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

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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

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Quoting AussieStorm:



Hey Aussie! Happy holidays! Is that cyclone going to affect you, or do you live to far away?
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Quoting AussieStorm:




Is that a map of where you are or where the storm is? We need to be specific here. Happy Holidays, Aussie!
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Quoting SPLbeater:


man...sad to hear that... will be praying for your situation:)


Thanks for this... she was the closet person to me. I just don't get it ... but you know what ? ... i hate rain and when she was 15, she was diagnosed with diabetes (it was raining)and when she had the diabetes emergency 7 days ago , we weren't allowed to medivac her to the hospital because the weather was too bad... her brain was too deprived from oxygen to recover... sorry for this sad story this close to cristmas but this is what our fam is going through
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Quoting Grothar:
Looks like a mess there Hades. I wonder where Aussie is?



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Looks like a mess there Hades. I wonder where Aussie is?

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Quoting Grothar:


A little known fact, but I am one of the few people who can run backwards at 63 mph, especially when I see a 17 foot python.


LOL> i see snakes alot at my grandparents house, and i see them, i let them be. snakes are fascinating, i like getting close
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231. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #15
Tropical Low 04U
10:00 AM CST December 24 2011
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At 9:30 AM CST, Tropical Low 04U (998 hPa) located at 10.8S 131.4E or 130 km west northwest of Croker Island and 205 km north northeast of Darwin has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving west southwest at 3 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.0/2.0/D0.5/25 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 24 hours before moving south.

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.

GALES may develop later over other coastal areas between Dundee Beach and Nhulunbuy, including Darwin, and may extend inland as far as Jabiru.

HEAVY RAIN is is expected to cause localized flooding and significant stream rises over the northern Darwin-Daly and Arnhem districts.

The Territory Controller advises residents from Cape Fourcroy to Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island, that now is the time to 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.

Residents of Darwin and Rural Area are advised that if you DO NOT have accommodation constructed to the Building Code or are unsure of your present accommodation you should determine which public emergency shelter to use. This advice is issued to allow you sufficient time in which to take the necessary precautions before winds reach a dangerous level.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
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A Cyclone WARNING continues for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Cape Fourcroy to Milingimbi, including the Tiwi Islands, Cape Don and Croker Island.

A Cyclone WATCH is now current for coastal areas west to Dundee Beach, including Darwin, east to Nhulunbuy and inland to Jabiru.

Forecast and Intensity
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24 HRS: 10.6S 131.8E - 40 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 11.7S 131.8E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 13.1S 132.7E - 30 knots (Tropical Low)

Additional Information
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System currently located north of Melville island, based on consensus between surface observations, visible imagery and Berrimah radar. Fix quality is poor.

Dvorak analysis yields DT 2.0 based on a poor 0.3 spiral wrap. MET 2.5 with PT adjusted down to 2.0. FT based on PT. Surface observations continue to suggest the circulation - at least on the southern side, is quite weak at 10 to 15 knots.

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 rapid 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 to 24 hours.

The next tropical cyclone bulletin from Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 4:30 AM UTC..
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Quoting Skyepony:

Rookie~ I really didn't like saying that..it does sound alarmist..at the same time we watch all this info..looking for the signals, the shifts, the peaks & valleys to note the moments. I realize that's preliminary readings.. coupled with the reports from ships around the Arctic of the ocean suddenly bubbling with huge amounts of methane, it's probably not purely error. I agree, there is no capping that without somehow turning on a freezer up there. Good analogy.


Skye, I have been coming to this blog since the days of Katrina and Ike. I must say that you have always posted with poise and have never said a negative word about anyone. I understand that you would never say anything that sounded negative or alarmist. While we may not know, with absolute certainty, what will happen now, I do not think it to be too alarmist to say that we probably need to start making adjustments towards adaptability. Bubbling methane is not a very good indicator that everything will be fine.

You are a true class act and have never shown yourself to be anything less than this.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
For those interested, NOAA has published Service Assessment on this year's April tornado outbreaks. It's lengthy and detailed, but very interesting nonetheless...


Can't be right, though. Did a word search, and CO2 wasn't mentioned once.

Someone messed up and left out obligatory "and it's gonna get worse - much worse" statement.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


and how iz dat?


A little known fact, but I am one of the few people who can run backwards at 63 mph, especially when I see a 17 foot python.
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Quoting Grothar:


Luckily, I cannot be bitten by a snake.


and how iz dat?
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Quoting hydrus:
Good evening Doug..I was saying earlier, they were all over the place when I was growing up, and now they are quite rare. Population growth in Florida is wiping out there habitat.


Luckily, I cannot be bitten by a snake.
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Quoting hydrus:
I have pondered this intense infatuation about global warming within the scientific community and have realized something important. The Sun grows hotter and hotter during its lifetime from now on until it finally becomes a white dwarf. Henceforth therewith the Earth which is already warmed by the Sun will continue to increase in temperature. There is nothing anybody (with the exception of maybe Spongebob Squarepants ) will be able to do to stop it. We will just have to control our environment when ever possible and adjust to it whenever necessary....... Now i will imbibe more delicious ice cold home brew, and enjoy a finely rolled jay of grade A Colombian,,,,quad era demonstratii pfft pfftp


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.
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Quoting Dragod66:
i hope you guy's c-mas isnt going as bad as mine... my sister just passed away due to a doctors mistake 23 years old.. her daughter (7 months) has to grow up without her mother ... sorry for being a butt, but I need to let people know that even though health care is free up here we cant make decisions for our own... something needs to change...


man...sad to hear that... will be praying for your situation:)
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i hope you guy's c-mas isnt going as bad as mine... my sister just passed away due to a doctors mistake 23 years old.. her daughter (7 months) has to grow up without her mother ... sorry for being a butt, but I need to let people know that even though health care is free up here we cant make decisions for our own... something needs to change...
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hey guys hows it goin, been working on extending my grandparents woodshed to make room for about 4 more truckloads o wood lol
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A US university student says she had nothing to eat but two candy bars while her car was stuck in the snow for nine days in a remote area of east-central Arizona.

A state away, a Texas family found themselves struggling to breathe after nearly two days in their SUV, which was buried in a snowdrift on a rural New Mexico highway.

The frigid ordeals ended with separate rescues for Lauren Weinberg and the Higgins family. Authorities said all were recovering after being taken to hospitals. Weinberg was released from Flagstaff Medical Centre early on Thursday.

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Rookie~ I really didn't like saying that..it does sound alarmist..at the same time we watch all this info..looking for the signals, the shifts, the peaks & valleys to note the moments. I realize that's preliminary readings.. coupled with the reports from ships around the Arctic of the ocean suddenly bubbling with huge amounts of methane, it's probably not purely error. I agree, there is no capping that without somehow turning on a freezer up there. Good analogy.
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Quoting Skyepony:



Look at the gray line & the slope.. that shouldn't peak until after the first of the year. We may have tipped.



I do not wish to sound like an alarmist but, when methane starting entering the atmosphere, from the Arctic sea shelf, then it should be obvious to all that there is no capping this. ... There were those that believed the Titanic would not sink, after it hit the iceberg. Even so, they never tried to stop anyone from reaching a lifeboat.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Nice snake pics. I caught and re-leased a 6 ft Eastern Diamond back last May. I toted him around in a bucket for 24 hours before cutting him loose at the Barraneau Park bridge on the Perdido River. He had 7 buttons on his tail.
Good evening Doug..I was saying earlier, they were all over the place when I was growing up, and now they are quite rare. Population growth in Florida is wiping out there habitat.
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This storm is really getting strong.
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Nice snake pics. I caught and re-leased a 6 ft Eastern Diamond back last May. I toted him around in a bucket for 24 hours before cutting him loose at the Barraneau Park bridge on the Perdido River. He had 7 buttons on his tail.
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Quoting hydrus:
Merry Christmas to you too C.I...Had any of those NorthWesters lately?
We have had a few but not too bad. It has been much windier on the SE end of the island. Weird for this time of year.
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Quoting Grothar:


What would you rather have them singing, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"?
Actually, Louie Louie would sound even funnier than Deck the Halls..I participated with the group that developed the computer generated voices back in 2000-2001 down in Tampa..It was a lot of fun. Free food and soda too..
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Quoting hydrus:
This was posted a couple days ago, but its worth another. NOAA,s automated voice system singing Deck the Halls...Link


What would you rather have them singing, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"?
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212. Skyepony (Mod)
Earth has two 'moons' right now, theorists say
Researchers: Temporary secondary asteroids orbit earth at any given time
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211. Skyepony (Mod)
The Soyuz that Russia launched today with a satellite on board blew up..
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210. Skyepony (Mod)
38,000 displaced in Lanka floods
Over 38,000 people have been displaced due to heavy rains and floods in northern Sri Lanka, an official said.
More than 10,000 families were displaced in four districts in the Northern Province. The worst affected was Kilinochchi, deputy director of the Disaster Management Centre Pradeep Kodippili told Xinhua.
In Kilinochchi alone, a total of 14,456 people were displaced, and over 5,000 of them have been sent to 31 camps.
Other districts affected by heavy rain were Mannar, Jaffna and Mullaitivu.
The Disaster Management Centre has set up 41 welfare centres to provide relief to the affected people, he said.
The meteorological department has predicted more heavy rains and strong winds in the northern and eastern parts of the country. IANS


Hydrus~ I've seen both those in my yard this year. Several Black Indigo & don't forget the aggressive cottonmouths.
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This was posted a couple days ago, but its worth another. NOAA,s automated voice system singing Deck the Halls...Link
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Quoting stormwatcherCI:




Happy and safe holiday to all.
Merry Christmas to you too C.I...Had any of those NorthWesters lately?
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Happy and safe holiday to all.
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VIDEO: Expedition 30 Docking

The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers docks to the International Space Station’s Rassvet module on Dec. 23 at 10:19 a.m. EST.
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LSU Earth Scan Laboratory

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Quoting hydrus:
The wildlife in Florida has been altered dramatically over the past 50 years. I remember in the 70,s Eastern Diamondbacks were a common sight in S.W.Florida and the Everglades when we were on a survey. These days you can go years and not even see one. I am surprised that there not on the endangered species list. Black Indigo Snakes were easy to find as well, especially in the palmetto fields, they too are rare and are on the endangered species list."http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/ db/Eastern_Indigo_Snake.jpg"> I get home sick looking at the pic of the Black Indigo..They lived on our ranch for years..


LUCKY IM SO SICK OF SNAKES... with it so warm my dad had to shoot one like two weeks ago
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Rainy cristmas for me!!!!
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Quoting Skyepony:
hydrus~ I can't believe I hadn't heard about the other couple of pythons they've caught within a mile..they warned us about the rabid raccoons & bats.. The mini Merritt Island Mosquitoes..they sprayed us from helicopter & truck in the same night over that last week. Old FL is alive & well even in subdivided Melbourne had a fox kill a chicken on Halloween..even had a panther by to take care of the 'coon problem earlier this year.


Story about a family getting buried in their car for two days on.. wow. Get those winter car supplies in order..
The wildlife in Florida has been altered dramatically over the past 50 years. I remember in the 70,s Eastern Diamondbacks were a common sight in S.W.Florida and the Everglades when we were on a survey. These days you can go years and not even see one. I am surprised that there not on the endangered species list. Black Indigo Snakes were easy to find as well, especially in the palmetto fields, they too are rare and are on the endangered species list. I get home sick looking at the pic of the Black Indigo..They lived on our ranch for years..
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:
Meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico...
Quoting washingtonian115:
I just hope before the winter is over we at least have a total of 15-25 inches for the intire winter.Except for like last one where it was a pitiful snow season.
Here, have this...
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199. Skyepony (Mod)
hydrus~ I can't believe I hadn't heard about the other couple of pythons they've caught within a mile..they warned us about the rabid raccoons & bats.. The mini Merritt Island Mosquitoes..they sprayed us from helicopter & truck in the same night over that last week. Old FL is alive & well even in subdivided Melbourne had a fox kill a chicken on Halloween..even had a panther by to take care of the 'coon problem earlier this year.


Story about a family getting buried in their car for two days on.. wow. Get those winter car supplies in order..
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Quoting N3EG:
With AGW, pythons soon will be growing large enough to supplement their main diet of plantation workers with sumo wrestlers.
Snake Stats - Reticulated Python:

Family: Pythonidae (pythons)
Species: Python reticulatus
Range: Southeast Asia
Diet: Birds and mammals
Avg. Adult Size: 18 feet
Max recorded length: over 32 feet

The reticulated python is arguably the longest snake in the world, with an average adult size of 6 meters (18 feet) long. This giant snake makes its home in the steamy rainforests of Southeast Asia. It is an ambush predator, and is well suited for that role with its exceptional camouflage pattern (see photo above).

One of the most striking features (pun intended) about this big snake are its eyes. Like many nocturnal snakes, the reticulated python has vertical pupils. But it also has bright orange irises. The eyes of the "retic" enable the giant snake to catch prey at night, usually by ambushing its prey and constricting until the prey stops moving.

The reticulated python is a big snake all right. With its excellent camouflage and hunting ability, it's a marvel of nature by any yardstick.

Read more: http://www.reptileknowledge.com/articles/article17 .php#ixzz1hObINPqS
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Meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico...
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196. N3EG
With AGW, pythons soon will be growing large enough to supplement their main diet of plantation workers with sumo wrestlers.
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There was an incident with a rattlesnake just a hop/skip/jump from my house a couple of years ago. I don't know who was measuring but it seems much larger than 7'3" to me.

Link
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
I'll post to try to help. Try using anything but IE.




LOL down lode Google Chrome and get rid of IE
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Quoting Skyepony:


That's really close to here..
I would hope it is not a Reticulated Python. There not only huge, they are aggressive and will viciously attack humans. They can grow to nearly 30 ft in length.....On September 4, 1995, Ee Heng Chuan, a 29-year-old rubber tapper from the southern Malaysian state of Johor, was killed by a large reticulated python. The victim had apparently been caught unaware and was squeezed to death. The snake had coiled around the lifeless body with the victim's head gripped in its jaws when it was stumbled upon by the victim's brother. The python, measuring 23 ft (7.0 m) long and weighing more than 300 lb, was killed soon after by the arriving police, who required four shots to bring it down.
According to Mark Auliya, the corpse of 32-year-old Mangyan, Lantod Gumiliu, was recovered from the belly of a 7-metre (23 ft) reticulated python on Mindoro, probably in January, 1998.
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Data shown may be measurements of air collected approximately weekly in glass containers and returned to GMD for analysis or averages from air sampled semi-continuously at a GMD baseline observatory. Symbols are thought to be regionally representative. A smooth curve and long-term trend may be fitted to the representative measurements when sufficient data exist. Data shown in ORANGE are preliminary. All other data have undergone rigorous quality assurance and are freely available from GMD, CDIAC, and WMO WDCGG.


Look at the gray line & the slope.. that shouldn't peak until after the first of the year. We may have tipped.

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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Giant python lose in Melbourne. Could be 14ft long. Yikes!

Link


That's really close to here..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Nah not asking for all that(That means I'll have to take tons of Advil to relive back pain from shovling.)A good 12-14 inches will do in one snow storm,and then for the next one about a good 8-10 inches which should bring up the total for snow of the winter of around 24 inches.That's agood snow season for me :).
Look 115,,,,,,,,, you cant, always get, what u want, but if you try sometimes, ya just might find, ya git wat yu need....ahhhh yeah, yeah , yeah..U need this..It is said that the Storm of 1950 was so bad due to the already standing conditions caused by La Nina. The blizzard brought along snow, and extremely heavy winds, one of the heaviest being reported in Concord, NH at 110mph. Along with these winds was a lot of snow, a few feet in some states. This storm wrecked havoc on many lives and companies, the most notable being insurance companies, who had to pay out more money to those using their services than ever before.

The blizzard was definitely a costly one in more ways than one; killing 353 people, $66.7 million in damages, causing 1,000,000 to be without electricity, and impacting almost half of the U.S., 22 states in total.


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189. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #13
Tropical Low 04U
4:00 AM CST December 24 2011
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At 3:30 AM CST, Tropical Low 04U (998 hPa) located at 10.7S 131.5E or 130 km west northwest of Croker Island and 205 km north northeast of Darwin has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving west at 3 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.0/2.0/D1.0/24 HRS

The low is expected to develop but remain slow moving north of the coast over the next 24 to 48 hours.

GALES with gusts to 110 km/h are expected to develop between Cape Don and Milingimbi and the Tiwi Islands later today or early Sunday.

GALES may develop later in coastal areas between Dundee Beach and Cape Don, including Darwin, and between Milingimbi and Nhulunbuy.

The Territory Controller advises residents from Cape Don to Milingimbi and the Tiwi Islands that now is the time to 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.

Residents of Darwin and Rural Area are advised that if you DO NOT have accommodation constructed to the Building Code or are unsure of your present accommodation you should determine which public emergency shelter to use. This advice is issued to allow you sufficient time in which to take the necessary precautions before winds reach a dangerous level.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
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A Cyclone WARNING is now current for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Cape Don to Milingimbi and the Tiwi Islands.

A Cyclone WATCH is now current for coastal areas from Dundee Beach to Cape Don, including Darwin, and Milingimbi to Nhulunbuy.


Forecast and Intensity
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24 HRS: 10.4S 131.7E - 40 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 11.2S 131.6E - 55 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 13.1S 132.3E - 40 knots (CAT 1)

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Darwin radar indicates a mid level center north of the Tiwi Islands, whilst surface data indicates a weak surface low in the vicinity of Cape Don. The advised location is an intermediate solution - assuming that the mid level rotation descends to the surface.

The system has consolidated convection near the mid level center level centr, and there are signs that an upper high is forming. A 30 knot easterly surge propagated to the south overnight, and appears to have provided impetus. The monsoon flow to the NW is also beginning to wrap into the circulation.

Model guidance continues to be varied. GFS initial positions are all too far to the east and the subsequent rapid translation to the SE is a consequence of this. Latest UKMET and ACCESS-T have quite reasonable solutions, in that the analyses and 6 hour recent positions are in agreement with observations.

A case can be made for DT of 2.0 - however surface observations continue to suggest the circulation- at least on the southern side, is quite weak at 10 to 15 knots. Although the presentation looks quite impressive at present it is likely that the diurnal progression will see the system reach TC intensity in 12 to 36 hours if it remains over water.

The next tropical cyclone bulletin from Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 22:30 PM UTC..
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I'll post to try to help. Try using anything but IE.
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Quoting hydrus:
Here is wat U need 115...Lasting about four days, this storm brought along not only that white mess, but also record low temperatures, some that still stand today. The storm mostly affected the southern portion of the U.S. including Tampa, FL, New Orleans, and even Washington, D.C. Surprisingly, this storm was more focused in the South then it was in the North or Midwest, which is usually more commonly seen. As the storm made its path along Florida, it picked up energy and vapor from the water, allowing for ocean-effect snow.

Once the storm picked up speed and headed east, it set record snowfall as well as record low temperatures. In Fort Logan, Montana, the recorded temperature was around -61°F and in Monterey, Virginia, -29°F. In Cape May, NJ, about 34 inches of snow fell, and 20.5 inches of snow in Washington, D.C. The storm caused no reported deaths. But by the end of it all, Cuba reported heavy frost which ruined some agriculture and the port of New Orleans looked like a winter wonderland.

Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-worst-blizzards-u-s- history.php#ixzz1hOKcxG6Q
Nah not asking for all that(That means I'll have to take tons of Advil to relive back pain from shovling.)A good 12-14 inches will do in one snow storm,and then for the next one about a good 8-10 inches which should bring up the total for snow of the winter of around 24 inches.That's agood snow season for me :).
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