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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Quoting PedleyCA:
Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p
80 here right now with a nice breeze
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
true they have happen in the past once every 100 yers or so but now its once every couple of months big difference

sometimes we look but refuse to see
The Long Island Express happened just after the worst of the Dust Bowl years. Hurricane Hazel hit while there was a severe Plains drought in the 1950s.

Try again.
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r.e. Pedley, post #408
It has warmed up to a balmy 9 degrees here in Truckee at 10:54 am.
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Quoting auburn:
75 F here in Bama...can I get a yaaahoo!
lol Yahooooo
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Quoting ScottLincoln:

Have to be careful with arguing over individual locations, even to the scale of states or countries. The smaller you get, the higher the amplitude of noise will be compared to any signal. The noise comes from all the weather& short-term-climate oscillations/cycles/etc. Although none of these can create or destroy heat, they are manifestations of how heat moves about the globe, and this heat can accumulate (disperse) in (from) certain areas for several years, suggesting a net stronger (weaker) trend. The PDO is one of these oscillations (even if perhaps poorly named as such) and it has been found to have a stronger effect on Alaska than most other US states. As suggested, the switch from a warm phase to a cooler phase of the PDO likely enhanced the trend.

On the other hand, it is also not necessarily correct to say that the entire trend occurred during a "step." Temperature trends are not a random walk where the total heat content goes up or down and then that is immediately a new equilibrium level. The more correct way to describe Alaska's climate and possible climate changes would be to say that there is strong variability, likely from the PDO, on top of the long-term trend, and the long term trend is more difficult to determine than for the globe due to the higher amplitude of noise.
Statistician Grant Foster has discussed climate "step changes" before; for more reading, see:
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More discussion on the fallacy of describing climate changes as "shifts" but on a global scale:
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No, what is not correct is to say there is a long-term trend for a certain region based on an assumption that there "should be one". In Alaska, no such trend has manifested itself yet. No doubt the globe as a whole has exhibited such a trend, but it has not been seen in the data for Alaska yet. Honesty when presenting the data is always necessary. The global trend may manifest itself in Alaska in the future if the global trend continues, but so far, it has not.
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Gandolf? Nah, try Aaron... the confusion continues

Blizzard Aaron

More Confusion, not less

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off topic but somehow related..Hilarious!

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417. auburn (Mod)
75 F here in Bama...can I get a yaaahoo!
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Quoting PedleyCA:


That is warmer that is is forecast to be here today. you were warmer yesterday too I heard.

Yeah it has been weird not having to wear a winter coat when going outside. A reality check comes tonight into tomorrow luckily. Oh and the temp just rose to 59F.
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p


We finally hit zero after sinking to at least ten below this morning. Feel better now...?

Indications are that everything east of the rockies will be one big ice cube in a week or two.
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Quoting wxchaser97:

58F in Metro Detroit at 1:20pm EST with partly sunny skies.


That is warmer that is is forecast to be here today. you were warmer yesterday too I heard.
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The 2013 will be a hard year for the Earth's magnetic field




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412. VR46L
Quoting PedleyCA:
Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p


Nope its 38F here 18.20 Z ... Count yourself lucky :)
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p

58F(Near-record highs expected) in Metro Detroit at 1:20pm EST with partly sunny skies.
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Here Comes The Sun
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409. txjac
Quoting PedleyCA:
Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p


Sitting here at 75F at 12:18 pm
West side Houston Texas
Overcast and calling for rain
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Anyone else care to post their nice temps and rub more salt in the situation here. 48.6 now (10:15PST) :p
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.......Another scorcher here in Palm Beach county...Went out fishing very, very early this morning with BF before the wind picked up... Did some bottom fishing. Brought home 8 nice Triggerfish and a few Lane Snappers.. Lots of small yellowtail... Too small to keep, and a few out of season Grouper. Had lot's of tiring, cranking fun.
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WWAY NEWS
Wilmington has hit 76. Tying a record high for today. #ilm #ncwx
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Quoting LargoFl:
nope it doesnt hit Tampa area..good.


Models may not handle extreme values or events very well. That sort of air is heavy as lead nearly.

Superficially related... we heat with wood and so use fans to drive the heated air around the house. There is a floor fan near the front door that faces the living room stove...pushing cooler floor air in and the heat comes back into the enclosed porch above. When there is a big cold heavy duty arctic high over head and we open the front door, you can actually here the fan motor tone lower as it labors to drive the heavier air. It is fairly substantial.
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This MacFarland thing sounds like it might be great fun for weather nerds:

"...From the breakdown of a high-latitude short wave omega-type block in the long wave ridge, the trough associated with the eastern low moved southward, intensifying while maintaining a general east-west orientation. The combination of the ridge aloft and surface radiative cooling facilitated the development and maintenance of the surface anticyclone, which also began to move southward under the northerly flow aloft. In the four days from 5 Jan to 9 Jan 1962, the surface anticyclone built from a 1025 mb central pressure over the Bering Straits to a 1060 mb high over Alberta.

(note.... need to put more air in the truck tires!)

In both cases, the omega block opened up as the leading trough line moved southward. The closed high circulation of the block became joined with the full latitude long wave ridge over the western coast and the southward moving trough line became linked to the deep low over Baffin Bay.

Another key feature was the cyclogenesis associated with the developing system. In each case, pronounced cyclogenesis occurred as the low occupying the mean long wave trough position over the U.S. was ejected. In January 1962, the surface low deepened from 1006 mb central pressure to 980 mb in a 24-hour period with the cyclogenesis...."


Here is a fresh link to the MacFarland Doc:

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SHORTS AND TEE SHIRT WEATHER..................
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nope it doesnt hit Tampa area..good.
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Quoting PedleyCA:
#389
Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 12:00 PM EST Saturday 12 January 2013
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 29.93 inches
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 2

Temperature: 53.2°F
Dewpoint: 49.8°F
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: SW 11 mph

Warmer there Keep....

Better this morning than yesterday. I show 45.7 low was 36.9 which was lower than yesterday, but the temp here is higher today. The Airport (KRAL) is showing:

43 °F
Clear
Windchill: 41 °F
Humidity: 42%
Dew Point: 21 °F
Wind: 4 mph from the East
Pressure: 30.14 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles

Showing 55 for the Forecast for next 3 days.....
our high is forecasted to reach 54 i think we may go a little higher tomorrows high is to reach 57


Special weather statement for:
City of Toronto
Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
Sarnia - Lambton
Elgin
London - Middlesex
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Oxford - Brant
Niagara
City of Hamilton
Halton - Peel
York - Durham
Huron - Perth
Waterloo - Wellington
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
Kingston - Prince Edward
Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Bancroft - Bon Echo Park
Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
City of Ottawa
Gatineau
Prescott and Russell
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
Parry Sound - Muskoka
Haliburton
Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
Algonquin
Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet.

January thaw continues today.

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==discussion==
Southerly flow is bringing a very mild and moist air mass from the
Gulf of Mexico towards Southern Ontario.

Early this morning, these conditions are leading to dense fog
patches. Visibilities may be reduced to near zero at times.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution as sudden reductions to
visibility will be possible.

Later today, we will get a taste of spring with temperatures rising
to the double digits in many areas. These temperatures will be some
10 to 15 degrees above normal values across the entire district.
In fact, afternoon temperatures in a few locales may actually reach
the mid teens, especially in snow-free areas, making it feel much
more like late April. As a result of the very mild temperatures, a
number of new maximum temperature records may be set. Most if not
all of the snow on the ground across Southern Ontario and in southern
parts of Eastern Ontario will melt by late today.

This evening, dense fog patches and local low visibilities may
redevelop over much of Southern Ontario ahead of another low pressure
system which is expected to bring 10 to 20 mm of rain overnight and
Sunday.

Colder air will arrive Sunday night bringing an end to the thaw.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as
warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca

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Quoting hurricane23:


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Here is a link to a weather forum that discusses MacFarland. The people involved seemed to find the above cited paper satisfying. But it might be a good place to engage in further discussion if you want to be able to find it later.

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I wonder if that Huge cold snap will be able to push our protective HIGH out of the way and that freezing weather making it to Tampa?...i doubt it, local met says that HIGH pressure is really strong..we'll see what happens, its 2 weeks away almost
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396. VR46L
I dont know if this was ever posted here but its an extremely interesting article From NASA.In My Opinion

Hurricane Sandy Comparing the Winds of Sandy and Katrina
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#389
Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 12:00 PM EST Saturday 12 January 2013
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 29.93 inches
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 2

Temperature: 53.2°F
Dewpoint: 49.8°F
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: SW 11 mph

Warmer there Keep....

Better this morning than yesterday. I show 45.7 low was 36.9 which was lower than yesterday, but the temp here is higher today. The Airport (KRAL) is showing:

43 °F
Clear
Windchill: 41 °F
Humidity: 42%
Dew Point: 21 °F
Wind: 4 mph from the East
Pressure: 30.14 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles

Showing 55 for the Forecast for next 3 days.....
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soon it will be every couple of weeks
followed by every other day in the end
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Quoting Patrap:
12-23-89 Lake Pontchartrain , frozen, photo by J Pilet


I remember this episode now... I was in upstate NY at the time ... got as cold as it gets there... about 20 below. I remember the local weather guy exclaiming about a warm front coming down from the North in the wake of the arctic air dump.

It's events like that that make a person consider being pro-global warming.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
Two points:

1) We have had hurricanes like Sandy, droughts worse then the current one, and other similar extreme weather in the past. Those events in and of themselves are not indicators of a warming climate.

2) The League of Conservation Voters opposes fracking - and the shale gas boom has led to significant reductions in carbon emissions by the United States, while study after study has shown no impact to groundwater. Is the LCV really serious about trying to reduce carbon footprints? Renewables simply do not have the ability to come near replacing other energy sources. Shale gas has the smallest carbon and pollution footprint of any existing high energy content source. The LCV exists in their own dreamworld and should not, IMO, be taken seriously.
true they have happen in the past once every 100 yers or so but now its once every couple of months big difference

sometimes we look but refuse to see
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Quoting wxchaser97:
I hope you like it Blue. It works really well for me and it should come in handy later in the year for sure.


Bluestorm5 Great choice! excellent product i recently upgraded to GR3 2.0 about a month ago. You can use these 2 websites below for tutorials download placefiles,color tables etc.

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Quoting Patrap:
227. Patrap 8:03 PM CST on January 11, 2013


In an emailed statement, Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, said the report confirms what many Americans already know. "Hurricane Sandy and the historic droughts, floods and heat waves happening across the country aren't a fluke, but the result of a climate warming much faster than previously thought," he said. "If we put off action on climate change, the costs of addressing its impacts will only rise and this extreme weather will be just the beginning. This report should serve as a wake-up call that it's time to act."
Two points:

1) We have had hurricanes like Sandy, droughts worse then the current one, and other similar extreme weather in the past. Those events in and of themselves are not indicators of a warming climate.

2) The League of Conservation Voters opposes fracking - and the shale gas boom has led to significant reductions in carbon emissions by the United States, while study after study has shown no impact to groundwater. Is the LCV really serious about trying to reduce carbon footprints? Renewables simply do not have the ability to come near replacing other energy sources. Shale gas has the smallest carbon and pollution footprint of any existing high energy content source. The LCV exists in their own dreamworld and should not, IMO, be taken seriously.
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current temps in toronto and winnipeg to show the extreme

Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 12:00 PM EST Saturday 12 January 2013
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 29.93 inches
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 15 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 2

Temperature: 53.2°F
Dewpoint: 49.8°F
Humidity: 88 %
Wind: SW 11 mph


Winnipeg Richardson Int'l Airport
Date: 11:00 AM CST Saturday 12 January 2013
Condition: Ice Crystals
Pressure: 30.06 inches
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 8 miles
Air Quality Health Index: 3

Temperature: -5.6°F
Dewpoint: -11.7°F
Humidity: 74 %
Wind: NNW 20 gust 26 mph
Wind Chill: -29
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Quoting wxchaser97:
I hope you like it Blue. It works really well for me and it should come in handy later in the year for sure.
I really do like it during Christmas outbreak... right now, I'm just trying to get the warnings working again.
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12-23-89 Lake Pontchartrain , frozen, photo by J Pilet
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close up of current temps

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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Just brought GRLevel3 today. Now, all I got to do is wait for the storms to come by in spring...
I hope you like it Blue. It works really well for me and it should come in handy later in the year for sure.
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A very active SOL.

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Sunspot 1654 vs Jupiter (Friday) - By Ron Cottrell

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Taking into consideration the storm's history and rebuttal to give up, I wouldn't know what the forecast for the storm was either. This system was the other system that was threatening to develop when Dumile slid in between Madagascar and La Reunion.

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[Lasco] C2

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Just brought GRLevel3 today. Now, all I got to do is wait for the storms to come by in spring...
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G'nite Aussie.
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