Summer in March, 2012, draws to a close

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:54 PM GMT on March 23, 2012

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The most incredible spring heat wave in U.S. and Canadian recorded history is finally drawing to a close today, after a ten-day stretch of unprecedented record-smashing intensity. Since record keeping began in the late 1800s, there have never been so many spring temperature records broken, and by such a large margin. Airports in fifteen different states have set all-time records for March warmth, which is truly extraordinary considering that the records were set in the middle of the month, instead of the end of the month. The 29.2°C (85°F) measured at Western Head, Nova Scotia yesterday was the third warmest temperature ever recorded in Canada in March, according to Environment Canada and weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera (top two records: 31.1°C at Alberini Beaver Creek BC on March 29th 1926, and 29.4°C in 1921 at Wallaceburg.) Michigan's all-time record for March warmth was toppled on Wednesday, when the mercury hit 90°F at Lapeer. The previous record, 89° at Lapeer in 1910, was matched at three stations yesterday--Ypsilanti, Dearborn, and Lapeer. The duration, areal size, and intensity of the Summer in March, 2012 heat wave are simply off-scale, and the event ranks as one of North America's most extraordinary weather events in recorded history. Such a historic event is difficult to summarize, and in today's post I will offer just a few of the most notable highlights.


Figure 1. Clear skies over the Eastern U.S. caused by a blocking ridge of high pressure on March 21, 2012, are apparent in this visible satellite image. The comma-shaped cloud pattern over the Central U.S. is associated with a "cut-off" low pressure system. This low is moving over the Eastern U.S. today through Saturday, and will bring an end to "Summer in March" over the U.S. and Canada. Image credit: NOAA's Environmental Visualization Lab, and modified by Andrew Freedman of Climate Central.

Low temperatures beating previous high temperature records for the date
I've never seen a case where the low temperature for the date beat the previous record high. This happened on at least four occasions during "Summer in March, 2012":

The low temperature at Marquette, Michigan hit 52° on March 21, which was 3° warmer than the previous record high for the date.

The low at Mt. Washington, NH on March 21 (44°) beat the previous record high for the date (43°.)

The low temperature for International Falls, Minnesota on March 20 bottomed out at 60°F, tying the previous record high for the date.

The low temperature in Rochester, Minnesota on March 18 was 62°F, which beat the previous record high for the date of 60°.

Breaking all-time April records for warmth in March
Not only did many locations in Canada set records for their all-time warmest March day during "Summer in March, 2012", a number also broke their record for warmest April day:

St. John, New Brunswick hit 27.2°C (81°F) on March 21. Previous March record: 17.5°C on March 21, 1994. April record: 22.8°C.

Kejimkujik Park, Nova Scotia hit 27.9°C on March 21. Previous March record: 22.5°C on March 30, 1986. April record: 25°C on April 27, 1990.

Yesterday, I reported that Halifax, Nova Scotia hit 27.2°C (81°F) on March 22, 2012. Previous March record: 25.8° set the previous day. April record: 26.3°C, set on April 30, 2004. However, Rob Paola, a meteorologist with Environment Canada's Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, wrote to tell me that Halifax did not break its April record: In fact, Halifax recorded a temperature of 29.5°C on April 28, 2009. For some reason, that stat does not show up on EC's normal/extremes climate site for Halifax, which only has data up to 2006 for extremes. More details on my blog at http://robsobsblog.blogspot.ca/

Breaking daily temperature records by more than 30°F
It is exceptionally rare for a weather station with a 50+ year period of record to break a daily temperature record by more than 10°F. During "Summer in March, 2012", beating daily records by 10° - 20°F was commonplace, and many records were smashed by over 20°. Two stations broke records by more than 30°F, which is truly surreal. Western Head, Nova Scotia hit 29.2°C (85°F), yesterday, breaking their previous record for the date (10.6°C in 1969) by 18.6°C (33°F.) Yesterday's high temperature was 24°C (44°F) above average. Pellston, Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula--dubbed "Michigan's Icebox", since it frequently records the coldest temperatures in the state--hit 85° on March 21. This broke the previous record for the date (53° in 2007) by 32°, and was an absurd 48°F above average.

Breaking daily temperature records nine consecutive days or more
It is extremely rare for stations with a 50+ year period of record to break a daily high temperature record for seven or more days in a row. The longest such streak of consecutive high temperature records at International Falls, Minnesota, was a 5-day period March 3 - 7, 2000. The city has tied or broken their high temperature for the date ten consecutive days, as of yesterday. This streak will likely end today, as the high is predicted to be 60 - 65, and the record high for the date is 66. Chicago, Illinois has tied or broken their daily high temperature record the past nine days in a row. This ties the nine-day streak of record highs set on August 26 - September 3, 1953. Other cites that have set daily high temperature records the past nine days in a row include Fort Wayne and South Bend, Indiana. Numerous cities have broken high temperature records on seven consecutive days during "Summer in March, 2012", including Gaylord, Pellston, and Traverse City in Michigan.


Figure 2. All-time high temperature records set in March 2012 for the U.S. The grey icons show locations where the March record was broken on multiple days. Image taken from wunderground's new record extremes page, using data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

The big picture: the impacts of "Summer in March, 2012"
I've always said living in Michigan would be much more bearable if we could just get rid of March. March weather here is always horrible, with brutal cold, high winds, damaging ice storms, heavy snow, interminable cloudy stretches with no sun, all interspersed with a few teasing warm spells. Well, this year, I got my wish. This March, we started with twelve days of April weather, followed by ten days of June and July weather, with nine days of May weather predicted to round out the month. This has been a huge benefit to the economy--vastly reduced heating costs, no snow removal bills, and far fewer traffic accidents due to icy roads. However, there is major downside to the "Summer in March, 2012" heat wave. The growing season is now in full swing, five weeks early. A damaging freeze that will severely impact the fruit industry and other sensitive plants is very likely. Indeed, the forecast calls for lows in the upper 20s in the cherry-growing region of Michigan near Traverse City on Monday night. The exceptional March warmth has also melted all the snow in the northern U.S. and southern Canada, drying out the soils and setting the stage for a much warmer than average summer, and an increased chance of damaging drought conditions. The early loss of snowpack will also likely cause very low flow rates in the major rivers in late summer and early fall, reducing the amount of water needed for irrigation of crops. Low flows may also cause problems for navigation, limiting commercial barge traffic on Midwest rivers.

Links
Andrew Freedman of Climate Central interviewed a number of climate scientists who are experts in studying the link between extreme weather events and climate change for his post, Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt will be posting a more comprehensive summary of the "Summer in March, 2012" heat wave this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and I'll be back Monday with a new post. I expect I'll be hard at work this weekend, mowing my lawn for the first time ever in March!

Jeff Masters

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1151. hydrus
2:56 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
Someone posted this yesterday. It is worthy of a second..17 year old develops fusion reactor..Link
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1150. hydrus
2:46 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
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1149. hydrus
2:27 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


It's something to watch as the models are signaling a cold snap around day 10. I do agree that the models have been off lately but it's been on the runs now for several days so it's something to keep an eye on.

It is to far out to say for sure, but there are some signs of a pattern change.
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1147. percylives
1:21 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
More wonderful progress from the other side of the Atlantic (Belgium, this time).

6-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Goes Up (World’s First)

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1146. ILwthrfan
12:47 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
3/16 - 3/23 Average highs & Lows for the U.S.



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1145. TropicalAnalystwx13
12:04 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
SPC Day 1 Categorical Outlook:



SPC Day 1 Tornado Outlook:



SPC Day 1 Wind Outlook:



SPC Day 1 Hail Outlook:

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1144. percylives
12:04 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
From "Framing the Way to Relate Climate Extremes to Climate Change" by Kenneth Trenberth

Globally on a day-to-day basis the climate change effects are 1–2 % of the natural energy flow, as elaborated on below. However, because global warming is always of one sign, a much bigger impact is from the cumulative effects of these radiative perturbations on the climate. The main memory is through the warming of the oceans, manifested in part through the ongoing rise in sea level, and the loss of Arctic sea ice and glacier mass. SSTs have risen by 0.5–0.6 °C since the 1950s, and over the oceans this has led to 4 % more water vapor in the atmosphere since the 1970s (Trenberth et al. 2007). As a result, the air is on average warmer and moister than it was prior to about 1970 and in turn has likely led to a 5–10 % effect on precipitation and storms that is greatly amplified in extremes. The warm moist air is readily advected onto land and caught up in weather systems as part of the hydrological cycle, where it contributes to more intense precipitation events that are widely observed to be occurring (IPCC 2007; Trenberth 2011a; Groisman and Knight 2008; Min et al. 2011; Pall et al. 2011).

Full Article
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1143. StormTracker2K
11:59 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
>That particular run has been nowhere near right this winter--particularly at the 10-day limit. I highly doubt there's a chance at a "deep freeze" in the Mid-South in April. The record lows for the first week in April at, say, Memphis are right around freezing, while the record lows for Detroit are around the mid-teens. Somehow I just don't see anything like single-digit lows this April anywhere in the US but Alaska and the high Rockies.


It's something to watch as the models are signaling a cold snap around day 10. I do agree that the models have been off lately but it's been on the runs now for several days so it's something to keep an eye on.

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1142. StormTracker2K
11:56 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

but I don't want the cold :\ It was 82F yesterday, expected to be 62F tomorrow.


No way to the cold! This could be when we get a increase in tornadoes again as we will have huge temp contrast. If my typing is off it's because my hand in a cast. Worked to hard in the yard over the weekend and tweeked my hand.
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1141. Neapolitan
11:52 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Northern US and Mid South is going into the Deep Freeze many area from MI to NY will have Highs in the 20's with lows in the single digits if these models pan out. Also throw in the mix very heavy snow as well. Freezes could be possible from TN over to NC

>That particular run has been nowhere near right this winter--particularly at the 10-day limit. I highly doubt there's a chance at a "deep freeze" in the Mid-South in April. The record lows for the first week in April at, say, Memphis are right around freezing, while the record lows for Detroit are around the mid-teens. Somehow I just don't see anything like single-digit lows this April anywhere in the US but Alaska and the high Rockies.
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1140. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:51 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
GFA 10 day temps are close to the Euro's.

Link

That's at 06Z, or 2AM in the morning.
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1139. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:50 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


Good Morning! I agree but whether that model is right or not there is a couple of big cold blast coming down as the overall pattern is changing. That trough that has been giving the western US cold and rain wx appears to be setting up over the eastern US. Something to watch as the south may very well get in on some of this cold air moving in down the road. The EURO shows one heck of a cold blast coming down!

but I don't want the cold :\ It was 82F yesterday, expected to be 62F tomorrow.
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1138. StormTracker2K
11:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
GFS 10 day temps are close to the Euro's.

Link
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1137. StormTracker2K
11:45 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Eh, this is the 06Z model. It's screwed up sometimes, just like the 18Z.

00Z GFS shows warmth and a large outbreak of Severe Weather.



06Z shows severe wx as well before the arctic air settles in.
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1136. StormTracker2K
11:43 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Eh, this is the 06Z model. It's screwed up sometimes, just like the 18Z.

00Z GFS shows warmth and a large outbreak of Severe Weather.



Good Morning! I agree but whether that model is right or not there is a couple of big cold blast coming down as the overall pattern is changing. That trough that has been giving the western US cold and rain wx appears to be setting up over the eastern US. Something to watch as the south may very well get in on some of this cold air moving in down the road. The EURO shows one heck of a cold blast coming down!
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1135. islander101010
11:41 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
use to watch joe b clips while with accu weather and ken reeves was always a welcome addition to the shows he will be missed
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1134. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:32 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
This model is showing heavy snow and severe wx for the upper midewest. Either way you slice it the trough pattern that was out west is moving east and that will mean waves of cold air coming down with each one getting progressively colder. People in the south need to watch this as well possible freezes at night especially TN east.


Eh, this is the 06Z model. It's screwed up sometimes, just like the 18Z.

00Z GFS shows warmth and a large outbreak of Severe Weather.

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1133. trunkmonkey
11:28 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
This model is showing heavy snow and severe wx for the upper midewest. Either way you slice it the trough pattern that was out west is moving east and that will mean waves of cold air coming down with each one getting progressively colder. People in the south need to watch this as well possible freezes at night especially TN east.




My eyes are bad, I can't see the date of the model!
Would you mind telling me the date of the extreme weather change?
Maybe I need to change my oil in my plow truck!
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1132. StormTracker2K
10:52 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Boy can mother nature be cruel!
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1131. StormTracker2K
10:51 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
This model is showing heavy snow and severe wx for the upper midewest. Either way you slice it the trough pattern that was out west is moving east and that will mean waves of cold air coming down with each one getting progressively colder. People in the south need to watch this as well possible freezes at night especially TN east.

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1130. PensacolaDoug
10:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
AccuWeather's Ken Reeves Passes Away

It is with great shock and sadness that we report fellow Expert Senior Meteorologist, Vice President and General Manager of AccuWeather, Inc. Television Network, Ken Reeves has passed away.

Ken is survived by his wife Raychel, his parents, a brother and a sister. Ken and Raychel were married in October 2011.

He died as a result of a tragic accident, which occurred at his home in Lemont, Pennsylvania, Sunday afternoon, March 25, 2012.

Ken had been with AccuWeather 29 years, since he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a degree in Meteorology.

According to Barry Lee Myers, Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. "Ken was a person of great energy, was liked all and will be greatly missed."

As a friend and fellow colleague, Ken was always willing to offer his expertise on dramatic and controversial weather issues.

According to Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder and President of AccuWeather, Inc., "Ken contributed to the success of the company in many ways over the years."

All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Ken was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Abington High School in 1979.



So so sad.
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1129. MAweatherboy1
10:47 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
We could see a tornado or two today:



Enjoy your day everyone :)
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1128. percylives
10:36 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
927 percylives: Here's a youngster who is definitely an outlier on the bell curve of achievement. [shortTEDvideo]Link

And here's a relatively lengthy article on how he did it.


DOUBLE WOW!!! I was locked into that article.

Thanks a bunch, Aspectre
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1127. aislinnpaps
10:33 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Just popping in to wish everyone a wonderful week. We're drying up in West Louisiana and hoping rain can hold off at least another week. I think yesterday was the first day we weren't still under a flood alert. Everyone have a great Monday!
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1126. StormTracker2K
10:04 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Northern US and Mid South is going into the Deep Freeze many area from MI to NY will have Highs in the 20's with lows in the single digits if these models pan out. Also throw in the mix very heavy snow as well. Freezes could be possible from TN over to NC

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1125. OracleDeAtlantis
8:33 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting aspectre:

1120 OracleDeAtlantis: I believe that foreshocks announce the arrival of gravity waves.

Those aren't gravity waves in either meaning of the phrase, but rather a charting of yearly seasonal changes in Antarctic mass (mostly from icesheet melting and replenishment).
If you lay a sheet of typing paper on a table, and push on opposite sides of it with your hands, it will buckle in the middle as a solid unit. There are two main forces you have to overcome to accomplish this, the friction against the table and the elasticity of the paper.

But if you take that exact same piece of paper, and cut it into a jigsaw puzzle, and try and do the same exercise, you'll find that friction and elasticity become far less important. The pieces move independently around all over the place, and what you end up with, barely looks like what you had when you started.

Now, take that jigsaw puzzle and carefully tape the pieces together, so that they form a single unit again. This is the earth as we see it today. If you look under the ocean around Antarctica, you can see the tape.

Which surface would you rather live on? The sheet of paper taped together, where friction and elasticity absorb the external forces, or where the pieces are crashing into one another and the surface is changing very rapidly?

Antarctica is the tape, and space-time isn't a table without hands.







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1122. aspectre
5:25 AM GMT on March 26, 2012

1120 OracleDeAtlantis: I believe that foreshocks announce the arrival of gravity waves.

Those aren't gravity waves in either meaning of the phrase, but rather a charting of yearly seasonal changes in Antarctic mass (mostly from icesheet melting and replenishment).
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1121. sunlinepr
4:59 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
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1120. OracleDeAtlantis
4:46 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TomTaylor:
Any particular reason why? What made you choose that particular spot as a sign for an upcoming earthquake in California?

I believe that California has been locked and loaded for several years. There's been tremendous and obvious movement on either side of it, both north and south.

If the Antarctic plate is moving faster than the others, which is my belief based upon mass reduction, then it stands to reason that this junction would be one to watch for activity that might forewarn movement in the Pacific Plate, generally.

As for the exact area of interest in this part of the Antarctic-Pacific juncture, it's strictly my intuition.

However, I have an arguably very good track record of forecasting mega earthquakes, by spotting their respective foreshocks.

I believe that foreshocks announce the arrival of gravity waves.



"Gravity data collected from space using NASA's Grace satellite show that Antarctica has been losing more than a hundred cubic kilometers (24 cubic miles) of ice each year since 2002." NASA Jan. 12, 2010
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1119. aspectre
4:30 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
989 KEEPEROFTHEGATE [Hemispherical Earthquake Map]

Odd perspective illusion on that map makes the magnitude7.1 Maule,Chile earthquake look larger than the magnitude7.4 Guerrero/Oaxaca,Mexico earthquake.
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1118. wxmod
4:30 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Raining in the deep desert right now.
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1117. TomTaylor
4:13 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


Good. Hope it isn't the last for the next 8 months.
Me too. It's pretty unlikely though. What's more likely is that we get about 2 inches of rain for the next 8 months...So fun and exciting!
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1116. BaltimoreBrian
4:00 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
One more. I just made this up too.

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1115. KoritheMan
3:59 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:
I go to San Francisco in 3 days... And I got this bad feeling about it.


You're just tired. ;)
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1113. BaltimoreBrian
3:52 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting TomTaylor:
yep.

got some rain here today in San Diego


Good. Hope it isn't the last for the next 8 months.
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1112. WxGeekVA
3:52 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
I go to San Francisco in 3 days... And I got this bad feeling about it.
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1110. Some1Has2BtheRookie
3:51 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Very sad and heartbreaking. That is why I tell everyone I love them at least once a day...


Funny. I have heard nothing but silence from you lately. ;-)
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1109. TomTaylor
3:50 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Yeah TomTaylor we'll probably get in trouble for spamming if we keep this up.

I hear it's been cold and wintry out there.
yep.

got some rain here today in San Diego
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1108. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:49 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
That's very near the big earthquake last August isn't it KEEPEROFTHEGATE?
think so what i find interesting is the fact there have been no follow up aftershocks with that big shaker in chile most strange maybe it was a fore shock and something bigger is coming
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1107. WxGeekVA
3:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
That's very near the big earthquake last August isn't it KEEPEROFTHEGATE?


I KNEW I just felt something, and my mom thought I was crazy!!
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1106. sunlinepr
3:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Goodbye, anonymity: Latest surveillance tech can search up to 36 million faces per second
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Welcome to the next generation in surveillance technology. A Japanese company, Hitachi Kokusai Electric, has unveiled a novel surveillance camera that is able to capture a face and search up to 36 million faces in one second for a similar match in its database.

While the same task would typically require manually sifting.....



http://news.yahoo.com/goodbye-anonymity-latest-su rveillance-tech-search-36-million-201818390.html

The question is where are they going to get together all that crowd?
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1105. BaltimoreBrian
3:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2012
Yeah TomTaylor we'll probably get in trouble for spamming if we keep this up.

I hear it's been cold and wintry out there.
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