January 2014: Earth's 4th Warmest January on Record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:34 PM GMT on February 24, 2014

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January 2014 was the globe's 4th warmest January since records began in 1880, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and NASA. January 2013 global land temperatures were the 4th warmest on record, and global ocean temperatures were the 7th warmest on record. In the Southern Hemisphere, land temperatures were the warmest on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures in January 2013 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were 9th or 6th warmest in the 36-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively. Northern Hemisphere January snow cover was the 10th lowest in the 48-year record.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for January 2014, the 4th warmest January for the globe since record keeping began in 1880. All-time record warmth was observed over portions of Greenland, Brazil, and Central and Southern Africa. Much cooler than average temperatures were observed over portions of the eastern half of the U.S. and Northern Siberia. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) .

One billion-dollar weather disaster in January 2014
One billion-dollar weather-related disaster hit the Earth during January 2014, according to the January 2014 Catastrophe Report from insurance broker Aon Benfield: the cold wave and winter weather associated with the Midwest and Eastern U.S. "Polar Vortex" episode of January 5 - 8, 2014, which cost an estimated $3 billion. Damage estimates from the ongoing extreme drought in California are not yet available, though the California Farm Water Coalition, an industry group, estimates that lost revenue in 2014 from farming and related businesses such as trucking and processing could reach $5 billion.


Figure 2. The cold wave and winter weather associated with the Midwest and Eastern U.S. "Polar Vortex" episode of January 5 - 8, 2014, cost an estimated $3 billion. In this picture, we see snow shovelers take a break in South Haven, Michigan after an epic lake effect snowstorm buried the city on January 8, 2014. Image credit: Wunderphotographer nanamac.

An extremely wet January in the UK; extreme dryness in Norway
An unusually wavy jet stream over Europe in January 2014 brought remarkable wet and dry extremes. Radcliffe Meteorological Station at Oxford University in the U.K. measured 146.9 mm (5.78”) of precipitation in January 2014, the wettest winter month ever observed there since records began in 1767. As wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt writes, this is one of the longest periods of record for precipitation in the world. In Ireland, Valentia Observatory has seen rain every day but one since December 22--an astounding 64 of the past 65 days. Parts of Norway had their driest January ever, with no precipitation at all at several locations, e.g.: Bodø, Narvik, Harstad, Tysfjord, Fauske. The record dry conditions sparked January wildfires that destroyed over 200 buildings, a highly unusual occurrence for January in Norway.


Figure 3. One piece of good news: preliminary measurements from the CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice in autumn 2013 was about 50% higher than in the autumn of 2012: 9,000 cubic kilometers vs. 6,000 cubic kilometers. About 90% of the increase in volume between the two years was due to the retention of thick, multiyear ice around Northern Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. However, this apparent recovery in ice volume should be considered in a long-term context. It is estimated that in the early 1980s, October ice volume was around 20,000 cubic kilometers, meaning that more than half of the polar ice has been lost in the past 30 years. Image credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Arctic sea ice falls to 4th lowest January extent on record
Arctic sea ice extent during January was 4th lowest in the 36-year satellite record, and was very similar to the January extents measured in 2013 and 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent so far during February has been tracking near or below the all-time record low levels for this time of year set in 2012, according to data from the University of Illinois Cryosphere Today. This is due, in part, to a large surge of warm air that pushed into the Arctic in late January and early February, which has kept the Arctic 5 - 15°C (9 - 27°F) warmer than average since January 25, according to data from Danish Meteorological Institute. Greenland temperatures were more than 5°C above average for a month beginning in the second week of January 2014, and "the snowpack heating the abnormal warmth increase the likelihood of an earlier melt onset and above average Greenland melting this coming summer," says Greenland expert Dr. Jason Box in his http://darksnow.org/ blog.

Thanks go to Maximiliano Herrera and Michael Thuesner for the Europe weather information. Wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has a comprehensive post on the notable weather events of January 2014 in his January 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary.



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1098. Dakster
5:55 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1088. ricderr:
I'm pretty excited that Daylight savings is just 11 days away



not me....spring forward....lose an hour of sleep....have you seen my mug?...i need all the beauty sleep i can get


I don't think an hour either way will help.

I know it won't help me.
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1097. LargoFl
4:06 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
live earthquake map site.......Link
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1096. georgevandenberghe
3:44 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1067. washingtonian115:
This is the winter that won't end.lol.I got 3 inches yesterday and So far I have measured 2 and half inches with this snow event.Could squeeze out 3.That would be 6 inches for both days.I have to see what next week brings.CWG thinks just plain old cold rain.


I'm thinking maybe the plain old cold rain that makes pretty silver patterns on the trees and doesn't make it to the ground until it brings trees and powerlines with it.

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1095. LargoFl
3:39 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
would YOU..like to live on Mars?...im serious..someone,some organization is already signing up people..If i remember right it starts in 2025.....................Mars One says 1,058 candidates have been shortlisted for the mission, from pool of more than 200,000 applicants around the world.
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1094. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:31 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1092. ricderr
3:17 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Too funny.

No Ric, no hail in my part of Orlando, but I'm downtown.




thanx naga
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1091. Naga5000
3:15 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Too funny.

No Ric, no hail in my part of Orlando, but I'm downtown.
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1090. ncstorm
3:14 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1056. StormTrackerScott:


Yeah the Euro dropped it. However the GFS and CMC wants to bring wintry mix from GA to NC. Yesterday again Ric bashed my post as hype because I said the Euro was showing 10" of snow across Macon. It's like we can post or talk about long range models without getting backlash. To me hype is when some blogs about something and greatly exaggerates what they are seeing. I am getting real sick of this crap from him on this blog and I will be going to Doc about this as the admins continue to let this go on. Time has ran out on Ric and it's time for action.


As always I really appreciate your post ncstorm.


Scott, maybe you need to send an email to admin or post in SensitiveThug blog and copy some of the comments..I cant understand his obsession about you talking about Florida weather with you living in Florida and he in Texas and you talking about an area he doesn't even live in..maybe he got family in Florida and he is worry they will come to WU and read your comments? Who knows..
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1089. ncstorm
3:06 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1075. ricderr:
hey....i need some help from the florida bloggers or someone else that might know....it was reported on sunday that there was TENNIS BALL size hail in florida north of orlando...and i can find no record of it.....anyone see anything at all like this???...or hear news reports????.....tv stories???? as this would have been highly unusual....thanx in advance


Ric..still going with that "I dont make it personal" eh?
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1088. ricderr
3:03 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
I'm pretty excited that Daylight savings is just 11 days away



not me....spring forward....lose an hour of sleep....have you seen my mug?...i need all the beauty sleep i can get
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1087. StormWx
3:00 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
I'm pretty excited that Daylight savings is just 11 days away, Sunday March 9th. Spring is just around the corner :o) Except for those up north, it looks like winter will never end!

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1086. ricderr
2:59 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
I havent seen any reports either. Must have just happened over one house or something, strange phenomenon!



maybe...but did it make the news?....
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1085. BobinTampa
2:59 PM GMT on February 26, 2014

Hardly check in here anymore. Immaturity still reigns, I see.
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1084. Birthmark
2:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1051. ScottLincoln:
Something else of note... because human activities being the dominant driver of the enhanced greenhouse effect (causing a rise in global temperatures) is the consensus view, you really wouldn't see journal articles set a position anymore unless they disagreed. So actually that makes the ~97% values even more significant. At this point there is virtually no reason to explicitly state an opinion in the peer reviewed literature unless you disagree with the majority of scientists. Your concerns just are not that valid when held up to scrutiny.

A similar tack to that is taken by some in attacking Evolution. "Hardly any biology papers specifically mention 'Darwinism' or Evolution, therefore, they don't endorse Evolution." It's a similar misunderstanding -or misrepresentation.

(This is not directed at anyone in this discussion. I'm merely noting a similar error.)
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1083. StormWx
2:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting ricderr:
hey....i need some help from the florida bloggers or someone else that might know....it was reported on sunday that there was TENNIS BALL size hail in florida north of orlando...and i can find no record of it.....anyone see anything at all like this???...or hear news reports????.....tv stories???? as this would have been highly unusual....thanx in advance


I havent seen any reports either. Must have just happened over one house or something, strange phenomenon!
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1082. ricderr
2:53 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
I'm northeast of Orlando and got no hail whatsoever.


thanx birth...i was like...wow..that's some serious stuff...especially for florida...thanx...i'll send you the post
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1081. Birthmark
2:51 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1075. ricderr:
hey....i need some help from the florida bloggers or someone else that might know....it was reported on sunday that there was TENNIS BALL size hail in florida north of orlando...and i can find no record of it.....anyone see anything at all like this???...or hear news reports????.....tv stories???? as this would have been highly unusual....thanx in advance

I'm northeast of Orlando and got no hail whatsoever.
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1080. StormTrackerScott
2:48 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Slowly but surely the C Pacific is beginning to warm.




This strong of an MJO will cause westerly winds to increase across the Pacific causing continued warming potentially to El-Nino levels by the start of hurricane season.


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1078. ricderr
2:45 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Good Morning. No El Nino for us today thankfully. LOL.




nope.....but there's still a few days of winter left.....one must wait for these types of things....


and storm.....i have that quote we talked about the other day...feel free to use it anytime

EXAGGERATION.....the truth....with little lies thrown in to spice things up
Mr. Crab
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1076. StormTrackerScott
2:43 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1075. ricderr:
hey....i need some help from the florida bloggers or someone else that might know....it was reported on sunday that there was TENNIS BALL size hail in florida north of orlando...and i can find no record of it.....anyone see anything at all like this???...or hear news reports????.....tv stories???? as this would have been highly unusual....thanx in advance


I never there was Tennis Ball size hail Ric. Again you never stop. Golf Ball size yes not Tennis Ball. Why you feel the need to attack me everyday is beyond me. So from here on out you are on ignore.
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1074. StormWx
2:37 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting ricderr:
yawn....somebody looking for me?.......good morning everyone......darn sprinkles this morning....disappointing to see heavy dark clouds...but the darn rain evaporates to sprinkles in this darn climate


Good Morning. No El Nino for us today thankfully. LOL.
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1073. StormWx
2:33 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Yeah the Euro dropped it. However the GFS and CMC wants to bring wintry mix from GA to NC. Yesterday again Ric bashed my post as hype because I said the Euro was showing 10" of snow across Macon. It's like we can post or talk about long range models without getting backlash. To me hype is when some blogs about something and greatly exaggerates what they are seeing. I am getting real sick of this crap from him on this blog and I will be going to Doc about this as the admins continue to let this go on. Time has ran out on Ric and it's time for action.


As always I really appreciate your post ncstorm.


Everyone has the right to their opinion. There is an 'ignore' button in case ya didnt know. Also, please keep the post weather related. Maybe take a peek at the 'rules of the road' bud! Here, have this lovely radar of your area. Looks like you'll have some rain to measure today, hopefully no golf ball size hail will hit you, lol.



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1072. Tazmanian
2:32 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
wow it snows in Washington DC?? Seem like other place that's hard two get snow this winter
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1071. StormTrackerScott
2:30 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1067. washingtonian115:
This is the winter that won't end.lol.I got 3 inches yesterday and So far I have measured 2 and half inches with this snow event.Could squeeze out 3.That would be 6 inches for both days.I have to see what next week brings.CWG thinks just plain old cold rain.


It looks like it's all about timing next week because if the storm comes in later then the cold air will be gone but if the storm comes in sooner IE the GFS and CMC then you would get snow.
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1070. ricderr
2:29 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
yawn....somebody looking for me?.......good morning everyone......darn sprinkles this morning....disappointing to see heavy dark clouds...but the darn rain evaporates to sprinkles in this darn climate
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1069. Tazmanian
2:29 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1055. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
ca gets some much needed rains








Wow it rains in CA? We have not seem a how lot of rain at all this year I wounded if are high and dry fall and winter is linked two the cold cold snowy mid west
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1068. Guysgal
2:26 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Pretty sobering report...Link
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1067. washingtonian115
2:25 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
This is the winter that won't end.lol.I got 3 inches yesterday and So far I have measured 2 and half inches with this snow event.Could squeeze out 3.That would be 6 inches for both days.I have to see what next week brings.CWG thinks just plain old cold rain.
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1066. StormTrackerScott
2:15 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1065. GeorgiaStormz:
It will not snow again in the main parts of AL/GA

It's over


GFS and CMC say yes but the Euro has dropped that solution. Well see that's for sure.
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1065. GeorgiaStormz
2:13 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
It will not snow again in the main parts of AL/GA

It's over
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1064. nrtiwlnvragn
2:13 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
The ole "turbines tame hurricanes" is back again....


Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, study says

Excerpt:

In the case of Katrina, Jacobson's model revealed that an array of 78,000 wind turbines off the coast of New Orleans would have significantly weakened the hurricane well before it made landfall.

In the computer model, by the time Hurricane Katrina reached land, its simulated wind speeds had decreased by 36-44 meters per second (between 80 and 98 mph) and the storm surge had decreased by up to 79 percent.


Only 78000 huh.....


Also, NHC has finalized the 2013 tracks


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1063. StormTrackerScott
2:08 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
While in FL we've had a non Winter. Let me rephrase C & S FL have had a non Winter.

Here are the highs and lows so far in February for Orlando.

Feb. 1 80 59
Feb. 2 85 65
Feb. 3 86 62
Feb. 4 87 66
Feb. 5 86 67
Feb. 6 72 51
Feb. 7 60 51
Feb. 8 61 56
Feb. 9 74 53
Feb. 10 76 51
Feb. 11 82 52
Feb. 12 80 60
Feb. 13 64 45
Feb. 14 66 37
Feb. 15 72 47
Feb. 16 72 39
Feb. 17 77 42
Feb. 18 82 48
Feb. 19 83 55
Feb. 20 86 55
Feb. 21 83 65
Feb. 22 79 64
Feb. 23 87 64
Feb. 24 77 64
Feb. 25 81 59
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1062. StormTrackerScott
2:08 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1059. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
and I suggest ya just drop it from here to be honest it sounds kinda attacking no


Maybe you should tell him that Keeper as he attacks me everyday on every post but wait that's right for him to do.

Mods aren't doing anything about it so I will.

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1061. hurricanes2018
2:05 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
cold weather and snow for the northeast by the end of the weekend
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1060. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:02 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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1059. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:00 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
and I suggest ya just drop it from here to be honest it sounds kinda attacking no
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1058. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:58 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1056. StormTrackerScott:


Yeah the Euro dropped it. However the GFS and CMC wants to bring wintry mix from GA to NC. Yesterday again Ric bashed my post as hype because I said the Euro was showing 10" of snow across Macon. It's like we can post or talk about long range models without getting backlash. To me hype is when some blogs about something and greatly exaggerates what they are seeing. I am getting real sick of this crap from him on this blog and I will be going to Doc about this as the admins continue to let this go on. Time has ran out on Ric and it's time for action.


As always I really appreciate your post ncstorm.
well I tell ya this the comm is for all not one

and maybe you should leave the mod stuff up to the mods



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1057. StormTrackerScott
1:50 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
The thing with the 0Z Euro is it moves the storm out in frame and as a result the cold air retreats some. So intead of getting heavy snow and ice across the SE US instead it would be a cold rain if this pans out.

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1055. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:37 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
ca gets some much needed rains





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1054. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:27 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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1053. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:27 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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1052. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:27 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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1051. ScottLincoln
1:25 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 979. sar2401:

Once again, you have ducked my main point. It doesn't matter if all the other surveys showed the same thing if only one-third of the papers took a position on the question. That still means two-thirds didn't. I haven't looked at the methodology of the other surveys but I suspect that they are all similar.

I might suggest you re-read my comment. I've actually not ducked your "point" at all, in fact, the opposite is true. For your benefit, I will remind you of it again here:

I explained to you why your concern just isnt valid. In science, there is no reason to restate science that is already well-established. As a concept evolves from a hypothesis to a verified hypothesis to a theory to a well-established theory, you will find the peer reviewed literature also evolves. Things will be heavily sourced and reasoned, then they will be cited and discussed briefly. Then you reach a point where there is just a simple citation. Then you just stop citing the concept at all and assume it to be true, moving on to different aspects.
This is basically true of all science. This is just how it works. So really the issue at hand is that you are having difficulty understanding how the peer-reviewed literature works. The "issue" you discuss is just a function of how the peer-reviewed literature works, and means nothing beyond that.

Something else of note... because human activities being the dominant driver of the enhanced greenhouse effect (causing a rise in global temperatures) is the consensus view, you really wouldn't see journal articles set a position anymore unless they disagreed. So actually that makes the ~97% values even more significant. At this point there is virtually no reason to explicitly state an opinion in the peer reviewed literature unless you disagree with the majority of scientists. Your concerns just are not that valid when held up to scrutiny.

Again, the authors of each of these papers presented their methodology and their conclusions. If disagree with their methodology, you are free to establish your own, and do your own analysis. You could even submit a journal comment to the original article, which would take less time and effort. That's how science works.
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1050. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:24 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
Quoting 1049. ncstorm:
06z GFS





00z CMC





00z Euro dropped it from the 12z run yesterday but wouldnt be surprise if pick it back up..




you will get one last winter blast nc we all will that's on the east coast and lower lakes areas
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1049. ncstorm
1:19 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
06z GFS





00z CMC





00z Euro dropped it from the 12z run yesterday but wouldnt be surprise if pick it back up..




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1048. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:17 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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