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.

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

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Naga5000:


Thank you, but I know that a simple rant doesn't affect how another views the way something works. That seems to be the issue when arguing any kind of supposed controversy. Whether it is religion, politics, social issues, or climate change, the argument itself is irrelevant. No number of papers, journals, or graphs and charts will persuade either side to budge. Its a great side effect of the current anti-intellectualism that is occurring in society at the moment. Maybe that is more my point than anything else.
I think I'm starting to like you.

I've learned over the years that you simply can't persuade people if they are unwilling to learn. I used to be like that, but fortunately I was able to extricate myself from that snare.

That's not to say, of course, that I still don't fail sometimes. Being open-minded is difficult. But at least I try. How many other people can say the same thing?

Also, cognitive dissonance is fun to witness.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

At first I thought you were going to follow by spouting some ridiculous bull**** about how AGW is unscientific hogwash by pointing to intentional data fudging, or local evidence such as "OMG LOOK AT THE CURRENT COLD TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTH! GLOBAL WARMING DISPROVED!", but when I continued reading, boy was I surprised.

Kudos, sir. Kudos.

*slow clap*


Thank you, but I know that a simple rant doesn't affect how another views the way something works. That seems to be the issue when arguing any kind of supposed controversy. Whether it is religion, politics, social issues, or climate change, the argument itself is irrelevant. No number of papers, journals, or graphs and charts will persuade either side to budge. Its a great side effect of the current anti-intellectualism that is occurring in society at the moment. Maybe that is more my point than anything else.
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Quoting Naga5000:
I have been following this blog for a very long time and what I have seen over the past year has been unbelievable. While my formal education in weather has only gone up to an introduction in meteorology course
At first I thought you were going to follow by spouting some ridiculous bull**** about how AGW is unscientific hogwash by pointing to intentional data fudging, or local evidence such as "OMG LOOK AT THE CURRENT COLD TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTH! GLOBAL WARMING DISPROVED!", but when I continued reading, boy was I surprised.

Kudos, sir. Kudos.

*slow clap*
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I have been following this blog for a very long time and what I have seen over the past year has been unbelievable. While my formal education in weather has only gone up to an introduction in meteorology course, climate change is taught as "currently occurring". For some of you to sit here and constantly deny what is happening is inconceivable. You spit in the face of the science you claim to be interested in and believe in. CO2 is on the rise, temperatures are increasing, oceans are rising and acidifying, weather seems to be getting more and more extreme and still you deny the scientists you depend on for your forecasts, hurricane predictions, and even the one who writes the blog.

That being said, you decidedly trash other blog members as "spinning" data and generally can't hold any real discussion or conversation on the subject without personal attacks. You see, in the academic world, journals and papers are peer reviewed. No paper that has been published in an accredited journal has ever made it without many rewrites to ensure the data is as correct and truthful as it can be. The evidence and knowledge is there; the person presenting it to you is not trying to mislead or cherry pick. It's time to get a good idea of how the scientific community works; grab yourself some education and maybe a stint in academia, then come back and reread your arguments.

As for me, there is no reason I can see to participate or be a part of this community, mainly because the community aspect has been nonexistent for quite some time. Take care.
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Another "High" Novelty event skye.

TYVM.
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138. Skyepony (Mod)
Radioactive snow in St Louis on Youtube..

Made me think to check the radiation network which updates every minute. I've never seen so many 40s..a few pushing 70. Seems somewhat variable at a glance.

Looks like Tepco is admitting radiation worked down to the underground water. Tests drawn on 1-1-12 confirm.
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137. JLPR2
Quoting Grothar:


Going pretty good. Just waiting for winter. We still haven't had much of anything. I have been away and it is still warm down here when I got back.


Neat. It's never cold here, going below mid 60s? Nah... XD
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Quoting JLPR2:


Everything has been going smoothly in my area of the world. With the usual ups and downs of life.

How everything over at your area of the world?


Going pretty good. Just waiting for winter. We still haven't had much of anything. I have been away and it is still warm down here when I got back.
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Gurney Halleck: Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.
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134. JLPR2
Quoting Grothar:


JL, Como andas?


Everything has been going smoothly in my area of the world. With the usual ups and downs of life.

How everything over at your area of the world?
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
when Neo and Spbloom and Rookie don't argue the point you have to think there may be a problem

Maybe they are just busy studying the Sunday School Lesson for the week.
I am not a slave to a god that doesn't exist. God is in the TV
-Marilyn Manson-
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Quoting JLPR2:



I guess the sun isn't in the picture. ha!


JL, Como andas?
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131. JLPR2
Quoting KoritheMan:


It was a spider. :(


Bam! Psychic. XD
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Quoting JLPR2:


I bet it was a huge spider.
That or the Ring girl was coming out of your TV. LOL!


It was a spider. :(
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129. JLPR2
Quoting Grothar:
I'm back. I thought you all might want to see a picture of Northern Norway in winter.




I guess the Sun isn't in the picture. ha!

Oh by the way, welcome back.
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when Neo and Spbloom and Rookie don't argue the point you have to think there may be a problem

Maybe they are just busy studying the Sunday School Lesson for the week.
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127. JLPR2
Quoting KoritheMan:
Also, if anyone didn't notice, I finally have a picture up now. Whee!


I bet it was a huge spider.
That or the Ring girl was coming out of your TV. LOL!
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I'm back. I thought you all might want to see a picture of Northern Norway in winter.

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Quoting SPLbeater:
hwat effect does the PNA have on the CONUS?
Its effects are felt primarily during the winter. In short, the positive phase typically means the southeast will be cold, while the west is warm.
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hwat effect does the PNA have on the CONUS?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

But the world wasn't asking, I was.
Ooh, cheeky.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


Apparently you and I are not reading the same paper. Nothing in the paper you link to points to broken models or disproving AGW. They themselves clearly demonstrate a strong upward trend in temperatures.

What they are talking about in regards to boreal cooling is how warmer temperatures in the artic force cooler arctic air into the eastern US and Europe. Again, this has been discussed on this blog on more than one occasion. The temperature changes disrupt the air masses and allow for cooler air that is normally confined to the arctic to spill southward.

The temperatures across the eastern US and northern Europe get cooler than normal, however the arctic is much warmer than normal, especially when taking ocean temps into consideration (which they deliberately did not do in this paper).

Their conclusion is that current weather/seasonal models don't capture this effect very well as there aren't many good models of this phenomena. Or from the paper:

We deduce that one main reason for models failing to capture the observed wintertime cooling is probably their poor representation of snow cover variability and the associated dynamical relationships with atmospheric circulation trends.

The whole paper is talking about one particular weather dynamic based on climate change. Their conclusion recommends that improvements can be gained by coming up with a better algorithm for this. They then suggest that adding that algorithm to climate models may improve their long term regional forecasts.

There is nothing in that paper the contradicts nor cast aspersions at AGW theory. The whole paper is about a way to improve the models in regard to NH regional analysis.
While it says over all temps have been increasing it also says this "The winter temps have not which is especially surprising given traditional GWT and the divergence in coupled models projection" In fact it says the actual data was "unforeseen" In other words this kind of cooling should not be happening. Try and spin it all you want but when Neo and Spbloom and Rookie don't argue the point you have to think there may be a problem. BTW I like how you paraphrased what they actually said (cherry picked)
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Quoting KoritheMan:


The world will never know.

But the world wasn't asking, I was.
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i think i understand the meaning of blocking and what the effects are now...thanks CPC!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm kinda worried what you're making that face at.


The world will never know.
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Quoting j2008:
Typically, but I dont think this MH drought can keep going on like this, this might be one of those rare years...........but then again it could be just a normal year, what is normal though? HAHA


No of course not. Sooner or later the dam will break.

Remember folks, in weather it isn't a question of "if", but "when".

In the meantime, the only thing we powerless creatures can do to defend against the impending threat is prepare. And with the idiocy of the general populace, that's not as pragmatic as it could be.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
About time Kman.Lol.Is that you?


You know it!
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Also, if anyone didn't notice, I finally have a picture up now. Whee!

I'm kinda worried what you're making that face at.
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115. skook
“The Wet Season was now commencing in earnest. The first Rain came in the shape of a premonitory shower on October 6, after which the gathered clouds dispersed and we experienced intensely hot, dry weather. Screen thermometers at the Kambwire camp gave a temperature of 108, The Majority of the clinical thermometers graduated to 110, were found broken by the expansion of the mercury; they had been stored however in Congo cases which where painted in dark colours. On November 24 came a sudden and terrific thunderstorm, after which the rains were more and more regular until we looked for a downpour each afternoon, lasting as a rule from 2pm until sundown. So on with the exception of a fortnights cessation in the middle of January, until the end of April, when light showers betokened the beginning of the dry weather. The Rainfall in 1895-96 was particularly heavy, as shown by the excessive flooding of the Loangwa Tributaries and also by the greater rise in Lake Nyasa and the Shire River.”

Bishop, Mrs Isabella. "The Geographical Journal - John Scott Keltie, Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain)., Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), JSTOR (Organization)." Google Books. 1897. Web. 13 Jan. 2012. .




This little passage, is from the Geographical Journal, which has been published since 1831. I understand the record keeping isn't perfect, and there is some error. This particular volume was published in the last 1890s, and shows of extreme heat, and rainfall in present day Zambia.

Just trying to spread some of my own doom and gloom.....During my time travel adventures, I didn't
run into Marty Mcfly which was a little disappointing.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Also, if anyone didn't notice, I finally have a picture up now. Whee!
About time Kman.Lol.Is that you?
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Quoting nymore:
One problem data shows more snow and cooling temps since 1988. Read the study they use 10 models and three sets of temp data.


Apparently you and I are not reading the same paper. Nothing in the paper you link to points to broken models or disproving AGW. They themselves clearly demonstrate a strong upward trend in temperatures.

What they are talking about in regards to boreal cooling is how warmer temperatures in the artic force cooler arctic air into the eastern US and Europe. Again, this has been discussed on this blog on more than one occasion. The temperature changes disrupt the air masses and allow for cooler air that is normally confined to the arctic to spill southward.

The temperatures across the eastern US and northern Europe get cooler than normal, however the arctic is much warmer than normal, especially when taking ocean temps into consideration (which they deliberately did not do in this paper).

Their conclusion is that current weather/seasonal models don't capture this effect very well as there aren't many good models of this phenomena. Or from the paper:

We deduce that one main reason for models failing to capture the observed wintertime cooling is probably their poor representation of snow cover variability and the associated dynamical relationships with atmospheric circulation trends.

The whole paper is talking about one particular weather dynamic based on climate change. Their conclusion recommends that improvements can be gained by coming up with a better algorithm for this. They then suggest that adding that algorithm to climate models may improve their long term regional forecasts.

There is nothing in that paper the contradicts nor cast aspersions at AGW theory. The whole paper is about a way to improve the models in regard to NH regional analysis.
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Quoting yqt1001:


That is the thing, the residents of the Outer Banks fled because of a major hurricane coming, not because of a category 1 hurricane coming. Irene weakened, leaving the impression that they could be immune, and the next real threat might not be taken seriously. Especially by the people in NYC who were expecting total devastation, only got a strong TS. NY isn't immune to MH's and the next one might not be taken seriously.
I hope the next threat is taken seriously.One big example is Katrina.People in N.O thought that they were immune to hurricanes since they hadn't been affected in a while.And there for they didn't take the warning to seriously.Only to find out later about the hurricanes devestating effect on the city due to the flooding.
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Quoting bappit:

The author of the article himaelf contradicts what you said. You continue to ignore what I posted.
He is trying to CYA and not offend his peers. You never answered have you read the study? You have nothing but LS spin on it. When asked why their theory has not worked this year he said that is elusive. IOW we F'eD up. BTW Live Science says nothing about the cooling trend hmmmmm I wonder why? FWIW I don't disagree the globe has warmed but it seems the theory is wrong
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Quoting nymore:
Have you read the study? I bet you just read Live Science

The author of the article himself contradicts what you said. You continue to ignore what I posted.

Your post:
"If you read the actual study it proves a problem for the current theory of AGWT. It also proves current climate models wrong and this winter proves the theory written about in Live Science wrong. The data shows many problems for climate scientists. IOW they have no idea how this thing (climate) really works"

Author's statement:
"In my mind, there is no doubt that the globe is getting warmer and this will favor warmer temperatures in all seasons and in all locations," said study leader Judah Cohen. "However, I do think that the increasing trend in snow cover has led to regional cooling as discussed in the paper and I see no reason why this won't continue into the near future."
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109. j2008
Quoting KoritheMan:


Third year La Nina's typically aren't that destructive for the US.
Typically, but I dont think this MH drought can keep going on like this, this might be one of those rare years...........but then again it could be just a normal year, what is normal though? HAHA
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Also, if anyone didn't notice, I finally have a picture up now. Whee!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I think that the USA will be hit hard, potentially many times, this upcoming hurricane season.


Third year La Nina's typically aren't that destructive for the US.
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106. j2008
Quoting yqt1001:


That is the thing, the residents of the Outer Banks fled because of a major hurricane coming, not because of a category 1 hurricane coming. Irene weakened, leaving the impression that they could be immune, and the next real threat might not be taken seriously. Especially by the people in NYC who were expecting total devastation, only got a strong TS. NY isn't immune to MH's and the next one might not be taken seriously.

Yea I've heard alot of people saying even if Irene was bad that most NEasterners lucked out this time, If she haddnt weakened like that we may be talking about a whole different subject, reconstruction. Hopefully people heed warnings and take things seriously.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


You're confusing weather and climate. The AO and related brethren are short term weather phenomena. Anyone with any experience in meteorology will tell you that predicting the behavior of such events with any skill more than a couple weeks out is just fantasy. It's like making hurricane season predictions in December.

Climate influences what the weather does. It doesn't dictate what the weather will do. It's far easier to predict statistics such as average rainfall for year than it is to predict if it will rain on a particular day next year.
well it has been happening since 1988 is not that long enough that it is not weather but climate? If your theory says this should happen when that happens and it does not your theory is wrong
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Australian gov’t confirms radiation cloud over East Coast — Radiation spike 8 times normal reported — Concerns about Fukushima fallout


Radiation cloud ‘not harmful’, Sunshine Coast Daily by Kate Clifford, January 14, 2012:

SOURCE: sunshinecoastdaily.com.au (Brett Wortman)

A radioactive cloud lingering off the Sunshine Coast on Sunday was not dangerous, according to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.
Caloundra IT manager Peter Daley picked up the cloud’s radioactivity on his Geiger counter, a device that measures ionizing radiation in the atmosphere.
The reading was taken at 6.30pm and measured 0.80 microsieverts, which is eight times over the average level of radiation in the atmosphere. [...]

Peter Daley, Caloundra IT manager
Mr Daley said he was concerned the cloud could have formed from a radioactive fall out from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan
“This may be just a one off but even still, any exposure to an increase in radiation is not good”
“He then watched the rise in radiation fluctuate for three hours, peaking for 20 minutes at 0.80″
“I was shocked to hear the Geiger alarm going off”
“I have been recording radiation in the atmosphere for four years and the highest it has ever gone was 0.20 microsieverts”

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency senior environmental scientist Marcus Grezechnik
The reading was unusual but not concerning for the Coast
“It is very unlikely to be caused from Fukushima, but more likely to be caused by a weather change or dust”
“To put everyone’s mind at ease, even if you were receiving that dose every hour for a full year you would have less dose than one CAT Scan”
He said radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster had only been recorded in Australia once since the incident occurred in March 11
“All reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi site were now in cold shutdown, significantly reducing the likelihood of uncontrolled releases to the environment and associated health impacts”

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Irene was a good wake up call for many people that live on the east coast that thought "It doesn't happen here so it won't happen at all".It's a good thing to that Irene was weakning before it got to the coast..or who knows what could've happened.


That is the thing, the residents of the Outer Banks fled because of a major hurricane coming, not because of a category 1 hurricane coming. Irene weakened, leaving the impression that they could be immune, and the next real threat might not be taken seriously. Especially by the people in NYC who were expecting total devastation, only got a strong TS. NY isn't immune to MH's and the next one might not be taken seriously.
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Quoting nymore:
When asked why their theory did not work this year Judah said that point was elusive. Don't forget that part


You're confusing weather and climate. The AO and related brethren are short term weather phenomena. Anyone with any experience in meteorology will tell you that predicting the behavior of such events with any skill more than a couple weeks out is just fantasy. It's like making hurricane season predictions in December.

Climate influences what the weather does. It doesn't dictate what the weather will do. It's far easier to predict statistics such as average rainfall for year than it is to predict if it will rain on a particular day next year.
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WSJ: Radioactive plague for locust eaters in Japan? — Results astonishing, says researcher

Published: January 13th, 2012 at 09:52 AM EDT |
By Enenews Admin

For Japan Locust Eaters, A Plague of Cesium?, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13, 2012:

[... L]ocusts are a bounty for the insect eaters of rice-producing regions like Nagano, Chiba and the towns of the northeast hit hardest by the March 11 disasters.
But Hajime Fugo, the vice president of Tokyo University of Agriculture of Technology and a physiologist specializing in insects [...] along with two students, in October went to Iitate, a village located over 30 kilometers away from the nuclear plant and where hot spots of high radiation have been discovered. [...]
About 4,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium-134 and cesium-137 was detected in the grasshoppers, all 500 weighing a cumulative one kilogram. The levels far exceed Japan’s regulatory limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

Mr. Fugo said the results were astonishing. [...]

The Journal notes Fugo is “concerned the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident may swat the critter off the country’s bug-eating menu, [and] is conducting research designed to save the tasty tradition” and “worried the locust-eating tradition may fall into extinction should
connoisseurs shun the bug amid deepening anxiety among consumers”.

Keep that in mind when reading about how “the scientist thinks it is safe to eat the bugs because they are usually in snack-sized portions”
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Quoting yqt1001:


Technically speaking from a historical view, the US gets hit by a 1 hurricane a year, and a MH once every 2-3 years. So, I believe that the past few years of silence has really shrouded the norm in the US, and a year like 2005 again would be even worse.
Irene was a good wake up call for many people that live on the east coast that thought "It doesn't happen here so it won't happen at all".It's a good thing to that Irene was weakning before it got to the coast..or who knows what could've happened.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I think that the USA will be hit hard, potentially many times, this upcoming hurricane season.
I'm not making any assumptions just yet.Gonna wait to see what the steering currents are like in May and June
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


No, actually it doesn't. As a matter of fact, Dr. M has posted multiple entries(with references) about the warm arctic/cold continents pattern that can occur as a result of increasing temperatures/decreasing snow ice cover.

Global warming does NOT mean everywhere gets warmer. It means the global average temperature will get warmer. How that energy gets distributed around the globe not only depends on climate, but also on the dominate weather patterns. Climate models do not predict weather, only climate. They are not the same thing.

The winter's have not be cooling since 1988. There isn't a single verified data set that suggests this (and there are several open to the public).
One problem data shows more snow and cooling temps since 1988. Read the study they use 10 models and three sets of temp data.
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Quoting Ameister12:

Hopefully that won't be the case, but who do you think is gonna get the brunt of it?

Florida and the Gulf Coast.
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Scientists find rift between New Mexico and Colorado geologically active and capable of generating quakes Posted on January 13, 2012


January 13, 2012 – NEW MEXICO – The Rio Grande Rift, a thinning and stretching of Earth’s surface that extends from Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains to Mexico, is not dead but geologically alive and active, according to a new study involving scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. “We don’t expect to see a lot of earthquakes, or big ones, but we will have some earthquakes,” said CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Anne Sheehan, also a fellow at CIRES. The study also involved collaborators from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech, Utah State University and the Boulder-headquartered UNAVCO. The Rio Grande Rift follows the path of the Rio Grande River from central Colorado roughly to El Paso before turning southeast toward the Gulf of Mexico. Sheehan was not too surprised when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck about 9 miles west of Trinidad, Colo., in the vicinity of the Rio Grande Rift on Aug. 23, 2011. The quake was the largest in Colorado since 1967 and was felt from Fort Collins to Garden City, Kan. Along the rift, spreading motion in the crust has led to the rise of magma — the molten rock material under Earth’s crust — to the surface, creating long, fault-bounded basins that are susceptible to earthquakes, said Sheehan, a study co-author and also associate director of the CIRES Solid Earth Sciences Division. The team studied the Rio Grande Rift region to assess the potential earthquake hazards. Also, the team may attempt to determine vertical as well as horizontal activity in the region to tell whether the Rocky Mountains are still uplifting or not, Berglund said. As far as the potential for future earthquakes in the region, the study’s results are unequivocal, however. “The rift is still active,” Sheehan said. –Physics
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Financial markets close in turmoil as downgrades spread across Eurozone
Posted on January 14, 2012
January 14, 2012 – FRANCE – Standard & Poor’s swept the debt-ridden European continent with punishing credit downgrades Friday, stripping France of its coveted AAA status and dropping Italy even lower. Germany retained its top-notch rating, but Portugal’s debt was consigned to junk. In all, S&P, which took away the United States’ AAA rating last summer, lowered the ratings of nine countries, complicating Europe’s efforts to find a way out of a debt crisis that still threatens to cause worldwide economic harm. Austria also lost its AAA status, Italy and Spain fell by two notches, and S&P also cut ratings on Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Slovenia......

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Quoting washingtonian115:
It might just be a coicodence.But leap years are usually bad for the U.S.So we'll see how this one goes.


Technically speaking from a historical view, the US gets hit by 1 hurricane a year, and a MH once every 2-3 years. So, I believe that the past few years of silence has really shrouded the norm in the US, and a year like 2005 again would be even worse due to the lack of fear.
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