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 PSLFLCaneVet:



LOL.

Ah, I charge the bull often enough. You'll have many more opportunities to observe, methinks.


I'm sure!
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Quoting BahaHurican:
u guys realize that as soon as the trolls realize u r having fun they will stop.... there's no use in U having fun at THEIR expense... lol


Good point. Darn. :/
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u guys realize that as soon as the trolls realize u r having fun they will stop.... there's no use in U having fun at THEIR expense... lol
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Quoting Greyelf:
Lol...actually I was telling you to go ahead that it might be fun to watch. :)



LOL.

Ah, I charge the bull often enough. You'll have many more opportunities to observe, methinks.
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Quoting Ossqss:


I would offer this to those who have, and are obviouly seeing this ! Living is different to those who don't have. Just sayin and out >>>>>>>> Something gave us the opportunity to be here, ya think ???????




Good night, Oss.
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Lol...actually I was telling you to go ahead that it might be fun to watch. :)
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OK Thank you. I will be checking in to see if anything changes. Because I know this storm everyone is having now kinda came out of nowhere. Things can change very fast, so I hope we get at least a few inches of fresh stuff while we are up there.
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LMAO.

2 to 1, so I'll refrain.

Thanks for the tune!

Modifying: Sorry Grey, I missed yours, initially.

3 to 1
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Quoting P451:
This storm is just plain taking a wild dump all over the Jersey Shore.

Tinton Falls, NJ
as of 1030pm et
24.2F (Steady)
Heavy Snow
Near Zero Vis


15"+ right now. Numerous readings of 14-16" throughout the front yard. Numerous readings of 18-20" in the back.

Highest drift is 26"
Lowest scour is 9"

Looks like what... at least six more hours of this intensity? That's another foot of snow.

The wind is really starting to pick back up after a lull as we get back into another heavy band.

Here's from about 20 minutes ago. It's been doing this for about 7 hours now at the same clip approx 2" per hour average.

Short Video

Here's the 15" measurement which I think was as conservative as I could go with this. Will get better pictures tomorrow once this thing winds down.




Back slider with snow a third up the door.







Brrr.... just looking at the pics is making me shiver.... lol
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


I've chosen to ignore them for now, but by all means, fire away.



Love this song.
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Meanwhile, back in the Bahamas, it's 65 at the airport; coastal wx stations are giving 61, with winds ranging from 15 to 30 mph [18 was reported at NAS], veering from W to NW....

Like I said, great Junkanoo weather... so long as it doesn't rain, since all the costumes r cardboard and crepe paper....
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



I'll let the blog speak: shall we deliver a smackdown, or ignore our ill-mannered and unlettered new poster?


I've chosen to ignore them for now, but by all means, fire away.

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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


I would offer this to those who have, and are obviouly seeing this ! Living is different to those who don't have. Just sayin and out >>>>>>>> Something gave us the opportunity to be here, ya think ???????

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Also @ Josh.... Wunderground is saying warm on NY day, but by Sunday overnight into Monday looking like a better chance of snow. Like I said, u may not get a blizzard or anything, but I'd be very surprised if u don't get any snowfall at all in the Lake George area during the first week of January....
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I stand corrected then.

EDIT: Well hell, STL says three markings lead to moderation, while you say ten. Which is it? This is a serious discrepancy here...


I thought someone said 10, looked back and couldn't find it. I must be snowdazed.
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



I'll let the blog speak: shall we deliver a smackdown, or ignore our ill-mannered and unlettered new poster?

Lol..if you wanna give em a "krussmus" present by feeding them, feel free. I'm pretty good at ignoring the silly trolls, but it might be fun to watch.
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



I'll let the blog speak: shall we deliver a smackdown, or ignore our ill-mannered and unlettered new poster?


The former. It's more fun. Futile, but fun. Who says lack of futility is a requisite for fun, anyway?
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Quoting MichaelSTL:


I think a comment is automatically removed if three or more people flag it, while Admin is needed to ban somebody, so he'll probably be around for awhile, depending on when Admin comes back.



Especially if it was also snowing; I have never actually seen a blizzard, or even know if one ever happened here, even this storm often referred to as a blizzard wasn't really one:

For a blizzard to have occurred, the following conditions must have prevailed for a period of 3 or more consecutive hours:

* Sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 miles an hour or greater, and
* Considerable falling and/or blowing snow that reduces visibility frequently to less than 1/4 mile.


(note that a blizzard can occur even without any falling snow if there is already snow on the ground)


Meh. I'm not too fond of cold air, so a blizzard is not something I want to experience. I'd take a hurricane first, to be honest. Which is more realistic anyway, considering my location.
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I'll let the blog speak: shall we deliver a smackdown, or ignore our ill-mannered and unlettered new poster?
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Quoting tampahurricane:
Hello everyone I dont post on here often but have been a member for years. Me and my friend are going up to a place named Lake George in New York. Its about and hour and a half north of Albany, New York. On Accuweathers forecast for the 30th of December till the 6th of January. Have them getting little to no snow. I wanted to know if this looks like its going to hold, or could there be any chance of seeing some good snow. The reason I'm asking is because we have never seen snow, and we really want to see it come down. Thanks everybody. Josh
Hey, Josh. IIRC, Lake George is just south of Lake Champlain area. Even if it doesn't actually snow there is likely 2 be snow on the ground. Given some long range forecasts I've seen, I would be surprised if they didn't get at least a few flurries. In any case, u r bound 2 see some snow; just depends on whether it'll be falling on u or just lying there....
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:




It's common knowledge that admin does not actively monitor WU blogs. It has taken days to get rid of the real bad guys - impostors. As someone stated a bit earlier, a post will automatically be zapped if it gets 10 (?) negatives.


I stand corrected then.

EDIT: Well hell, STL says three markings lead to moderation, while you say ten. Which is it? This is a serious discrepancy here...
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@ Skye... why do they want 2 burn down Palm Bay?

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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


LOL Hey Vet. Nice tune.


Thanks, Bud!
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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



Re-reported!

Good evening.


LOL Hey Vet. Nice tune.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Now that response is anti-intellectualism at its finest: doctoral degrees mean nothing; experts are morons; all scientific opinions have equal weight and merit, whether they came from a person who's studied at a high level in a single discipline for decades, or just some under-educated hack who throws up a website and starts spouting anti-scientific nonsense.

Good luck! Let me know how that works out for you... ;-)


Did I use the word MORON?? Did I say they didn't deserve respect?

More elitist trash, from one of the best spreaders.

Being experts, does not make them right. Oh, I get it, you don't know what the word infallibility means. Look it up.

PhD's are not little fairy godmothers and godfathers who wave their wand and are proclaimed true and correct. In this case, the preponderance of clean data shows that the hypothesis of AGW is so flawed that it MUST go back to the back office for a re-write.

Instead of ridiculing the little guys which you are so arrogantly doing, maybe you could change those fogged-up elitist glasses of yours for a clean clear regular pair that would allow you to see truth for a change. The little guys are getting it right and the PhD's need to try a little humble pie and help save the planet for real and insist on saving face later.

Isn't your nose working, don't you smell the stinky pile you are standing in? Thats the AGW pile that needs to be taken to the trash bin for garbage pick-up real soon before it stinks up the whole world.


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Quoting Ossqss:


LOL, you have not the experience to appreciate old stuff? I enjoy the electronic cerebral vector :)

But no answer to the question?


He does set himself up nicely.
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Hello everyone I dont post on here often but have been a member for years. Me and my friend are going up to a place named Lake George in New York. Its about and hour and a half north of Albany, New York. On Accuweathers forecast for the 30th of December till the 6th of January. Have them getting little to no snow. I wanted to know if this looks like its going to hold, or could there be any chance of seeing some good snow. The reason I'm asking is because we have never seen snow, and we really want to see it come down. Thanks everybody. Josh
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Hey, wait a minute - that's not 30 year old pop. Reported!



Re-reported!

Good evening.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Perhaps--though not enough to dig around the net looking for and linking to thirty-year-old pop songs. ;-)


LOL, you have not the experience to appreciate old stuff? I enjoy the electronic cerebral vector :)

But no answer to the question?

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Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Hey, wait a minute - that's not 30 year old pop. Reported!
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Quoting Streetz313:




Huh?
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Quoting Greyelf:
Looks like Admin must not have come back from their lunch hour yet... hope they finish that sammich soon.


Quoting KoritheMan:


611 has already been modded.


It's common knowledge that admin does not actively monitor WU blogs. It has taken days to get rid of the real bad guys - impostors. As someone stated a bit earlier, a post will automatically be zapped if it gets 10 (?) negatives.
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Quoting Greyelf:
Looks like Admin must not have come back from their lunch hour yet... hope they finish that sammich soon.


611 has already been modded.
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Looks like Admin must not have come back from their lunch hour yet... hope they finish that sammich soon.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Its the same guy who trolls the Tropics Chat too during the season.


I don't really use tropics chat, so I don't know the person to whom you're referring to.

As pointless as it was, I only fed him for the laughs. I have nothing better to do this evening.
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


KMan, if you must quote the trolls, at least delete their comment. Please.


Noted. My apologies.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I reiterate: obvious troll is obvious.

Also, needz moar subtlety.


Its the same guy who trolls the Tropics Chat too during the season.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I reiterate: obvious troll is obvious.

Also, needz moar subtlety.


KMan, if you must quote the trolls, at least delete their comment. Please.
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Quoting MissNadia:
This storm is crankin..... check the pressure !



Nantucket, Massachusetts (Airport)
Updated: 21 min 0 sec ago

40 °F
Light Rain Mist
Windchill: 29 °F
Humidity: 93%
Dew Point: 38 °F
Wind: 29 mph from the NE

Wind Gust: 41 mph
Pressure: 28.99 in (Falling)
Visibility: 5.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16


That's quite intense. I'd love to experience the kind of wind you guys are, though.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Also, needz moar subtlety.

Lolz...
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Quoting Ossqss:

It is obvious to many that you have much time on your hands :)>

Perhaps--though not enough to dig around the net looking for and linking to thirty-year-old pop songs. ;-)
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Quoting Streetz313:
koritheman, i cantz beleeve u gon speek to me like dat..my momma smoked crack derring her pregnancy and has ben in jail since i wuz 6 yrs old fo killin my popz, but thankz to u washingtonian, u iz reallee stand up


I reiterate: obvious troll is obvious.

Also, needz moar subtlety.
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