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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.

Source: Slashdot

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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

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
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...


Why does the Farmers Almanac predict so damned well?

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