New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for gardeners shows a warming climate

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:17 PM GMT on February 01, 2012

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Wintertime minimum temperatures in the U.S. have risen so much in recent decades that the United States Department of Agriculture decided last week to update their Plant Hardiness Zone Map for gardeners for the first time since 1990. The Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. Compared to the 1990 version, zone boundaries in the new 2012 edition of the map have generally shifted one 5-degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous map throughout much of the United States. This is mostly a result of using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period. The old 1990 map was based on temperature data from only a 13-year period of 1974-1986, while the new map uses data from the 30-year period 1976-2005.


Figure 1. Comparison of the 1990 and 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps. Image credit: USDA and Arbor Day Foundation

Northwards, ho!
While humans are generally not attuned enough to nature's rhythms to tell if the climate is changing, plants and animals know the climate is changing. Many species of animals, insects, and plants have shifted their ranges poleward and to higher elevations in recent decades because of global warming. The 2007 IPCC report stated that "numerous studies document a progressively earlier spring by about 2.3 to 5.2 days per decade in the last 30 years in response to climate warming. That report also documented over 400 species that have moved their ranges poleward or to higher elevations because of climate change. For example, conifer trees expanded northwards into former tundra areas at a rate of 12 km per year between 1982 - 2000 in portions of Canada (Fillol and Royer, 2003.) Holly plants moved northwards by several hundred kilometers in recent decades into coastal Norway, Northeast Germany, Denmark, and coastal Sweden in response to warming temperatures (Walther et al., 2005.) As the climate continues to warm, plant and animal species previously unknown in many regions will appear, and will disappear from places they used to inhabit.


Figure 2. Change in the boundary line between conifer forest (taiga) and tundra between 1982 (grey line) and 2000 (white line) over Canada. In the grey box marked "Transect", the rate of northwards migration was 12 km per year, or 228 km (142 miles) in nineteen years. Image credit: Fillol and Royer, 2003, "Variability analysis of the transitory climate regime as defined by the NDVI/Ts relationship derived from NOAA-AVHRR over Canada", Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2003. IGARSS '03. Proceedings. 2003 IEEE International.

Jeff Masters

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372. georgevandenberghe
6:31 PM GMT on February 06, 2012
Although Global Warming is certainly happening, this plant hardiness map is not the best evidence of it. I am old enough to remember three generations of these maps. The first in the early 70s looked more like the most recent version. The second issued in 1990 shifted the hardiness zones to the south, probably because of several extreme arctic outbreaks during the 1980s. The third, modern version
looks similar to the early 70s version but does have the hardiness
zones shifted a little to the north of the 70s version.

Growers who uses these maps also need to be aware of what the
occasional extreme arctic outbreak or an extreme winter can do
to high visibility high value plantings.
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371. sunlinepr
7:48 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting hcubed:


Wait a second - there are actually 2 people in the world that were able to beat Chuck Norris?

Put THAT into your resume, and get hired on the spot.



I just read in a recent newspaper that someone called Bruce Lee defeated him in the Roman Coliseum....

Where are my Alzheimers pills? ....

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370. snotly
5:30 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
It was Chuck Norris of the future and Chuck Norris of the past, he only admitted defeat because he always was so awesome and he will yet be so awesome.


Quoting hcubed:


Wait a second - there are actually 2 people in the world that were able to beat Chuck Norris?

Put THAT into your resume, and get hired on the spot.

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369. hcubed
5:05 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Chuck is not so bad.. In fact, he was a true world champion...On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years.[8] In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt Magazine. Chuck Norris retired with a karate record of 183–10–2.


Wait a second - there are actually 2 people in the world that were able to beat Chuck Norris?

Put THAT into your resume, and get hired on the spot.

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368. NativeSun
4:41 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
New Russian paper on the coming Ice Age. View it on Weatherbell Joe D site. Interesting article more food for thought.
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367. sunlinepr
4:25 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
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366. SPLbeater
4:19 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Australian Bureau of Meteorlology forecasts the low with med. chance to move off the coast in a general ESE to SE direction, maybe around 995-992mb in the next 4 days
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365. SPLbeater
4:12 PM GMT on February 02, 2012


Maybe when dis system comes off Cape York peninsula it will develop into TC...hopefully :D
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364. SPLbeater
4:09 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Can somebody explain the logic to me in this...

So today, i had 6 school lessons. tomorrow, only 2. WHy couldnt it be balanced out at 4 today n tomorrow?
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363. hydrus
3:50 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting ProgressivePulse:
Morning All.

IS01WU (Interesting System 01 WUnderground) is being mentioned now in the MIA NWS discussion. Could be a wet several days for many in the peninsula. I am wondering if atmospheric triggers, other than the NINO3/4 region, have already lined up and pointing to a transition to El Nino. This hypothetical system bears the markings of such.

000
FXUS62 KMFL 021455
AFDMFL

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
955 AM EST THU FEB 2 2012

EXTENDED PERIOD...SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...ON SUNDAY THE GREAT
PLAINS LOW PRES SYSTEM MOVES E AND MOVES OFF OF THE CAROLINAS WITH
THE ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT MOVING INTO N FLA AND STALLING. THE ATLC
RIDGE REMAINS IN PLACE OVER CENTRAL FLA. MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
.LOW PRES DEVELOPS AND DEEPENS IN THE GULF PULLING DEEPER MOISTURE
TOWARD S FLA. ISENTROPIC LIFTS DEVELOPS AND THE PROSPECT OF
INCREASING CHANCES OF RAIN ACROSS THE AREA...NOT JUST THE E
COAST... APPEARS TO BE DEVELOPING.
It is true that when El-Nino is around, Florida gets about three times its normal rainfall during the wintertime. I do believe that La-Nina is still in the weather pattern. Really good post PP.
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362. ProgressivePulse
3:38 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Morning All.

IS01WU (Interesting System 01 WUnderground) is being mentioned now in the MIA NWS discussion. Could be a wet several days for many in the peninsula. I am wondering if atmospheric triggers, other than the NINO3/4 region, have already lined up and pointing to a transition to El Nino. This hypothetical system bears the markings of such.

000
FXUS62 KMFL 021455
AFDMFL

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
955 AM EST THU FEB 2 2012

EXTENDED PERIOD...SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...ON SUNDAY THE GREAT
PLAINS LOW PRES SYSTEM MOVES E AND MOVES OFF OF THE CAROLINAS WITH
THE ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT MOVING INTO N FLA AND STALLING. THE ATLC
RIDGE REMAINS IN PLACE OVER CENTRAL FLA. MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
.LOW PRES DEVELOPS AND DEEPENS IN THE GULF PULLING DEEPER MOISTURE
TOWARD S FLA. ISENTROPIC LIFTS DEVELOPS AND THE PROSPECT OF
INCREASING CHANCES OF RAIN ACROSS THE AREA...NOT JUST THE E
COAST... APPEARS TO BE DEVELOPING.
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361. sunlinepr
3:36 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
And here's the latest Tropical Weather Report


160 die as Eastern Europe sinks further into deep freeze
Posted on February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012 – POLAND - A cold snap kept Europe in its icy grip on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 160 as countries from Italy to Ukraine struggled to cope with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places. Nine more people died in Poland overnight as temperatures hit minus 32 Celsius (minus 25.6 Fahrenheit) in the southwest, bringing the overall toll to 29 since the deep freeze began last week, national police said. In Ukraine, tens of thousands of people have headed to shelters trying to escape the freeze that the emergencies ministry said has now killed 63 people. Most of them literally froze to death on the street, with only a handful making it to hospital before succumbing to hypothermia, the ministry said. Shivering and hungry, tens of thousands of Ukrainians have sought help in the more than 2,000 temporary shelters set up by the authorities to help the poor survive the fearsome spell of cold weather. The shelters offer warmth and hot food in a country where temperatures fell to minus 33 degrees Celsius in the Carpathians in the west of the country and minus 27 in the capital Kiev. “I am unemployed. I have somewhere to live but nothing to eat. I ate here and it was good — bread with a slice of fat and an onion as well as porridge,” said Olexander Shemnikov, an out-of-work engineer after visiting a shelter in Kiev.


Frigid cold: In Romania, eight people died overnight because of the cold, bringing the overall toll to 22, the health ministry said. Schools remained closed in some parts of the country as temperatures reached minus 31 degrees Celsius. In Bulgaria, where the mercury dipped to lows not seen in a century, at least 10 people have died, according to media. Authorities have not released official figures. With parts of the Danube freezing, authorities moved some vessels to ports further away to protect them from the advancing ice. And in the capital Sofia, some residents found their money frozen as automated teller machines stopped functioning, according to local media. In Latvia, 10 people have died around the capital Riga alone, with no figures available for the rest of the country. In neighboring Lithuania a 55-year-old homeless man found in the ruins of an abandoned house in the port city of Klaipeda became the ninth victim of the chill. In Italy, hundreds of people were trapped overnight on trains as freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls in the centre and north caused widespread chaos on roads, railways and at airports. The cold has so far killed an infant in Sicily and a 76-year-old pensioner in Parma during what forecasters say is the coldest weather in Italy in 27 years. In Austria, an 83-year-old woman was found frozen to death in the woods after apparently slipping on her daily walk and not managing to get up again, becoming the country’s second victim of the cold snap, officials said. In Serbia, the cold has killed seven people and trapped some 11,500 others, mostly in remote mountain villages inaccessible by road. -AFP
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360. entrelac
3:14 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting biff4ugo:
They are trucking water to folks in Texas too that have run out of their water sources. It is sad that it takes till NOW for them to think of not growing lawns with their drinking water.
To be fair, the residents of Spicewood Beach were not made aware of the low level of their wells until it was time to truck water in. And, in the months leading up to the wells running dry millions of gallons of water were sold

At least 1.3 million gallons and maybe more were sold from the Spicewood Beach water system to those two customers. The LCRA says tonight in an email to StateImpact Texas that in 2011, 1.3 million gallons alone were sold from the Spicewood Beach water system to Hank Cantu's operation, Hills of Texas Bulk Water. Another 3.5 million gallons were sold to Larry Ogden, who owns Wildcat Bulk Water Services. The LCRA says they think most of Ogden's water purchases were from the nearby West Travis County Water System and not from Spicewood Beach. However, they "don't have exact amounts for each system because this customer uses a portable meter on his truck," the LCRA said in the email.


It's a pretty epic fail.

Source Article
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359. SPLbeater
2:59 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Morning all.
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358. Jax82
2:53 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting bohonkweatherman:
I agree with that but Winter could make a late appearance? Mid 80's on my car thermometer yesterday and I got a sunburn working outside. What a difference a year makes, lows in 60s and highs in 80s this year, last year at this time, lows in teens and highs in 20s with snow and ice here. Been a very different La Nina season here so far but I am not complaining, getting quite a bit of rain. Wonder what kind of tropical season we will have? When will our next El Nino be here?


Well, I think we can expect a lot of DOOM, considering they are predicting the world to end this year. I'm sure we'll see another active hurricane season :)
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357. islander101010
2:35 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Here in FL we have PYTHONS moving north. There's a huge on on the lose near Melbourne. Some say it maybe 12' to 15' long. Infact the Everglades are invaded right now as the Pythons are destroying the wildlife species down there.
i can do without the coons and dont forget those scumbag rats. no shortage around here
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356. ILwthrfan
1:50 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
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355. ILwthrfan
1:50 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting CybrTeddy:
345. So basically, just 6 more weeks for FL of winter? With 83 degree high today, I can live with that. Will probably be 95 degrees by April though.


Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico may reach 95 this summer lol.
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354. StormTracker2K
1:37 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Sightings of medium-sized mammals are down by as much as 99 per cent in areas where the giant constricting snake native to Asia is known to slink, according to scientific research published this week.

The growing concern is that the deadly snakes, that can live for up to 35 years and were originally brought to the Sunshine State for commerical reasons, are now quite at homein the wild and are having a devastating effect on the survival chances of other animals living in America's largest eco-system.

Partial to rabbit, opossum, raccoon, bobcat, birds and even the odd alligator, the Burmese Pythons are believed to have multiplied at such a rate that it is now a question of management rather than elimination for South Florida snake hunters who are trying to protect the world's largest wetlands system from a food chain crisis.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists, says: "These findings suggest that predation by pythons has resulted in dramatic declines in mammals within Everglades National Park and that introduced apex predators, such as giant constrictors, can exert significant top-down pressure on prey populations.

"Severe declines in easily observed and/or common mammals, such as raccoons and bobcats, bode poorly for species of conservation concern, which often are more difficult to sample and occur at lower densities."

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353. CybrTeddy
1:34 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
345. So basically, just 6 more weeks for FL of winter? With 83 degree high today, I can live with that. Will probably be 95 degrees by April though.
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352. bohonkweatherman
1:33 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting Jax82:
I dont think the Groundhog has been to the south at all this year, if he had he would not have predicted another 6 weeks of winter, because it has felt like spring all winter long!
I agree with that but Winter could make a late appearance? Mid 80's on my car thermometer yesterday and I got a sunburn working outside. What a difference a year makes, lows in 60s and highs in 80s this year, last year at this time, lows in teens and highs in 20s with snow and ice here. Been a very different La Nina season here so far but I am not complaining, getting quite a bit of rain. Wonder what kind of tropical season we will have? When will our next El Nino be here?
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351. StormTracker2K
1:30 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Here in FL we have PYTHONS moving north. There's a huge on on the lose near Melbourne. Some say it maybe 12' to 15' long. Infact the Everglades are invaded right now as the Pythons are destroying the wildlife species down there.
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350. AussieStorm
1:30 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


Yeah OK! While we hit 84 in Orlando today on 2/2/2012 and 80's everyday thru next week. Infact this may go down for the warmest winter in history across the US as hundreds of record highs are falling daily!


Summer hasn't even got going here, It's sure been weird.
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349. StormTracker2K
1:26 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting AussieStorm:
It's Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

THE world-famous weather-reading groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter today from his home at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

According to American folklore, if the rodent sees his shadow, then the country can expect six more weeks of winter. If he does not, then spring is on the way.

Every year on February 2, [yadda, yadda, yadda] thousands of merrymakers descend on the small Pennsylvania town to toast Phil and partake in the festivities.

The tradition has been running since at least 1887, despite an accuracy rate of below 40 per cent.


Yeah OK! While we hit 84 in Orlando today on 2/2/2012 and 80's everyday thru next week. Infact this may go down for the warmest winter in history across the US as hundreds of record highs are falling daily!
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348. aspectre
1:25 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Python caviar?

After all, what is now eaten as salmon caviar useta be commercially sold only as fish bait.

USGS's assessment of the potential range of pythons, constrictors, and anacondas by 2100...

...though there is a strong dispute about whether they can over-winter in areas that experience occasional freezes.
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347. ShadyGroveFarm
1:24 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
It is pretty surprising, on this Blog, to hear an unscientific statement like, "... plants and animals know the climate is changing." In the example you cite, what has occurred is that windblown conifer seeds, which formerly would have sprouted and died at higher latitudes, are able to survive and grow there. In turn, they are able to disperse their own seeds farther to the North. It is not a matter of knowledge, but an adaptation to changing conditions.

There is enough unscientific thinking current, especially of the sort that attributes feeling or motive to natural phenomena, without finding it on Wunderground!!!
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346. Jax82
1:22 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
I dont think the Groundhog has been to the south at all this year, if he had he would not have predicted another 6 weeks of winter, because it has felt like spring all winter long!
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345. AussieStorm
1:17 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
It's Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

THE world-famous weather-reading groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter today from his home at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

According to American folklore, if the rodent sees his shadow, then the country can expect six more weeks of winter. If he does not, then spring is on the way.

Every year on February 2, [yadda, yadda, yadda] thousands of merrymakers descend on the small Pennsylvania town to toast Phil and partake in the festivities.

The tradition has been running since at least 1887, despite an accuracy rate of below 40 per cent.
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344. biff4ugo
1:09 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
They are trucking water to folks in Texas too that have run out of their water sources. It is sad that it takes till NOW for them to think of not growing lawns with their drinking water.

I'm surprised that the Spruce have come down on the side of Climate Change along with the Glaciers, and Polar Bears, and Ice Truckers. Don't they know it is all heat island effect in the cities?
Perhaps they heard about the 500 million trees that died from water stress and fire in Texas and are trying to put some distance between them.
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343. StormTracker2K
12:59 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
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342. StormTracker2K
12:56 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
10 day GFS precip forecast.

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341. StormTracker2K
12:55 PM GMT on February 02, 2012

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340. StormTracker2K
12:53 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Boy the moisture is really starting to pool in the Gulf. Very strange to see moisture moving up from the equator toward the Gulf in a La-Nina year.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
400 AM EST THU FEB 2 2012


SUN-WED...
ELEVATED MOISTURE LVLS THRU THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK AS THE
REMNANTS OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL BE REINFORCED BY A STORM
CURRENTLY DVLPG OVER THE ROCKY MTNS. ECMWF/GFS MODELS ARE IN GOOD
AGREEMENT THRU WED...BOTH TRACK THE SYSTEM ACRS THE NATION`S
MIDSECTION THRU THE WEEKEND BEFORE MERGING IT WITH A NRN STREAM
SHORT WAVE OVER THE GREAT LAKES. STRONG MID/UPR LVL ZONAL FLOW ACRS
THE SRN TIER STATES WOULD SUPPORT A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL TROF THRU
THE DEEP S AND THE FL PENINSULA...A PATTERN THAT WOULD RESULT IN
PRECIP CHANCES FOR SVRL DAYS IN A ROW.

INDEED...THE 02/00Z MEX NUMERICAL GUIDANCE HAS PUSHED MON/TUE POPS
INTO THE 40-50PCT RANGE AND CONT 30PCT POPS THRU MIDWEEK.
HOWEVER...
GIVEN THE TRACK RECORD OF FROPAS THIS WINTER...WILL CAP POPS AT
30PCT FOR NOW. WARM E/SERLY FLOW AHEAD OF THE FRONTAL TROF WILL KEEP
MAX TEMPS 5-10F ABV AVG...MIN TEMPS 10-15F ABV AVG. MINIMAL POST
FRONTAL CAA AS THE AIRMASS WILL HAVE SEVERAL DAYS TO MODIFY AS IT
SAGS THRU THE DEEP S...MAX TEMPS N OF I-4 MAY DROP TO NEAR AVG
TUE/WED BUT WILL REMAIN ARND 5F ABV AVG S OF I-4. HIGH CLOUD COVER
AND ONSHORE FLOW WILL KEEP MIN TEMPS 10-15F ABV AVG.

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339. trunkmonkey
12:41 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting JeffMasters:
When the sun rises in San Francisco, wunderground has Alan T. Groundhog to give us the lowdown on the winter forecast. See our Video!

Jeff Masters


Just on TV the Groundhog saw his shadow, 6 more weeks of winter! breaking news! breaking news!
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338. JupiterKen
12:41 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Oh noes. I don't believe changing the groundhog site is permissable.
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337. GeoffreyWPB
12:36 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
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336. presslord
12:32 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting JeffMasters:
When the sun rises in San Francisco, wunderground has Alan T. Groundhog to give us the lowdown on the winter forecast. See our Video!

Jeff Masters


Excellent!!!!!
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335. Dr. Jeff Masters , Director of Meteorology (Admin)
12:29 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
When the sun rises in San Francisco, wunderground has Alan T. Groundhog to give us the lowdown on the winter forecast. See our Video!

Jeff Masters
334. PensacolaDoug
12:28 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
I predict 6 more weeks of bickering!
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333. presslord
12:21 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
I come here for weather news...and nobody has mentioned a Groundhog report......pffft...
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332. jamesrainier
12:12 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Jeff Masters' blog Jan 31 featured a map showing Departure of temperature from average as analyzed by the GFS model, for January 30, 2012. Anybody know how to see an updated version of that map?
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331. CybrTeddy
12:05 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:


0Z GFS Subtropical Storm Alberto..... Reminds me a lot of TS Lee of last year in location, appearance, and track.


If we do get STS Alberto in a few days, that will be incredible. Just incredible.
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330. WxGeekVA
12:03 PM GMT on February 02, 2012


0Z GFS Subtropical Storm Alberto..... Reminds me a lot of TS Lee of last year in location, appearance, and track.
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329. RTSplayer
11:58 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting BahaHurican:
Morning all. Currently 68 and calm here in Nassau. I know, 'cause I went out to check... lol

"Yet the biggest challenges may be more technical than financial."

Thanks for the informative post, percylives. This line I quoted was the pivotal one for me. I really don't think we have to keep relying on "big oil" as they say. What we need to do is figure out how to use alternative cleaner energy sources work more effeciently.

Yikes! Hope that's not my super-Feb-WX hopes out the window.... lol

But I agree.... it's the most cloud cover seen in the W GOM for a while.

This is interesting. I saw something about something like this on an Ancient Aliens show on History channel [I think it was]. It reminds me that we may beat / get rid of one pathogen, but that never means we're "safe".


Unfortunately, one of the problems caused by massive usage of antibiotics and vaccines is that the human immune system has become dependent on artificial enhancements to fight disease.

MRSA is actually incapable of surviving on a copper surface, as was recently demonstrated in experimentation.

There is probably a nano-tech solution for Hospitals, such as some sort of copper-polymer composite material, or a copper alloy (to prevent corrosion,) which could be used to coat surfaces such as door knobs and other handles, or counter tops. Unfortunately, copper is getting more and more expensive lately.
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328. stormwatcherCI
11:48 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
Good morning everyone.


Link


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327. trunkmonkey
11:41 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
Quoting ProgressivePulse:
Interesting System, IS01WU starting to fester. HOPEFULLY all understand what the WU stands for.




Amen, I'm tired of the political bullcrap!
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326. aspectre
11:05 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
And here's the latest Tropical Weather Report
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325. BahaHurican
9:48 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
Morning all. Currently 68 and calm here in Nassau. I know, 'cause I went out to check... lol

"Yet the biggest challenges may be more technical than financial."

Thanks for the informative post, percylives. This line I quoted was the pivotal one for me. I really don't think we have to keep relying on "big oil" as they say. What we need to do is figure out how to use alternative cleaner energy sources work more effeciently.

Quoting ProgressivePulse:
Interesting System, IS01WU starting to fester. HOPEFULLY all understand what the WU stands for.


Yikes! Hope that's not my super-Feb-WX hopes out the window.... lol

But I agree.... it's the most cloud cover seen in the W GOM for a while.

Quoting sunlinepr:
MRSA abbreviation for
(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Microbiology) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: a bacterium that enters the skin through open wounds to cause septicaemia and is extremely resistant to most antibiotics. It has been responsible for outbreaks of untreatable infections among patients in hospitals.

Pestilence watch: deadly form of MRSA spreads from U.S. to U.K.

Posted on February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012 – LONDON – The number of potentially deadly strains of MRSA that are easily passed between healthy people, outside hospitals is increasing in the UK, experts said today. They include a flesh-eating form of pneumonia, USA300, which has spread across the US and is now being seen in the UK. Dr. Ruth Massey, from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath, said extra vigilance was required around PVL-positive community acquired MRSA strains. She drew attention to USA300, a deadly strain of the superbug which passes easily through skin-to-skin contact. It is resistant to treatment by several front-line antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin. In severe cases, USA300 can lead to fatal blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that can eat away at lung tissue. Dr. Massey said there were 1,000 cases of PVL-positive community acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains. ‘These community-acquired strains seem to be good at affecting healthy people – they seem to be much better than the hospital ones at causing disease. ‘They don’t rely on healthcare workers moving them around, which the hospital ones seem to.’ Dr. Massey said USA300 is ‘a really big issue in the US and it’s starting to emerge here. ‘But hopefully because we are aware of it and are working to understand it, it won’t become as big of a problem (in the UK).’ –Daily Mail
This is interesting. I saw something about something like this on an Ancient Aliens show on History channel [I think it was]. It reminds me that we may beat / get rid of one pathogen, but that never means we're "safe".
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9:08 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
LOOKS LIKE THE GFS AND THE OTHER MODELS ARE COMING INTO AGREEMENT ON THE STORM IN THE GULF THAT THE GFS HAS BEEN DEVELOPING!
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
309 AM EST THU FEB 2 2012

.DISCUSSION...LOW LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRES ACROSS N FLA MOVES E
INTO THE ATLC AS A WEAKENING FRONT PUSHES INTO N FLA...WHICH
WILL DISSIPATE OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA. HIGH PRES WILL BUILD INTO THE
SE U.S. WHILE A LOW PRES SYSTEM DEEPENS OVER THE CENTRAL GREAT
PLAINS. THE LOW LIFTS THE MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISAPPEARING
FRONT BACK N AS THE HIGH PRES MOVES SE INTO THE ATLC. THIS KEEPS AN
EASTERLY FLOW ACROSS S FLA WHICH WILL BE WEAKER TODAY THAN IN THE
PAST COUPLE OF DAYS BUT WILL INCREASE AGAIN FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND.
SOME SHOWERS WILL MOVE OVER THE ATLC TOWARD THE E COAST AND ONSHORE
AFFECTING THE E COAST AND METRO ZONES PRIMARILY WITH MINIMAL POPS.
MAX AND MIN TEMPS WILL REMAIN ABOVE NORMAL. DUE TO THE LOW LEVEL
MOISTURE INCREASE AND DECOUPLING OF THE WINDS...SOME PATCHY LATE
NIGHT FOG CAN OCCUR IN THE INTERIOR AND W.

.EXTENDED PERIOD...SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...ON SUNDAY THE GREAT
PLAINS LOW PRES SYSTEM MOVES E AND MOVES OFF OF THE CAROLINAS WITH
THE ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT MOVING INTO N FLA AND STALLING. THE ATLC
RIDGE REMAINS IN PLACE OVER CENTRAL FLA. MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
...LOW PRES DEVELOPS AND DEEPENS IN THE GULF PULLING DEEPER MOISTURE
TOWARD S FLA. ISENTROPIC LIFTS DEVELOPS AND THE PROSPECT OF INCREAS
-ING CHANCES OF RAIN ACROSS THE AREA...NOT JUST THE E COAST...
APPEARS TO BE DEVELOPING.
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7:40 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
I know best about it! And it’s all thanks to hahaped
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