Living in Biloxi MS, have been here since '85 (first Hurricane was Elena).
By: hcubed , 8:38 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
So the beginning of the new month usually means that the last month's "records" are posted.
So let's see how the press (and selected blogs) covered March.
First, CNN: "...March 2012 will go down as the warmest March in the United States since record-keeping began in 1895, NOAA said Monday..."
*** Credit to CNN, for reminding us that the record-keeping period only covers the last 117 years. It could have been warmer prior to 1895, but there's no record of that. ***
"...In addition, the three-month period of January, February and March was the warmest first quarter ever recorded in the Lower 48 states. The average was 42 degrees Fahrenheit, a whopping 6 degrees above the long-term average..."
*** Interesting term, there - Lower 48. That means they've mistakenly only allowed a period from 1912 to today (Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, and it achieved statehood on February 14, 1912).
It also means they've not included Alaska and Hawaii into the grouping. Must not have been warmer there.***
"...A staggering 15,292 warm temperature records were broken, (7,755 record highs and 7,517 record high overnight lows), according to Chris Vaccaro, spokesperson for NOAA. "That's tremendously excessive. The scope and the scale of warmth was really unprecedented, Vaccaro said.
A persistent weather pattern during the month of March led to 25 states east of the Rockies having their warmest March on record, NOAA said. That same pattern was responsible for cooler-than-average conditions in the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon and California, they said.
The warm temperatures also contributed to conditions that were favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. There were 223 preliminary tornado reports during March, a month that averages 80 tornadoes, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. The majority of these tornadoes occurred during a severe weather outbreak across the Ohio River Valley and Southeast in early March. The outbreak caused 40 deaths and total losses of $1.5 billion, making it the first billion-dollar disaster of 2012..."
*** See how they've already started the count? They're really hoping that the world has a more severe year than last year (an unprecedented 14 billion-dollar disasters), just to say they told us so. Personally, I'm hoping for a quiet rest of the year. Just to watch them scramble.
UPDATE: Dr Master's entry shows the counters are already comparing this year to last: "...In 2011, we already had two billion-dollar weather-related disasters by the first week of April, so we are behind last year's pace..." Didn't think it was a race.
Also, a list that Dr Masters presents shows the disasters from Jan-Mar 2012. On that list is the deadliest event so far this year - 824 people died because of WINTER WEATHER in central Europe (Jan 24 - Feb 17). Unfortunately, it wasn't a billion dollar event, so it will probably move down the list.
"...Short-term weather patterns such as the one that affected the United States are poor indicators of global climate trends, however. Parts of the world, most notably Eastern Europe, experienced below-average to extreme cold temperatures this winter..."
Wow. For CNN to actually admit what some climate scientists won't is truly amazing (unprecedented, that is). The consensus says that EVERY pattern (short term and long term) is a strong indicator of CAGW.
So that's the first article. Soon, the rest will join in.
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