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  (Source: tehrantimes.com)
The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that the last 12 months have been a record-breaking time period for warm weather in the U.S.

According to the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the 12-month time period from May 2011 to April 2012 has been the warmest consecutive string of months since 1895, which is when weather records began.

Over the past year, the U.S. has had its second hottest summer, warmest March and fourth warmest winter on record. It was also discovered that April 2012 was the third warmest ever, with 332 locations in the U.S. experiencing their warmest April temperatures on record.

About 22 states in the U.S. experienced their warmest year over the last 12 months. Many of the states were in the Northeast and Upper Midwest United States.

Also, cities like Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Tampa and Nashville have encountered their warmest start to the calendar year 2012. Twenty-six states east of the Rocky Mountains have recorded the beginning of 2012 as their warmest start of the year yet, with the lower 48 states experiencing temperatures about 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average so far.

A few examples of record-breaking states include North Dakota, which has had temperatures 10.4 degrees above normal so far this year; Minnesota, with 9.6 degrees above normal; South Dakota, with 9 degrees over average; Wisconsin, with 8.6 degrees above normal, and Iowa, with 8.6 degrees over average.

According to the NOAA, the cause of the warm weather is a jet stream pattern that has locked the cold air in the high latitudes and created "heat domes" over the center of the lower 48 states. These domes have wandered east and west periodically.

The May 2011 to April 2012 heat wave bumped the last record-setting warm year out of the way, which was November 1999 to October 2000. The average temperature was 2.8 degrees F above average at that time.



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What a difference a year makes
By DiscoWade on 5/10/2012 3:30:47 PM , Rating: 4
The 2009-2010 winter was a very cold winter here in the US. This winter, the jet stream didn't like us and made it very warm. Since it was a La Nina winter, it really didn't surprise me. This picture from NOAA explains what La Nina does to the US. And it did exactly as the picture shows.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/images/content...

El Nino is coming now, so at least we won't have to put up with that heat this season.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_mon...

As an aside, after reading the article I thought of last year's blizzard on the east coast contrasting how different a year can make. Then I remember this article: "Holiday Blizzard: More Signs of Global Warming"
http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,2039777,0...




RE: What a difference a year makes
By CityZen on 5/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: What a difference a year makes
By CityZen on 5/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: What a difference a year makes
By tayb on 5/10/2012 4:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Who the hell actually types that crap out? I chat on skype in Spanish to some of my friends from Mexico and I never take the time to use that symbol. If have an American keyboard why bother?


RE: What a difference a year makes
By bah12 on 5/10/2012 4:15:25 PM , Rating: 3
Really? I'm all for pointing out glaring mistakes but an accented n .... come on man get a life. One could argue that ñ is not an English letter, therefore El Nino would be perfectly acceptable in order to represent El Niño since there isn't a way to represent it properly using the ENGLISH alphabet.

Put it another way if I asked you to write El Niño to me with only English letters, then how would you go about doing that? I suppose translating literally would be an option, but I doubt you'd want to say "little boy is making me hot"...you pedy.


RE: What a difference a year makes
By bah12 on 5/10/2012 4:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and PS.. you most certainly meant to be picky.


RE: What a difference a year makes
By ebakke on 5/10/2012 4:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
but an accented n
Aww hell, now you're in for it. The Spanish Spelling Police will be sure to correct your unforgivable mistake. That's no accent my friend, that's a tilde!


RE: What a difference a year makes
By bah12 on 5/10/2012 5:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
LMAO your right!


RE: What a difference a year makes
By CityZen on 5/10/2012 5:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
Ha, ha, ha, ha!!! You're right!
"An accent!, he said an accent!!! Seize him! Now! Burn him at the stake! Let the fire teach him linguistics!"
:)


RE: What a difference a year makes
By BZDTemp on 5/10/2012 5:17:30 PM , Rating: 3
LOL - Nobody expects the Spanish Spelling Police :-)


RE: What a difference a year makes
By twhittet on 5/10/2012 5:17:49 PM , Rating: 1
I don't mean to be picky, but your name is "CitIzen", not "CityZen". If you don't have an "I" letter on your keyboard, you fail.


RE: What a difference a year makes
By CityZen on 5/10/2012 6:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, really? Then I guess you didn't realize that the very second letter of my nickname is an "i" LOL
Besides, it's intentionally so. In case you really don't get it, it's a pun of words: as in city + zen (you DO know what "zen" is, right?)


RE: What a difference a year makes
By JediJeb on 5/10/2012 5:03:44 PM , Rating: 1
A year does seem to make quite a difference, and a few years even more. Around 2008 there was an actual cooling trend in global temperatures, mostly written off as a short term anomaly but it is quite curious how well it falls in line with the solar cycle. The past solar minimum was from 2004-2009 during which time the number of days with 0 sunspot numbers was nearly double the normal for a solar minimum (821 vs 486)

Following data taken from Spaceweather . com

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 0 days
2012 total: 0 days (0%)
2011 total: 2 days (<1%)
2010 total: 51 days (14%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)
Since 2004: 821 days
Typical Solar Min: 486 days

Also if you check the sunspot number graphs you will see the trend in the solar cycle

http://spaceweather.com/glossary/images2009/zurich...

You will notice that the last record hot year around 2000 was also at the last peak in the solar cycle. Also notice that during what is called the Maunder Minimum in the 1800-1830s time period where solar activity is very low for a sustained period it is also sometimes referred to as the Little Ice Age, then at the start of the Industrial Revolution shortly after up through the 1960s you see a steadily increasing trend in solar activity which curiously corresponds to the period of global warming which many AGW climate change proponents attribute to increased CO2 emissions from human activity. Then in the 1970s you see another anomalous dip in activity when scientist were screaming about the next coming Ice Age, followed by steady high maximums over the next two decades where AGW climate change really takes hold. It is interesting how just picking up a random graph of temperature change over the same period appears to correlate fairly well to the sunspot number trends also.

(random graph picked up from Google search)
http://zfacts.com/p/226.html

Overall there is almost as much correlation between sunspot numbers and global temperatures as there is CO2 and global temperatures yet when questioned about it most AGW proponents will respond either that they just do not have any data of solar output versus warming or flat out that changes in solar output are to miniscule to have any effect on our climate. I myself have to agree with the article that was posted here on Dailytech a few years ago about the Russian scientist who believed strongly that solar output was the major factor in the global temperature trends, and being a chemist I know that one simple property of liquids and gasses is that as temperatures rise, gasses become less soluble in water, therefore if ocean temperatures rise, so will the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

If studies do eventually prove that global warming trends are more related to solar activity than man's production of CO2, what will the government regulators do to regulate the output of the sun?


RE: What a difference a year makes
By FaaR on 5/10/2012 7:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Around 2008 there was an actual cooling trend in global temperatures

A trend that only spans across one year isn't really a trend now is it. Unless you're talking fashion maybe.

quote:
it is quite curious how well it falls in line with the solar cycle.

Correlation does not prove causation, and all of that...


RE: What a difference a year makes
By JediJeb on 5/11/2012 2:36:16 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Correlation does not prove causation, and all of that...


Kinda what I was getting at. More than one possible cause for what we observe currently happening.


RE: What a difference a year makes
By TheEinstein on 5/10/12, Rating: 0
RE: What a difference a year makes
By FaaR on 5/10/12, Rating: 0
RE: What a difference a year makes
By TheEinstein on 5/10/2012 11:17:36 PM , Rating: 5
Back to blaming companies I see.

Yes they are frauding us (the scientists who claim AGW who actually are a minority of the scientists in the fields in question).

I posted a link with scientific evidence but of course you lose if you admit you read it.


As for your lesson of the day the Magnetosphere of the Sun (and Jupiter and Earth to lesser extents in turn of course) deflect a certain amount of Cosmic Radiation. It is not a constant either as it varies even before those reductions.

The Sun of course (or Sol if you wish) does not emit a constant strength magnetic field but instead varies due to currents that exist inside the Sun (which also are a prime source of causation for solar flares) and so it varies.

When Jupiter is able to it also influences a sphere around it that effects us (not happening when we are on the wrong side of the Solar System).

Cosmic Radiation as proven by several independent teams , before CRU stepped in and also proved it, is a binding agent for water molecules to form clouds. The interaction is not well undersood but it is scientifically certain it is an essential ingredient. Clouds of course eject sunlight and water molecules absorb sunlight.

But all of that is not needed. Al Gore, et al, all say we are 0.4 degrees hotter than we should be. My evidence shows if they base this off instrumentation in the United States they are too high by a minimum of 1 degree.... meaning we are then (supposedly) -0.6 degrees colder than we should be! Let me repeat that link http://www.SurfaceStations.org

Check the site out, I will commit $10,000 to advertising the facts held within.


RE: What a difference a year makes
By JediJeb on 5/11/2012 2:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But all of that is not needed. Al Gore, et al, all say we are 0.4 degrees hotter than we should be.


There is what is probably the sticking point of the whole mess. Do we base the temperature we should be off of the past 50 years, 100 years, 200 years, 1000 years, or 1,000,000 years? What is the measurement/estimation uncertainty when figuring what temperatures were 1000 years ago when we had no measuring devices there taking accurate readings? How well calibrated were thermometers even 100 or 200 years ago compared to today? If the degree of uncertainty 200 years ago was +/- 1 degree, then how can we say for certain that today we are +0.4 degrees from what should be normal when our estimate of what should be normal may have an uncertainty of more than +/- 1 degree? It is also interesting how the accepted scientific standard of measure for temperature is Centigrade or Kelvin, yet many AGW publications use Fahrenheit. Maybe it is because 1 degree change C is approximately 2 degrees change F? Which looks more extreme?


RE: What a difference a year makes
By TSS on 5/11/12, Rating: 0
By TheEinstein on 5/12/2012 7:42:08 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent point.

Also other considerations... what is the seasonal high and the seasonal low.

Never take a day's known high or low... to many normal variations can make one particular day be dull and another exciting.

Now is our weather actually breaking records up and low in a large way on seasonals or no?

The weather is dynamic, fluid, and quasi-random. The Jet Stream, the Sun, the Oceans, Cosmic Winds, Stellar Dust, Magnetics, Air Pressure (local, regional, world wide), and so many other factors exist that it seems a daunting task...

Yet....

Why does the Farmers Almanac predict so damned well?


RE: What a difference a year makes
By Theoz on 5/11/2012 1:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the http://www.surfacestations.org link. Very interesting stuff.


By TheEinstein on 5/12/2012 7:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
The more we spread the word the more desperate they become.

Surface Stations is a powerful weapon for fighting the lies of the liars of AGW.

TOGETHER WE CAN WIN THIS WAR, WE CAN END THE RAMPANT SPENDING, WE CAN PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL!

I am an activist politician and I stand by my words!


RE: What a difference a year makes
By TheEinstein on 5/12/2012 7:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
The more we spread the word the more desperate they become.

Surface Stations is a powerful weapon for fighting the lies of the liars of AGW.

TOGETHER WE CAN WIN THIS WAR, WE CAN END THE RAMPANT SPENDING, WE CAN PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL!

I am an activist politician and I stand by my words!


By TheEinstein on 5/12/2012 7:35:12 AM , Rating: 2
Wow double post ftl :o


Awesome wasn't it?
By SandmanWN on 5/10/2012 3:17:36 PM , Rating: 5
Best winter eva!!!




RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By AMDftw on 5/10/2012 3:20:46 PM , Rating: 2
I wanted Snow damnit


RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By tayb on 5/10/2012 3:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
Should have gone to Alaska. They had snow fall some 10 feet above average. Not inches, but feet. I'm not sure if this is entirely true but it's what I was told and I'm far too lazy/uncaring to actually verify that.


RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By BSMonitor on 5/10/2012 3:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
Lot of snow in Antarctica.


RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By Mitch101 on 5/10/2012 4:11:55 PM , Rating: 2
18 Feet of Snow.
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/09/alaska-town-d...

Also
Snowfall records for January have been broken in 23 states.

Lewis County, Wash., recorded 11.5 inches of snowfall so far this January, breaking the past record of 2 inches set in January of 2011.

Some long-standing snowfall records were broken in the states of Texas and Wyoming. Midland County, Texas, has received 10.6 inches of snow as of Jan. 26. The previous record of 5.9 inches of snow was set in 1955.

Natrona County, Wyo., snowfall of 4.6 inches this January broke a 63 year record of 3 inches that had been standing since 1949.

Other areas of the U.S. have reported record-high temperatures for the month so far this January.

I like DT but I find the article a bit one sided afraid to go outside I might burst into flames. Its also rather chilly today.


RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By Gungel on 5/10/2012 3:59:32 PM , Rating: 3
I like the lower heating bills.


RE: Awesome wasn't it?
By TheEinstein on 5/10/2012 7:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
As a leading politician fighting the falacy of AGW I call bullcrap.

http://www.surfacestations.org identifies that 93% of all weather stations used by NOAA report the temperature hgiher than reality by a minimum of 1 degree, with a full scientific white paper on the topic and another on the way, as well as complete evidence to back their claims.

The NOAA has been shutting down decent weather stationw for years and sometimes moving weather stations to bad locations on purpose.

I stand ready to defend my assertations.


so...
By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 5/10/2012 4:32:48 PM , Rating: 3
so, why the arbitrary 12 month period (May 2011 to April 2012)? Is this a standard 12 month period for measuring yearly temperatures?




RE: so...
By jbartabas on 5/10/2012 4:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
There is probably no better reason than for any other arbitrary 12 consecutive months.


RE: so...
By dgingerich on 5/10/2012 4:49:41 PM , Rating: 4
It still doesn't mean people are causing it. It was warmer than this during the dark ages (300-900AD). There were vineyards in Scotland in the early 900s, for crying out loud. We couldn't grow grapes for wine in London these days. There were sheep grazing in Greenland and large colonies of Vikings.


RE: so...
By Nfarce on 5/10/2012 5:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but it's a lot easier to shove fascist and draconian government regulations and mandates down people's and corporation's throats when you whine that backyard grilling and driving an SUV causes polar bears to fall off ice burgs and large hurricanes to hit the US.


RE: so...
By borismkv on 5/10/2012 5:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
Polar Bears falling off icebergs is funny as hell, man. They should sell tickets to that.


RE: so...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/10/12, Rating: 0
Interesting trivia...
By ppardee on 5/10/2012 4:27:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, this info has no value except as trivia. It's like stating that a world record was broken in a baseball game.

The article wasn't written to suggest that the information SHOULD be taken as anything other than trivia, but considering the recent death of the global warming theory and the author's history of writing about global warming, it is hard not to take it as an article about global warming.

If you take the facts as a whole, we can say that temperatures have gone down since 1999-2000 with the exception of this year. This kinda says we're not on a run-away heat train... That's actually a great name for a TV show. I call dibs on it!




RE: Interesting trivia...
By autoboy on 5/10/2012 4:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
I expected to see some balance with the mention of the fact that it has been a record cold year in Europe. She never mentioned Anthropogenic Global Warming in the story so at least it was an accurate piece of news and not commentary. Kudos to that.


RE: Interesting trivia...
By dgingerich on 5/10/2012 7:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's NOAA that's pushing the AGW point. I don't like any reference to the political group (NOT scientific) that is NOAA.


By SlyNine on 5/13/2012 4:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
Actually its 5 min old. God just created it this way.


Here in cheyenne W.y.
By SlyNine on 5/13/2012 4:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
It FREKEN SNOWED!




The year w/o a winter
By Dr of crap on 5/14/2012 8:32:04 AM , Rating: 2
Just had to add.
I think our average for 90° days in the summer here in MN is 12 , and we had about one. The 2011 summer was not a very warm summer at all.
Fast forward to winter - not a winter at all. No snow to really talk about and no REAL cold temps. Not that I'm complaining.
Next we go to March, yep it was almost or at 80 for about 2 or 3 weeks - very abnormal, but very nice. Then we hit April and the heat went away and we went back to normal, and since then it's been normal or just under and the last 3 weeks has been very wet.

So yes we've had some warmth, but not as the article would have you believe. And we've had winters like that before, and summers like that before.

And how is it they didn't make a connection to global warming? To easy??




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