2012: Earth's 10th warmest year on record, and warmest with a La Niña

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:04 PM GMT on January 15, 2013

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It was another top-ten hottest year on record during 2012, which ranked as the 10th warmest year since records began in 1880, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center said today. NASA rated 2012 as the 9th warmest on record. Including 2012, all 12 years to date in the 21st century (2001–2012) rank among the 14 warmest in the 133-year period of record. Only one year during the 20th century--1998--was warmer than 2012. The year 2012 was the warmest year on record when a La Niña event was present. Global land temperatures were the 7th warmest on record, and ocean temperatures were the 10th warmest. Global satellite-measured temperatures in the lower atmosphere were the 9th or 11th warmest in the 34-year record, according to UAH and RSS, respectively. Following the two wettest years on record (2010 and 2011), 2012 saw near average precipitation on balance across the globe. In a NASA Press Release today, climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said, "One more year of numbers isn't in itself significant. What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it's warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."


Figure 1. Departure of global temperature from average for 2012. The continental U.S. and the eastern 2/3 of Canada were Earth's warmest regions, relative to average. Image credit: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

Global extremes of 2012
Weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera has put together a list of global extremes for 2012, and maintains a comprehensive list of extreme temperature records for every nation in the world on his website. If you reproduce this list of extremes, please cite Maximiliano Herrera as the primary source of the weather records. Here, then, is Maximiliano's list of 2012 global extremes:

Hottest temperature in the world in 2012: 53.6°C (128.5°F) in Sulaibiya, Kuwait, July 31
Coldest temperature in the world in 2012: -84.2°C (-119.6°F) at Vostok, Antarctica, September 16
Hottest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere: 47.5°C (117.5°F) at Birdsville, Australia, January 7
Coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere: -63.1°C (-81.6°F) at Summit, Greenland, December 28
Highest annual precipitation: Cherrapunji, India, 13364 mm (526")
Lowest annual precipitation:  Several stations in Southern Egypt saw not even a trace of precipitation

All-time world record warm minimum temperature tied: 41.7°C (107°F), Death Valley (USA), July 12
All-time world record highest 24-hour average temperature: 47.5°C (117.5°F), Death Valley (USA), July 11-12
World record high temperature in an island: 51.8°C (125.2°F), Failaka Island, Kuwait, July 31
World record high temperature on a coast: 52.1°C (125.8°F), Kuwait City, Kuwait, July 31
World record highest temperature with rain: 46.1°C (115°F), Needles (USA), August 13
World record for lowest humidity with rain: 11%, Needles (USA), August 13


Figure 2. True-color MODIS satellite image of California and Arizona taken at 1:25 pm PDT August 13, 2012. Developing thunderstorms surround Needles, CA, and the line of clouds to the southwest of the city would develop into a thunderstorm that brought rain to the city at 4 pm PDT, at a temperature of 115°F and a relative humidity of 11%--both world records. Image credit: NASA.

New country and territory hottest temperature records set in 2012
Five nations and two territories tied or set their hottest temperature readings in recorded history during 2012; no coldest all-time national records were set. For comparison, Seven countries and one territory set all-time hottest temperature records in 2011, and one nation set an all-time coldest temperature record. The most all-time national heat records in a year occurred in 2010, when twenty nations and one territory did so. Here are the 2012 national heat records:

Morocco recorded its hottest temperature on record on July 17, 2012 in Marrakech, when the mercury hit 49.6°C (121.3°F).

Kuwait recorded its hottest temperature on record on July 31, 2012 in Sulaibya, when the mercury hit 53.6°C (128.5°F). This surpasses the highest undisputed temperature ever recorded in Asia--the 53.5°C (128.3°F) measured at Moen Jo-Daro, Pakistan on May 26, 2010. The only higher temperature ever measured in Asia was a 54°C (129.2°F) reading from Tirat Tsvi, Israel on June 22, 1942. The Israeli Met Office pursued an investigation of the record in 2012 (prompted by an inquiry from the WMO and wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt), and concluded that the record was valid. However, they have refused to make public the details leading to their conclusions, and until they do so, the record remains suspect.

Moldova recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 7, 2012 in Falesti, when the mercury hit 42.4°C (108.3°F).

Montenegro tied its hottest temperature on record on August 8, 2012 in Danilovgrad, when the mercury hit 44.8°C (112.6°F).

The Czech Republic recorded its hottest temperature on record on August 20, 2012 in Dobrichovice, when the mercury hit 40.4°C (104.7°F).

The territory of Hong Kong tied its hottest temperature on record on July 21 on Ping Chau Island, when the mercury hit 37.7°C (99.9°F).

The Sprska Republic set a new territorial high of 42.8°C (109°F) on August 24 at Visegrad.

New U.S. State Records set in 2012
New state record high: South Carolina, at  Columbia University WS and Johnston, 45.0°C (113°F), June 29
State record high temperature tied: Colorado, at Las Animas, 45.6°C (114°F), June 23

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt maintains a database of national heat and cold records on wunderground.com's extremes page, where all of this year's national heat records are updated. Weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera is the primary source of these national weather records.

How much of the warming in recent decades is due to natural causes?
The El Niño/La Niña cycle causes cyclical changes in global temperatures that average out close to zero over the course of several decades. La Niña events bring a large amount of cold water to the surface in the equatorial Eastern Pacific, which cools global temperatures by up to 0.2°C. El Niño events have the opposite effect. During 2012, a weak La Niña event was present through March. Warming of the Eastern Pacific waters in the spring brought on neutral conditions, which lasted for the remainder of the year. The year 2012 was the warmest year on record when a La Niña event was present, surpassing the previous record set just the year before, in 2011. Global temperatures were 0.09°C (0.16°F) cooler than the record warmest year for the planet (2010), and 2012 would very likely have been the warmest on record had an El Niño event been present instead of a La Niña, as seen by looking at the year-to-date global temperature plot for 2012.


Figure 3. Departure from average of annual global temperatures between 1950 - 2012, classified by phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The year 2012 was the warmest year on record when a La Niña event was present. ENSO is a natural episodic fluctuation in sea surface temperature (El Niño/La Niña) and the air pressure of the overlying atmosphere (Southern Oscillation) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Over a period of months to a few years, ENSO fluctuates between warmer-than-average ocean surface waters (El Niño) and cooler-than-average ocean surface waters (La Niña) in that region. Earth's warmest years tend to occur when an El Niño is present; cooler years occur when a La Niña is occurring. A La Niña (El Niño) year is defined here as occurring when the first three months of a calendar year meet the La Niña (El Niño) criteria as defined by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center.

Correcting for natural causes to find the human contribution
We know that natural episodes of global warming or cooling in the distant past have been caused by changes in sunlight and volcanic dust. So, it is good to remove these natural causes of global temperature change over the past 34 years we have satellite data, to see what the human influence might have been during that time span. Through 2010, the three major research groups that maintain global surface temperature data sets (NCDC, GISS, and HadCRU) all show global temperatures have warmed by 0.16 - 0.17°C (0.28 - 0.30°F) per decade since satellite measurements began in 1979. The two satellite-based data sets of the lower atmosphere (maintained by UAH and RSS) give slightly less warming, about 0.14 - 0.15°C (.25 - .27°F) per decade (keep in mind that satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere temperature are affected much more strongly by volcanic eruptions and the El Niño phenomena than are surface-based measurements taken by weather stations.) A 2011 paper published by Grant Foster and Stefan Rahmstorf, Global temperature evolution 1979 - 2010, took these five major global temperature data sets and adjusted them to remove the influences of natural variations in sunlight, volcanic dust, and the El Niño/La Niña cycle. The researchers found that adjusting for these natural effects did not change the observed trend in global temperatures, which remained between 0.14 - 0.17°C (0.25 - 0.31°F) per decade in all five data sets. The warmest years since 1979 were 2010 and 2009 in all five adjusted data sets. The known natural causes of global warming have little to do with the observed increase in global temperatures over the past 34 years, and the vast majority of actively publishing climate scientists agree that human activity is the primary cause of increasing global temperatures in recent decades.


Figure 4. Departure from average of annual global temperatures between 1979 - 2010, adjusted to remove natural variations due to fluctuations in the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle, dust from volcanic eruptions, and changes in sunlight. The five most frequently-cited global temperature records are presented: surface temperature estimates by NASA's GISS, HadCRU from the UK, and NOAA's NCDC, and satellite-based lower-atmosphere estimates from Remote Sensing Systems, Inc. (RSS) and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH.) Image credit Global temperature evolution 1979- 2010 by Grant Foster and Stefan Rahmstorf, Environ. Res. Lett. 6, 2011, 044022 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/044022.


Video 1. Human emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide have continued to warm the planet over the past 16 years. However, a persistent myth has emerged in the mainstream media challenging this. Denial of this fact may have been the favorite climate contrarian myth of 2012. Video courtesy of skepticalscience.com.

Top Ten Weather Lists for 2012

My Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2012

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

NCDC's Top Ten Annual Weather/Climate Events

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.

Jeff Masters

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883. ericbooth33
1:41 AM GMT on January 18, 2013
water vaper brings heaving snow increaced
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882. LargoFl
5:21 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
i read an article a week or so ago..California is going to have an oil boom(shale oil)..creating 3000 or more jobs and boosting its economy..IF..certain environmental concerns can be addressed..potentially there is more shale oil in california than ALL the oil in Saudi Arabia....now my thought on this...will there be an absolute written promise that ALL the oil recovered there..goes to americans?..and NOT most sold over seas?...I say this because right now..our oil is mostly sold over seas..now IF california's oil stays HERE..OUR gas prices would go WAY down.....dont count on it happening
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881. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:18 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
880. LargoFl
5:17 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
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879. 1911maker
5:15 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
This article has a bit different slant.
Jan 18, 2013

Oil optimism relying on fudged statistics
By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Link

N America Shale Oil Boom Will Pressure OPEC to Cut Output


Increasing output of shale oil in North America will put pressure on OPEC to cut its own crude production, resulting in a global oil supply buffer on a scale not seen since oil prices were far lower more than 10 years ago, BP PLC (BP.LN) said in its annual energy forecast Wednesday.


I think this is the organizatin Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed works for, but I did not do enough looking to be sure. I put it here as some times it is nice to know were the point of view is coming from
Link
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878. LargoFl
5:14 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
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877. LargoFl
5:13 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
A REAL NICE DRIZZLY RAIN..THE SOAKING IN KIND.........
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876. RitaEvac
4:53 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Neapolitan:
Oh, I know; I wasn't attacking you at all. I was simply commenting on the remarkable shortsightedness of those who believe short-term profit should rule over all else.


Exxon to drill near Titanic for OIL

ExxonMobil is spending $14 billion to drill one of the biggest oil fields in the North Atlantic.
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875. RitaEvac
4:49 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
"This is going to be a national problem and it just hasn't dawned on people how big it's going to be," said Jeffrey Mount, a levee management specialist and founder of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. "We're in a never-ending cycle of flood and rebuild."



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874. weathermanwannabe
4:47 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Good Morning. Gusty here in North Florida in the wake of the frontal passage from the Winter Low. Humorous comment below from Tallahassee NWS on their am balloon sounding:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1012 AM EST Thu Jan 17 2013

The sharp cold front arrived in Tallahassee around 6am this morning just as we released the balloon. Sudden gusty winds made for a interesting release.
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873. Neapolitan
4:38 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting RitaEvac:


Just the messenger
Oh, I know; I wasn't attacking you at all. I was simply commenting on the remarkable shortsightedness of those who believe short-term profit should rule over all else.
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872. RitaEvac
4:37 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
871. RitaEvac
4:34 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Neapolitan:
Yay! More and cheaper oil! It sure is a good thing that there are absolutely no detrimental affects to our planet, the climate, or our health from burning all that wonderful, magical, limitless oil!!!

:\


Just the messenger
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870. Neapolitan
4:18 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting RitaEvac:
N America Shale Oil Boom Will Pressure OPEC to Cut Output


Increasing output of shale oil in North America will put pressure on OPEC to cut its own crude production, resulting in a global oil supply buffer on a scale not seen since oil prices were far lower more than 10 years ago, BP PLC (BP.LN) said in its annual energy forecast Wednesday.

Yay! More and cheaper oil! It sure is a good thing that there are absolutely no detrimental affects to our planet, the climate, or our health from burning all that wonderful, magical, limitless oil!!!

:\
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869. RitaEvac
4:10 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
N America Shale Oil Boom Will Pressure OPEC to Cut Output


Increasing output of shale oil in North America will put pressure on OPEC to cut its own crude production, resulting in a global oil supply buffer on a scale not seen since oil prices were far lower more than 10 years ago, BP PLC (BP.LN) said in its annual energy forecast Wednesday.

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868. ncstorm
4:04 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
the 12z GFS





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867. ScottLincoln
3:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Levi32:


That doesn't seem so recently. This is a plot I threw together quickly ~15 months ago, comparing the IPCC AR4 multi-model ensemble mean global temperature anomaly to the UAH global temperature anomaly since 2001. The UAH anomalies were recalculated to be relative to the 1980-1999 mean, same as the AR4 models.

I think it's pretty clear the models aren't "underplaying" the warming, at least recently. In fact, there's a fairly conclusive "overplaying" evident in the last decade. Now if the flattening in the global temperature trend is due to natural causes, to me this calls into question the AR4 models' ability to capture short-term natural variability. They must be able to do this, or the modeled anthropogenic contribution to the global temperature may also be questionable.


Still seems like we matching pretty well to me... even to some of the very first estimates of global temperature change from back in the 1990s.


Even since 1990, the rate of warming has fallen very close to the middle of the IPCC projections, but slightly lower than the 1990 scenario.


One possible mistake you may have made was to take the projected rates of warming and line them up exactly with the value of your starting year. This can provide an inaccurate picture of climate because year-to-year temperature includes a substantial amount of climate variability. This is why, as I'm sure you already know, you cannot start with 1998 and then claim that there's been a cooling climate through 2007. You'll probably want to do an 11yr running average or a more sophisticated smoothing, then start from that value instead of the raw value.

And no, models do not "have to" capture variability exactly. That's a bit of a straw man argument. The variability is on top of the climate and is not the additional or subtraction of heat energy from the climate system. Because the goal is to model what the climate (not weather or variability) will be like, getting the values down to particular years and magnitudes is not necessary.

Plot source data from the draft AR5.
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866. PedleyCA
3:47 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Good Morning All - Hope everyone is well rested.....

Been crying about how cold it has been here and now that it is back to normal we get another wind event but it is a Santa Ana and it is NICE but
not too warm as it is winter.
Yesterday in the morning it was 41.9@6:37. This morning it was 59.9@6:48 and the low was 51.8@2:46. Yesterdays high was 69.5, so a bit over the 67/43 which is normal for that date. 58.1 right now.....
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865. ScottLincoln
3:46 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Terradad:



Some people say that the last 10 years or so haven't warmed up much, just maintained the recent maximum, and this could indicate a 'saturation level' with CO2.


Some people may say that, but they are not saying an accurate statement. We know that it is wrong off the bat because yes, the last 10 years have warmed, and there is no evidence that the rate of warming has changed.

The enhanced greenhouse effect is not saturated; it will continue to alter the energy balance for every doubling of GHG concentration. Please see my previous post describing why the "CO2 saturated" claim is misleading at best.

Quoting Terradad:



And the main problem with CO2 is the IR absorbed from the Earth, not the IR absorbed from the Sun, although both sources are absorbed by CO2.


How is this a "main problem with CO2?" It's not a problem, its a fairly simple energy balance calculation - less energy allowed to leave the earth, total heat energy content responds by warming.
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864. MontanaZephyr
3:43 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting stormchaser43:

That's like asking bohonkweatherman to move to a wetter place like southern Florida or the cypress swamps of Louisiana. We listen to him comment on the lack of rain here everyday.

She has the right to be a bit upset, since winter has climatologically has let her down the past few years. Just like Texas has been abnormally dry several times this decade.


Oh, I wasn't thinking of it in terms 'right to be upset', but simply of following a path that makes a person happy. I liked snow when I was a kid myself, and got to spend my early years just off of one of the great lakes up there. Saw lots and lots of snow, all different kinds of manifestations of it. I could tell snow stories for hours.

As per work, it depends on what you do ... if you're an actor, you go to NYC or LA. If you're a fisherman, you leave on the coast. If you're a Nuclear physicist, again your life-place choices are pretty limited. But most careers have some fluidity... if you are a nurse or an accountant or a retail or hotel manager... you can live pretty much anywhere.

But at any rate, it wasn't meant to sound dissy.
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863. ScottLincoln
3:38 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Terradad:


CO2 absorbs radiation in only certain wavelengths. I have heard it said that CO2 is already absorbing all it can in these wavelengths, so adding more CO2 will not cause any problems. I do not believe this, but I have heard it said by others.





Some have argued this, but it is a very misleading statement.

Yes, there are very specific wavelengths of energy that CO2 is known to absorb and re-emit. It is also correct that for many of these wavelengths, right at those exact wavelengths, CO2 is already absorbing and re-emitting all that it can.

But, one must also understand that these wavelengths are the given, center value of a range of wavelengths, and it is not a binary yes/no on absorption at the end of the range. It starts at saturation and then trails off to no absorbing/re-emitting. A increase in GHG concentrations would thus increase absorption at the trailing edges of the range rather than the exact center. This is a big part of why CO2 climate sensitivity is a logarithmic relationship - regardless of the starting concentration, it basically takes double the concentration to get the same increase in energy re-emitted to the Earth's surface.
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862. Patrap
3:36 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Scenes of Mississippi Snow: Travel conditions were not the best, but the morning snow made beautiful scenery in parts of Mississippi.

(Brian Albert Broom/The Clarion-Ledger Outdoors)


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861. washingtonian115
3:35 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting stormchaser43:

That's like asking bohonkweatherman to move to a wetter place like southern Florida or the cypress swamps of Louisiana. We listen to him comment on the lack of rain here everyday.

She has the right to be a bit upset, since winter has climatologically has let her down the past few years. Just like Texas has been abnormally dry several times this decade.
High five over the internet.lol.
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860. Minnemike
3:35 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting bappit:

It's the same old, same old. Nothing refreshing in that.
you Must be reading a different blog than me, because i see people acting like ninnies left and right.. literally.
it's use of mature and respectful dialogue that most certainly seems rare to me... and from me ;)
i usually post out of some angst, or in this case anti-angst :P
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859. ARiot
3:34 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Anyone reading about the polar vortex split. NOAA says this one was record for this time of year, suddent stratospheric warming, etc.
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857. bappit
3:31 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting Minnemike:
refreshing to see adult exchanges between people who's beliefs differ, in light of the same information.
very refreshing!

It's the same old, same old. Nothing refreshing in that.
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856. ncstorm
3:30 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting washingtonian115:
It's looking like the bulk will stay south.Especially if you look on local radar.

I can't beleive I got excited yesterday.I made a fool out of myself for getting so happy...


winter aint over yet..you have plenty of time to get some snow..(hopefully)
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855. washingtonian115
3:30 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting MontanaZephyr:


Have you ever thought of moving to Buffalo? Or Indiana east of Chicago...? At one time, when those areas were first getting settled, they were thought to be practically unihabitable because of all the snow. Maybe the Upper Pen of Michigan.... that might be the place for you.
Yes but employment is so much btter in D.C and my sister used to live in Michigan but has since moved to the east coast.Besides I'm more familliar with this place..

kwgirl I see you..
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854. ncstorm
3:29 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Henry Margusity Fan Club
Blog posted with an updated snow map. I see 4 inches of snow reported in MS now. http://ow.ly/gTF7s
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853. MontanaZephyr
3:28 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting washingtonian115:
It's looking like the bulk will stay south.Especially if you look on local radar.

I can't beleive I got excited yesterday.I made a fool out of myself for getting so happy...


Have you ever thought of moving to Buffalo? Or Indiana east of Chicago...? At one time, when those areas were first getting settled, they were thought to be practically unihabitable because of all the snow. Maybe the Upper Pen of Michigan.... that might be the place for you.
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852. RitaEvac
3:20 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Upper 20s to low 30s in SE TX this morning, plenty of white frost covering everything.

Have 2 varying temperature readings at my place. An actual weather thermometer that is a weather station showed 30 degrees, but it's tucked in under the roof eaves above my back door so it's highly protected and probably warmer than what it really is. Another thermometer that is a cheap plastic digital one showed 24 degrees out exposed to the back yard.


Split the 2 readings and I'd say it was 27-28 at my house this morning.
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851. FtMyersgal
3:18 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting yqt1001:


Thunder Bay, Ontario


Thank you for the information yqt! Sounds like an interesting place to visit.
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850. Minnemike
3:17 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
refreshing to see adult exchanges between people who's beliefs differ, in light of the same information.
very refreshing!
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849. washingtonian115
3:16 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting ncstorm:


I said last night the 6z model would show me in the rain slot and it definetely did exactly what I didnt want..but you never know Wash..these types of snow events are really hard to predict..I guess you wont know until it starts snowing and finishes..
It's looking like the bulk will stay south.Especially if you look on local radar.

I can't beleive I got excited yesterday.I made a fool out of myself for getting so happy...
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848. RitaEvac
3:14 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
The system people were posting about last week about a new invest in the Atlantic.....well, it's out there on satellite, and it's spinning.
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847. ncstorm
3:14 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting washingtonian115:
I keep seeing more let downs.. i hope we get those 2-4 inches..here's some hope though...

"The cold air at the back of the storm could help lift the percipitation nothward some more esepically after dark in the metro area".


I said last night the 6z model would show me in the rain slot and it definetely did exactly what I didnt want..but you never know Wash..these types of snow events are really hard to predict..I guess you wont know until it starts snowing and finishes..
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846. LargoFl
3:03 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...

* LOCATIONS...THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT
FOOTHILLS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW.

* TIMING...A TRANSITION FROM RAIN TO SNOW IS EXPECTED BY LATE
THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES IN THE LOWER
VALLEYS...AND 6 TO 10 INCHES IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. LOCALLY
HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN HEAVY SNOW BANDS.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY WET SNOW AS WELL AS GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE MANY
TREES TO FALL AND PULL DOWN POWER LINES. BRIEF PERIODS OF
BLIZZARD LIKE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED...WITH CONSIDERABLE
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
TRAVEL PROBLEMS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY ARE ALSO EXPECTED.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 30S BY LATE AFTERNOON...FALLING TO THE
LOWER 20S BY SUNRISE FRIDAY.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
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845. washingtonian115
3:03 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting ncstorm:
JMA Model


I keep seeing more let downs..
Quoting LargoFl:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
906 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

VAZ026-029-039-040-WVZ505-506-172215-
/O.EXT.KLWX.WW.Y.0003.130117T1500Z-130118T0400Z/
ROCKINGHAM-PAGE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-WESTERN PENDLETON-
EASTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARRISONBURG...WASHINGTON...
CIRCLEVILLE...FRANKLIN
906 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES.

* TIMING...RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW THIS MORNING...BEFORE CHANGING
TO SNOW EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL END THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...LOW TO MID 30S.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS...ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED ALONG WITH POOR
VISIBILITY IN HEAVY SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

&&
i hope we get those 2-4 inches..here's some hope though...

"The cold air at the back of the storm could help lift the percipitation nothward some more esepically after dark in the metro area".
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844. LargoFl
3:01 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
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843. LargoFl
2:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
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842. ncstorm
2:59 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
JMA Model


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841. LargoFl
2:58 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
906 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

VAZ026-029-039-040-WVZ505-506-172215-
/O.EXT.KLWX.WW.Y.0003.130117T1500Z-130118T0400Z/
ROCKINGHAM-PAGE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-WESTERN PENDLETON-
EASTERN PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARRISONBURG...WASHINGTON...
CIRCLEVILLE...FRANKLIN
906 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES.

* TIMING...RAIN WILL MIX WITH SNOW THIS MORNING...BEFORE CHANGING
TO SNOW EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL END THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES...LOW TO MID 30S.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 5 TO 10 MPH.

* IMPACTS...ROADS MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED ALONG WITH POOR
VISIBILITY IN HEAVY SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

&&
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840. LargoFl
2:56 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
good morning folks!..a drizzly kind of rain here now, enough to wet the streets and breezy too, front isnt here yet...those up north remember this snow thing is an all day event for you folks and I think yesterday they said it would be in the afternoon for much of the snow to really start falling..good luck to those wishing for snow..me im happy with the falling temps here..glad to get back to normal around my area.
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839. LargoFl
2:53 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
335 AM EST THU JAN 17 2013

...A WIND ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM EST /9 AM CST/ TO
10 PM EST /9 PM CST/ TODAY FOR ALL OF THE TRI-STATE AREA...

.A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE REGION TODAY...WITH A
TIGHTENING PRESSURE GRADIENT AND STRONG COLD AND DRY AIR ADVECTION
IN ITS WAKE. THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE SUSTAINED
WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH...WITH FREQUENT GUSTS OF
30 TO 35 MPH. SOME OF THESE GUSTS MAY REACH AS HIGH AS 40 MPH.
WINDS SHOULD GRADUALLY BEGIN TO DECREASE AFTER SUNSET...BUT THE
STRONG GUSTS COULD LINGER INTO THE EVENING HOURS.
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838. washingtonian115
2:45 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting stormchaser43:

I'm here, washingtonian115. I'm here. Hoping the heavy snow band shifts back now like initially thought. But I'm losing hope. And I'm angry!!!
I'm angry and loosing hope to.i'm hoping for a last minute shift north before all is said and done.So we can at least get 4 to 5 inches like what was forecast at first.
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835. washingtonian115
2:39 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
The blog is dead...
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834. yqt1001
2:28 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting FtMyersgal:


Where are you yqt?


Thunder Bay, Ontario
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833. FtMyersgal
2:26 PM GMT on January 17, 2013
Quoting yqt1001:
Today the wind will increase to 30km/h and with the high of -16C the windchill will be -34C. It has been a long time since it's been this cold....


Where are you yqt?
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