of snow/ice!!

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Quoting NRAamy:
Hey Jerry!!

Good news...the massive amounts of Neurontin my surgeon has me on is finally working!!!! My leg pain is subsiding!!!!!!


:)


That is GREAT news. Congrats. I'm sure any pain relief is MUCH welcome.
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Quoting Floodman:
BR>
Never take yourself too seriously. If others do so, then so be it, but never sing your own praises

I just added that to my "status note" at my in-work IM program.
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Quoting tornadodude:
love this commercial :P


Here, this is proof that the Clean Air Act of 1970 actually helped! LOOK at all the smog on Minneapolis-St Paul, MN! The First Theme song from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show"! Classic American TV!!

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Never take yourself too seriously. If others do so, then so be it, but never sing your own praises

Words to live by.

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Quoting Floodman:
as for being banned: we all do things here that would get us a ban; generally it's not the admins noticing what you said but someone that brought your actions to the admin's attention that lowers the boom...

One of the great secrets to a happy life:

Never take yourself too seriously. If others do so, then so be it, but never sing your own praises

And quite frequently, admin is alerted because someone is rabble-rousing and trying to get people they disagree with banned, or because some people take the rules a tad too seriously, and lack a sense of humor.
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Quoting Floodman:


Typo; I still have some "Floodman's little helpers" that I take on a regular basis and they tend to make my fingers a little thicker than they should be...LOL


Everytime you mention your little helpers the Rolling Stones song jumps in my head,and then I can't get rid of it,thanks!!
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as for being banned: we all do things here that would get us a ban; generally it's not the admins noticing what you said but someone that brought your actions to the admin's attention that lowers the boom...

One of the great secrets to a happy life:

Never take yourself too seriously. If others do so, then so be it, but never sing your own praises
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love this commercial :P
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Quoting eyesontheweather:
I hope the use of the word "manmy" was a typo and not a "freudian" slip


Typo; I still have some "Floodman's little helpers" that I take on a regular basis and they tend to make my fingers a little thicker than they should be...LOL
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Quoting Grothar:


You want to change that word "surprisingly" to "shockingly" LOL Came as a shock to us, too!


haha yeah :P AIM got banned
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Quoting tornadodude:


surprisingly I didn't get banned :P


You want to change that word "surprisingly" to "shockingly" LOL Came as a shock to us, too!
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Is anybody else tired of both of them


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Quoting Grothar:
Heard a lot of bloggers got banned last night. What did you all do?????


surprisingly I didn't get banned :P
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Quoting Floodman:
Among the manmy reasons that Sarah Palin's book is out selling Gores is that Sarah used little words...LOL
I hope the use of the word "manmy" was a typo and not a "freudian" slip
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Heard a lot of bloggers got banned last night. What did you all do?????
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Is anybody else tired of both of them
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Among the manmy reasons that Sarah Palin's book is out selling Gores is that Sarah used little words...LOL
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Quoting NRAamy:
Hey Jerry!!

Good news...the massive amounts of Neurontin my surgeon has me on is finally working!!!! My leg pain is subsiding!!!!!!


:)


Spectacular! You have no idea how relieved I am...
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Quoting NRAamy:
thanks eyes!!!!!!


:)
Is it going to heal or is it a lifetime of meds
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Quoting Patrap:


Is that snow I see in our future pat? :) It would be a nice break from the rain down here :)
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:



I did! I looked but she must have been behind Gore.


i was thinking the same thing.
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thanks eyes!!!!!!


:)
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Not be off-topic but my mother forced me to watch the McCarthy hearings which were televised. I was quite young. At the time the only McCarthy I knew was Charley McCarthy! At first I couldn't understand what a puppet could have done that was so bad!!! It soon became clear. I guess at an early age, I learned that smearing people's reputation to further one's own agenda is not very nice. Guess we haven't come all that far as a people.
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Gonna go play some online chess.
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Quoting NRAamy:
Hey Jerry!!

Good news...the massive amounts of Neurontin my surgeon has me on is finally working!!!! My leg pain is subsiding!!!!!!


:)
Congrats to the ease up of pain!
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Quoting CaneWarning:


Did not google it, but I do remember it from a book I was reading just a few weeks ago. I can't remember who asked the question though.


You get the first cookie. Very good to have remembered that.
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I figured canewarning nailed it right away,plus I like the Howard Hughes footage.


He didnt flinch a eyebrow.
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Quoting Patrap:
Film footage courtesy of Turin Film Corp.: http://www.youtube.com/user/TurinFilm...

Point of Order! is a 1964 documentary film about the Senate Army-McCarthy Hearings of 1954. The hearings were broadcast live on television in their entirety and also recorded via kinescope. Made without narration, the film was compiled from the kinescope recordings and reduced to 93 minutes out of 187 hours.

The Army-McCarthy Hearings came about when the Army accused Senator Joseph McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for Private G. David Schine, formerly of McCarthy's investigative staff. McCarthy counter-charged that the Army was holding Schine hostage to keep him from searching for Communists in the Army.

Point of Order! contains the most famous exchange of the Army-McCarthy hearings, when Senator McCarthy attempts to accuse Army counsel Joseph Welch of having tried to get a lawyer he characterizes as a possible former communist appointed as a counsel to the Committee. The exchange culminates with Welch asking rhetorically of McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"



Did you not read my instructions carefully!!!!. I said no fair peeking. Anybody could look it up. LOL Interesting exchange, was it not?
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:


It's on the tip of my tongue (the older I get the farther away the tip of my tongue seems to be) - It was said to Sen. Joe McCarthy of the HUAAC, (here I ask my husband for help) - he says a well-known NY attorney defending a prominent General(?) being threatened by McCarthy. . .


That is pretty good to remember that. Harry Welch was an attorney for the Army and he was actually defending another young attorney who was being attacked by McCarthy. I owe one more cookie to Cane!!!
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


No look up the definition of dolt. She'll be standing right there.



I did! I looked but she must have been behind Gore.
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Hey Jerry!!

Good news...the massive amounts of Neurontin my surgeon has me on is finally working!!!! My leg pain is subsiding!!!!!!


:)
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Quoting Grothar:


Come on HJ, we all enjoy reading a good "comedy" now and then. Heard her sequel was going to be "On a Clear Day You Can See Siberia"


LOL! Isn't that the "inconvenient" truth?
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