November 2010 1st or 2nd warmest on record; ZombieSat saga ends

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:50 PM GMT on December 24, 2010

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November 2010 was the globe's second warmest November on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies rated November 2010 the warmest November on record. Both NOAA and NASA rated the year-to-date period, January - November, as the warmest such period on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere for November were the 5th or 3rd warmest on record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively. UAH rates the year-to-date period, January-November, as the 2nd warmest such period in the satellite data record, behind 1998. The record or near-record November global warmth is remarkable, given that we are in the midst of a moderate strength La Niña episode in the Eastern Pacific. The large amount of cold water that upwells to the surface during a La Niña typically causes a substantial cool-down in global temperatures, making a monthly temperature record difficult to set. November 2010 is the only "warmest month on record" as rated by NASA to occur during La Niña conditions. The November temperature record is all the more remarkable since we are near the minimum of the 11-year solar sunspot cycle. Global temperatures are cooler by about 0.1°C for the two years following a solar minimum, compared to global temperatures two years after solar maximum. Our current minimum in solar energy makes it much more difficult to set monthly global temperature records.

An average November for the U.S.
For the contiguous U.S., November was near-average in temperature, ranking as the 46th warmest November in the 116-year record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The year-to-date period, January to November, was the 19th warmest such period on record. No states had a top-ten warmest or coldest November on record. November 2010 precipitation was also near average. Only Montana had a top-ten wettest November on record, and no states had top-ten driest November.

La Niña in the "moderate" category
The equatorial Eastern Pacific Ocean is currently experiencing moderate La Niña conditions. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) over the tropical Eastern Pacific in the area 5°N - 5°S, 120°W - 170°W, also called the "Niña 3.4 region", were 1.4°C below average as of December 20, according to NOAA. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology put this number at 1.29°C below average (as of December 19.) Moderate La Niña conditions are defined as occurring when this number is 1.0°C - 1.5°C below average. Temperatures colder than 1.5°C below average qualify as strong La Niña conditions. NOAA is maintaining its La Niña advisory, and expects La Niña conditions to last through the coming winter into spring.

Both El Niño and La Niña events have major impacts on regional and global weather patterns. La Niña typically causes warm, dry winters over the southern portion of the U.S., with cooler and wetter than average conditions over the Pacific Northwest. The Ohio and Mississippi Valleys states typically have wetter winters than usual during La Niña events.

November 2010 Arctic sea ice extent 2nd lowest on record
Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent in November 2010 was the 2nd lowest in the 31-year satellite record behind 2006, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. As of December 24, ice extent was the lowest on record for this time of year. Ice volume in November was the lowest on record, according to University of Washington Polar Ice Center.


Figure 1. Sea ice extent in the Arctic as measured by satellites. Beginning in mid-December, ice extent was at record low levels for this time of year. Image credit: University of Bremen.

Major atmospheric pattern shift coming
The unseasonably cold weather over Europe and the Eastern U.S. is due to break between Christmas and New Year's, as the atmosphere undergoes a major shift in its circulation. The very unusual high pressure region over the Arctic is forecast to break down and be replaced by the typical low pressure region we expect to see in winter. After recording some of its coldest temperatures in 17 years this week, the UK may well see record highs on New Year's Eve as a result of the pattern shift. The pattern shift should bring the Eastern U.S. above-normal temperatures during the last few days of 2010, and a major New Year's Eve snowstorm to Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The ZombieSat saga ends?
Last week, I blogged about ZombieSat, the rogue Galaxy-15 communications satellite that failed during a solar storm. ZombieSat has been spewing noise in the C-band microwave region that has been interfering with broadcasts from satellites in its path, including the key SES-1 satellite that relays most of the weather data wunderground and the National Weather Service uses. Within the next week, ZombieSat will close in on its sister satellite, Galaxy-16, which hosts the Public Radio Satellite Service (PRSS) feeds, among others. A few weeks ago, PRSS warned its customers (who include commercial stations as well as the nation's public broadcasters) that there would be a possibility of disruption to its services on or about December 26. But on Friday December 17, Intelsat announced that ZombieSat had lost its "lock" on Earth, resulting in a loss of power that caused the satellite's main interfering transponders to shut down. So it appears the ZombieSat saga is over, and a whole bunch of engineers and operations directors can enjoy Christmas weekend without worrying about a zombie satellite hanging 23,000 miles over their heads.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Skyepony:
04P TASHA

click for loop. It hit Australia with a lot of rain.


Tasha is my wife's name. Mild and somewhat docile, yet defiant and strong, she is a perfect match to this system. And to me...

For all those in the east who wish for snow, I hope the new model runs satiate your thirst.

Merry Christmas, a joyous New Year, my wish to you!
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00Z EURO is back to it's original idea, on the coastline.. Let the games begin!!!
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Looks like a 40/70 miracle for the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast. Let it snow!!!!!
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Apollo 8 Christmas Message

.."a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the Good Earth"..


The Apollo 8 reading of Genesis about the creation of the Heavens and Earth from men actually in the Heavens looking down on the Earth gave us that hope and faith.


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260. Skyepony (Mod)
04P TASHA

click for loop. It hit Australia with a lot of rain.
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Mele Kalikimaka !!! -
from the Florida Keys - formally from Hawaii.

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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:

Good Christmas Eve, folks!





Good evening!
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


At least he finally got pardoned. Not guilty.


Unfortunately, that was not what his band and family wanted. As they believed he was never guilty, they wanted an apology and expunging of the incident from the record. And "a promise to stop letting culture-war hysteria trump our First Amendment rights".
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Quoting Grothar:


Nite, Canes!


Night Grothar!

Also, a Merry Christmas message from Nirvana:

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Quoting caneswatch:
Well, since I know i'm gonna be getting up early tomorrow, good night, and Merry Christmas to all. May you get whatever you want under the tree, and may everything be good tomorrow.


Nite, Canes!
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


but its not :P where is live is 1.0 -1.25!!



Yeah, that's looking better - for you!
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


And, a very Merry Christmas to our esteemed WU staff. Thank you!!!


Agree
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Quoting EnergyMoron:


Hallmark uitspaken.


LOL! Well Merry Christmas any way you want to say it. I know my Dutch is not that good, but you just threw me a little.
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Good night, we hope all here have a great weekend!

And, a very Merry Christmas to our esteemed WU staff. Thank you!!!
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Well, since I know i'm gonna be getting up early tomorrow, good night, and Merry Christmas to all. May you get whatever you want under the tree, and may everything be good tomorrow.
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The Doors If they did Christmas songs -
Link
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gotta love it
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Quoting Grothar:


Vrolijke Kerstmis naar u. (Welke dialect van Nederlands is dat?)


Hallmark uitspaken.

Modify Comment BS backspsace PS (yes there is a typo Gro... google it... only you can understand)
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Oldies - For your loved one...

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Quoting Grothar:


Geoff is referring to the Governor's ruling earlier this month. Don't you keep up on current events. tsk tsk


I know what he's talking about LOL
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Quoting caneswatch:


He never did it. His bandmates saw it, the court never listened. All the court wanted to do was to throw him in jail. Good thing he never saw a second in there.


Geoff is referring to the Governor's ruling earlier this month. Don't you keep up on current events. tsk tsk
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Good Christmas Eve, folks!



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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Official NORAD Santa Tracker


He made his way to us (don't worry, I know "the truth") LOL
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Oldies

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Quoting Ossqss:
Merry Christmas Wutians~! :)

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Dah-di-dah-dit Di-dah-di-dit Dit Di-di-di-dah Dit Di-dah-dit

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


At least he finally got pardoned. Not guilty.


He never did it. His bandmates saw it, the court never listened. All the court wanted to do was to throw him in jail. Good thing he never saw a second in there.
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Official NORAD Santa Tracker
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Merry Christmas Wutians ~!:)

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Quoting caneswatch:


Jim was not the Christmas type LOL


At least he finally got pardoned. Not guilty.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Just joking with you...Santa's almost here!


Haha I know. In about 25 minutes he will make his arrival.
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Quoting Grothar:


You never heard of Nat King Cole or Johnny Mathis or Andy Williams?


Of course I have LOL
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230. flsky
Hope you're all happy and well. Think good thoughts and be kind tomorrow - even one day helps. You never know, you might want to make a habit out of it!
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Quoting Grothar:
Well, all the guests have gone. This was the 2nd or the 5th nicest Christmas Eve we have had. The food was the 1st or 2nd best ever since records have been kept. Global warming only came up once in the conversation and we told them to shut up. Hope everyone had a good evening. (Canes, a Christmas song from you??? Did the Doors ever do a Christmas album?)


Jim was not the Christmas type LOL
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GFS-Animation

Pretty interesting but i dont think the panhandle will get that much unless system slows down and gets stronger.. Or the temps come on time to c sum flakes.. But it has the moisture show up from parts to saturday into sunday.. I really doubt that.. But I really dont buy into this animation run.. But a lot more models are buying into this system get strong.. Just depends the exact location of where it will go.. But its already drawing plenty of moisture from the gulf.. I think this storm is going to do something.. JMO
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Quoting EnergyMoron:


Prettige Kerstmis Grothar (and Merry Christmas to everyone else).

We got about 1 inch of rain... after 0.02 inches the rest of the month... a nice Christmas present indeed!


Vrolijke Kerstmis naar u. (Welke dialect van Nederlands is dat?)
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Quoting Grothar:


1 A.D. (:P)


hahahaha, figured it was pre 5th century :p
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Send me some leftovers Gro....Sounds like a Barefoot Contessa feast!
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And yes Grothar...In my avatar...that is Judge Judy on the T.V. in the background.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


and when do these records begin groth??


1 A.D. (:P)
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Quoting caneswatch:


The song? It's the only song I could think of LOL


Just joking with you...Santa's almost here!
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Quoting Grothar:
Well, all the guests have gone. This was the 2nd or the 5th nicest Christmas Eve we have had. The food was the 1st or 2nd best ever since records have been kept. Global warming only came up once in the conversation and we told them to shut up. Hope everyone had a good evening. (Canes, a Christmas song from you??? Did the Doors ever do a Christmas album?)


and when do these records begin groth??
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Quoting Grothar:
Well, all the guests have gone. This was the 2nd or the 5th nicest Christmas Eve we have had. The food was the 1st or 2nd best ever since records have been kept. Global warming only came up once in the conversation and we told them to shut up. Hope everyone had a good evening. (Canes, a Christmas song from you??? Did the Doors ever do a Christmas album?)


Prettige Kerstmis Grothar (and Merry Christmas to everyone else).

We got about 1 inch of rain... after 0.02 inches the rest of the month... a nice Christmas present indeed!
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NRT just like the ones i use to know

getting ready too throw the turkey in the oven at midnight
let it cook till noon
gifts under the tree and iam off to bed by 1am
good noon time christmas dinner tomorrow i wish you the best of the season merry christmas to you and yours
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Quoting caneswatch:


The song? It's the only song I could think of LOL


You never heard of Nat King Cole or Johnny Mathis or Andy Williams?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


To your fans.......

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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Some, but not by a lot yet, if at all - the qpf is still below 0.5, which might translate to 2.5-5" at a 1:10 ratio.


but its not :P where is live is 1.0 -1.25!!

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