Extreme temperatures of 2011: 7 national all-time heat records; 1 cold record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:14 PM GMT on January 13, 2012

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The year 2011 was the tenth warmest year on record for the globe, but the warmest year on record when a La Niña event was present (Ricky Rood has a discussion of this in his lastest post.) Seven nations and one territory broke all-time hottest temperature records. This is a far cry from 2010 (which tied for the warmest year on record), when twenty nations (plus one UK territory) set all-time hottest temperature records. One all-time coldest temperature record was set in 2011; this was the first time since 2009 one of these records was set. The all-time cold record occurred in Zambia, which ironically also set an all-time hottest temperature record in 2011. Here, then, are the most most notable extreme temperatures globally in 2011, courtesy of weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera:

Hottest temperature in the world in 2011: 53.3°C (127.9°F) in Mitrabah, Kuwait, August 3
Coldest temperature in the world in 2011: -80.2°C (-112.4°F) at Dome Fuji, Antarctica, September 18
Hottest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere: 49.4°C (120.9°F) at Roebourne, Australia, on December 21
Coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere: -67.2°C (-89°F) at Summit, Greenland, March 18. This is also the coldest March temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
Hottest undisputed 24-hour minimum temperature in world history: A minimum temperature of 41.7°C (107°F) measured at Khasab Airport in Oman on June 27


Figure 1. Seven countries and one territory set all-time hottest temperature records in 2011, and one nation set an all-time coldest temperature record. Image credit: Ilissa Ocko, Princeton University.

New country hottest temperature records set in 2011
Iraq recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 3, 2011 in Tallil (Ali military airbase), when the mercury hit 53°C (127.4°F). The previous record was 52.3°C recorded at Diwanya FOB airbase a few days before.

Armenia recorded its hottest temperature on record on July 31 in Meghri, when the mercury hit 43.7°C (110.7°F). The previous record was 43.1°C in Meghri on July 17, 2005.

Iran recorded its hottest temperature in its history on July 28, 2011, when the mercury hit 53°C (127.4°F) at Dehloran. The previous previous record was set just one day earlier at Omidieh and Shoshtar, when the mercury hit 52.6°C (126.6°F). Older hotter temperatures have been measured in Iran using automated stations, but these temperatures have been found to be overestimated.

Kuwait recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 3, 2011, when the mercury hit 53.3°C (127.9°F) at Mitrabah. The previous record was 53.1°C in Sulaibiya on June 15, 2010. The Kuwait Meteorological Center confirmed the reading as authentic, though the temperature sensor had problems between 2009 and July 2010. Some temperatures as high as 53.5°C measured at the Kuwait City Airport during 2011 were in error. The 53.3°C (127.9°F) at Mitrabah thus represents:

1) The hottest temperature measured on Earth in 2011
2) New official national record for Kuwait
3) Second highest (undisputed) temperature ever recorded in Asia
4) Highest temperature ever recorded in an Arabic country
5) Third hottest location in the planet together with Lake Havasu City, AZ (after Death
Valley, CA and Moenjodaro, Pakistan)
6) A new world record for August

China broke its national heat record for both uninhabited and inhabited locations on July 14, 2011, when the temperature soared to 50.2°C (122.4°F) at a automatic station near Adyngkol Lake (just south of Turfan), and 49.4°C (120.9°F) at the town of Tuyoq. A higher reading of 50.7°C at Aydingkol Mirabilite on 23 July 1986 has not been verified as official by the Chinese.

Republic of the Congo set a new all-time extreme heat record on March 8, 2011, when the temperature hit 39.2°C (102.6°F) at M'Pouya. Congo's previous all-time hottest temperature was 39.0°C (102.2°F) at Impfondo on May 14, 2005.

Zambia set an all-time national heat record of 109.0°F (42.8°C) at Mfuwe, on October 26, 2011, breaking the previous national record of 108.1°F (42.3°C) also set at Mfuwe, on November 17, 2010. A no longer functioning station at Lusitu, Zambia measured a higher temperature in November 1990, but surrounding stations were all about 10°C cooler, so the Lusitu 1990 reading is considered unreliable.

The French Southern and Antarctic Lands Territory tied its all-time hottest temperature record when Europa Island recorded 35.6°C (96.1°F) on November 12, 2011. The previous record was set at Juan de Nova Island on March 31, 1997.

New country coldest temperature records set in 2011
For the first time since 2009, a new national extreme cold temperature record was set. Zambia set an all-time national cold record of -9°C (16°F) at Choma on June 27, 2011, breaking the previous national record of -8°C (18°F), set on July 10, 1898, at Nalisa Western Province.

Special mention:
Russia had its hottest temperature on record at a regular synoptic reporting staion on July 30, 2011, when the mercury hit 44.3°C (111.7°F) at Divnoe in Russia's Kalmykia Republic. Three hotter temperatures have been recorded at automated stations: 45.4°C in 2010 at a hydrological station at Utta, plus readings of 45°C at El'ton and 44.5°C at Verhjnky Baskunkak in August 1940.

Weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera is the primary source of the weather records listed here and has worked tremendously hard to research them. He maintains a comprehensive list of extreme temperature records for every nation in the world on his website. If you reproduce this list of extremes, please cite Maximiliano Herrera as the primary source of the weather records.

Other posts looking back at the remarkable weather events of 2011
U.S. weather in 2011: unprecedented rains and wet/dry extremes
Top ten global weather events of 2011
2011: Year of the Tornado
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


Figure 2. Portlight volunteers help distribute bottled water in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Weather Underground renews as National Sponsor of Portlight Disaster Relief
This week, wunderground put out a press release in concert with Portlight Strategies, Inc.--a national grassroots non-profit organization--that Weather Underground, Inc., will again be a National Sponsor of Portlight Disaster Relief.

Hundreds of members of the wunderground.com blog community have teamed with Portlight Strategies, Inc., throughout the last three and a half years to provide much needed relief services and supplies to victims and survivors of several natural disasters, both domestically and internationally.

These relief efforts focused on helping people with disabilities, as well as people in small towns and rural areas often marginalized by the larger institutional relief infrastructure.

Portlight Strategies, Inc., has committed to building on the stunning success of this collaborative, grassroots initiative.

"Weather Underground stepping up to be one of our National Sponsors again in 2012 is a huge honor", said Paul Timmons, Jr., Portlight Strategies, Inc., Board Chair.

"We are very pleased to continue our support of Portlight Strategies because they make a real difference to otherwise neglected communities that are affected by weather-related disasters around the globe", added Alan Steremberg, President and co-founder of Weather Underground.

Visit the Portlight blog on wunderground to learn more. Donations are always welcome!

Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll be back Monday with a new post.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting yqt1001:


Some airlines have no regards for their record, as the very cheap tickets lure passengers on. I believe that Ryanair makes most of their money off of fee's and they likely couldn't care if the plane crashed as things happen and without the FAA to investigate it, no conclusions as to why it crashed would be made.


No one would fly Ryanair if a plane crashed, and there still needs to be some responsibility placed on the consumer. If you don't feel safe on the airline choose another one.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Not that they can be cheaty and cheap, just it wouldn't be in the airlines business best interest to have planes crashing and not having a safe flight environment. No one would fly and they would make no money. It would be in their best interest that everyone feels safe and that the safety record is impeccable.


Some airlines have no regards for their record, as the very cheap tickets lure passengers on. I believe that Ryanair makes most of their money off of fee's and they likely couldn't care if the plane crashed as things happen and without the FAA to investigate it, no conclusions as to why it crashed would be made.
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Quoting yqt1001:


Good point. I'm so pro-government I forget that the government can be cheaty and cheap too.


Not that they can be cheaty and cheap, just it wouldn't be in the airlines business best interest to have planes crashing and not having a safe flight environment. No one would fly and they would make no money. It would be in their best interest that everyone feels safe and that the safety record is impeccable.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Question, why should I trust them less than I trust someone that the government has hired?


Good point. I'm so pro-government I forget that the government can be cheaty and cheap too. Although the government is doing a decent job right now, and I would assume that they invest more money than airlines would.
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Quoting yqt1001:


So, you would trust low cost airlines (Ryanair especially) to make sure you arrive safely. The same airlines that do very minimal maintenance to save money? Also, you are going to pay for the ATC either way, whether it be taxes or increased cost when you travel.


Question, why should I trust them less than I trust someone that the government has hired?
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Quoting PlazaRed:
Just a point of interest.{opinions can differ on this but,}
Over the last 30 comment's or so, not one of them really related to weather.
Goes to show how easy it is to get sidetracked even when everybody is folowing a weather blog.
What chance have politicians got?


Boring weather day today. Absolutely nothing interesting going on.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

There seems to be a bit of a contradiction in your statement. That is, you say that you want the government "to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution", but then you go on to say that you don't need government to tell you what you should do with your money.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Article 1, Section 8 of the original Constitution gives Congress the power to do just that: collect taxes and fees from you, borrow money in your name, coin money for you, etc. That's one of the prices you pay for living here.

The Constitution was about building the basis for a stable and long-lasting nation. You know: establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting the general welfare, etc. As much as some would wish it were otherwise, this is not now, nor ever was intended to be, an every man for himself kind of place.


Taxes are completely understandable, I understand I am a member of the society and that the government needs tax dollars to run effectively. I mean making me buy health insurance, making me put in social security. Things like that.

I never said every man for himself, the richest guy I ever met said a quote to me that will stick with me for my life. "There are only two good things about money, making it and giving it away." I will always will believe in community I just believe social programs are not he way to get to a better community. I believe they promote laziness, which in turn makes a community worse, not better.
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Just a point of interest.{opinions can differ on this but,}
Over the last 30 comment's or so, not one of them really related to weather.
Goes to show how easy it is to get sidetracked even when everybody is folowing a weather blog.
What chance have politicians got?
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Air traffic control can easily be done by the airplane companies themselves. You could also argue the FAA falls under "provide for the common defense" (aka tracking airplanes more closely so 9/11 never happens again).


So, you would trust low cost airlines (Ryanair especially) to make sure you arrive safely. The same airlines that do very minimal maintenance to save money? Also, you are going to pay for the ATC either way, whether it be taxes or increased cost when you travel.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I don't want the government to do things for me, I want it to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution and let everything else to my discretion. I don't need them to tell me what I should do with my money, and I don't need them to hold my hand through life. If I fail its because it would be my fault and I didn't do enough, no one elses and I should be no one elses burden for not trying hard enough to succeed.

There seems to be a bit of a contradiction in your statement. That is, you say that you want the government "to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution", but then you go on to say that you don't need government to tell you what you should do with your money.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Article 1, Section 8 of the original Constitution gives Congress the power to do just that: collect taxes and fees from you, borrow money in your name, coin money for you, etc. That's one of the prices you pay for living here.

The Constitution was about building the basis for a stable and long-lasting nation. You know: establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting the general welfare, etc. As much as some would wish it were otherwise, this is not now, nor ever was intended to be, an every man for himself kind of place.
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Quoting misanthrope:

I don't recall any mention of air traffic control in the "original" constitution. Are you for getting rid of the FAA?



Air traffic control can easily be done by the airplane companies themselves. You could also argue the FAA falls under "provide for the common defense" (aka tracking airplanes more closely so 9/11 never happens again).
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Quoting yqt1001:


So, then what happens when someone who works hard does something that severely affects the community in a negative way while still making money? There would be no laws to prevent it fomr happening and the community could end up dying. You know, in a laissez faire situation.


Then the rest of the community can vote on and create a law against the actions of that person. We live in a democratic-republic. The people of the country can still influence laws despite what some people think.

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231. j2008
Ohh Dear Political talk.......... Must be absolutely no weather to talk about..... I guess I'll cheak back in later and see if theres weather to be watched.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I don't want the government to do things for me, I want it to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution and let everything else to my discretion. I don't need them to tell me what I should do with my money, and I don't need them to hold my hand through life. If I fail its because it would be my fault and I didn't do enough, no one elses and I should be no one elses burden for not trying hard enough to succeed.

I don't recall any mention of air traffic control in the "original" constitution. Are you for getting rid of the FAA?

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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Social programs promote laziness which would be a detriment to the community to instead of an improvement. Make everyone realize they need to work hard, and everyone in the community does. The community will improve greatly.


So, then what happens when someone who works hard does something that severely affects the community in a negative way while still making money? There would be no laws to prevent it from happening and the community could end up dying. You know, in a laissez faire situation.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:




Now thats a "conservative" position.
Good post.


Social programs promote laziness which would be a detriment to the community to instead of an improvement. Make everyone realize they need to work hard, and everyone in the community does. The community will improve greatly.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I don't want the government to do things for me, I want it to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution and let everything else to my discretion. I don't need them to tell me what I should do with my money, and I don't need them to hold my hand through life. If I fail its because it would be my fault and I didn't do enough, no one elses and I should be no one elses burden for not trying hard enough to succeed.




Now thats a "conservative" position.
Good post.
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I got one more "pfffft" left in me for today. It goes
to TT for the content of post 220.
Now I'm all pfffft'ed out. I believe you'd probably rather I disect the post point by point so we could argue the issues. I don't think you have a concept of "conservatism". I'll say this tho. It's not the governments job to take care of us. There are exceptions to that however. The elderly, sickly, feeble minded and infirm to name some, however, look how well the "cradle to grave" entitlements have worked out for Europe.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Typical republican mentality, "let me do my own thing, I don't need help, don't tell me what to do, and I really don't care enough about other people to vote for social programs or the environment." So annoying. Look how many times I said I in that sentence. It's a good indicator of what's at the core of a stereotypical republicans beliefs; me, me first.

It'd be nice if you could put some faith in your own damn government for all the amazing s!@# it has done for you already. It'd be nice if you realized that the government is composed of people just like you and I, not a bunch of lying criminals (they do lie, they aren't saints, but it doesn't mean you have to blow off every government statement or figure with a "pffft"). It'd be nice if you could realize that liberals and democrats who vote in favor of the environment and social benefit programs are only trying to improve society for everyone, rather than simply thinking "I worked hard, don't make me share." It'd be nice if you could quit being so stubborn for once and just listen to what people are trying to tell you.



I hate to have to stereotype like this, I know not everyone is the same, sorry for those on the right wing who don't conform to those things I just pointed out.


I don't want the government to do things for me, I want it to do everything that it is supposed to do listed in the original constitution and let everything else to my discretion. I don't need them to tell me what I should do with my money, and I don't need them to hold my hand through life. If I fail its because it would be my fault and I didn't do enough, no one elses and I should be no one elses burden for not trying hard enough to succeed.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


Christians see the problems-true Christians-in ocrapa that liberals dont see and refuse to accept. Jesus said there would be people like him..who will hate us for our faith, but doesnt break it


Amazing for someone so young to be so intolerant. I guess this is what home schooling gets you.



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.."This is not something casual,it is very, very serious"

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Quoting BobWallace:


Naw, more likely they are Christian. You know, followers of that guy named Jesus who called on us to care for our fellow man.



Christians see the problems-true Christians-in ocrapa that liberals dont see and refuse to accept. Jesus said there would be people like him..who will hate us for our faith, but doesnt break it
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
RE: 163


I didn't care for Bush expanding government either.
As for government charts and statistics...pfffft...
Typical republican mentality, "let me do my own thing, I don't need help, don't tell me what to do, and I really don't care enough about other people to vote for social programs or the environment." So annoying. Look how many times I said I in that sentence. It's a good indicator of what's at the core of a stereotypical republicans beliefs; me, me first.

It'd be nice if you could put some faith in your own damn government for all the amazing s!@# it has done for you already. It'd be nice if you realized that the government is composed of people just like you and I, not a bunch of lying criminals (they do lie, they aren't saints, but it doesn't mean you have to blow off every government statement or figure with a "pffft"). It'd be nice if you could realize that liberals and democrats who vote in favor of the environment and social benefit programs are only trying to improve society for everyone, rather than simply thinking "I worked hard, don't make me share." It'd be nice if you could quit being so stubborn for once and just listen to what people are trying to tell you.



I hate to have to stereotype like this, I know not everyone is the same, sorry for those on the right wing who don't conform to those things I just pointed out.
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
All-in-all, Obama's plan shrinks government even further. I realize that one side's knee-jerk reaction is to vilify anything the President does--but isn't a smaller government what everyone wants?

How do you type this tripe with a straight face?
Obama, shrink government? Actions speak louder than words.



The US government has 273,000 fewer employees now than when Ronald Reagan left office.

Another inconvenient truth....

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edit: Just so you don't make another error, Bill Clinton reduced the size of government by 380,000 federal employees.

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Quoting SPLbeater:


Obama wants to make me really mad i can see. anybody who wants him relected must be blind or deaf or something!


Naw, more likely they are Christian. You know, followers of that guy named Jesus who called on us to care for our fellow man.

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198 ShenValleyFlyFish "..."

The extra http// in your "weird weather related events" link brought up
You attempted to access:
http://http//www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-16561 031
This is a known malicious web site. It is recommended that you do NOT visit this site. The detailed report explains the security risks on this site.

Ya either need to correct the link or delete it. (Linking without the mal-addressing extra http// brings up a BBC blurb describing a video of a German trucker on a bridge)
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Quoting docrod:


If you face south and look just short of overhead at 6:21 this evening - Grunt will be streaking past a "bright star" - that "star" is Jupiter. Grunt will be slightly dimmer than Jupiter.

enjoy!

Link

I keyed in Johns Island - I'm assuming it's close to Folly Beach?


Yup....Folly and JI are close...hydrus owes you a beer!!!!! I'll let ya know how it looks...
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Quoting presslord:


I'll get hydrus to buy you a beer if you'll tell me what I can expect in Charleston (Folly Beach)


If you face south and look just short of overhead at 6:21 this evening - Grunt will be streaking past a "bright star" - that "star" is Jupiter. Grunt will be slightly dimmer than Jupiter.

enjoy!

Update - Folly Beach pass - Link

Link

I keyed in Johns Island - I'm assuming it's close to Folly Beach?
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Quoting Patrap:
The "Aero-braking" maneuver from 2010 comes to mind.

Didn't know Helen Mirren was in that. Is there a smooch at the end for Grunt?
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Quoting docrod:


You've got a great pass of Grunt in a few hours ...

Link

Make sure you've got an accurate timepiece and know directions to look. It will be moving very fast for a satellite being so low.


Thanks!!! you were ahead of me!!
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Quoting presslord:


Thanks!! May have to roll outta bed and check that out...


You've got a great pass of Grunt in a few hours ...

Link

Make sure you've got an accurate timepiece and know directions to look. It will be moving very fast for a satellite being so low.
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Quoting docrod:


Yer welcome. btw I thought you would have a pass visible this eve around 6:20pm but my source is not giving you a visible pass. I don't understand.

Here is my Grunt overflight info link and there is a ground track link on this page which suggests you should be able to see it.
Link

... but when I key in Melbourne I get no predictions. Curious. I suspect it is not included for you because it will not get more than 10 degree above the horizon. It will be low here as well.

Also btw - although I rarely post here but have been around ... well .. I used to visit the weather underground when it was a U of Mich page in the early 80's - I wanted to let you know that your posts and especially your links are highly appreciated.


I'll get hydrus to buy you a beer if you'll tell me what I can expect in Charleston (Folly Beach)
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How many careers have run aground on this reef: covering up the truth when you think you can get away with it but are wrong?
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The "Aero-braking" maneuver from 2010 comes to mind.




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The link is broken, Shen. Try this.
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my guess is the Captain's defense will be that he wanted to avert panic...although I'd imagine that plan went straight to Hell when she laid over 20 degrees...
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Quoting Skyepony:
docrod ~ Thanks for the grunt work. That's a good time of day to see satellites sail by with the angle of the sun & all. I'll be watching..That path pretty much goes right overhead.


Yer welcome. btw I thought you would have a pass visible this eve around 6:20pm but my source is not giving you a visible pass. I don't understand.

Here is my Grunt overflight info link and there is a ground track link on this page which suggests you should be able to see it.
Link

... but when I key in Melbourne I get no predictions. Curious. I suspect it is not included for you because it will not get more than 10 degree above the horizon. It will be low here as well.

Also btw - although I rarely post here but have been around ... well .. I used to visit the weather underground when it was a U of Mich page in the early 80's - I wanted to let you know that your posts and especially your links are highly appreciated.
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Pat you're slipping. I thought it was your job to keep us up on weird weather related events.




skyepony has been the one who brings us the World event's in a daily neat fashion.


She does it well.


presslord keeps me way to busy as of late, so Im gonna blame him shen.

Plus we have a number of States between us.
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Traveling science exhibit challenges library's patrons to 'Discover Earth'

Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:15 am

By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

DIBOLL — The T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll is the only library in Texas and one of 10 in the country chosen to host a new traveling exhibition focusing on local earth science topics including weather, water cycle and ecosystem changes, as well as a global view of our changing planet.

“Discover Earth: A Century of Change,” on exhibition from Jan. 23 through March 16, features interactive, multimedia displays that will allow visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives of the planet. The exhibit also will incorporate personal narratives, graphics, video, animations, weather artifacts, animal specimens and simulation-based educational games.

“This has a global aspect to it, but as much as possible I want to bring it into our region since we are the only library in Texas and especially since we are in the middle of a pine forest. I want to show how the environment affects what this area is known for,” said Justin Barkley, the library’s assistant circulation manager and technology coordinator. “I think for the students that come in, it’s helpful to see, not just an exhibit with science that’s abstract and that’s out in the world, how (the environment) affects where they live.

“We’re going to focus some of it on the Columbia disaster and highlight Temple-Inland as much as possible, because they’re why we’re here and do a lot of forestry-type material. Eventually, we want to open it up and let people bring in pictures of the area and the region and how they remember it from the past. We’re going to try to get some of our art students in the area to draw or present what they think the area will look like in 50 years.”

The exhibition will allow patrons to understand how Earth’s global environment changes and is changed by the local environment of the community.

Jan. 26

KTRE Chief Meteorologist Brad Hlozek will speak at 10 a.m., and will talk about what he does to get each weather forecast prepared for the news, as well as about general weather topics and weather objects.

Feb. 2-3

Chasing 4 Life, a nationally touring educational organization that specializes in disaster preparedness and response, will speak in local schools and also give a presentation at the library at 5 p.m.

Feb. 16

Dr. Kevin Stafford, from the Stephen F. Austin Department of Geology, will speak about groundwater resources in this area of Texas. A geology related activity for children in attendance is planned.

Feb. 17

Educator and parent training with Tricia Berry, director of the Texas Girls Collaborative Project — this project will show educators and parents how to engage with their children and present science, technology, engineering and math in a way that excites them and ultimately helps to encourage their pursuit of jobs in those fields.

March 8

Amanda Anderson, director of Angelina Beautiful/Clean, will discuss ways that members of the community can recycle and work toward a more sustainable way of life. This event will take place during the nationwide Great American Pick-Up, and organizers hope to plan a project for local students.

Other libraries selected to host the exhibit as it tours through December 2013 include Inglewood Public Library, Inglewood, Calif.; Garfield County Public Library, Rifle, Colo.; West Florida Public Library System, Pensacola, Fla.; St. Charles Parish Library, Luling, La.; Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.; East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, N.Y.; Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, Pa.; Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Va.; and Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, Wyo.

“Discover Earth: A Century of Change” is part of the STAR Library Education Network led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The exhibit is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
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Quoting Seawall:


I'm not sure the families of the dead and missing from the Costa Concordia would find your remarks amusing.

Whilst you were quoting aspectre:- 151, I do feel that there has to be a certain amount of leeway with comments and if the comment is true or is reporting correctly what has been said then there can be no guilt placed on the commenter for reporting.
I understand your concern and I myself as I assume many others on here must have felt in the past that reporting what are ongoing disasters is in itself a moral challenge. Reports of earthquakes and tornadoes are examples of instant disasters that are non predicable, whilst hurricanes and flooding quite often have some kind of reasonable notice of their existence.
I fell that the comments of the ships captain in this case were a matter of gross incompetence coming from the commanding officer and may have contributed to the gravity of the situation. This will definitely come to light in the inevitable enquiry.
Our thoughts must of course go out to all the people concerned as with any victims of disasters; whatever their nature.
aspectre:- 151 only reported what had been said, they were not his remarks.
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i will be so glad when hurricane season is here
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Quoting docrod:
Latest Grunt re-entry prediction. Please note - this is currently plus or minus 9 hours. As the event draws closer, the error margin will shrink. These predictions come out every 6 hours roughly but will increase in frequency.

Predicted Reentry Time: 15 JAN 2012 @ 22:16 UTC � 9 hours (that's 5:16 EST)
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If it lasts a extra 20 minutes, the Florida Keys and central Florida will get quite a show.
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Get it roughly two extra hours, Jeff Masters may be ducking and covering!!
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Thanks!! May have to roll outta bed and check that out...
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199. Skyepony (Mod)
docrod ~ Thanks for the grunt work. That's a good time of day to see satellites sail by with the angle of the sun & all. I'll be watching..That path pretty much goes right overhead.
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Pat you're slipping. I thought it was your job to keep us up on weird weather related events.



Fixed link I think. Apologies to all.
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185 Seawall "I'm not sure the families of the dead and missing from the Costa Concordia would find your remarks amusing."

And I am sure that they would be insulted by your implication that they might (since you are not sure) find the message to be amusing.
1) Sardony is not meant to be amusing, but rather grimly mocking or cynical... emphasis on grim.
2) The passengers reported hearing a BOOM preceding a long intensely LOUD noise, with dishes and other items flying off of tables and shelves, and people being knocked off their feet...
...only to hear the captain announcing over the ship's public address system that the ship was still safe, that the ship just had a problem with its electrical system.
And immediately after the captain's pronouncement, the ship tilted ~20degrees off of vertical... enough to make the (cranes that lower the) lifeboats unusable.
Which is a pretty grim situation to find oneself in: not only is the ship listing/foundering with the lifeboats out of commission, but the captain has proven himself to be clueless as to what is happening.

By dawn, the ship had tilted ~70degrees.
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Latest Grunt re-entry prediction. Please note - this is currently plus or minus 9 hours. As the event draws closer, the error margin will shrink. These predictions come out every 6 hours roughly but will increase in frequency.

Predicted Reentry Time: 15 JAN 2012 @ 22:16 UTC 9 hours (that's 5:16 EST)
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If it lasts a extra 20 minutes, the Florida Keys and central Florida will get quite a show.
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Get it roughly two extra hours, Jeff Masters may be ducking and covering!!
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A neat website for jet stream animations:

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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
Russians predict their spacecraft to come down off the coast of Chile.





If they are a few seconds late with their prediction, then its got a good chance of being scattered over a large area of South America from Chile to Brazil.
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Meanwhile...

Fires spread In Orange County


Posted: Jan 13, 2012 10:57 PM CST Updated: Jan 14, 2012 5:06 AM CST

Firefighters with the Orange County Emergency Services District Number One spent Friday battling five fires. The fires were first reported around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Captain Jerry Aldridge says it took his men about half an hour to find the fires burning in a heavily wooded area between FM 1131 and Interstate 10, near the Rose City sand pits.

Firefighters say the fires burned 45 to 50 acres.

The Texas Forest Service assisted with bulldozers to cut a containment line around the fire.

No injuries were reported.
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