A white Christmas will be a U.S. rarity in 2011; November the globe's 12th warmest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:26 PM GMT on December 22, 2011

Share this Blog
38
+

A white Christmas will be a rarity across most of the U.S. this year, as December temperatures have been more typical of November, and very little snow has fallen. Large portions of the eastern half of the country have been more than 4°F above average so far in December, with temperatures averaging 8°F above average over portions of North Dakota.This is quite a switch from the previous two winters, which were both much colder and snowier than average. All three winters featured La Niña conditions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, so that cannot explain the difference. A key reason for the December warmth this year and the cold and snowy Decembers of 2010 and 2009 is a weather pattern known as the Arctic Oscillation.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average over the 30-day period ending on December 22, 2011. Image credit: NOAA/CPC.



Figure 2. Top: snow depth measured in the U.S. on December 22, 2011, after a month with a strong positive phase of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Bottom: Snow depth measured in the U.S. on December 22, 2010, after a month with a strong negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Image credit: NOAA/NOHRSC.

The Arctic Oscillation and its influence on winter weather
The Arctic Oscillation (AO), and its close cousin, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), are climate patterns in the Northern Hemisphere defined by fluctuations in the difference of sea-level pressure between the Icelandic Low and the Azores High. It is one of oldest known climate oscillations--seafaring Scandinavians described the pattern several centuries ago. Through east-west oscillation motions of the Icelandic Low and the Azores High, the AO and NAO control the strength and direction of westerly winds and storm tracks across the North Atlantic. A large difference in the pressure between Iceland and the Azores (positive AO/NAO) leads to increased westerly winds and mild winter in the U.S. and Western Europe. Positive AO/NAO conditions also cause the Icelandic Low to draw a stronger south-westerly flow of air over eastern North America, preventing Arctic air from plunging southward. In contrast, if the difference in sea-level pressure between Iceland and the Azores is small (negative AO/NAO), westerly winds are suppressed, allowing Arctic air to spill southwards into eastern North America more readily. Negative AO/NAO winters tend to bring cold winters to Europe and the U.S. East Coast, but leads to very warm conditions in the Arctic, since all the cold air spilling out of the Arctic gets replaced by warm air flowing poleward. The winter of 2009 - 2010 had the most extreme negative NAO and AO since record keeping began in 1865; a very extreme AO/NAO also developed during the winter of 2010 - 2011. But this year, the pattern has flipped. The AO has been almost as strong, but in the opposite sense--a positive AO, leading to very warm conditions over the U.S. Unfortunately, the AO is difficult to predict more than a week or two and advance, and we don't understand why the AO can vary so much from winter to winter. The latest predictions from the ECMWF and GFS models show this positive AO pattern continuing for at least the next ten days. Real winter conditions won't arrive in the U.S. until the first week of January, at the earliest. Between now and the end of 2011, the only major winter storm the GFS model expects in the U.S. will be in the Pacific Northwest, on December 30 - 31.

This week, NOAA's ClimateWatch Magazine posted an excellent tutorial on the Arctic Oscillation and how it is affecting our winter weather this year.



Figure 3. The departure of temperature from average in Centigrade during the November - December - January period during various phases of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Positive AO conditions lead to warm winters in the U.S., while negative AO conditions lead to cold winters. Image credit: NOAA/CPC.

November 2011: Earth's 12th warmest on record
November 2011 was the globe's 12th warmest November on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). November 2011 global land temperatures were the 16th warmest on record, and ocean temperatures were the 12th warmest on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere near average, the 20th or 11th warmest in the 34-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH). Wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has a comprehensive post on the November 2011 Global Weather Extremes Summary.


Figure 4. Departure of temperature from average for November 2011. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

A warm November for the U.S.
In the contiguous U.S., November ranked as the 25th warmest November in the 117-year record. Thirteen states in the Northeast and Upper Midwest recorded a top-ten warmest November, and no states had a top-ten coldest November. Eight states had a top-ten wettest November--Indiana, Ohio, Missouri,Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. One state had a top-ten driest month, Minnesota. Texas had its 39th driest November on record, keeping 76% of Texas under extreme to exceptional drought as of December 13, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

A weak La Niña continues
A borderline weak/moderate La Niña event continues in the equatorial Pacific, where sea surface temperatures were approximately 1.0°C below average during the first half of December. The impacts of a La Niña on U.S. weather are well-defined. It is likely that the drought in the South, especially Texas, will continue, along with above average temperatures. The Northwest can expect cooler than average temperatures, as well as the potential for another winter with a heavy snowpack across the western United States.

Arctic sea ice extent third lowest on record
Arctic sea ice extent was at its third lowest on record in November, behind 2006 and 2010, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Sea ice records date back to 1979.

Donations sought for the East Africa famine
Weather Underground has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help the Horn of Africa region during the ongoing famine. With the help of the Weather Underground community, we hope to raise $10,000 that will go toward helping the refugees survive the crisis. Weather Underground will match the community's donation dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 for a total donation of $20,000. Please visit the East Africa famine donation page to help out. Ninety cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the people in need.

Posts looking back at the remarkable weather events of 2011
Deadliest weather disaster of 2011: the East African drought
Tropical Storm Lee's flood in Binghamton: was global warming the final straw?
Wettest year on record in Philadelphia; 2011 sets record for wet/dry extremes in U.S.
Hurricane Irene: New York City dodges a potential storm surge mega-disaster

This will be my last post until Tuesday. Have a great holiday, everyone!

Jeff Masters

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 287 - 237

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12Blog Index

Quoting SPLbeater:
This comment your reading right now, it is so random. It has no purpose at all, its just here. But you got this far, so your thinking it has a purpose. You must be bored, because you have read this far now. You might want to stop reading HERE and scroll down to read comments that are useful. WoW you kept reading the whole thing!


I didn't.
Member Since: July 17, 2009 Posts: 71 Comments: 26013
Quoting nishinigami:
Since a white Christmas is rare this Christmas, I thought I would wish everyone a Merry Christmas from the snow capital of the US, Valdez, AK. :) Merry Christmas everyone!

Kelley




wow


how march snow do you have ? and is that snow falling ?
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Santa's current location.

Current location
Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8558
I would be looking at a foot of snow outside, if only I was home in Carlsbad, NM instead of Missouri visiting my daughter and other family. Sigh...at least there as a heavy frost this morning.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Since a white Christmas is rare this Christmas, I thought I would wish everyone a Merry Christmas from the snow capital of the US, Valdez, AK. :) Merry Christmas everyone!

Kelley

Member Since: August 24, 2008 Posts: 2 Comments: 221
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Santa getting close. In Pakistan now. Heading for Karachi.
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8558
Quoting yqt1001:
Kim Jong-un now the leader of North Korea.

Not sure if I like the idea of someone his age running a country with nearly global bad relations and nuclear weapons...could turn out pretty bad.


Kim Jong-Un?

Kim Young-un?

Kim the Un-dead?

Kim the Commie Zombie?
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8558
Quoting WeatherNerdPR:
Even though I'm in a mountainous area in December, it's 83 degrees outside. Typical.

Merry Christmas!


How high up are you?
Member Since: August 9, 2011 Posts: 26 Comments: 8558
Good day to each of you.

Current weather conditions, in Houston, Texas, is 47 degrees. Solid overcast, slightly breezy and with a 100% chance of rain. The rain, I will guess, is Houston's Christmas present. Thank You!

I wish to thank each of you for your many splendid posts, knowledge, companionship and general great fun. The present I wish to give to us all is a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may 2012 be the best year of your life. May we all remain safe, happy and well! .. I look forward to seeing each of you in the coming year. To my extended family, on this blog, all the best!

Merry Christmas, Dr. Masters!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Even though I'm in a mountainous area in December, it's 83 degrees outside. Typical.

Merry Christmas!
Member Since: July 7, 2010 Posts: 0 Comments: 5672
Kim Jong-un now the leader of North Korea.

Not sure if I like the idea of someone his age running a country with nearly global bad relations and nuclear weapons...could turn out pretty bad.
Member Since: November 19, 2010 Posts: 1 Comments: 1285
This is what you call a christmas miracle.
Link
Member Since: October 22, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 2372
BTW, there is actually snow at Lolo today.



Looks like most of the Rockies have snow. Guess that's the place to go for skiing and stuff during the holiday season...
Member Since: October 25, 2005 Posts: 19 Comments: 21899


The image says it all... lol

Since so few have real snow for tomorrow, I dug out this 2006 picture from Montana's Road Webcams to share...
Member Since: October 25, 2005 Posts: 19 Comments: 21899


Nice spin going on in the Central Atlantic.

Merry Christmas, WU!

Quoting presslord:
Merry Christmas, y'all!!!!!


Took the words right out of my hand, mouth and keyboard!!!!!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Merry Christmas, y'all!!!!!
Member Since: August 13, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 10484
Merry Christmas from a cloudy and mild southeastern North Carolina!

Have a nice day, everybody!

Member Since: July 6, 2010 Posts: 113 Comments: 31905
Link to NeW bLoG
Member Since: August 4, 2011 Posts: 46 Comments: 4481
Holiday greetings to all of WU



Member Since: Posts: Comments:
It's The Most WUnderful Time Of The Year





Wishing you and Your's the Very Best this Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas from Uptown NOLA
Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 423 Comments: 127814
266. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
14:30 PM IST December 24 2011
===================================

The low pressure area over southern parts of southeast Bay of Bengal now lies as a well marked low pressure area over the same region. The system would concentrate into a depression during next 24 hours and move in a west northwesterly direction initially.
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 50 Comments: 45223
265. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #19
Tropical Low 04U
10:00 PM CST December 24 2011
===================================

At 9:30 PM CST, Tropical Low 04U (996 hPa) located at 10.8S 131.9E or 85 km west northwest of Croker Island and 210 km north northeast of Darwin has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving east at 2 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D0.5/24 HRS

The low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone tonight. It should remain slow moving north of the coast over the next 12 to 24 hours before moving south. It is likely to move into the Van Diemen Gulf early Monday with a possible landfall east of Darwin later on Monday.

GALES with gusts to 110 km/h are expected to develop between Cape Fourcroy and Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island, tonight.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 130 km/h may develop if the cyclone continues to intensify, affecting parts of the coast between Snake Bay and Croker Island on Sunday night.

Darwin may experience GALES on Sunday night and Monday on the edge of the tropical cyclone as it passes to the east. GALES may also extend inland to Jabiru on Monday.

GALES may extend further east to Nhulunbuy on Monday if the tropical cyclone takes a more easterly path.

Tides will be HIGHER THAN NORMAL between Cape Don and Goulburn Island. Large waves may produce MINOR FLOODING of low-lying coastal areas.

HEAVY RAIN is expected to cause localized flooding and significant stream rises over the northern Darwin-Daly, Arnhem and northern Roper-McArthur Districts. The Territory Controller advises residents from west of Goulburn Island to Snake Bay, including Cape Don to TAKE SHELTER NOW.

Residents of remaining areas from Dundee Beach to Milingimbi should now make final preparations to your home shelter or identify which public emergency shelter to use.

For communities under Watch, now is the time to put together your emergency kit, clear your yards and balconies, and commence home shelter preparations.

The Territory Controller advices residents of Darwin and Rural Areas that if you DO NOT have accommodation constructed to the Building Code or are unsure of your present accommodation you should decide which public emergency shelter to use. You should now have your emergency kit complete and ready. DO NOT PROCEED TO PUBLIC EMERGENCY SHELTERS UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO.

REPEATING: Residents from west of Goulburn Island to Snake Bay, including Cape Don, are advised to TAKE SHELTER NOW.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
=================================

A Cyclone WARNING is current for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Dundee Beach to Milingimbi including the Tiwi Islands and Darwin

A Cyclone WATCH is now current for coastal areas from Milingimbi to Nhulunbuy and inland to Jabiru

Forecast and Intensity
======================

24 HRS: 11.3S 132.0E - 45 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 12.9S 132.1E - 45 knots (CAT 1)
72 HRS: 13.8S 133.9E - 25 knots (Tropical Low)

Additional Information
======================

System currently located north of Cobourg Peninsula based on consensus between surface observations, infrared imagery and Berrimah radar. Very slow eastward movement is evident on radar and satellite imagery. Fix quality is improving.

Dvorak analysis yields DT 2.5 based on a 0.4 spiral wrap. FT based on PT= MET = 2.5. Recent ASCAT pass indicated 25/30 knots winds in west near Tiwi Islands.

Model guidance shows slow movement in the short term due to system being balanced between the monsoon westerlies to the north and the mid-level ridge to the south. Models start weakening the ridge later on Sunday, leading to movement of the system south to land and then east towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, as the monsoon westerlies become the dominant steering influence. OOZ runs of UKMO, NOGAPS, GFDN favor a southwesterly track, but with little meteorological support, this seems unlikely to eventuate. GFS on the other hand, has an excessively rapid eastward movement in the short term. Track forecast is based on shifted consensus of NWP models other than GFS, NOGAPS, GFDN.

Environment remains favorable for development with low vertical shear, plentiful vorticity in the monsoon trough, good upper outflow and warm sea surface temperatures. Expectation is that TC intensity will be reached in 3 to 6 hours.

The next tropical cyclone bulletin from Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 16:30 PM UTC..
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 50 Comments: 45223
Quoting hydrus:
This was for fun Xyrus. Please believe me when I say humans should pay close attention to what is happening currently with the green house effect and its impacts. Presslord was being humorous, and I retorted..:)


Oh...sorry. Given some of the posts on here I just assumed the usual. That's what I get for not reading the whole thread through. :P
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting charlottefl:
Hey Everyone... Most Christmas Days here are at least cool. Although I have been through several warm ones. Yesterday the high was 86. Doesn't really go with the season if you ask me. Doesn't look like it's gonna cool down to much though. Oh and I forgot to mention, dense fog this morning, kinda weird..

Here in Naples, I've had the A/C running all night; it's too warm and humid to open the windows right now. Even the 10-day forecast shows highs from the mid 70s to low 80s for the duration, so no real cold can be expected until the middle or end of the first week in January at the earliest. Yesterday was our 34th out of the last 40--and 15th consecutive--above normal.

Ho, ho, ho...
Member Since: November 8, 2009 Posts: 4 Comments: 13509
Hey Everyone... Most Christmas Days here are at least cool. Although I have been through several warm ones. Yesterday the high was 86. Doesn't really go with the season if you ask me. Doesn't look like it's gonna cool down to much though. Oh and I forgot to mention, dense fog this morning, kinda weird..
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Have a safe and happy holiday. Merry X-Mas Everyone.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting Grothar:


Luckily, I cannot be bitten by a snake.
Of course not, you have power over it..:0
Member Since: September 27, 2007 Posts: 1 Comments: 21001
Quoting Xyrus2000:


The increase in temperature happens over billions of years. For example, it is hypothesized that in a billion more years (just going by solar output), the Earth's surface will be too warm to support liquid water. The current global average temperature is approximately 14.4 deg C. So that's an 86 deg C change over 1x10^9 years, or approximately 0.000000086 deg C change per year over the next billion years.

Using the above rate of change, over the past 100 years only 0.000000086 deg C of the increase can be explained by solar output increases. Over the past million years, only 0.00086 deg C of the temperature increase can be explained.

We're seeing temperature increases much much larger than that happening over a period of decades to centuries.

So you're right. The sun will eventually scorch the planet, boil away the oceans, and most likely end up atomizing our tiny little clump of rock, but that doesn't really have any bearing on that state of our current climate.
This was for fun Xyrus. Please believe me when I say humans should pay close attention to what is happening currently with the green house effect and its impacts. Presslord was being humorous, and I retorted..:)
Member Since: September 27, 2007 Posts: 1 Comments: 21001
Morning, all. It's been a rainy overcast morning so far this Christmas Eve. At least we are getting Christmas precipitation, tho' not "white".... lol

It's fascinating to look at the snowfall forecast maps and realize that the areas that are most likely to get any snow at all are above 6000 feet....
Member Since: October 25, 2005 Posts: 19 Comments: 21899
It's nearly midnight - Christmas eve.

Thank you blog for keeping me entertained and informed this year. It's been tough for sure, 2011 has not been kind :( so hopefully next year will be better.

Be safe, healthy and happy

cheers and beers
Kty
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Tracking Santa
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
255. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #17
Tropical Low 04U
4:00 PM CST December 24 2011
===================================

At 3:30 PM CST, Tropical Low 04U (997 hPa) located at 10.8S 131.4E or 135 km west northwest of Croker Island and 190 km north northeast of Darwin has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving southwest slowly.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D0.5/24 HRS

The low is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone early on Sunday. It should remain slow moving north of the coast over the next 18 to 24 hours before moving south. It is likely to move into the Van Diemen Gulf early Monday with a possible landfall east of Darwin later on Monday.

GALES with gusts to 110 km/h are expected to develop between Cape Fourcroy and Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island, early on Sunday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 130 km/h may develop if the cyclone continues to intensify, affecting parts of the coast between Snake Bay and Croker Island, late on Sunday.

Darwin may experience GALES on Sunday night on the edge of the tropical cyclone as it passes to the east. GALES may also extend inland to Jabiru on Monday.

GALES may extend further east to Nhulunbuy on Monday if the tropical cyclone takes a more easterly path.

HEAVY RAIN is is expected to cause localized flooding and significant stream rises over the northern Darwin-Daly, Arnhem and northern Roper-McArthur districts. The Territory Controller advises residents from Snake Bay to Croker Island, including Cape Don, that now is the time to make final preparations to your home shelter or identify which public emergency shelter to use.

Residents of remaining areas from Dundee Beach to Milingimbi should now make final preparations to your home shelter or identify which public emergency shelter to use. For communities under Watch, now is the time to put together your emergency kit, clear your yards and balconies, and commence home shelter preparations.

The Territory Controller advices residents of Darwin and Rural Areas that if you DO NOT have accommodation constructed to the Building Code or are unsure of your present accommodation you should decide which public emergency shelter to use. You should now have your emergency kit complete and ready. DO NOT PROCEED TO PUBLIC EMERGENCY SHELTERS UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
=================================

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Dundee Beach to Milingimbi including the Tiwi Islands and Darwin

A Cyclone WATCH is now current for coastal areas Milingimbi to Nhulunbuy and inland to Jabiru

Forecast and Intensity
======================

24 HRS: 10.9S 131.7E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
48 HRS: 12.4S 132.0E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 13.5S 133.3E - 25 knots (Tropical Low)

Additional Information
======================

System currently located north of Cape Don based on consensus between surface observations, visible imagery and Berrimah radar. Nearly stationary. Fix quality is improving.

Dvorak analysis yields DT 2.5 based on a poor 0.4 spiral wrap. MET 3.0 with PT adjusted down to 2.5. FT based on PT. ASCAT pass indicated 25/30 knots winds in west near Tiwi Islands.

Model guidance is becoming more consistent, with slow movement in the short term due to system being balanced between the monsoon westerlies to the north and the mid-level ridge to the south. Models start weakening that ridge later on Sunday, leading to movement of the system south to land and then east towards the Gulf of Carpentaria, as the monsoon westerlies become the dominant steering influence. GFS remains the outlier with eastward movement in the short term. Track forecast is based on shifted consensus of NWP models other than GFS.

Environment remains favorable for development with low vertical shear, plentiful vorticity in the monsoon trough, good upper outflow and warm sea surface temperatures. Expectation is that TC intensity will be reached in 12 hours.

The next tropical cyclone bulletin from Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 10:30 AM UTC..
Member Since: May 24, 2006 Posts: 50 Comments: 45223
Oh, and uh might not be important to most here. but-
My website traffic counter DOES NOT count me. yay lol

Member Since: August 4, 2011 Posts: 46 Comments: 4481
Quoting CybrTeddy:
Hey guys! Such a beautiful winter wonderland here, there's snow everywhere, its the most incredible white christmas eve--

Oh wait, nevermind, I live in Florida.. where its 85 degrees out in THE MIDDLE OF WINTER.


ya know, we are only a few days into official winter..the middle would be more around early febuary:)

lol. get your point tho, i was sweating today in shorts and a t-shirt working here in central NC, felt like 75...
Member Since: August 4, 2011 Posts: 46 Comments: 4481
Quoting CybrTeddy:
Hey guys! Such a beautiful winter wonderland here, there's snow everywhere, its the most incredible white christmas eve--

Oh wait, nevermind, I live in Florida.. where its 85 degrees out in THE MIDDLE OF WINTER.




LOL
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Hey guys! Such a beautiful winter wonderland here, there's snow everywhere, its the most incredible white christmas eve--

Oh wait, nevermind, I live in Florida.. where its 85 degrees out in THE MIDDLE OF WINTER.
Member Since: July 8, 2005 Posts: 259 Comments: 23898
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Merry Christmas to all from Texas. Best Wishes


Merry Christmas as well and a Happy New Year
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Snow watch!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Merry Christmas to all from Texas. Best Wishes
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Mother: Ralphie, what would you like for Christmas?

Ralphie as Adult: Horrified, I heard myself blurt it out!

Ralphie as Adult: I want a Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle. Oooooooh!

Mother: No, you'll shoot your eye out.

Ralphie as Adult: Oh no! It was a classic, mother BB-gun block. "You'll shoot your eye out!" That deadly phrase honored many times by hundreds of mothers was not surmountable by any means known to Kid-dom, but such as my mania, my desire for a Red Ryder carbine, that I immediately began to rebuild the dike.


..."You'll blog yer eye out, you'll blog yer eye out"..
Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 423 Comments: 127814
Quoting presslord:


ppffffttt

ikr
Member Since: October 22, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 2372
Quoting DavidHOUTX:
What is up with all this snow in West Texas this year!!


Texas is game for any type of precipitation it can get this year. Snow, sleet, rain or even an inflight waste dump!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting presslord:


ppffffttt


There is an operative word to Grothar's comment, presslord.
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting Grothar:


Same to you, Doc! We'll try and behave this year.


ppffffttt
Member Since: August 13, 2007 Posts: 0 Comments: 10484
What is up with all this snow in West Texas this year!!
Member Since: Posts: Comments:
Quoting JeffMasters:
On Thursday, NOAA's ClimateWatch Magazine posted an excellent tutorial on the Arctic Oscillation and how it is affecting our winter weather this year.


Have a great Christmas, everyone!

Jeff Masters



Same to you, Doc! We'll try and behave this year.
Member Since: July 17, 2009 Posts: 71 Comments: 26013
Another beautiful sunset!






This one got awarded an AC ^

:)

UPDATE: More photos!!:







Member Since: October 22, 2011 Posts: 0 Comments: 2372
Matthew 2:1-11: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him... Then Herod...inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem... When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother..." (KJV)




Uploaded by ReelNASA on Dec 22, 2011


International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earth's horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Today Burbank described seeing the comet two nights ago as "the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space," in an interview with WDIV-TV in Detroit. Last night he captured hundreds of still images of the comet.

More images available in the International Space Station image gallery:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multime dia/gallery/index.html

Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 423 Comments: 127814
238. JeffMasters (Admin)
On Thursday, NOAA's ClimateWatch Magazine posted an excellent tutorial on the Arctic Oscillation and how it is affecting our winter weather this year.


Have a great Christmas, everyone!

Jeff Masters

Quoting AussieStorm:



Hey Aussie! Happy holidays! Is that cyclone going to affect you, or do you live to far away?
Member Since: August 9, 2009 Posts: 10 Comments: 4948

Viewing: 287 - 237

Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12Blog Index

Top of Page

About

Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

Local Weather

Overcast
75 °F
Overcast