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Europe's cold and snowy winter forecast to gradually ease

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:25 PM GMT on December 23, 2010

It will be a white Christmas over most of the UK this year, an unusual occurrence in a nation where heavy snows typically occur just a few times per year. High temperatures in London over the past week have averaged about 6°C (11°F) below the average high of 7°C (44°F), and will remain below average through Christmas. Winter has hit Western Europe hard for over a month, with heavy snows significantly disrupting flights all across the continent. For November, the UK saw its heaviest and most widespread snows and coldest temperatures since 1993, and deepest snows since 1965. On Monday, December 20, the temperature plummeted to -18°C (0°F) at Castlederg in Northern Ireland in the UK. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, who maintains a comprehensive set of world extreme temperature records on his web site, this beats the previous coldest temperature in Northern Ireland, -17.5°C at Magherally in January 1979. `


Figure 1. Temperatures for Dec. 20, 2010, were wildly different from average over much of the Northern Hemisphere. The British Isles shivered under temperatures 6 - 10°C (11 - 18°F) below average, and Northern Ireland set the record for its coldest temperature ever measured, -18°C (0°F) at Castlederg. At the same time, most of the Arctic had record-breaking temperatures up to 20°C (36°F) above average. Image credit: NOAA/ESRL.

Reasons for the cold weather in Europe
The exceptionally cold weather in Europe is due to a very unusual shift in the atmospheric circulation over the Northern Hemisphere in recent weeks that has allowed cold air to spill out of the Arctic into the mid-latitudes, and warm air to surge northwards into the Arctic. I discussed this Hot Arctic-Cold Continents pattern last week. The Arctic is usually dominated by low pressure and counter-clockwise circulating winds, and this "Arctic Vortex" has broken down and reversed its flow direction to clockwise, as high pressure is now in place over the Pole. Natural variability in the weather can cause this pattern, though significant loss of Arctic sea ice, such as occurred this fall, can also be a contributing factor. The extreme conditions in the Arctic this December has led to a rather remarkable event--sea ice decreased this week, during a period when we normally see some of the fastest rates of ice formation in the Arctic. Arctic sea ice extent is now at its lowest extent ever recorded for this time of year, due to the combined effects of unusual wind patterns and temperatures in excess of 10°C (18°F) above average over most of the Arctic.


Figure 2. The average surface pressure pattern in the Northern Hemisphere on December 20 between 1968 - 1996 (left panel) featured two familiar semi-permanent low pressure systems, the Icelandic Low and the Aleutian Low. Low pressure and counter-clockwise winds dominated the Arctic. But on December 20, 2010 (right panel), surface high pressure dominated the Arctic, and the normal flow of winds reversed from counter-clockwise to clockwise. The Icelandic Low and the Aleutian Low had shifted far to the south. This is an extremely unusual weather pattern for the Northern Hemisphere.

Major atmospheric pattern shift coming
The unseasonably cold weather is due to break in the UK next week, as the atmosphere undergoes a major shift in its circulation. The high pressure region over the Arctic is forecast to break down and be replaced by the usual low pressure region that typically dominates in winter. By New Year's, the Aleutian Low and Icelandic Low should re-establish themselves in their usual locations as the atmosphere reconfigures itself into a more typical pattern, and Europe should have near average to warmer than average temperatures for the first week of 2011.

Jeff Masters
Heathrow Airport Closed By Snow
Heathrow Airport Closed By Snow
It happend on the day i was due to go to Sweden, this was the view from the window of the aircraft. We were on that plane for about 7 hours not going anywhere, the crew on the SAS 'flight' were great. The company (SAS) put us up in a hotel over night but most at Heathrow were not so lucky! Anyway we were one of only 6 or so flights to fly from Heathrow the following day.
European Snow Madness
European Snow Madness
Guess we'll just have to keep digging our selves out. Great community spirit round here, we've had tons of snow. 18 inches in total in just a few days but every snowfall we've been out as a community digging us out so we can get to the shops to get our supplies. Might have a true Christmas this year, the shops shelves are empty and have bought hardly any presents. It's going to be a family and church time, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
The snow must go on ("Queen, Mercury")
The snow must go on (
One more bike pic :-))

Winter Weather

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Reader Comments

Ah! Thanks for the shiny new blog.
The Topic is what? Global Freezing??
LOL.
Have a Great day, everyone.
"Global Freezing", brought to you by ManBearPig.....
Snow is nice...in moderation :)
I have lived in Palm Beach county Florida for 27 years now...I have never seen so many cold snaps as long as I have been here...One right after the other..
I was an Air Force brat and my dad was stationed all over...My greastest experience was in Eielson AFB, Alaska........Now that is cold.....We actually lived in North Pole , Alaska near the base
Great update!
Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I have lived in Palm Beach county Florida for 27 years now...I have never seen so many cold snaps as long as I have been here...One right after the other..
I was an Air Force brat and my dad was stationed all over...My greastest experience was in Eielson AFB, Alaska........Now that is cold.....We actually lived in North Pole , Alaska near the base

Last year at this point had a lot more cold snaps than this year has had so far. Bear in mind that by this time last year, Houston had received snow twice.
Quoting NRAamy:
"Global Freezing", brought to you by ManBearPig.....


LOL
Sneaux iz of da Devil..

Quoting NRAamy:
"Global Freezing", brought to you by ManBearPig.....
or how about a scary snowmanbearpig

Apollo 8 Christmas Message Dec 24th,1968

.."a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the Good Earth"..


enter stage left
Quoting NRAamy:
"Global Freezing", brought to you by ManBearPig.....
I'm about to get some global freezing on sunday when that big snow storm comes.Oh yeah!!!!
The shipment of Christmas gifts you made possible for children in Haiti arrived in Port au Prince yesterday and are being distributed today and tomorrow!!! We should have photos to post soon...

Merry Christmas, everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Christmas Arrives In Haiti!!!!

Posted by: Portlight,
can anyone comment about the latest model runs for the new england area? Or post links? flying from tampa to se Ma tomorrow for 4 days. just wondering what they are saying about the storm and whether it will hit ne or go out to sea. thanks
Quoting tkeith:
Snow is nice...in moderation :)
The Dallas-Ft Worth, TX area saw plenty of snow last year to last me a lifetime!!! will pass on the snow, thanks :0).
We really don't need all these social media outlets such as You Tube, Twitter and Facebook...I propose we combine them all into one...and call it "You Twit Face"
I added Utwitface to my profiles....
Quoting presslord:
We really don't need all these social media outlets such as You Tube, Twitter and Facebook...I propose we combine them all into one...and call it "You Twit Face"
Cute :0).
Quoting presslord:
We really don't need all these social media outlets such as You Tube, Twitter and Facebook...I propose we combine them all into one...and call it "You Twit Face"
hehe copyright it!
hi amy

I was married to a ManBearPig once....
hahahahahahahaha!

:)
Quoting NRAamy:
"Global Freezing", brought to you by ManBearPig.....
Did you enjou your "royal soaking"??
Quoting aquak9:
hi amy

I was married to a ManBearPig once....
:0)
Christmas Flash Mob - Lakeside Shopping Center

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:45PM

Singers from around the New Orleans area surprised shoppers in the food court with their amazing holiday singing.
People don't realize that ip addresses can be traced.
or they don't care....
That was an Eminem song, not the place to be putting that. Well cya later.
Quoting TampaFLUSA:
People don't realize that ip addresses can be traced.


I hope they do, in this case.....so disturbing
Can admin trace the emails of the person signing up and match it to other screen names? Or block a ip address?
Quoting Patrap:
Sneaux iz of da Devil..

Amen :0)..
If North Korea launches a Nuclear Attack against South Korea, we may be talking about a nuclear winter instead.
Dak..... hand me my fork back, so I can dig my shelter....
fork for stabbing....spoon for digging.
aqua.... I'll take what I can get....

;)
i cut myself with a plastic knife once...not as bad as a nuclear attack, but it still hurt real bad...
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
1130 am CST Thursday Dec 23 2010


Update...
..18z aviation discussion...


Not much to speak of this afternoon in regards to the aviation
forecast. VFR conditions will persist this afternoon and this
evening with only a slight wind shift from the northeast to east-
northeast later this evening at most terminals. The next period of
more significant weather will be on late in the day on Friday and
into Saturday.


98/so


&&


Previous discussion... /issued 357 am CST Thursday Dec 23 2010/


Short term...
cold front is well into the Gulf of Mexico and still moving
southward. It appears that the cold air advection is a little
stronger than previously expected. So..have decided to pull the maximum
temperatures for Thursday down a few degrees. Middle to upper 50s are expected
as northeasterly winds continue and bring dewpoints down into the
middle 20s for northern portions of the County Warning Area. Below normal lows
shouldn/T be a problem tonight with drier air still in place and
fairly light winds.


Long term...
upper trough that brought current cold front will on its way out to
see in the Atlantic today and weak upper ridging moving over the middle
and southern Mississippi Valley will be very progressive. Next
trough to swing through is Friday and Saturday. Scenario looks to be
upper trough digging south from northern High Plains and a second
low across Texas. These two will merge as the system ejects eastward
from the Gulf south. A surface low is prognosticated to develop along the
associated cold front Friday night and track along the la coast.
Heavier rain looks to unfortunately move into the area by Christmas
day morning and not improve from west to east until late in the
afternoon or evening hours. Although thicknesses fall well below
540dm...timing of the cool column looks to be after moisture has
exited the region. So...expect precipitation to be all liquid.


Airmass should result in quite a significant cool down for the County Warning Area.
Temperatures may struggle to get into the upper 40s on Sunday. A hard
freeze for northern half of the forecast area will be possible
Tuesday morning as surface ridge settles just NE of the area. Should
finally see some moderating middle week and back to normal end of the
week.
Columbia, South America continues it's epic year of weather. Landslides on the plate today..

Local authorities say twenty people are missing after a mudslide hit a village in the north Colombian Santander department. "The mountain fell on top of some houses located alongside the road between Rionegro and El Playon, destroying the homes. It appears that some 20 people were at that place and we haven't been able to find them so far," Santander police commander Mario Aurelio Pedroza told Caracol Radio. The army and police are using helicopters to evacuate residents from the area where authorities fear other deadly landslides. The Santander department is one most severely hit by landslides caused by excessive rains. The roads connecting the capital Bucaramanga with the Caribbean coast and the center of the country have been closed because of landslides and according to authorities at least four people were killed and another 20 missing in the past few weeks. This year's rainy season is the most deadly in recorded history; More than 280 people were killed in floods or landslides since the rains began in March and more than 2 million Colombians are affected by the weather.
You might need this pitchfork instead. (or back hoe)
How sad...

The poor kid spent so much time and energy coming up with and registering a bunch of not particularly inventive screen names, then waited in gleeful anticipation for what he thought might be a good time to use each of them. Next, lacking the originality to come up with his own, he spent hours snooping around different websites trying to find outdated "humorous" internet images and low-rated rap lyrics. Finally, he logged in, then pasted those lyrics here--on a really slow day, guaranteeing that they'd be visible for all of one or two minutes to all of three or four people.

Pity.

Honestly, such a driving and unrequited need for attention--especially now, during the holidays--makes me feel kinda bad for the kid...
Dr Masters~ Great blog.

& we were alarmed at the Hudson Bay the other night..free falling since..

Quoting Skyepony:
Dr Masters~ Great blog.

& we were alarmed at the Hudson Bay the other night..free falling since..

That's pretty incredible, Skye. Do you know if such an out-of-season ice loss is unprecedented, or at least how rare it might be?
.
Warming up?

Thanks for the good news.
Happy Festivus..!

Festivus is upon us.

The Dec. 23 holiday, marks the anniversary of the creation of Festivus, as conceived by Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) from Seinfeld. Since it first appeared on the show in 1997, Festivus has become increasingly popular as an alternative holiday.

The holiday consists of four main traditions:

1. The Erection of the Festivus Pole: An unadorned pole selected for it's "very high strength-to-weight ratio"
2. The Festivus Dinner: Meatloaf, alcohol optional
3. The Airing Of Grievances: Family and friends take the opportunity to tell one another how they've disappointed them in the past year
4. The Feats Of Strength: A wrestling competition that doesn't end until the head of the household has been pinned. Participants can only refuse a challenge if they have something better to do.

For more on the holiday, check out the video below, or, for real devotees, check out festivusweb.com for more on the holiday.
Neo~There's been a few others. I think 2 years ago but on the other end of the Arctic. Much of that was due to wind blowing the ice away from the Arctic.

This time the lack of ice in Hudson, Newfoundland/Baffin Bays, looks to me, to be feeding the odd high that has been hanging out between there & Greenland. That high is probably pushing some ice out to sea. It's also raised the temps up there (today Prins Chistian Sund, Greenland is as cold as WNC) probably caused some added melt which hasn't so much been the case in the past.
Quoting Patrap:
Happy Festivus..!

Festivus is upon us.

The Dec. 23 holiday, marks the anniversary of the creation of Festivus, as conceived by Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) from Seinfeld. Since it first appeared on the show in 1997, Festivus has become increasingly popular as an alternative holiday.

The holiday consists of four main traditions:

1. The Erection of the Festivus Pole: An unadorned pole selected for it's "very high strength-to-weight ratio"
2. The Festivus Dinner: Meatloaf, alcohol optional
3. The Airing Of Grievances: Family and friends take the opportunity to tell one another how they've disappointed them in the past year
4. The Feats Of Strength: A wrestling competition that doesn't end until the head of the household has been pinned. Participants can only refuse a challenge if they have something better to do.

For more on the holiday, check out the video below, or, for real devotees, check out festivusweb.com for more on the holiday.
Best show ever!
Quoting TampaFLUSA:
Can admin trace the emails of the person signing up and match it to other screen names? Or block a ip address?


They can IP block, but I don't think they do. I have seen somewhere on this site that they won't do it because a) people's IPs change dynamically, and b) it might knockout more people than just the offender.
Quoting Skyepony:
Neo~There's been a few others. I think 2 years ago but on the other end of the Arctic. Much of that was due to wind blowing the ice away from the Arctic.

This time the lack of ice in Hudson, Newfoundland/Baffin Bays, looks to me, to be feeding the odd high that has been hanging out between there & Greenland. That high is probably pushing some ice out to sea. It's also raised the temps up there (today Prins Chistian Sund, Greenland is as cold as WNC) probably caused some added melt which hasn't so much been the case in the past.

Ah, I see. Thanks for the response. Either way, it sure seems oddly counterintuitive, almost as surprising as having a July snowstorm. In the Mojave Desert...
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
348 PM EST THU DEC 23 2010

AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA
ON SATURDAY SPREADING LIGHT SNOW OR A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW INTO
THE AREA. ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY...A DEVELOPING
COASTAL STORM IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD SNOW NORTHEAST INTO CENTRAL
AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

THE LATEST TRENDS IN THE FORECAST GUIDANCE INDICATE THAT ALTHOUGH MUCH
OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA COULD SEE SOME LIGHT ACCUMULATING SNOW...THE
POTENTIAL FOR A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM HAS DIMINISHED.
Quoting Patrap:
Happy Festivus..!

Festivus is upon us.

The Dec. 23 holiday, marks the anniversary of the creation of Festivus, as conceived by Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) from Seinfeld. Since it first appeared on the show in 1997, Festivus has become increasingly popular as an alternative holiday.

The holiday consists of four main traditions:

1. The Erection of the Festivus Pole: An unadorned pole selected for it's "very high strength-to-weight ratio"
2. The Festivus Dinner: Meatloaf, alcohol optional
3. The Airing Of Grievances: Family and friends take the opportunity to tell one another how they've disappointed them in the past year
4. The Feats Of Strength: A wrestling competition that doesn't end until the head of the household has been pinned. Participants can only refuse a challenge if they have something better to do.

For more on the holiday, check out the video below, or, for real devotees, check out festivusweb.com for more on the holiday.


Leave it to you. Some minds on this blog. LOL
Hello Dr Jeff and WU Staff,

and to all of you that post here...


Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Myspace Glitter Graphics


Enjoy the Christmas Weekend!

Gams/Gamma
I got a lotta problems with you people! (2:10) LOL


Quoting Patrap:
Happy Festivus..!

Festivus is upon us.

The Dec. 23 holiday, marks the anniversary of the creation of Festivus, as conceived by Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) from Seinfeld. Since it first appeared on the show in 1997, Festivus has become increasingly popular as an alternative holiday.

The holiday consists of four main traditions:

1. The Erection of the Festivus Pole: An unadorned pole selected for it's "very high strength-to-weight ratio"
2. The Festivus Dinner: Meatloaf, alcohol optional
3. The Airing Of Grievances: Family and friends take the opportunity to tell one another how they've disappointed them in the past year
4. The Feats Of Strength: A wrestling competition that doesn't end until the head of the household has been pinned. Participants can only refuse a challenge if they have something better to do.

For more on the holiday, check out the video below, or, for real devotees, check out festivusweb.com for more on the holiday.


Great show, great episode!

"It's a Festivus Miracle".
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:
I got a lotta problems with you people! (2:10) LOL




5 bucks and I'm out.
So where is the storm bombing over N. Florida that our friend Jeff has been warning us about? This forecast from the NWS out of Tampa does not look like the next Storm of the Century to me.

Christmas Day...Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s near the coast and around 70 inland. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night...Cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 50 near the coast and in the upper 40s inland. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunday...Partly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s near the coast and in the lower 60s inland.
Quoting Grothar:


5 bucks and I'm out.


Haha how are ya Gro?
Dr Masters:

Thank you for a very informative and interesting article. I enjoy your blog when you right articles like these, sans the global warming stuff.

Bert
Quoting jrweatherman:
So where is the storm bombing over N. Florida that our friend Jeff has been warning us about?


He likes to believe the worst will happen, based on model runs days out. Fortunately, most people have learned to ignore his predictions.
Evening all.

Quoting jeffs713:

Last year at this point had a lot more cold snaps than this year has had so far. Bear in mind that by this time last year, Houston had received snow twice.
Depends on where u live. The S FL and Bahamas area had huge warm anomalies during the first 3 weeks of DEC, 2009, with nary a cold snap in sight until about the 20th.

BTW, anybody else notice the abnormal height over N Central Russia, parallel to the one over Greenland? I'm thinking 2010 has been an excessively warm year for Russia...

Quoting seflagamma:
Hello Dr Jeff and WU Staff,

and to all of you that post here...


Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Myspace Glitter Graphics


Enjoy the Christmas Weekend!

Gams/Gamma
Gams, that can't be ur house; it's got snow on the roof.... lol

Otherwise, the same to you and yours from us and ours.....
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Haha how are ya Gro?


Great. Doing the cooking during the Holidays (half done). How's by you? Quiet tonight. Those last minute shoppers!
Groth!

where's my gift?
storm going out to sea!!!
Hello from Calhoun, Ga. I have been reading the posts about this weekend's weather here in the South. I was hoping for a guess on how much snow we might get here in N.W. Georgia this weekend!
Quoting lostinohio:
Hello from Calhoun, Ga. I have been reading the posts about this weekend's weather here in the South. I was hoping for a guess on how much snow we might get here in N.W. Georgia this weekend!
well at the moment it looks weaken than predicted with most of the action hanging the coast the next system for new years looks like the bomb

Quoting NRAamy:
Groth!

where's my gift?


I'm wrapping it right now. What did you ask Santa for this year?
The models are not looking good, the upper pattern of the GFS is completely wrong! It would make much more sense for a storm to bomb off the Carolinas, head NNE, providing heavy snow for the big cities. It just makes more sense when you have a blocking pattern to the north. Henry Margusity even says the models are not focusing much on the upper air pattern. I expect models to adjust west tomorrow and winter storm watches to go up for the southeast.
Quoting Patrap:
Christmas Flash Mob - Lakeside Shopping Center

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:45PM

Singers from around the New Orleans area surprised shoppers in the food court with their amazing holiday singing.

Thanks, Patrap - this is great!
Quoting reedzone:
The models are not looking good, the upper pattern of the GFS is completely wrong! It would make much more sense for a storm to bomb off the Carolinas, head NNE, providing heavy snow for the big cities. It just makes more sense when you have a blocking pattern to the north. Henry Margusity even says the models are not focusing much on the upper air pattern. I expect models to adjust west tomorrow and winter storm watches to go up for the southeast.


At long last!!! An appropriate use of the phrase 'the Carolinas'...
I'm asking Santa for a Boston Terrier....and a Hello Kitty Humvee...

Quoting Grothar:


Leave it to you. Some minds on this blog. LOL

"Some minds" indeed.

I'm surprised that as an anthropologist you did not know that Festivus originates from Febrary 1966. It seems that a Seinfeld writer borrowed a family tradition when writing (what else) a Seinfeld episode. It seems that the Seinfeld show served much the same function as the Roman empire did for Christianity. For example, with the Seinfeld sphere of influence, Festivus came to be adopted by the 2000 Baltimore Ravens during the NFL play offs. An interesting sidenote:

In 2010 an inmate at the Theo Lacy jail in Santa Ana, CA received Kosher meals for his Festivus "faith". Malcolm King was given non-salami meals for two months while the county was getting the order thrown out, arguing that kosher meals and religious observances were not a part of Festivus.[24] The issue became moot on October 5, 2010, when King was released from county jail and turned over to Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

Where was Wikipedia when the Druids needed it?
Quoting presslord:


At long last!!! An appropriate use of the phrase 'the Carolinas'...


And with the correct punctuation!
Quoting Grothar:


Great. Doing the cooking during the Holidays (half done). How's by you? Quiet tonight. Those last minute shoppers!


Mmmm, smells good. I'm fixing to go off on a few errands, bbl.
Quoting bappit:

It seems that the Seinfeld show served much the same function as the Roman empire did for Christianity.

Though the dead hand of the Roman Empire itself seems to have had an important influence on Festivus. What was originally celebrated in February (or strictly speaking, anytime between December and May) has migrated to the season of the Feast of the Unconquered Sun.
Quoting NRAamy:
I'm asking Santa for a Boston Terrier....and a Hello Kitty Humvee...



Rent one here
Quoting bappit:

"Some minds" indeed.

I'm surprised that as an anthropologist you did not know that Festivus originates from Febrary 1966. It seems that a Seinfeld writer borrowed a family tradition when writing (what else) a Seinfeld episode. It seems that the Seinfeld show served much the same function as the Roman empire did for Christianity. For example, with the Seinfeld sphere of influence, Festivus came to be adopted by the 2000 Baltimore Ravens during the NFL play offs. An interesting sidenote:

In 2010 an inmate at the Theo Lacy jail in Santa Ana, CA received Kosher meals for his Festivus "faith". Malcolm King was given non-salami meals for two months while the county was getting the order thrown out, arguing that kosher meals and religious observances were not a part of Festivus.[24] The issue became moot on October 5, 2010, when King was released from county jail and turned over to Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

Where was Wikipedia when the Druids needed it?


Sure you weren't in one of my classes???? LOL
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Mmmm, smells good. I'm fixing to go off on a few errands, bbl.


Last-minute shopper-caster!!!!!!
Quoting BahaHurican:
Evening all.

Depends on where u live. The S FL and Bahamas area had huge warm anomalies during the first 3 weeks of DEC, 2009, with nary a cold snap in sight until about the 20th.

BTW, anybody else notice the abnormal height over N Central Russia, parallel to the one over Greenland? I'm thinking 2010 has been an excessively warm year for Russia...


Actually, Russia was only really warm during the summer; they were extremely cold last winter and now this winter so far; the most persistently warm areas in 2010 were the Arctic, Antarctica and northern Canada/Greenland:



Also, here is the cumulative total of record highs and record lows in the U.S. this year, through mid-December:



Note also that in the West, where up to 17 feet of snow (or more, equivalent to 20+ inches of rain) have fallen, precipitation was the real story, as it has actually been relatively warm there (thus high snow levels).
Thanks 4 the graphs, STL.... so the higher than usual high over Nrn Russia would result in colder than usual temps?
AHA!!! found my book.... so I will kick u bloggers, u, to the curb until I have finished the five-part series, or tomorrow afternoon... whichever comes first.... lol

Night all. [may check in very late to see what the latest runs on the Christmas storm are like....]

Quoting BahaHurican:
Thanks 4 the graphs, STL.... so the higher than usual high over Nrn Russia would result in colder than usual temps?


It depends on the location and type of high pressure; for example, the Bermuda High is a warm-core high while Arctic highs are cold-core; in other words, the high pressure over Russia right now is a mass of cold, dense air. On the other hand, upper level heights are the opposite; a cold-core high has lower heights while a warm-core high has higher heights (see this link for more).

Here is the latest daily map of global 200 mb heights, with below average heights associated with below average temperatures and vice-versa:



Also, here is the same for the past year; note that heights are above average almost everywhere, since warmer air expands and heights rise (thus, this is another way to verify that global warming is occurring):

Every person and their Grandma was at the mall today. Geez, glad I got shopping done early LOL. Looks like Jeff was wrong about the bombing storm being so far south. I don't trust models that much unless they're 3 or less days out. Thankfully, I can get to SC without any weather problems this Sunday, and see a nice dusting of snow.
MichaelSTL - Kind of ironic when "warm" weather causes more snow to fall. Not something us Floridians can relate to.

And GO PORTLIGHT!!! Congrats on getting things to Haiti!
I want a 6 inch plus event up here in D.C.Not a 1-2 inch event,how boring.I guess I was spoilled last year.This winter will suck.
GOM IR Loop

Quoting washingtonian115:
I want a 6 inch plus event up here in D.C.Not a 1-2 inch event,how boring.I guess I was spoilled last year.This winter will suck.


I really hope you are talking about the weather...
Quoting Dakster:


I really hope you are talking about the weather...


Thanks for the pleasant images in my head Dak (jk)
Quoting Dakster:
MichaelSTL - Kind of ironic when "warm" weather causes more snow to fall. Not something us Floridians can relate to.

And GO PORTLIGHT!!! Congrats on getting things to Haiti!


That is because warmer air can hold more moisture, increasing about 4% per degree, thus for areas that are normally very cold, warmer temperatures can bring more snow (you have heard the expression "too cold to snow", although not totally accurate). Of course, some areas actually do need colder than normal weather to get snow. Also, some of these same areas, while freezes may not be uncommon (but not frequent), it is usually dry when it gets cold enough for snow (storm systems tend to bring in warmer air ahead and precipitation on the cold side is usually northwest of the low, so it has to be far south, or a strong cold air surge). A similar case is lake-effect snow, except that it is warmer lake water in this case.
Quoting caneswatch:


Thanks for the pleasant images in my head Dak (jk)


Play nice, now!
Quoting Dakster:
If North Korea launches a Nuclear Attack against South Korea, we may be talking about a nuclear winter instead.



Uhh, I would expect more of a south Korean attack on North Korea, hopefully non-nuclear, that way they can kick they can tear apart the stupid tyrannical communist government. In this case, the war might be used for good, as long as nuclear weapons aren't used causing mass loss of civilian life. North Korea is horribly oppressed so a south Korean invasion might actually be good for their country.
Quoting Dakster:


I really hope you are talking about the weather...
And why wouldn't I be talking about weather?.Yes I was talking about WEATHER.I was talking about SNOW.Stop thinking NASTY!!!.Come on get real people.
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
So far none of the earthquakes this year haven't really cuased any major tsunami's.That's a good thing becuase when you have an earthquake strike,and a tsunami follow right behind.....well it's like adding salt to a wound.
If the GFS is right then the Northeast and mid atlantic will see the snowstorm. But if The URO is correct then watch out N Carolina!

The Uro has been the most consistent even though it's an orphan right now. Watch by tomorrow morning the models will be latching onto the prince of all models!
Quoting washingtonian115:
And why wouldn't I be talking about weather?.Yes I was talking about WEATHER.I was talking about SNOW.Stop thinking NASTY!!!.Come on get real people.


Relax. I've seen much more nastier things on this blog.

Seasons greetings and the best wishes for 2011
Quoting washingtonian115:
So far none of the earthquakes this year haven't really cuased any major tsunami's.That's a good thing becuase when you have an earthquake strike,and a tsunami follow right behind.....well it's like adding salt to a wound.
Actually there was a tsunami in Indonesia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2010_Sumatra_earthquake_and_tsunami
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


He likes to believe the worst will happen, based on model runs days out. Fortunately, most people have learned to ignore his predictions.


While i'm ok with him, he does believe the worst will happen. It's always been in his nature. Sometimes, honesty is painful.
Quoting Jedkins01:



Uhh, I would expect more of a south Korean attack on North Korea, hopefully non-nuclear, that way they can kick they can tear apart the stupid tyrannical communist government. In this case, the war might be used for good, as long as nuclear weapons aren't used causing mass loss of civilian life. North Korea is horribly oppressed so a south Korean invasion might actually be good for their country.

Link Even a non-nuclear war would be devastating.
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/04/12/2010041200587.html
Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
Actually there was a tsunami in Indonesia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2010_Sumatra_earthquake_and_tsunami
Sorry for that.I guess becuase the media didn't really focus to much on this particular tsunami.Oh and does anyone remember this cereal called freakies?.(I know Grother does)!.Lol.
Quoting washingtonian115:
Sorry for that.I guess becuase the media didn't really focus to much on this particular tsunami.Oh and does anyone remember this cereal called freakies?.(I know Grother does)!.Lol.
Never heard of them.
Quoting Grothar:


Play nice, now!







LOL
Quoting HurricaneKatrina:

Link Even a non-nuclear war would be devastating.
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/04/12/2010041200587.html



War is always devastating, I'm just trying my best to hope for something good out of it. Actually, war sometimes does end in good. After all there is always evil out there, and if you want to keep truth alive, you gotta stay strong and be ready to defend it.

The goal is to be at peace with all people as much as possible, but sometimes the wicked and violent make it impossible, then there must be a call to arms. South Korea has tried its best to be at peace with North Korea, but if North Korea threatens them like they are, South Korea must defend their people.
This goes with my previous comment about snowfall; in this case, record snowfalls in areas that are normally cold enough (and often, rather dry in the winter due to a lack of moisture) - note that they set not just a daily snowfall record, but a precipitation record, and the previous records for both came at the same time (snow-liquid ratio is also a factor; the previous record was 15:1 and the new record 12:1; thus, the difference in snowfall was less, but it can also be greater):

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
0135 AM CST TUE DEC 21 2010

...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION SET AT BISMARCK ND...

A RECORD PRECIPITATION OF 0.39 INCH(ES) WAS SET AT BISMARCK ND
YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0.25 SET IN 1967.

...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT BISMARCK ND...

A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 4.8 INCH(ES) WAS SET AT BISMARCK ND YESTERDAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.8 SET IN 1967.
White Christmas
Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
Never heard of them.
Yeah the cereal was introduced in the early 70's and mid 70's.
Quoting Jedkins01:



War is always devastating, I'm just trying my best to hope for something good out of it. Actually, war sometimes does end in good. After all there is always evil out there, and if you want to keep truth alive, you gotta stay strong and be ready to defend it.

The goal is to be at peace with all people as much as possible, but sometimes the wicked and violent make it impossible, then there must be a call to arms. South Korea has tried its best to be at peace with North Korea, but if North Korea threatens them like they are, South Korea must defend their people.
True. NK is a slave state. Masters had a post on the climate effects of nuclear war a few years back.
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Jackson MS
829 PM CST Thursday Dec 23 2010


Update...current temperatures around the arklamiss region are registering
in the middle to upper 30s north with lower 40s across the central and
south. Some high thin cirrus have been streaming across the region
from west to east and will continue throughout the evening.


Temperatures look to be on track tonight. Have not had to make any
drastic changes. Lows this evening are expected to bottom out in the
middle to upper 20s northeast to lower to middle 30s southwest.


European model (ecmwf) and GFS continue to show the eastward progression of a high
pressure system...which appears to be just to our east. Not much
else has changed. Models continuing to show a low pressure system
effecting our forecast area late on Christmas evening through Christmas
day. For much of the area rain will be the outcome...however...still
looking at the possibility that locations further north could see a
slight chance for snow Saturday evening.


Jf


&&


Aviation...VFR conditions are expected across the arklamiss this
evening as skies remain mostly clear with only high thin cirrus
streaming through the region. Winds will be from the north northeast
at around 5 knots./9/


&&


Previous discussion.../issued 345 PM CST Thursday Dec 23 2010/


Discussion...


Tonight through Saturday night...north-south oriented ridges of high
pressure surface and aloft just west of our region this afternoon
will shift east across our County Warning Area through Friday. This will allow
decent radiational cooling of our relatively dry cool airmass and
lead to below normal temperatures tonight under mostly clear skies
and a light wind. Normal lows run in the middle 30 and all sites should
drop below freezing tonight. As the ridges shift east Friday light
southerly flow will help temperatures climb to near normal Friday
afternoon. The warmer temperatures may be held down some due to the
increase in cloud cover associated with the next approaching low
pressure system that is still expected to bring widespread light
rain and perhaps mix with some light snow/flurries before ending
Christmas day. Models have had some issues with the timing and
development of this system. Significant issues remain but the European model (ecmwf)
remains the more consistent model although has come in slightly
warmer and more progressive than its 00z Thursday run. By Friday evening
a closed low is expected to be over north central Texas with an
associated surface low taking shape near the south Texas coast. This
system will slide southeast through Friday night with the closed low
into southwest Louisiana and the surface low south of New Orleans by
daybreak Saturday morning. Clouds and light rain will be increasing
from the southwest Friday night while temperatures drop into the 30s
during the evening hours. Surface temperatures are expected to
remain above freezing with the onset and duration of the
precipitation Friday night but this will need to be closely
monitored in our northeast where the coldest temperatures are
expected. This low pressure system is expected to weaken as it moves
east across the area Christmas day although the NAM/UKMET and GFS
shifts the system east and end the precipitation by late
afternoon...the European model (ecmwf) remains wetter and slower to end the rain.
While this system is shifting east a potent northern stream
disturbance will be amplifying the long wave trough over the eastern
Continental U.S.. this will send very cold air south during the day Saturday.
The European model (ecmwf) is still the coldest model bringing the 80h zero degree
isotherm to the I-10 corridor during the afternoon while the GFS
only brings the feature to the I-20 corridor by late afternoon.
Although surface temperatures will remain above freezing the colder
air aloft may lead to a brief mixing with/change over to light snow
and/or flurries before ending. This still looks to occur north of
I-20 in our area with light rain only I-20 and south. The light rain
should end by early evening in the southeast while the snow flurries
remain possible in the northeast. Now accumulation of wintry
precipitation is expected and quantitative precipitation forecast should range from around a tenth
of an inch in the north to more than a half inch in the south. Lows
Sunday morning will be back below freezing areawide. As the large
upper level trough continues to deepen over the eastern Continental U.S. Sunday
temperatures will be kept rather cool over our region. Highs Sunday
will only be in the 40s at most sites with lower 20s expected for
Monday morning lows. /22/
Quoting washingtonian115:
Yeah the cereal was introduced in the early 70's and mid 70's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freakies
120. beell
Quoting MichaelSTL:


It depends on the location and type of high pressure; for example, the Bermuda High is a warm-core high while Arctic highs are cold-core; in other words, the high pressure over Russia right now is a mass of cold, dense air. On the other hand, upper level heights are the opposite; a cold-core high has lower heights while a warm-core high has higher heights (see this link for more).

Here is the latest daily map of global 200 mb heights, with below average heights associated with below average temperatures and vice-versa:



Also, here is the same for the past year; note that heights are above average almost everywhere, since warmer air expands and heights rise (thus, this is another way to verify that global warming is occurring):




Just to keep the apples and oranges together, you got a 2010 365 day anomaly?
Quoting beell:



Just to keep the apples and oranges together, you got a 2010 365 day anomaly?


Anomaly for what? I posted temperature in comment 87 and 200 mb heights in comment 90.

Reproduced below, with sea level pressure added as well (you can find more maps here, from 1 day to 365 days and other variables (some are only shown for the NH):







(sea level pressure isn't that useful with such a small range)
For those of you interested in the Mars Rovers mission:

A new Mars movie clip gives us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset, while another clip shows the silhouette of the MOON Phobos passing in front of the sun.

Link

Quoting sunlinepr:
For those of you interested in the Mars Rovers mission:

A new Mars movie clip gives us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset, while another clip shows the silhouette of the MOON Phobos passing in front of the sun.

Link



I've seen the sunset one but what URL is for the Martian eclipse? The link is not helpful...
sunlinepr: I figured it out.

Martian Eclipse

Patrap: I always see ads for these silly dolls that have days to Obama voted out of office. I don't know... future climate forecasts are much easier (there is uncertainty but HOTTER).

I'm surprise to see you have one of those :)

I'm dreaming of a grey Christmas... looks like the gardener's Christmas present comes at midnight 26:00 +. Six whole hours.

Please :)

Good night.
I havent a clue as to what yer going on about..nor do I dare care EM.



127. beell
MichaelSTL,

Ok, I see better on a bigger screen now. Browsing on a phone has some limitations.

Took the 200mb-365 day anomaly as a 2009 chart.
Quoting EnergyMoron:


I've seen the sunset one but what URL is for the Martian eclipse? The link is not helpful...


Also check this video (Excellent summary):

5 Years and Still Roving on Mars -

Link
Quoting washingtonian115:
Sorry for that.I guess becuase the media didn't really focus to much on this particular tsunami.Oh and does anyone remember this cereal called freakies?.(I know Grother does)!.Lol.


Yes, I do! (wisenheimer)



Keep, this is my preferred version of "Alive".

No Celine for me.

Good evening.


125. Moron 4:03 AM GMT on December 24, 2010


HAITI EARTHQUAKE poss number one event of 2010
Quoting Patrap:
I havent a clue as to what yer going on about..nor do I dare care EM.





I don't have a clue either... thanks for the response... you do care or you would not have responded.

okay, google alerts (no formatting):

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A music night? Count me in.

Also, I do have 2 Texas qualified SRECs.

Um... these things sell for 711 dollars or so in NJ (not in Texas... fraudsters are shot in Texas).

Don't tell me I don't have skin in the game...
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


HAITI EARTHQUAKE poss number one event of 2010


For the human toll, and shear scale of devastation, that gets my vote.

Good illustration, Keep.
Similar thread

Howdy:

Since I have RECs (with an S prefix) to sell very interested in this... the going rate is about 700 dollars per unit in NJ (once again, Texas you would be shot for attempting this).

Okay, googled and found a similar post. The conclusion is correct. The market is rigged .
Quoting Patrap:


faster and faster
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


For the human toll, and shear scale of devastation, that gets my vote.

Good illustration, Keep.


+1, and add to the tragedy, the ongoing fallout.
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


+1, and add to the tragedy, the ongoing fallout.


Agreed.

Letter from power company (editted):

Dear Mr. Ignorant Donkey,



1) What can I do with the RECs that I am generating per the language of the penultimate paragraph of the service agreement. So what can I do with them?



a. Trading such small volumes of RECs and accounting for them with the state would require more administrative costs to both you and (solar friendly skin in the game REP) than the RECs are likely to be worth. For example, in order to be eligible to receive RECs, owners of distributed renewable generation facilities are subject to the certification requirements of rule §25.173. Goal for Renewable Energy, of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). This certification process is designed for power generation companies and requires that an application be filed with the PUCT. Also, legal contracts would be required to account for the trading of any RECs and any such trades would have to be filed with the state’s REC program administrator. In contrast to these high administrative requirements, the market value of a REC in Texas is only $1.00 - $2.00 (1000 kWh of renewable energy is required to produce one REC). For these and other reasons, [reputable REC that has concretely shown they care about solar] has made the decision not to enter into the business of purchasing RECs from our customers who export renewable energy to the grid via distributed renewable generation facilities [take that Al Gore]. However, our [...] rates do [edit] provide you with bill credits for outflow energy
Quoting caneswatch:
A music night? Count me in.



The Doors were musically ahead on time...
Googling response to Patrap (since I editted did want to do a security test)

Plug in CFLs. That is the googel answer.

Also binged (no security problems but much more interesting). From the daily Kos (trying to link... previous experiences tells me I am dyslexic)

Why-Were-Leaving
thanks for the song, keep

y'know I was outside, leanin' on my car, talking to a neighbor when I felt something

yeah I did

ran in...checked stormydee's blog (that's where all the seismo links are)

there it was, still pounding seismos all over the world

still not reviewed even

all the seismo screens were black, squiggly lines with no seperation

yeah merry christmas
Qui a été ici au cimetière Père Lachaise?

Elvis rocks. He was the first who felt the temperature rising and a whole lot of shaking going on.
Quoting Grothar:


Yes, I do! (wisenheimer)
I proabally gave away my age for even mentioning that.Lol.
A rare tune:

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
1000 PM EST THU DEC 23 2010

.SYNOPSIS...
COLD HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE AREA FROM THE NORTHWEST
THROUGH FRIDAY. A WEAK LOW PRESSURE WILL APPROACH FROM THE SOUTHWEST
ON CHRISTMAS DAY... THEN RAPIDLY STRENGTHEN AS IT TRACKS
NORTHEASTWARD OFF THE COAST THROUGH SUNDAY.
&&


NOTHING ELSE TO ADD TO THE FORECAST THIS WEEKEND AS THE LATEST
GUIDANCE COMING IN AT 00Z/24 IS SUPPORTING A FASTER AND FARTHER
OFFSHORE STORM TRACK FOR SAT-SUN.
Quoting washingtonian115:
I proabally gave away my age for even mentioning that.Lol.


That's OK. When they came out I was already to old to eat them. LOL
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


reported per Taz.


Good choice, canes!
Quoting Grothar:


That's OK. When they came out I was already to old to eat them. LOL


Grins. Looking at the fiets photos yah,,, aren't bikes fun on snow?

Children... wel te rustig.. echt
Quoting EnergyMoron:


reported per Taz.


Huh?

Please explain.
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Good choice, canes!


Thanks PSL!
Another tune you've probably haven't heard of in a while:

I guess we all feel like this sometime. You really have to listen to the words.

Quoting EnergyMoron:


Grins. Looking at the fiets photos yah,,, aren't bikes fun on snow?

Children... wel te rustig.. echt



Rustig!!!! U bent naar mijn huis niet geweest. niet?
Gustavo Cerati - La ciudad de la furia - He's been in coma now for more than 6 months

hi all have not for got in about you this dont have internet at home yet but hop too get it soon all so in tell i try too come on when i can but in tell i can get back on full time i will olny be comeing on evere other day for a few hrs or so mainy on the weekend i may try to come on a rainy day druning the day on the work week if its too rainy
Well, i'm off to bed now guys. If y'all are busy tomorrow and I don't see you on here, have a Merry Christmas.
...global warming is...driving the string of freezing European winters [...] the mechanism uncovered triples the chances that future winters in Europe and north Asia will be similarly inclement.
[...]
Rising temperatures in the Arctic have peeled back the region's floating ice cover by 20 percent over the last three decades. This allows more of the Sun's radiative force to be absorbed by dark-blue sea rather than bounced back into space by reflective ice and snow, accelerating the warming process. It also has created a massive source of heat during the winter months.

"Say the ocean is at zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). That is a lot warmer than the overlying air in the polar area in winter, so you get a major heat flow heating up the atmosphere from below which you don't have when it is covered by ice. That's a massive change," Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany told AFP in an interview.
According to a modeling study published earlier this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research, the result is a strong high-pressure system over the newly-exposed sea...
Spain

An oil spill from a Repsol petrol platform has resulted in an oil slick the size of 2,000 football pitches 43 kms. off the Ebro Delta, Tarragona. The Spanish multinational company has been extracting oil from the Casablanca platform at the site of the spill since the 80’s as part of the 2,000 barrels of oil produced daily in Spain. The spill was caused by an accident in the early hours of Wednesday, and an estimated 180,000 litres of oil was lost to the sea. A statement from Repsol said that the escape was not because of a fault on the platform, but in the valves and pipes to shore. Latest weather reports say the winds and currents are carrying the slick out to sea, thankfully away from the Ebro Delta, a critical environmental site. The prosecutor in Tarragona is reported to be considering opening an investigation and is currently studying reports. Ecologistas en Acción have commented that it is ‘more evidence that accidents at this type of installation are inevitable, and another reason to abandon petrol’.


Come on now, no fair conversing in a foreign tongue.

Formula One crews have to speak English, for continuity.
Quoting caneswatch:
Well, i'm off to bed now guys. If y'all are busy tomorrow and I don't see you on here, have a Merry Christmas.


Thank you! Our best to you, as well.
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Thank you! Our best to you, as well.


Thanks again PSL!
Quoting Grothar:
I guess we all feel like this sometime. You really have to listen to the words.



Since there is the BP you tube channel at the bottom.

Clecophane... I'll be there?
Comer\\
Quoting caneswatch:


Thanks again PSL!


Merry Christmas also. There is a reason for the season.
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Come on now, no fair conversing in a foreign tongue.

Formula One crews have to speak English, for continuity.


Sorry, PSL. Just force of habit. I count in German, dream in Norwegian think in German (argue in Swedish- mother-in-law!!!),lose my temper in Italian and practice my Dutch with EneryMoron. Usually one-liners to each other. Normally I don't do it, but I haven't used my Dutch in over 30 years. Surprised I still remember it. He is probably getting a good laugh at my poor grammar.
reported
Quoting EnergyMoron:
reported


What are you reporting?
Bit of a blob blowing up just east of the Philippines.
Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, PSL. Just force of habit. I count in German, dream in Norwegian think in German (argue in Swedish- mother-in-law!!!),lose my temper in Italian and practice my Dutch with EneryMoron. Usually one-liners to each other. Normally I don't do it, but I haven't used my Dutch in over 30 years. Surprised I still remember it. He is probably getting a good laugh at my poor grammar.



You are a rare breed, my friend. Words won't convey how much I enjoy your company.

Thank you!

00z GFS threatening coastal NE a little, really slamming coastal Canada again. I've got some pics in my blog from the coastal surge damage from the storm that just passed through there.
Quoting Grothar:


What are you reporting?


He's reporting that you've been reported! I think (and hope) he's just playing Taz, who jokingly reported someone recently.

Thanks!

Taz is a peach. If that's the case, then I stand in good company. No offense taken.
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



You are a rare breed, my friend. Words won't convey how much I enjoy your company.

Thank you!



Care to send a short note to Mrs. Grothar?
j/k

Thanks for that, and I as well.
Looks as if only a few of us are going to keep the blog interesting until next season. We shall have to do our best to keep things interesting and the controversies to a bare minimum. OK, so I'm an optimist.
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


He's reporting that you've been reported! I think (and hope) he's just playing Taz, who jokingly reported someone recently.


Thanks for the reassurance. I just don't want Schultz putting me in the coolah!!!!
Quoting Grothar:
Looks as if only a few of us are going to keep the blog interesting until next season. We shall have to do our best to keep things interesting and the controversies to a bare minimum. OK, so I'm an optimist.


Should work out, as long as you and Vet keep emitting the good vibes. :-)
Quoting Grothar:


Care to send a short note to Mrs. Grothar?
j/k

Thanks for that, and I as well.


Anytime.

Are you hiding your true nature from Mrs. Living Historical Resource?


Secret Agent Grothar!

Maybe I should post the "Lancelot Link" clips.
Quoting Grothar:


Thanks for the reassurance. I just don't want Schultz putting me in the coolah!!!!


Hogan's Heroes?

Nice!!!
Quoting Grothar:


Thanks for the reassurance. I just don't want Schultz putting me in the coolah!!!!


Oh no, not ze kühler! Ho-o-o-o-o-o-ogan!


LOL. Thanks, DAM.
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


Oh no, not ze kühler! Ho-o-o-o-o-o-ogan!


Can't keep anything from you guys. I think you are all older than we think. (Big LOL)
Quoting Grothar:


Can't keep anything from you guys. I think you are all older than we think. (Big LOL)



LMBO.
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Anytime.

Are you hiding your true nature from Mrs. Living Historical Resource?


Secret Agent Grothar!

Maybe I should post the "Lancelot Link" clips.


Ha, first you give me a nice compliment, than try and make a "monkey" out of me. LOL
Can't stay long. Have a lot of company tomorrow. A lot of "ferners". Some of whom I like and others not so much. Think it is easy being polite in 4 languages. See you all tomorrow for just a bit. I'll be sure to stop by and see that you are all playing nice. Have a good one guys, it's like being back in the barracks in here sometimes. Have to learn to take a good ribbing now and they. Nite, now.
Quoting Grothar:


Can't keep anything from you guys. I think you are all older than we think. (Big LOL)


I think we established that fact in my case. Nice to have someone to talk with about ancient times! G'nite.


LOL!! Now, I'm having a difficult time typing.

I must bow out, my friends. Grill's Birthday, tomorrow. We have some good stuff planned for her.

I'll be on at some point, as will my better half.

If we don't see you, our very best to all!!!

Merry Christmas!
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


LOL!! Now, I'm having a difficult time typing.

I must bow out, my friends. Grill's Birthday, tomorrow. We have some good stuff planned for her.

I'll be on at some point, as will my better half.

If we don't see you, our very best to all!!!

Merry Christmas!


G'nite, have a fun day!
Quoting DontAnnoyMe:


I think we established that fact in my case - but not by much. Nice to have someone to talk about ancient times with!


Yeah, like when I mention I was sick when the Dodgers left Brooklyn, and someone says, "The Dodgers were in Brooklyn?" Kind of gets you right in the gut.
Quoting Skyepony:
00z GFS threatening coastal NE a little, really slamming coastal Canada again. I've got some pics in my blog from the coastal surge damage from the storm that just passed through there.

Nice blog Skye,
and appreciate the info on the oil slick near the Spanish coast.
I don't know why I can't get info from my reg. link on the Spanish oil leak...it's usually reliable.AHHHAAA...Update...I found it....Ebro Delta...Under the event description...needing my java this am...going for a cup now
Thanks again..
here's the link I've been using for years...same as you I believe..thanks for the heads up Skye
Link
Special Weather Statement
Statement as of 3:20 AM EST on December 24, 2010


... Wintry precipitation likely for north and central Georgia late
tonight through Sunday...

A storm system over the southern rockies will move into the
northern Gulf of Mexico Saturday. This area of low pressure will
strengthen and by Sunday it will be located off the South Carolina
coast. At the same time... Arctic high pressure will drop out of
Canada and into the eastern United States bringing much colder
air to the region this weekend.

This system will begin spreading moisture into extreme north Georgia
late tonight... spreading southward into Atlanta and Athens
Christmas morning... and into central Georgia by Saturday
afternoon. The precipitation will begin as a mix of rain...
snow... and sleet over north Georgia late tonight... switching to
all snow by Christmas morning and continuing through Saturday
evening. From Atlanta to Athens... the precipitation will begin as
a mix of rain and sleet late tonight... switching to all snow by
Saturday afternoon... and ending Saturday night. In central
Georgia... rain will begin falling Christmas morning... then
becoming mixed with sleet Saturday afternoon... switching to all
snow Saturday night.

As for accumulations... the higher snow amounts are expected across
north Georgia late tonight and Christmas morning... generally along
and north of a Rome to Canton to Gainesville line. Snow
accumulations of up to 1 inch are possible by noon Christmas day.
Accumulation of up to 2 inches are possible in the higher
elevations. From this area and southward... because surface
temperatures will remain above freezing until Saturday
evening... snow accumulations of a half inch or less are
expected... mainly in the grassy areas.

As surface temperatures fall below freezing Saturday
night... mainly north of a line from Cordele to Macon to
Warrenton... including the Atlanta... Athens and Columbus areas... black
ice could form creating slick roads.

There is still much uncertainty with the available moisture and projected
path with this system. Any deviation to the north or south could mean
the difference between rain or snow... as well as total amounts.

Anyone planning travel across north and central Georgia or the southeast
United States over the Christmas weekend should keep abreast to the
latest forecast on this developing winter storm system.


CONUS temperatures have moderated somewhat; in the past 24 hours, there have been no record daily lows or low maximums, and just 33 record daily highs or high minimums. (A high record/low record ratio of 33:0)

--In the past 48 hours, there have been no record daily lows or low maximums, and 246 record highs or high minimums. (246:0)

--In the past three days, there have been just two record daily lows or low maximums, and 483 record highs or high minimums. (241.5:1)

--In the past four days, there have been six record daily lows or low maximums, and 649 record highs or high minimums. (108.1:1)

--In the past five days, there have been 16 record daily lows or low maximums, and 772 record highs or high minimums. (48.2:1)

--In the past six days, there have been 22 record daily lows or low maximums, and 827 record highs or high minimums. (37.6:1)

--In the past week, there have been 53 record daily lows or low maximums, and 850 record highs or high minimums. (16:1)

Bottom line: following the trend of the entire year as a whole, it's been a relatively warm week in the Lower 48 (NOTE: daily records are included whether a new one was set or an existing one was tied).
Merry Christmas

Stay Warm

Stay Safe
Merry Christmas to one an all
Complete Update

Merry Christmas to everyone... and all those others terms that people use at this time of year... I am off to work.. Oh Boy :(





I hate the new lower case products issued by the nws...
Quoting DudeIBangedYourMom:
Blizzard conditions to be felt in NYC and Boston within 72 hours. Snowfall rates from 2-4 feet locally with winds gusting over 90. mph. Take precautions folks, your life depends on it.
good post stupid handle
More weather facts from the NWS Key West. Is their a 100 year cold weather trend starting to show in the weather records?

Have a great Christmas one and all

ON THIS DATE IN KEYS WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1876...THE HIGH
TEMPERATURE ON CHRISTMAS EVE REACHED 88 IN KEY WEST FOR THE SECOND
DAY IN A ROW...PART OF A STRETCH OF FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS...THE 23RD
THROUGH 26TH...ON WHICH THAT YEAR STILL HOLDS THE DAILY RECORD FOR
HIGH TEMPERATURE. THE 88 READING ON THE 23RD AND 24TH IS THE
WARMEST READING EVER RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...WHICH IS
EVEN MORE AMAZING CONSIDERING THAT ON DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH 6TH OF
1876 LOW TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW 50 EVERY DAY...AND ON THE 2ND A
READING OF 44 REMAINS TIED FOR THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED
IN KEY WEST IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THUS BOTH THE WARMEST AND
COLDEST TEMPERATURES EVER RECORDED IN DECEMBER BOTH OCCURRED IN 1876.
...MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.....:)