Record low temps in 39 states in the first 18 days of September 2011

Russ Steele

A regular reader Steve Enos has mentioned the high temperatures in Texas and Oklahoma several, but what about all those record low temperatures in 39 states?  Ice Age Now has the details from NOAA:

 924 broken records + 408 tied records = 1,332 total, just through the 18th.

According to NOAA, record low temperatures were reported in ID, NC, OR, TX, VA, WA, CA, NV, WY, CO, FL, GA, HI, LA, MT, NE, SD, AL, AZ, KS, NM, OK, PA, WI, AR, IA, IL, MI, MN, MO, MS, TN, IN, ND, OH, MD, MA, NY, and WV.

Where is the lame-stream media, records are being broken?  Oh wait, these were cold records, they only report broken heat records.

Editors note: Remember this is only weather.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to Record low temps in 39 states in the first 18 days of September 2011

  1. steve enos says:

    Oakland, CA, September 17, 2011 – U.S. scientists confirmed today that the Arctic has lost the second highest annual amount of ice since monitoring began. At a press conference today, Dr. Walt Meier, research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, at the University of Colorado in Boulder confirmed that summer sea ice extent at the end of the summer melt period has reached record low levels for the past five years in a row, this year’s following close behind the low of 2007.

    Meier called the ice melt “quite unprecedented and it is really the continuing trend of a long term decline. The ice cover in the summer is retreating over ten percent per decade and that has been accelerating in recent years. We’ve also seen that the thickness of the ice cover has been dramatically decreasing, losing approximately 40 to 50 percent of the thickness, which is more susceptible to melting.”

    “This is not a random event,” said James Overland, research oceanographer with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s a long-term change in Arctic climate.” Arctic sea ice cools the planet, while providing refuge for much of the region’s wildlife. “Walrus that usually spend all of their time drifting around on ice flows, this year as in several previous years have had to haul out on shore which brings a lot of extra stress on their population,” Overland added.

    • Russ says:

      Steven,

      The loss of ice and the slow growth of arctic ice are tied to ocean circulation and wind patterns. Joe D’Aleo discussed the situation in this paper..

      “One prominent researcher, Igor Polyakov at the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, points out that pulses of unusually warm water have been entering the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic, which several years later are seen in the ocean north of Siberia. These pulses of water are helping to heat the upper Arctic Ocean, contributing to summer ice melt and helping to reduce winter ice growth.

      Another scientist, Koji Shimada of the Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology, reports evidence of changes in ocean circulation in the Pacific side of the Arctic Ocean. Through a complex interaction with declining sea ice, warm water entering the Arctic Ocean through Bering Strait in summer is being shunted from the Alaskan coast into the Arctic Ocean, where it fosters further ice loss.”

      “Many questions still remain to be answered, but these changes in ocean circulation may be important keys for understanding the observed loss of Arctic sea ice.”

  2. Interstellar Bill says:

    Don’t pay any attention to that man behind the curtain!
    The sea level decline and the new low temps are merely ‘pauses’ in the inexorable global-warming that we’ve been predicting for 30 yrs now.
    Play that old 1970 tune by Country Joe: ‘Hold on, it’s coming”.

  3. Russ says:

    Bill,

    The IPCC and the modeling warmers say the general circulation model results are not predictions. They are only indicators. So far the the real world indicators are that we are cooling and will continue to do so for thirty years or more, if solar history is repeated. Stay Tuned.

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