November 2012: Earth's 333rd consecutive warmer-than-average month

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:57 PM GMT on December 18, 2012

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November 2012 was the globe's 5th warmest November on record, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Monday. NASA rated November 2012 the 2nd warmest November on record. Global temperature records begin in 1880. November 2012 global land temperatures were the 6th warmest on record, and global ocean temperatures were also the 6th warmest on record. Including this November, the 10 warmest Novembers have occurred in the past 12 years, and November 2012 was the 333rd consecutive month with global temperatures warmer than the 20th century average. The last time Earth had a below-average November global temperature was in 1976, and the last below-average month of any kind was February 1985--during the Reagan administration, when the cost of a first-class stamp was 20 cents. Global satellite-measured temperatures in November 2012 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were 11th or 3rd warmest in the 34-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively. The September - October - November season of 2012 (fall in the Northern Hemisphere, spring in the Southern Hemisphere) was the globe's second warmest such period on record, behind 2005. The Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent during November 2012 was the fifth largest on record for the month, and marked the fourth consecutive November with above-average snow cover for the hemisphere. Wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has a comprehensive post on the notable weather events of November 2012 in his November 2012 Global Weather Extremes Summary.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for November 2012, the 5th warmest November for the globe since record keeping began in 1880. The most unusual warmth was observed across parts of far eastern Russia, where temperatures were at least 5°C (9°F) above average for the month. Much warmer-than-average November temperatures, and even record warmth in several regions, were observed across the western United States, Mexico, Central and South America, eastern Russia, southeastern and western Asia, Australia, and most of Africa and Europe. Due to the near universal warmth in the Southern Hemisphere (with the exception of New Zealand), that region of the world observed its warmest November on record. In the Northern Hemisphere, cooler-than-average temperatures occurred across parts of central Asia, part of the eastern United States, and much of Alaska and western Canada. Nonetheless, the Northern Hemisphere land surface temperature ranked as the eighth warmest on record for November. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) .

Neutral El Niño conditions in the Pacific
Neutral El Niño conditions exist in the equatorial Pacific, where sea surface temperatures were 0.1°C below average as of December 17. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) expects neutral El Niño conditions to last through winter and into early spring. Temperatures in the equatorial Eastern Pacific need to be 0.5°C above average or warmer to be considered an El Niño.


Figure 2. Arctic sea ice extent in November 2012 was the third lowest since satellite records began in 1979. Image credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Arctic sea ice falls to 3rd lowest November extent on record
Arctic sea ice extent during November reached its third lowest extent in the 35-year satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Only the November sea ice extents in 2006 and 2010 were smaller. This was the 19th consecutive November and 138th consecutive month with below-average Arctic sea ice extent. I discussed this year's extraordinary loss of Arctic sea ice in my November 20, 2012 post, Earth's attic is on fire: Arctic sea ice bottoms out at a new record low.

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614. MTWX
7:08 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


Dec. 24th 2004


I was stationed in Biloxi then... Had enough snow to have a snowball fight!!!
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613. pcola57
5:09 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Good Morning All,
Our sun looks beautiful this am..





Credit:SolarHam.com
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612. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:03 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
611. LargoFl
5:00 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
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610. LargoFl
4:59 PM GMT on December 19, 2012

"There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there..."
- Don Yeomans, NASA senior research scientist
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles
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609. LargoFl
4:51 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
...SIGNIFICANT SNOW EXPECTED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY
MORNING...

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TAKING SHAPE OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS TONIGHT
WILL MOVE NORTHEASTWARD INTO LOWER MICHIGAN BY THURSDAY
EVENING...BRINGING WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL TO MUCH OF
UPPER MICHIGAN. AREAS EAST OF A LINE FROM THE HURON MOUNTAINS TO
CRYSTAL FALLS WILL SEE 8 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW WITH THIS
SYSTEM. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOW...STRONG NORTH WINDS WILL
CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW FROM LATE THURSDAY THROUGH MUCH OF FRIDAY.
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608. LargoFl
4:50 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting goosegirl1:



Hope this works... hahaha
you got it now..good work
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607. RitaEvac
4:48 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


it was the aliens

lol

they told them


Makes you wonder
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606. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:43 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


Excellent post, but how come the planetary system alignment is dead on track?


it was the aliens

lol

they told them
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605. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:42 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings are going up across the central USA as Winter Storm Draco heads for the region. The storm promises to be the most significant storm of the year.
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604. goosegirl1
4:39 PM GMT on December 19, 2012



Hope this works... hahaha
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603. WDEmobmet
4:39 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
On a more not so distant note... Strong to possibly severe storms set to traverse the deep south tonight through early afternoon


A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA ON THURSDAY. WHILE THE LACK OF INSTABILITY WILL MAKE THE THREAT FOR WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER LOW...A FEW STRONG TO BRIEFLY SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY. LOCALIZED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WILL BE THE MAIN THREAT WITH ANY SEVERE STORMS THAT DEVELOP. IT WILL BECOME BREEZY TO WINDY OUTSIDE OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF THE FRONT THURSDAY MORNING AND BEHIND THE FRONT ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS COULD GUST AS HIGH AS 30 TO 35 MPH. WIND GUSTS THIS HIGH CAN CAUSE LIGHTWEIGHT OUTDOOR OBJECTS TO BE BLOWN ABOUT...ESPECIALLY HOLIDAY DECORATIONS. $$




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602. bappit
4:31 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Evan is off the blog, but there still is http://www.fijitimes.com.

Interesting news style. I wonder if we'd be better off if our news stories were as terse as theirs.

The editorial was a bit longer and had the following good news.

"But if there was one thing that stood out, it would have to be that the people of Fiji heeded advice and warnings, and this is reflected in the fact that as of last evening, there were no casualties recorded by police.

"Perhaps that is a positive in the gloom inched out by Evan.

"As we rebuild our lives, let us take note of this and use it as a base to improve our lives.

"If it matters, many people made good personal decisions and have lived through a terrifying time."
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601. RitaEvac
4:28 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:
Taz get dressed, we're going to Hooters


When this is said...you know the end of the world is Friday the 21st
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600. RitaEvac
4:19 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Taz get dressed, we're going to Hooters
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599. ncstorm
4:17 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting Chapelhill:
Raleigh forcast discussion makes a good point regarding a winter weather setup for the east coast next week, but still expect enough cold air under the closed low and to the NW of it for some decent snow somewhere in the Ohio/Miss River area. Still plenty of time to change.

UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST BEGINS TO INCREASE FOR
THE MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK...AS AN UPPER TROUGH DEVELOPS OVER THE CENTRAL US AND THE STORM TRACK SETS UP IN THE VICINITY OF THE APPALACHIANS. THE GFS AND ECMWF SHOW GENERAL AGREEMENT IN THE LONGWAVE PATTERN BUT WITH SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN THE TIMING OF
SHORTWAVES AND CYCLOGENESIS. HOWEVER...THE PROBABILITY OF PRECIP WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY.
CURRENTLY...THE SURFACE HIGH TO OUR NORTH IS ONLY FORECAST TO BE AROUND 1024MB AND A BIT TOO FAR NORTH TO SUPPLY ENOUGH COLD AIR FOR SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER CONCERNS...BUT THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE
MONITORED.





the last snow I got was two years ago..news only forecast a dusting..we got over 6 inches..snow events are really hard to predict..I know the cold is supposed to be around christmas day for my area..the issue will be will the moisture be there..its touch and go right now..I always have to go back to how the GFS does..last week it was showing snow for my area and dropped it..it does the same thing with TC, shows it in long range run and then drops it and then voila, it shows it again..so Im hoping that last week long range might have been right..fingers crossed over here!
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598. Skyepony (Mod)
4:13 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Despite torrential rain that killed 16 easing in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, over 175,000 families still remain homeless as towns around the country struggle against floods, an official said here. Over a hundred navy personnel have been called to distribute supplies and assist police searches for 14 missing people. An estimated 146 houses have been destroyed and 805 more were partially damaged, according to Disaster Management Center spokesman Lal Kumara. Several roads have also been blocked by felled trees and landslides, prompting the police and army to work round the clock to clear them. Train services are also reported to have been suspended in several parts of the island. "The 175,886 families displaced by the landslides are housed in 40 camps and they are being provided with cooked food while those returning home are given packages of dry rations," he said. The former war-torn eastern province is reported to be particularly hard hit with over 15,000 acres of paddy under water. Ironically the flood in key agricultural regions comes after Sri Lanka suffered for over three months earlier in the year due to drought.
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597. Tazmanian
4:10 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting WDEmobmet:



Stop attacking and bickering at him TAZ, lol jk




oh said i was LOL


you been reported this kinding
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596. calkevin77
4:08 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting washingtonian115:
Lol did you read the artical of of accuweather?.I just did which is why I've never beleived in this whole dooms day staunt.I think it is for companies to get more money from fools willing to beleive something will "happen" and spend basically their whole life savings.The history and science channels keep continuing to show the dooms day marathons though.Probably to mock those people.


Well when the going gets tough I'm going to invest a few bucks in Duracell and Energizer today and tomorrow and short sell on Friday :)
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595. WDEmobmet
4:08 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting Tazmanian:



not sure what your taking about i dont see any personal attacks or bickering going on here



Stop attacking and bickering at him TAZ, lol jk
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594. Chapelhill
4:06 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Raleigh forcast discussion makes a good point regarding a winter weather setup for the east coast next week, but still expect enough cold air under the closed low and to the NW of it for some decent snow somewhere in the Ohio/Miss River area. Still plenty of time to change.

UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST BEGINS TO INCREASE FOR
THE MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK...AS AN UPPER TROUGH DEVELOPS OVER THE CENTRAL US AND THE STORM TRACK SETS UP IN THE VICINITY OF THE APPALACHIANS. THE GFS AND ECMWF SHOW GENERAL AGREEMENT IN THE LONGWAVE PATTERN BUT WITH SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN THE TIMING OF
SHORTWAVES AND CYCLOGENESIS. HOWEVER...THE PROBABILITY OF PRECIP WILL INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY.
CURRENTLY...THE SURFACE HIGH TO OUR NORTH IS ONLY FORECAST TO BE AROUND 1024MB AND A BIT TOO FAR NORTH TO SUPPLY ENOUGH COLD AIR FOR SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER CONCERNS...BUT THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE
MONITORED.

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593. RitaEvac
4:05 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
In the short term for TX expect the state to get lit up by flames as red flag warnings are imminent, howling winds in west TX today then rest of state tomm. Plunging temps and super dry airmass injection.

Long term for TX, chaotic weather as a huge storm in the plains setup. Possible winter precip and severe weather across the state with possible arctic plunge after Christmas.

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592. Skyepony (Mod)
4:03 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Abnormally low winter temperatures in Russia continue to claim more and more lives. Twenty-one people froze to death in only one day; 147 others were hospitalized with frostbite. The cold weather in central Russia is not going to get any warmer soon. On December 19, the cold has reached St. Petersburg, where temperatures fell below -20 degrees Centigrade. It is 30 degrees below zero in the Ivanovo region, -22C in the Kaluga region, and -25 in Tver. In Moscow, for example, the cold snap came on December 15 and will last until next Wednesday, forecasters say. At the weekend, night temperatures will drop to 26 degrees below zero Centigrade.

"The idea that alcohol warms people up from within in freezing weather is wrong. Alcohol only can only mislead people and their defenses - it can make people feel that they are warm. Alcohol is harmful in cold weather. One needs normal hearty food and warm clothing to be safe," Russia's Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said. Very cold weather has come to almost the entire territory of Russia last week. Daytime temperatures vary from minus 17-20 in Moscow to minus 50 in Siberia. As usual, the Russians were not prepared to sudden cold. In Novosibirsk, people have to live in cold apartments. Twelve apartment buildings on Nikitin Street were left without heating after a heat pipeline burst. Ecology in Siberian cities worsens considerably because of low temperatures. Many drivers do not shut off engines for the night to be able to use their cars in the morning. As a result, everything is shrouded in dense smog.

A state of emergency occurred in Bashkortostan last week. A heat pipe burst in the center of the capital of Ufa. As many as 155 facilities and more than 9,000 people found themselves in the disaster zone. School classes were canceled. It took specialists nearly 24 hours to eliminate the consequences. Another part of Ufa was left without electricity for nearly 8 hours. Five districts were left without electricity and heat in the Altai region of Russia. Nearly 8,500 people were left to the mercy of fate and extremely low temperatures. In Makhachkala, the snowfall, which began on Saturday night and did not stop until Monday, paralyzed the work of public transport.
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591. Tazmanian
4:00 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting bappit:
Please do not engage in personal attacks or bickering.



not sure what your taking about i dont see any personal attacks or bickering going on here
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590. seminolesfan
4:00 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting TomballTXPride:




More likelihood for everything, Jeff. How could you go wrong???!!!!




Hotter, Colder, Drier, Wetter its ALL PROOF!
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589. bappit
3:59 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting jeffs713:

I don't see bickering, but ok.

I won't bicker about the bickerer, but nah, you're cool. Maybe you have them on ignore.
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588. jeffs713
3:59 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting TomballTXPride:



LOL. I get it. It went over Jeff's head.





More caffeine!
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587. jeffs713
3:58 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting WDEmobmet:


One can correct someones mistakes, I would think and it not be considered bickering

Exactly. Bickering is me nit-picking everything someone says, and just being a general pain in the rear.
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585. PensacolaDoug
3:58 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting WDEmobmet:
Reading where people are commenting on snow in the south.
I looked at the 06z GFS and found this... Snow Christmas Night for much of the Northern Gulf Coast and points further North.












+10000!!!!
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583. jeffs713
3:58 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting TomballTXPride:
LilElla will be one happy Lady...


Where is that?
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582. WDEmobmet
3:57 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting jeffs713:

I don't see bickering, but ok.


One can correct someones mistakes, I would think and it not be considered bickering
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581. jeffs713
3:56 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


easy Jeff, we may all get banned
I'm just talking about relationships, and math, and snow, and climate...
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580. jeffs713
3:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting bappit:
Please do not engage in personal attacks or bickering.

I don't see bickering, but ok.
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579. jeffs713
3:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting TomballTXPride:




More likelihood for everything, Jeff. How could you go wrong???!!!!




Actually... no.

Less likelihood for arctic ice increasing.
Less likelihood for tranquil weather.
Less likelihood for small low-lying island nations to survive.
Less likelihood for climate deniers to have a valid argument.
Less likelihood for certain people to understand. (present company not included in this statement)
Less likelihood for things to change before it is too late, since the relationship isn't linear, and is hard to understand.
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578. RitaEvac
3:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting jeffs713:
no, it doesn't. Its not a simple linear relationship.


easy Jeff, we may all get banned
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577. bappit
3:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Please do not engage in personal attacks or bickering.
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575. jeffs713
3:52 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting Tazmanian:




you got that mixs up warmer earth means less snow
no, it doesn't. Its not a simple linear relationship.
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574. jeffs713
3:52 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


That's why is snowed in 2004, 2008 and 2009 on the gulf coast of TX, warmer world means more snow

Warmer world = more energy = more volatile weather = more sharp weather patterns = more likelihood for snow.
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573. Tazmanian
3:51 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


That's why is snowed in 2004, 2008 and 2009 on the gulf coast of TX, warmer world means more snow




you got that mixs up warmer earth means less snow
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571. Tazmanian
3:50 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting eddye:
ppl come in weather chat



why not you this chat about the weather here on the blog then saying this evere day when you come on where not going too weather chat
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570. RitaEvac
3:50 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting Tazmanian:
whats face it all winters are geting wammer so you may be finding less and less snow and more in the way of rain


That's why it snowed in 2004, 2008 and 2009 on the gulf coast of TX, warmer world means more snow
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569. Tazmanian
3:48 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting eddye:
ppl come in weather chat



NO
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568. WDEmobmet
3:48 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting jeffs713:
I'm fully aware it CAN happen. Heck, I proposed to my wife (who at the time lived in Sugar Land), and it was snowing that night.

My point was that snow isn't common, and everything has to line up perfectly. It can, and will happen from time to time. But for every snow event, there are many "near misses", where either the forcing is off, or the cold air isn't deep enough, or the moisture isn't there.


Cant argue with you there!
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567. Tazmanian
3:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
whats face it all winters are geting wammer so you may be finding less and less snow and more in the way of rain
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566. eddye
3:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
ppl come in weather chat
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565. WDEmobmet
3:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Quoting Chucktown:


The storm next week will no doubt be a whopper. Also, the GFS is much faster than the Euro. It will take a track very similar to the one that is winding up right now, however, maybe a little further south and east.


And thats exatcly what we need, a more southernly tracker..

Quoting RitaEvac:


TX gulf coast received foot of snow in areas. I received 4 inches


Yea i remember, was very jealous of y'all that year
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564. jeffs713
3:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
I'm fully aware it CAN happen. Heck, I proposed to my wife in 2009 (who at the time lived in Sugar Land), and it was snowing that night.

My point was that snow isn't common, and everything has to line up perfectly. It can, and will happen from time to time. But for every snow event, there are many "near misses", where either the forcing is off, or the cold air isn't deep enough, or the moisture isn't there.

Here in the Houston area, most of the time the cold air isn't deep enough, or the forcing is too far ahead of the moisture and cold air. It is also why we tend to get more ice and sleet events, rather than snow... although the last 10 years have been the opposite, with more snow than ice.
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