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Warmest August on Record at South Pole

By: Christopher C. Burt , 7:38 PM GMT on September 03, 2013

Warmest August on Record at South Pole

This past August was the warmest such on record at the South Pole’s Amundsen-Scott Station. The temperature averaged -53.3°C (-63.9°F) breaking the previous record of -53.5°C (-64.3°F) set in August 1996. The departure from normal was +6.3°C (+11.3°F). The ‘warmest’ temperature was -38.3°C (-37.0°F) on August 6th (far from the record) and the lowest -71.1°C (-96.0°F) on August 26th. Temperature records began in 1958 at the site. Also in this blog; Salt Lake City and Elko recorded their warmest summers on record.

June tied its record for warmest such with an average of -52.6° (-62.7°F), last recorded in June 1996. This was 5.2°C (9.4°F) above normal. An all-time June monthly record high of -28.8°C (-19.8°F) was set on June 19th. July experienced average temperatures, so I am not sure whether or not the past three months constituted the ‘warmest’ climatological winter (June-August) on record for the site.



This table purports to represent the normal and extreme temperatures at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It is from a Wikipedia page but other sites give slightly different values, so this table may be for just some specific period of record (not provided above). Some sources claim that August is normally the coldest month of the year, not July as indicated in this table. From Wikipedia page on ‘Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Warmest summer on record in Salt Lake City, Utah and Elko, Nevada

Preliminary climate data indicates that the summer of 2013 was the warmest on record for Salt Lake City, Utah where records go back to 1874. The climatological summer (June-August) averaged 80.7° surpassing the previous record of 79.3° set in 2007. June averaged 75.3°F, July 84.1°F (the warmest single month on record), and 82.7°F in August (the warmest August on record).






The official NWS site for Salt Lake City is now located at the Salt Lake City International Airport on the far western outskirts of the city (see map). Comprehensive weather records for the city go back to 1874, but it is reasonable to assume that the city itself (where the early records were maintained) is a bit cooler than the airport location being closer to the Wasatch Mountain foothills. It is also somewhat drier at the airport site than downtown, being located further out in the desert. The aerial photograph above shows the airport in the foreground, city center nestled up against the hills, and the Wasatch Mountain Range in the background. Photo is looking west to east. Photo by Roy Tennant.

Elko, Nevada also measured its warmest summer on record with a three-month average of 71.8°F (+4.8° above normal). The previous record was 71.4° during the summer of 1981. July was the city’s warmest single month on record with a 76.8°F average (old record was 75.9°F in July 1985).

In the case of both cities, a persistent upper atmosphere high-pressure system dominated the weather pattern for most of the summer.

KUDOS: Thanks to Maximiliano Hererra for bringing the South Pole record to my attention.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian


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9. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:22 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
weatherhistorian has created a new entry.
8. maxcrc
8:10 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Quoting 4. ColoradoBob1:
New Zealand has warmest winter on record

Average temperature over winter in South Pacific nation was highest since record-keeping began in 1909

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/03/new- zealand-warmest-winter-record


Of course, ..this was expected too.
When you have 15-20C of max temperatures for weeks in the southern part of the South Island -almost summer like conditions- i was just expecting the confirmation.

Record warmest "winter" (dry season) also for almost all Pacific Oceania countries.

Well abve average conditions also in South Africa and most of South America-despite 3 cold waves which anyway lasted only few days.

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7. Christopher C. Burt , Weather Historian
6:33 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
New Zealand also had its warmest winter on record.

Quoting 1. barbamz:
Thank you very much. Warmest winter --- huh, I still shiver reading those minus Celsius temperatures, lol. Maybe it would be interesting to add some data from Australia?

Warm winter caps nation's hottest year
The Sydney Morning Herald, September 2, 2013
Australia has just experienced its warmest 12 months since climate records began.

Data monitoring by the Bureau of Meteorology shows the average temperature throughout Australia in the year to August 31 was 1.11 degrees above the long-term average.

The nation's fourth-warmest spring on record morphed into the hottest summer on record. And now the seventh-warmest autumn has been followed by the third-warmest winter Australians have ever experienced.

In Victoria, it was the warmest winter on record, just pipping the winter of 2005.

In New South Wales, it was the second warmest, eclipsed only by the winter of 2009.

And across the nation, winter was 1.29 degrees warmer than the long-term average – defined as the years from 1961 to 1990 (which were themselves warmer than the first half of their century). ...


Whole article see the link above.


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6. ColoradoBob1
1:49 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
The uncharacteristic warmth has been felt across the entire continent with no regions registering below-average temperatures.

January 7 has now taken top position as the hottest summer day on record.

The month of January 2013 has been set down in the history books as a particularly sweaty one.

Those on land haven't been the only ones experiencing the sizzling trend.

"The warmth has extended to the oceans around Australia with widespread record warmth," the BoM said in a statement

Link
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5. ColoradoBob1
1:47 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
It's been a record-breaking summer in Japan with the mercury soaring to heights not seen or felt before.

For the first time, the temperature hit 41 degrees in Japan, and then it didn't budge for days.

The heatwave has been so bad that tens of thousands have been rushed to hospital to be treated for heatstroke, while more than 120 people in Tokyo alone have died.

Link
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4. ColoradoBob1
1:45 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
New Zealand has warmest winter on record

Average temperature over winter in South Pacific nation was highest since record-keeping began in 1909

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/03/new- zealand-warmest-winter-record
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3. ColoradoBob1
1:40 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Chris -
Add Boise to the list ...............

For 70 days this year, Boise's high temperature reached 90 degrees or higher.

In fact, this summer - June 1 to Aug. 31 - was the hottest on record for Boise, since record-keeping began in 1875, according to the weather service.


Read more here:


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2. maxcrc
8:17 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Quoting 1. barbamz:
Thank you very much. Warmest winter --- huh, I still shiver reading those minus Celsius temperatures, lol. Maybe it would be interesting to add some data from Australia?

Warm winter caps nation's hottest year
The Sydney Morning Herald, September 2, 2013
Australia has just experienced its warmest 12 months since climate records began.

Data monitoring by the Bureau of Meteorology shows the average temperature throughout Australia in the year to August 31 was 1.11 degrees above the long-term average.

The nation's fourth-warmest spring on record morphed into the hottest summer on record. And now the seventh-warmest autumn has been followed by the third-warmest winter Australians have ever experienced.

In Victoria, it was the warmest winter on record, just pipping the winter of 2005.

In New South Wales, it was the second warmest, eclipsed only by the winter of 2009.

And across the nation, winter was 1.29 degrees warmer than the long-term average %u2013 defined as the years from 1961 to 1990 (which were themselves warmer than the first half of their century). ...


Whole article see the link above.




I was expecting this.
Since mid-2012 the tide turns dramatically in Australia and above average temperatures have been a constant, with hundreds of records broken.
After some cool months in the begin of 2012, some "new-ice-age-now" clowns were speculating about an Aussie cooling (forgetting the normal ENSO cycles which greatly affect oceanic climates) and now this is a big slap in the face of those negationists.
Hot, hot and more hot...
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1. barbamz
7:47 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Thank you very much. Warmest winter --- huh, I still shiver reading those minus Celsius temperatures, lol. Maybe it would be interesting to add some data from Australia?

Warm winter caps nation's hottest year
The Sydney Morning Herald, September 2, 2013
Australia has just experienced its warmest 12 months since climate records began.

Data monitoring by the Bureau of Meteorology shows the average temperature throughout Australia in the year to August 31 was 1.11 degrees above the long-term average.

The nation's fourth-warmest spring on record morphed into the hottest summer on record. And now the seventh-warmest autumn has been followed by the third-warmest winter Australians have ever experienced.

In Victoria, it was the warmest winter on record, just pipping the winter of 2005.

In New South Wales, it was the second warmest, eclipsed only by the winter of 2009.

And across the nation, winter was 1.29 degrees warmer than the long-term average – defined as the years from 1961 to 1990 (which were themselves warmer than the first half of their century). ...


Whole article see the link above.


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