U.S. gets unusually boring January weather; Thursday storm to ease Midwest drought

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 9:59 PM GMT on February 16, 2013

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After an unusually intense period of extreme weather during 2011 and 2012, the U.S. had its quietest month in nearly two years during January 2013, according to NOAA's U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI). The index tracks the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top-10% and bottom-10% extremes in temperature, precipitation, and drought. The CEI during January 2013 was 14%, which was the lowest since the 12% value during February 2011. On average, about 20% of the contiguous U.S. experiences top-10% extreme weather as defined by the CEI. In 2012, just two months (October and February) had below-average CEI, so the weather of January 2013 was a welcome relief from our recent "new normal" of increased extreme weather. Of course, the month wasn't completely without notable weather--the tornado outbreak of January 29 - 30 generated 57 tornadoes, the second largest January tornado outbreak on record. January 2013 ranked as the 39th warmest January since 1895, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in their latest State of the Climate report. Utah and Nevada had a top-ten coldest January; no states had a top-ten warmest January. The January warmth was enough to make the 12-month period ending in January 2013 the warmest such period for the contiguous U.S., with every state being warmer than average. Sixteen states, across the central U.S. and Northeast, were record warm, and 27 additional states were top ten warm.


Figure 1. Historical temperature ranking for the U.S. for January 2013. Utah and Nevada had a top-ten coldest January, and no states had a top-ten warmest January. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Drought conditions improve slightly; wetter weather on the way to Midwest drought region
January 2013 had slightly above-average precipitation over the contiguous U.S., but there were notable wet and dry extremes. Louisiana had its wettest January on record, and Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi all had top-ten wettest January weather. Florida, California, and Connecticut all had top-ten driest January weather. Heavy rains in Alabama and Georgia helped give that region no areas of exceptional drought for the first time since January 10, 2012. However, the core of the drought area over the Midwest U.S. shrank only slightly, with the area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought going from 61% on January 1 to 56% on February 12. The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, issued February 7, calls for new areas of drought to develop over Florida, Texas, and California. However, some improvement in drought conditions is expected over about 40% of the drought region by April 30. The latest forecasts from the GFS and European (ECMWF) model show a modest shift in the jet stream pattern during the remainder of February, which may allow more moisture-bearing low pressure systems to pass through the main portion of the Midwest drought region. One storm for sure will arrive on Thursday, and many areas of the drought region should enjoy their their wettest day in months.


Figure 2. Drought conditions as of February 12, 2013, showed that 56% of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate or greater drought. Image credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.


Figure 3. Predicted precipitation for the 7-day period ending Saturday, February 23 at 7 pm EST. Almost the entire nation is expected to get precipitation, including the core of the drought region. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.

Forward on Climate rally on February 17th in Washington, D.C. 
On Sunday, February 17, at noon EST, what is expected to be the largest climate rally in history will take place in Washington D.C. The rally is a project of the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Hip Hop Caucus. The organizers mustered 15,000 protesters last year in D.C. to protest the potential approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (meant to bring oil from Canada's tar sands into the U.S.) Protesting the potential approval of the pipeline will be a major focus of Sunday's rally, as well. More broadly, the rally aims to put pressure on President Obama to make good on the promises he made during Tuesday's State of the Union Address:

"But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods – all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late….But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will."

It's about time that the President began talking about the reality of our changing climate, and the need to pursue aggressive actions to combat human-caused climate change. January 2013 was a welcome relief from the intense stretch of extreme weather our nation has suffered over the past two years. But the extreme weather of 2011 - 2012 is going to be more typical of our "new normal" of weather during the coming decades. Earth's climate is warming, and the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that human activity is the main cause. Extreme weather events are increasing in response to the warming climate. People can take cost-effective actions to limit the damage, and our lawmakers are going to come under increasing pressure from grass-roots efforts like the Forward on Climate rally to act to slow down climate change.

I'll have a new post on Tuesday.

Jeff Masters

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74 Seattleite

Ya misspelt satellite
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NAM 00Z 000HR SIM RAD
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Not yet, but who knows what they will do with their arbitrary naming system...


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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Boston, MA is under a winter storm Warning

Does this Winter Storm have a name yet? lol
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67 washingtonian115: All I'm saying is that I do believe. I'm not over-dramatic is all.
Fine. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS!.


I didn't mean to be that provocative. On the other hand...
...the World has 3 nuclear*armed states on the borderline of becoming incapable of growing enough crops to feed their LARGE populations. What happens when starving hundreds of millions demand food during a multi-year drought, and their governments decide to demand their fair^share of our crops?
Heck. I'm not even sure that Britain is capable of growing enough food to feed its rapidly expanding population in the event of major droughts simultaneously hitting multiple grain-exporting nations.

Double heck, China already has over a trillion USdollars and is working on its second. What happens when they insist upon using their right to purchase our crops?
Legally under WorldTradeOrganization rules -- which were mostly made up by the US -- commodities (such as grains and soybean) must be sold on the open World market to the highest bidders.

* China and India have proven they have ICBM capabilities by successfully inserting satellites into orbit. And Pakistan is well on the way. The UK has US-built Trident SLBMs as well as its own record of successful missile-building.
^ It's easy to foresee their basic argument: "It was mostly your pollution that caused the Drought, we should receive compensation."
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[...] when do we finally just say "no more?" When are we and our elected officials going to look at the complete picture created by our individual choices and decisions?

How can we read the relentless and convincing news from scientists about climate change, and then turn to the financial pages and read arguments to accelerate investment in old-style technologies, fossil fuels, and land developments along coasts that ignore climate factors? How can we suffer the devastating impacts of a Superstorm Sandy and then just turn around and rebuild the same vulnerable infrastructure in exactly the same places without addressing future sea-level rise? How can we cheer at the profits being made by energy companies in our investment portfolios or institutional endowments when those profits come at the expense of our own and our children’s planetary health?

Every individual choice, every long-term development project, every purchase we make, every financial investment in infrastructure or technology may, in isolation, be relatively innocent and modest. But our choices are additive. Society’s decisions must no longer be divorced from the recognition of the threats of climate change.

Imagine a jigsaw puzzle with a thousand pieces. Each little piece might tell us almost nothing about the full picture; every little piece is a tiny, almost unimportant part of that full picture. But every piece added builds up to an inevitable end. The Keystone XL Pipeline may be just a minor puzzle piece of a far larger picture, but that picture, when all the pieces are combined, is one of potential planetary disaster.



Photo montage by Peter Gleick 2013 (Click for larger image)

It is time to stop putting these pieces together and work on a different picture all together. That is the decision facing the President, and each of us. It is time we just said "no."


Join the Forward On Climate Rally on 2/17!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Thanks, Dr. Masters.

Snow on my first car.

It's not much yet, but it just started.


Your first car? I thought you were only 15.
Edit: Should have finished reading before I commented.
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Finally getting in here the gray skies I love. that means rain;) can`t wait. how you doing Washi haven`t talk to you in a while?
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
From Chaser97....

Is that Atlantic storm at 945 mb...?
I'm looking at that massive purple dome centred over the Greater Antilles...

Quoting washingtonian115:
The thunderstorms I had this summer are more interesting than this winter.Lol. Telling the truth ;-). I hope you enjoy.Its even more beautiful in the spring with the cherry blossoms.You'll learn a lot :).
Those cherry blossoms are hard on the sinuses... lol

Well, I gotta run... will check in when I get home.
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Quoting aspectre:
22 washingtonian115: Yes, I do believe in the [ClimateChange] threat. I'm just not over-dramatic like you.

I'm not sure that one can overstate the danger we're facing... short of claiming it'll cause a ZombieApocalypse or something similarly nonsensical, of course.
All I'm saying is that I do believe.I'm not over dramatic is all.Fine.WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS!.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
From Chaser97....

Is that Atlantic storm at 945 mb...?

That would be 945mb, if I am reading it correctly.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
I'd think being that close to the sea doesn't help so much, either. Wonder how much of the snow from the last storm [Nemo?] stuck on the MA Cape... and maybe you'll get an earlier development like NC got today... one can always hope...
The thunderstorms I had this summer are more interesting than this winter.Lol.
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Wise words, wise words.
Telling the truth ;-).
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Hey, Wash. I just want to let you know my high school down in NC is planning to go on a field trip next Saturday. Sophomores are going to Holocaust Museum (I went on that field trip my sophomore year and had fun there). Another group (my group) is going to visit US Capitol and have a tour there. I'm pretty excited to be going to DC next weekend for 4th time in last 3 years and actually to have a personal tour at US Capitol lead by a NC senator.
I hope you enjoy.Its even more beautiful in the spring with the cherry blossoms.You'll learn a lot :).
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From Chaser97....

Is that Atlantic storm at 945 mb...?
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22 washingtonian115: Yes, I do believe in the [ClimateChange] threat. I'm just not over-dramatic like you.

I'm not sure that one can overstate the danger we're facing... short of claiming it'll cause a ZombieApocalypse or something similarly nonsensical, of course.
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Check out my new blog you guys...
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Quoting washingtonian115:
A lot of things are happening in D.C this week.Some of the climate change protesters are staying at the Gaylord hotel in which I attended a convention there today.Some where already handing out flyers..
Hey, Wash. I just want to let you know my high school down in NC is planning to go on a field trip next Saturday. Sophomores are going to Holocaust Museum (I went on that field trip my sophomore year and had fun there). Another group (my group) is going to visit US Capitol and have a tour there. I'm pretty excited to be going to DC next weekend for 4th time in last 3 years and actually to have a personal tour at US Capitol lead by a NC senator.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Not by myself, no. I'm getting my permit next weekend though. My parents' old car was falling apart anyways so they made minor repairs and traded it in for something better. It will be mine when I'm old enough to drive by myself.

Good luck with getting your permit, I already have my learners permit.

GFS and ECMWF are both showing another system after the one late week.

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Lordy Lordy lord there you go again.I'm not stupid and can't you tell I'm being sarcastic.Yes I do believe in the threat.I'm just not over dramatic like you.


Wise words, wise words.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
No.Just conversational flakes. Our lows won't help much either in making the pavement colder for any sort of "snow" to stick.Only out in the colder suburbs where they can get really cold at night.Not here in the I-95 corridor. Oh okay.It appears by the time the storm gets to me it's all rain.Just like I had anticipated.
I'd think being that close to the sea doesn't help so much, either. Wonder how much of the snow from the last storm [Nemo?] stuck on the MA Cape... and maybe you'll get an earlier development like NC got today... one can always hope...
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Quoting BahaHurican:
So u didn't get any snow today???
No.Just conversational flakes.
Quoting Jedkins01:


lol, well the reason the low is so cold here is that the sandy soil in Florida is actually more efficient at losing heat on very dry and cold nights than the soil in northern regions, also Tallahassee is a pretty small town, so it doesn't have a big urban heat island like the D.C. Baltimore area.

Your highs are definitely colder, its just the lows drop more efficiently :)

Our lows won't help much either in making the pavement colder for any sort of "snow" to stick.Only out in the colder suburbs where they can get really cold at night.Not here in the I-95 corridor.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Thanks to Levi for getting the models up on his site [again]. Administrators have been giving him hell.
Oh okay.It appears by the time the storm gets to me it's all rain.Just like I had anticipated.
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Quoting aspectre:
6 TropicalAnalystwx13: Snow on my first car.

You're old enough to drive? Or do they allow you to register a vehicle when you get a learner's permit?

Not by myself, no. I'm getting my permit next weekend though. My parents' old car was falling apart anyways so they made minor repairs and traded it in for something better. It will be mine when I'm old enough to drive by myself.
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Quoting ncstorm:


Hey Baha, thanks for the debate..Im really leaving now ..here is the poll done by several different news outlets before the State of Union Address early this month

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"
Reminds me of Maslow [or is it Mazlow?] and that hierarchy of needs... no need to worry about the wx, unless it is what is causing you to starve...
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TOTALLY off topic, but I just gotta say...

FB is totally wasted compared to this blog.... lol...

[Or does that show my wxgeek roots too much??? :o) ]
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A lot of things are happening in D.C this week.Some of the climate change protesters are staying at the Gaylord hotel in which I attended a convention there today.Some where already handing out flyers..
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The ENSO precipitation index (ESPI) in the last 30 days is -30.



Link
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By the time that low gets to Illinois it is 1004mb. I would get all snow, just I would like that low to be stronger.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yes.It's a shame even Florida is getting in on the action in terms of winter.






TWA13 is it possible you can post the rest of the run?.

Thanks to Levi for getting the models up on his site [again]. Administrators have been giving him hell.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
I think there are a lot of people out there who are seeing a correlation between attitudes towards climate change and attitudes towards jobs for honest, hardworking Americans. And a lot of people are sacrificing to make what they feel to be an appropriate statement. Nothing new in the US... but climate change may be a more relevant topic for this blog. Additionally, I have a feeling that "not a priority" is not quite the same to many people as "don't care at all". Support can take different forms.


Hey Baha, thanks for the debate..Im really leaving now ..here is the poll done by several different news outlets before the State of Union Address early this month

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"
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6 TropicalAnalystwx13: Snow on my first car.

You're old enough to drive? Or do they allow you to register a vehicle when you get a learner's permit?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Yes.It's a shame even Florida is getting in on the action in terms of winter.






TWA13 is it possible you can post the rest of the run?.


lol, well the reason the low is so cold here is that the sandy soil in Florida is actually more efficient at losing heat on very dry and cold nights than the soil in northern regions, also Tallahassee is a pretty small town, so it doesn't have a big urban heat island like the D.C. Baltimore area.

Your highs are definitely colder, its just the lows drop more efficiently :)

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Capital weather gang for now shows ice in the forecast for friday and a high of 39-40.I expect that to greatly change.It is still a ways a way.But I believe it'll be like all the other events this winter.Nothing for D.C.
So u didn't get any snow today???
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Quoting pcola57:


Petitions..well they lack the direct impact of a live online protest..
I think that many servers would would be maxed and the power of the Internet is becoming unstoppable..
You have to get media and government officials to take a "oh no they didn't" gasp..
I do agree however, the best way for getting attention without the Internet, is to be at the rally in person..


One would hope that if the media actually did their job as news organizations then the informed electorate would force the government to adapt. However, since that clearly doesn't work I hope the turnout at the rally overwhelms all expectations!
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Quoting ncstorm:


great that you bought that up because when I express that same thinking of what Americans care most about and climate change was not a priority and finances and our state of economy was early this week, I felt ignored. I understand if that was the case,only proves my point..
I think there are a lot of people out there who are seeing a correlation between attitudes towards climate change and attitudes towards jobs for honest, hardworking Americans. And a lot of people are sacrificing to make what they feel to be an appropriate statement. Nothing new in the US... but climate change may be a more relevant topic for this blog. Additionally, I have a feeling that "not a priority" is not quite the same to many people as "don't care at all". Support can take different forms.
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Quoting Seattleite:
There are plenty of online petitions for climate change. While not as fun as attending a rally, petitions still have a role to play.


Petitions..well they lack the direct impact of a live online protest..
I think that many servers would would be maxed and the power of the Internet is becoming unstoppable..
You have to get media and government officials to take a "oh no they didn't" gasp..
I do agree however, the best way for getting attention without the Internet, is to be at the rally in person..

This is a great community here at WU..
Alot of thinkers,shakers and movers..
Possibly as a group we could start something really special that makes a difference on this issue..
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Quoting Jedkins01:


Our forecast lows this weekend in Tallahassee are actually colder than yours!
Yes.It's a shame even Florida is getting in on the action in terms of winter.






TWA13 is it possible you can post the rest of the run?.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Capital weather gang for now shows ice in the forecast for friday and a high of 39-40.Inexpectt that to greatly change.It is still a ways a way.But I believe it'll be like all the other events this winter.Nothing for D.C.


Our forecast lows this weekend in Tallahassee are actually colder than yours!
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There was also online petitions for the south to secede from the north in November..just saying..

Im out till later..
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Capital weather gang for now shows ice in the forecast for friday and a high of 39-40.I expect that to greatly change.It is still a ways a way.But I believe it'll be like all the other events this winter.Nothing for D.C.
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There are plenty of online petitions for climate change. While not as fun as attending a rally, petitions still have a role to play.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
A powerful low is expected to exit the Rockies into the central Plains by the middle of next week. To the north of the low a huge snowfallstorm, with accumulations over a foot, and to the south and southeast the threat for severe weather, though the greatest risk isn't until Thursday.



ouch 988 mb... ? Better be prepared for that one those in the area
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A powerful low is expected to exit the Rockies into the central Plains by the middle of next week. To the north of the low a huge snowfallstorm, with accumulations over a foot, and to the south and southeast the threat for severe weather, though the greatest risk isn't until Thursday.

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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Here's the video of snowstorm that hit my area today:



Also, here's the images from the storm as well:









Very cool Bluestorm..
Thanks for that..
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Thanks for the updated blog Dr. Masters..
The Drought conditions did indeed improve from last week..
and I see we in Florida are experiencing much warmer trending..
This brief cool snap will be just a 1 day/night event for most..
Then back to close to record territory once again..


I'd like to throw this idea/thought out there for others to ponder..

"I would like to see if a online climate protest to all of our government officials..I think that participation and impact would be eye-opening"

Any thoughts by others here on this idea would be great..
And possibly fruitful..
WU mail me with your thoughts..

Thanks again Dr. Masters for the update..
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Quoting Neapolitan:
I planned to be at the rally in DC tomorrow but unfortunately had to cancel. Ah, well; there's always next time.

I suppose many of those unfamiliar with the threat posed by climate change, along with many of those ideologically opposed to accepting that threat as legitimate, will find great humor in the fact that a climate change rally is taking place on a day that it snows (not unusual for the area in mid-February) or that sees below normal temperatures (forgetting that's it's been above normal there for the past week). But that's a typical reaction, really; when faced with the greatest existential threat our civilization has ever known, it's far easier to simply whistle past the graveyard than it is to acknowledge the trouble we're in. At any rate, I wish the participants and speakers well, and will keep my fingers crossed that some answer the call to action that is so desperately needed. And I'll hope against hope that, despite the many tens of millions that have been spent trying to hide the truth about climate science and the clear and present danger we face because of it, policymakers start listening.

Thanks for the blog entry, Dr. Masters.


That stinks you won't be able to go, but there are always more in DC. Being able to attend and participate in a rally/protest is one of the nice things about living near DC, and one of the things I miss most about being there. I would love to go, but somehow flying across the country to attend a climate change rally seems a bit hypocritical. So instead I send good vibes =)
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756 Neapolitan: [NASA-endorsed] estimated size of the object...has been revised upward from 49 feet (15 meters) to 55 feet (17 meters), and its estimated mass has increased from 7,000 to 10,000 tons. Also, the estimate for energy released during the event has increased by 30 kilotons to nearly 500 kilotons of energy released.

Thanks. Been looking at figures all over the map on the Chelyabinsk meteor. Most of them absolutely ridiculous: eg a 15metre bolide (implied volume ~331cu.metres) with a mass of 40tonnes would mean that the meteor's density was in the neighborhood of 1/8th the density of water. Similar nonsense when comparing the reported kilotonnage of energy released by atmospheric-braking when compared to the meteor's purported mass and speed of entry.

Guess it's too much to expect reporters&editors to spend a few seconds using simple arithmetic to test the plausibility of the "info" they receive insteada mindlessly repeating what they're told by their selection of "expert" consultants.

It's odd to me that no pieces larger than the size of gravel have yet been found.

Didn't find much left of the Tunguska meteor either: the largest believed-to-be-remnants found are grain-sized shards that were embedded in trees.
Only iron(&nickle) meteors can pierce the atmosphere and remain substantially large.
Multiple pressure/heat shockwave-induced internal-explosions fracture stony meteors* (nearly totally) into tiny bits well before they hit the surface.

* Talking about rocks smaller than kilometre-scale asteroids.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Without having a clue as to Nea's circumstances, I have a word:

FINANCES.

Literally millions of Americans [and residents of other countries, including mine] who can't do all the things they want because they haven't the money. Or have to go to work so they can pay the bills.

Life doesn't always work out the way we want it to.


great that you bought that up because when I express that same thinking of what Americans care most about and climate change was not a priority and finances and our state of economy was early this week, I felt ignored. I understand if that was the case,only proves my point..
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true enough baha
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Quoting ncstorm:


Wow Nea..have to say I'm a little suprised that you are not going. You are on here EVERYDAY behind your computer or phone expressing how we need to act on climate change and politicians are close minded and here you tell the world you are not attending an important event that involves both? there's always next year right? or wait a minute, there wont be a next year according to some posters?
Without having a clue as to Nea's circumstances, I have a word:

FINANCES.

Literally millions of Americans [and residents of other countries, including mine] who can't do all the things they want because they haven't the money. Or have to go to work so they can pay the bills.

Life doesn't always work out the way we want it to.

EDIT: not to mention other responsibilities that may tie one hand and foot.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
I planned to be at the rally in DC tomorrow but unfortunately had to cancel. Ah, well; there's always next time.

I suppose many of those unfamiliar with the threat posed by climate change, along with many of those ideologically opposed to accepting that threat as legitimate, will find great humor in the fact that a climate change rally is taking place on a day that it snows (not unusual for the area in mid-February) or that sees below normal temperatures (forgetting that's it's been above normal there for the past week). But that's a typical reaction, really; when faced with the greatest existential threat our civilization has ever known, it's far easier to simply whistle past the graveyard than it is to acknowledge the trouble we're in. At any rate, I wish the participants and speakers well, and will keep my fingers crossed that some answer the call to action that is so desperately needed. And I'll hope against hope that, despite the many tens of millions that have been spent trying to hide the truth about climate science and the clear and present danger we face because of it, policymakers start listening.

Thanks for the blog entry, Dr. Masters.


Wow Nea..have to say I'm a little suprised that you are not going. You are on here EVERYDAY behind your computer or phone expressing how we need to act on climate change and politicians are close minded and here you tell the world you are not attending an important event that involves both? there's always next year right? or wait a minute, there wont be a next year according to some posters? I guess the trenches include your couch :)
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