Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2012

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:34 PM GMT on January 11, 2013

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It was another year of incredible weather extremes globally during 2012. The year featured two of the most expensive weather disasters in world history--Hurricane Sandy and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012, which will both cost more than $50 billion. Thankfully, no disasters had a death toll in excess of 2,000, though the 1,901 people dead or missing due to Super Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines may rank as that nation's 2nd deadliest typhoon ever. Twenty-six weather disasters costing at least $1 billion occurred globally, according to insurance broker AON Benfield. Eleven billion-dollar weather disasters hit the U.S., a figure exceeded only by the fourteen such disasters in 2011. Nine billion-dollar weather disasters hit China, their highest total in a decade of record-keeping. I present for you, now, the top ten global weather stories of 2012, chosen for their meteorological significance and human and economic impact:



1) New Record Minimum for Arctic Sea Ice (September 16)
Sea ice extent in the Arctic fell to 3.41 million square kilometers on September 16, breaking the previous all-time low set in 2007 by 18%--despite the fact that 2012's Arctic weather was much cloudier and cooler than in 2007. Nearly half (49%) of the icecap was gone during 2012s minimum, compared to the average minimum for the years 1979 - 2000. This is an area approximately 43% of the size of the contiguous United States. And, for the fifth consecutive year--and fifth time in recorded history--ice-free navigation was possible in the Arctic along the coast of Canada (the Northwest Passage), and along the coast of Russia (the Northeast Passage or Northern Sea Route.) "We are now in uncharted territory," said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. "While we've long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur. While lots of people talk about opening of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic islands and the Northern Sea Route along the Russian coast, twenty years from now from now in August you might be able to take a ship right across the Arctic Ocean." Arctic sea ice is an important component of the global climate system. The polar ice caps help to regulate global temperature by reflecting sunlight back into space. White snow and ice at the poles reflects sunlight, but dark ocean absorbs it. Replacing bright sea ice with dark ocean is a recipe for more and faster global warming. The fall air temperature over the Arctic has increased by 4 - 6°F in the past decade, and we could already be seeing the impacts of this warming in the mid-latitudes, by an increase in extreme weather events. Another non-trivial impact of the absence of sea ice is that is causes increased melting in Greenland, contributing to sea level rise.


Figure 1. A sunny, slushy day near the North Pole on September 1, 2012. Webcam image courtesy of the North Pole Environmental Observatory. It won't be many years before Santa's workshop needs pontoons in the summer to stay afloat.

2) Agricultural Drought in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (Summer)
Drought is civilization's great enemy, and the most dangerous threat from global warming. Drought impacts the two things we need to live--food and water. When the rains stop and the soil dries up, cities die and civilizations collapse, as people abandon lands no longer able to supply them with the food and water they need to live. In a harbinger of things to come, severe droughts affected important agricultural regions across the globe during summer 2012, including eastern Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and central North America. Wheat, corn, and soybean crops were among those heavily impacted; global food prices rose by 10 percent during July. While it will be several months before the costs of America's worst drought since the 1930s Dust Bowl are known, the 2012 drought is expected to cut America's GDP by 0.5 - 1 percentage points, said Deutsche Bank Securities. Since the U.S. GDP is approximately $15 trillion, the drought of 2012 represents a $75 - $150 billion hit to the U.S. economy. This is in the same range as the estimate of $77 billion in costs for the drought, made by Purdue University economist Chris Hurt in August, and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012 is going to be one of the top-five most expensive weather disasters in world history.


Figure 2. Corn in Colby, Kansas withers in the Great Drought of 2012 on May 27. Image credit: Wunderphotographer treeman.

3) Superstorm Sandy (October 29)
Hurricane Sandy was the most powerful and second most destructive Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Ten hours before landfall, at 9:30 am EDT October 29, the total energy of Sandy's winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules--the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969, and equivalent to more than five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy's tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. Sandy's huge size prompted high wind warnings to be posted from Chicago to Eastern Maine, and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Florida's Lake Okeechobee--an area home to 120 million people. Sandy's winds simultaneously caused damage to buildings on the shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, and toppled power lines in Nova Scotia, Canada--locations 1200 miles apart! Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ on October 29, with sustained winds of 80 mph and a central minimum pressure of 946 mb--the lowest pressure on record along the Northeast coast. The Battery, in New York City Harbor, had an observed water level of 13.88 feet, besting the previous record set by Hurricane Donna in 1960 by 3 feet. Sandy's catastrophic storm surge was responsible for the majority of the 131 deaths and $62 billion in damage in the U.S. Sandy also brought torrential rainfall in excess of 12 inches to the mid-Atlantic, and blizzard conditions to the central and southern Appalachians. Sandy's late-season show of unprecedented strength, unusual track, and exceptionally damaging storm surge were made more likely due to climate change, and the storm helped bring more awareness and debate about the threat of climate change to the U.S. than any event since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Figure 3. Hurricane Sandy at 10:10 am EDT October 28, 2012. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

4) Greenland Ice Sheet melt and Glacier Calving (July)
Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the Greenland ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. But during four consecutive days July 11 - 14, temperatures rose above freezing at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which is 10,551 feet (3216 meters) above sea level and 415 miles (670 km) north of the Arctic Circle. Melting of the ice sheet dramatically accelerated, and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. This was the greatest melt since 1889, according to ice core records. On July 16, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan calved from the Petermann Glacier in Northeast Greenland. This was the second huge ice island to calve from the glacier since 2010. The glacier's margins have now retreated to the farthest point in the last 150 years. The record melt in Greenland caused the highest loss of ice mass observed in the satellite era, and melting from Greenland is now thought to cause about 0.7 mm/year of global sea level rise, which is about 20 - 25% of the global total.


Figure 4. The massive 46 square-mile iceberg two times the size of Manhattan that calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier on July 16, 2012, as seen on July 21, 2012, using MODIS satellite imagery. Image credit: NASA.

5) Super Typhoon Bopha (December 3 - 4)
The deadliest weather disaster of 2012 was Super Typhoon Bopha. Bopha was the strongest typhoon ever hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) on December 3. Bopha made two additional landfalls in the Philippines, on central Visayas and on Palawan, on December 4. The typhoon left 1901 people dead or missing, mostly on the island of Mindanao. If the missing people are presumed dead, this total would make Bopha the 2nd deadliest typhoon in Philippine history. Bopha affected over 5.4 million people and left over 700,000 people homeless. With damages estimated at $1.04 billion, Bopha is the most costly typhoon ever to hit the Philippines. The previous record was the $600 million price tag of 2009's Typhoon Parma.


Figure 5. December 7, 2012: rescuers and residents look for missing victims amongst toppled tree trunks and coconut shells after flash floods caused by Super Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela Valley on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on December 3 - 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jay Morales, Malacanang Photo Bureau, HO)

6) Northern Hemisphere Warmth (throughout 2012)
Land areas in the Northern Hemisphere reached record warm monthly values for four consecutive months (April - July). Much of the unusual warmth occurred in North America; Canada was 3rd warmest on record for the period January- September, and the United States had its warmest year on record. Many European countries and Russia had record to near-record warm summer temperatures in 2012.


Figure 6. This young lady chose to cool her heels in the Fox River on June 28, 2012, as the temperature was topping 102 degrees in Carpentersville, IL imag credit: wunderphotographer pjpix.

7) Eurasian Continent Cold Wave (January 24 - February 17)
Europe's worst cold snap in at least 26 years hit central and eastern Europe hard during a 3-week period in late January and the first half of February. The 824 deaths being blamed on the cold wave made it 2012's second deadliest weather disaster. Parts of the Danube River froze over for the first time in 25 years, and Northeast China through eastern Inner Mongolia recorded extremely cold minimum temperatures ranging between -30°C to -40°C.


Figure 7. Snow falls in Trogir, Croatia on February 3, 2012. Image credit: wunderphotographer antoniomise.

8) China Floods (July 21 - 22)
Torrential downpours on July 21 - 22 affected Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, with several stations recording their highest daily precipitation on record. Mentougou recorded an impressive 305.2 mm (12 inches) of precipitation in one day. The floods killed 129 people and did $4.8 billion in damage, one of a record nine billion-dollar weather disasters to affect China in 2012.


Figure 8. A Chinese man uses a signboard to signal motorists driving through flooded street following a heavy rain in Beijing Saturday, July 21, 2012. China's government says these were the heaviest rains to hit Beijing in six decades. The torrential downpour left low-lying streets flooded and knocked down trees. (AP Photo)

9) Pakistan Floods (August 21 - September 30)
Torrential monsoon rains caused deadly floods in Pakistan, with Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces the hardest hit. Over 5 million people and over 400,000 hectares of crops were affected by the floods, with more than 460,000 houses and infrastructures damaged or destroyed. The death toll of 455 made it Earth's 3rd deadliest weather-related disaster of 2012.


Figure 9. A driver makes his way on a street flooded from heavy rain in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

10) African Floods (July - October)
Heavy rains in Nigeria killed at least 431, making it Earth's 4th deadliest weather disaster of 2012. Over 3 million people were affected by flooding across 15 countries in Africa, most notably Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Chad. The floods destroyed farmlands, homes, and schools, and caused outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

Other Top Ten Weather Lists of 2012
My Top Ten U.S. Weather Events of 2012.

Wunderground's Angela Fritz's has a list of Top Climate Events of 2012.

A group of seventeen climate scientists and climate bloggers created a Climate Disruption: Critical 2012 Events and Stories list of 19 key climate change events that occurred in 2012.

TWC's Stu Ostro has his annual post showing his pick for top weather images of 2012.

Climate Central has a top-ten most striking images of 2012 post.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters

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Lowest temps this morning: -36 degrees in West Yellowstone, WY.; -32 in Alamosa, CO. and -29 in Driggs, ID.
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Hi Keeper.

32' waves out in the North Atl, affecting Puerto Rico and those small islands around there, and snow/ice tomorrow in UK.

We are transitioning from wet to dry season here, but still getting showers.
And it's cooled down plenty. Nice !
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
Pottery...

Dem "mainlanders" don't realize that here in da Islands, water freezes at 62 degrees.

: )

True, that.
Probably why we treat the water with alcohol.....
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Extended NWS Raleigh NC Discussion: DESPITE THE MODEL DIFFERENCES ON THE SYNOPTIC SCALE ACROSS THE CONUS...THE CONSENSUS OF MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE IS IN GOOD AGREEMENT ON THE HEMISPHERIC-SCALE...AND HAVE SUGGESTED FOR THE PAST 7-10 DAYS NOW THAT A STRONG AND HIGHLY AMPLIFIED RIDGE WILL DEVELOP OVER WESTERN NOAM IN POSITIVE PNA-FASHION BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. AN INCREASINGLY ACTIVE SOUTHERN STREAM FROM A TROUGH EAST OF HAWAII
WILL UNDERCUT THIS RIDGE AND EMERGE INVOF THE NORTHERN STREAM OVER THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC REGION...AND ACCORDINGLY POSE A RISK FOR A COUPLE OF BOUTS OF CYCLOGENESIS FROM THE GOM TO THE GULF STREAM NEXT WEEK - PERHAPS THE FIRST LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY (OR TWO) FOR WINTRY WEATHER ACROSS CENTRAL NC THIS SEASON.
It would be nice to see some winter!
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
Pottery...

Dem "mainlanders" don't realize that here in da Islands, water freezes at 62 degrees.

: )

Yall too nut-cases are just way to funny on this warm Sunday Morning....
hahahahaha

Taco :o)
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FRESH 700MB MODEL RUN LOOK GRO COLD COMING

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Pottery...

Dem "mainlanders" don't realize that here in da Islands, water freezes at 62 degrees.

: )
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heheheheheh....

I didn't think that my mention of GW would send everyone scampering for safety !
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Good morning.

What's all this talk about GW ?
This morning it got down to a frigid 69F here. That's beastly cold, man.

:):))
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The forecast offices around here are very closely watching a potential arctic blast down the road.

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Quoting LargoFl:
LinkWashington D.C 15 day outlook..get out the woolies ,says jan 23 the high is 21 brrrrr
It keeps referring me to the Tampa bay area.
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811. etxwx
Good morning all. It was 73F when I went to bed last night and 43F when I got up. Where on earth did those 30 degrees go? We are getting some good rain...hard enough to lose the satellite at times. We have a half inch so far along with some sparking and booming. Sorry to hear it missed bohonk yet again, but glad to see Grothar back! Like Rookie said, we missed your wit and wisdom...Rookie did his best but you are still the master. The blobs just weren't the same without you. Welcome back. :))

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Winter is coming back on Wensday!.I really missed it.CWG is currently calling for a wintry mix of sleet and snow.Looking forward :).Good-bye sissy temps.
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LinkWashington D.C 15 day outlook..get out the woolies ,says jan 23 the high is 21 brrrrr
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Tampa 15 day outlook..IF this verifies we are in the 50's and 60's from jan 22 thru the 27th.....Link
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nasty weather here,48 hours or more.....
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sure is Largo....Morning
good morning,just looked at our 10 day, didnt see any freezing temps,unless that huge HIGH gets pushed away we are protected..we'll see in 10 days or so.
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Keeping my fingers crossed!...


Me too!
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Miami NWS Disco

Keeping my fingers crossed!...

LOOKING FURTHER OUT IN TIME, BOTH GFS AND ECMWF SHOW AN ARCTIC
AIRMASS MOVING SOUTH INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST
EARLY NEXT WEEK THEN MOVING QUICKLY SOUTHEAST. WHETHER OR NOT
THIS AIRMASS PLUNGES ALL THE WAY THROUGH FLORIDA IS TOO EARLY
TO TELL, BUT INDICATIONS ARE THAT IT COULD. THIS IS DEFINITELY
SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR A POTENTIAL LATE JANUARY COLD WAVE
NEXT WEEK.
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Our very 'warm' spell in N Wales has finally ended and at the moment it is properly snowing wooooo! Not sure will last long enough for much or if rains will just follow and ruin it, but exciting LOL Not sure all the plants that have started sprouting prematurely from the mild weather will appreciate it much though
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Siding Springs Observatory has been impacted by bushfire today. Here is a few screen grabs from the webcams on site.





















Currently the Rural Fire Service is using the SSO webcams to monitor the fire.


This is really sad :( I use the AAT telescope for observing (in fact I was up there during Christmas doing some observing). I've heard the lodge where us astronomers sleep and eat has been damaged but the full extent will not be known until tomorrow morning. I just hope most of the telescopes and instruments up there on Siding Spring have survived. Truly devastating.
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G'mornin folks.
G'eve Aussie.
Still warm here too. Humid as well.
I had to run the ac last night to get to sleep.
Great pics Aussie.
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Quoting LargoFl:
well still Hot in Florida....................
Sure is Largo....Morning
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Quoting Grothar:


You've gotta have heart........
Miles and miles and miles of heart...Morning Gro
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Quoting LargoFl:
oh yeah..thats it..what an amazing bird that is

Depending on the wind, they can be sometimes be blown in to Sydney, but they don't hang around long cause the non-native birds chase them away. We see them regularly down at my parents place, very few non native birds like the Indian Mynah, these are real pests and they are able to be caught in a trap supplied by our local council.
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Siding Springs Observatory has been impacted by bushfire today. Here is a few screen grabs from the webcams on site.





















Currently the Rural Fire Service is using the SSO webcams to monitor the fire.
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I wonder if pollution in China is having a regional cooling effect there. Particulates in the air prevent sunlight reaching the ground. This might be a partial explanation for stalled global warming.


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ah coffee is perked..later guys............
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Yep, that's the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. I just did some quick research, they live between 75-100yrs. They mate with the same "wife". Nesting takes place in large vertical tree hollows of tall trees. Isolated trees are generally chosen, so birds can fly to and from them relatively unhindered. The same tree may be used for many years. Hollows can be 1 to 2 metres (3–7 ft) deep and 0.25–0.5 metres (10–20 in) wide, with a base of woodchips. A clutch consists of 1 to 2 white, lustreless eggs, although the second chick is in most cases neglected and perishes in infancy.
oh yeah..thats it..what an amazing bird that is
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Nasty day up there today................WINTRY PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE TODAY OVER ...

WIDESPREAD RAINS WILL SHIFT EAST THROUGH THE DAY...AS TEMPERATURES
FALL THROUGH THE 30S BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT. EVEN THOUGH THE
RAIN WILL LIKELY END FOR AWHILE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
MISSOURI...SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...FAR WESTERN KENTUCKY AND SOUTHWEST
INDIANA...ANOTHER WAVE OF ENERGY ALOFT WILL LIKELY EJECT NORTHEAST
TOWARD THE REGION LATER TODAY.

BY THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THAT SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR
OR BELOW THE FREEZING MARK NORTHWEST OF THE OHIO RIVER. HOWEVER...
TEMPERATURES ALOFT WILL LIKELY REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING DUE TO
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW ABOVE 3000 TO 5000 FT. THUS...FREEZING RAIN OR
SLEET APPEAR TO BE THE MOST LIKELY FORM OF PRECIPITATION LATER
THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON NORTH AND WEST OF THE OHIO AND
WABASH RIVERS.

RAIN FURTHER SOUTHEAST OF THIS LINE WILL LIKELY TRANSITION OVER TO
FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON...BEFORE ALL PRECIPITATION COMES TO AN
END BY EARLY TONIGHT. DUE TO RELATIVELY WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES
FROM THE PAST FEW DAYS OF NEAR RECORD WARMTH AND ALL OF THE
EXTREMELY WET SOIL CONDITIONS...IT APPEARS THAT MOST ICING IS
LIKELY TO BE RESTRICTED TO ELEVATED OBJECTS AND VEHICLES. ICING ON
ROADS WILL LIKELY BE CONFINED TO BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES...
ESPECIALLY LATER IN THE DAY AS THE SUN LOWERS.

UNFORTUNATELY...THIS REMAINS A COMPLEX AND VERY DIFFICULT STORM
SYSTEM TO FORECAST. FORECAST CONFIDENCE WILL REMAIN LOW UNTIL
THIS SECONDARY SYSTEM DEVELOPS TODAY...AND WHERE THE SUB FREEZING
AIR IS LOCATED COMPARED TO THE ULTIMATE PATH OF THE HEAVIEST
PRECIPITATION. PLEASE STAYED TUNED FOR UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIAL
WINTER WEATHER SITUATION...AND POSSIBLE UPGRADES TO NEAR TERM
ADVISORIES OR WARNINGS.



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Quoting LargoFl:
no the bird was pure black with a rather Large beak, the nest in termite infested stumps and can live 90 years and mate only once and they stay together..what an amazing bird that is..i tried to look up a pic on the web, cant find it

Yep, that's the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. I just did some quick research, they live between 75-100yrs. They mate with the same "wife". Nesting takes place in large vertical tree hollows of tall trees. Isolated trees are generally chosen, so birds can fly to and from them relatively unhindered. The same tree may be used for many years. Hollows can be 1 to 2 metres (3–7 ft) deep and 0.25–0.5 metres (10–20 in) wide, with a base of woodchips. A clutch consists of 1 to 2 white, lustreless eggs, although the second chick is in most cases neglected and perishes in infancy.
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wow whole east coast is socked in with fog..........
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Good Morning Largo, not too bad here, didnt receive any rain but what else is new, LOL. It is 41 and windy here, it was 68 this time yesterday. Abilene is 25 and El Paso is 18 where skies are clear. Have a great day, rain is off to the east where they really dont need it.
good morning bohonk..thats quite a change in temps but not too bad..at least not cold enough for snow huh..have a great one!
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Quoting LargoFl:
wow Texas is cold today..2 cups of coffee huh lol...
Good Morning Largo, not too bad here, didnt receive any rain but what else is new, LOL. It is 41 and windy here, it was 68 this time yesterday. Abilene is 25 and El Paso is 18 where skies are clear. Have a great day, rain is off to the east where they really dont need it.
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GFS at 192 hours Temp wise..looks pretty normal.....
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Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

@PV_Anomaly still a long ways off, 8-10 days before the heart of cold air enters US although models agree that something is coming.
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south florida doing ok also........
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well still Hot in Florida....................
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wow Texas is cold today..2 cups of coffee huh lol...
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Quoting Luisport:
Ryan Maue%u200F@RyanMaue

Breaking news: Needed my new color-scale again to measure this extreme cold at 850-hPa -- 27%uFFFDC below normal. Brutal. http://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/290359579466936 320/photo/1



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I hope no more tornados again today..............
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Was it, The Black Cockatoo

no the bird was pure black with a rather Large beak, the nest in termite infested stumps and can live 90 years and mate only once and they stay together..what an amazing bird that is..i tried to look up a pic on the web, cant find it
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Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

Breaking news: Needed my new color-scale again to measure this extreme cold at 850-hPa -- 27°C below normal. Brutal. http://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/290359579466936 320/photo/1
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Good morning. If the 00z ECMWF is right I say wow.

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Quoting LargoFl:
In Australia..its the humans that fear the fires, in the forests the tree's and birds look forward for the fires, there are tree's where the fruit will only mature under extreme heat and once the fires have moved on..the parrots etc move in to pluck the now matured fruits..its dinnter time lol..what an amazing show that was last night..AND after the fires..the tree's come alive again sprouting new limbs and leaves, the fires are good for getting rid of the old wood and undergrowth...saw one hmmm parrot..thats been in australia..10 million years, what a hardy breed that is..they think its the oldest breed of bird in the world,I forget the name but its black and smart too....

Back in the age before white men lived in Australia, the Aborigines used to light fires to chase out Kangaroos and lizards and other ground dwelling animals. The Banksia tree actually need fire to open it's seed pods. But if the fire is slow moving and burns to hot, the seed pods can burn.
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Quoting LargoFl:
In Australia..its the humans that fear the fires, in the forests the tree's and birds look forward for the fires, there are tree's where the fruit will only mature under extreme heat and once the fires have moved on..the parrots etc move in to pluck the now matured fruits..its dinnter time lol..what an amazing show that was last night..AND after the fires..the tree's come alive again sprouting new limbs and leaves, the fires are good for getting rid of the old wood and undergrowth...saw one hmmm parrot..thats been in australia..10 million years, what a hardy breed that is..they think its the oldest breed of bird in the world,I forget the name but its black and smart too....

Was it, The Black Cockatoo

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Quoting LargoFl:
Good Morning Aussie..I watched a nature show last night about Australia and all the different parrots and parakeets..all the different colors and how they flock to the desert area's after a cyclone dumps the rains and the desert comes alive..amazing show and ,,hmmm..budgies? lol..you guys have some great names for birds..the show went all around australia showing all the different birds..you have an awesome country my friend

Yeah, we have a beautiful natural country.

Fires around Ularu (Ayres Rock)
Daytime


Night time

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