Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Boise gets earliest snow on record

This is the earliest measurable snowfall in Boise since recordkeeping began in 1898, according to the National Weather Service. At 10 p.m., the Weather Service said 1.7 inches of snow had fallen. The previous earliest recorded snowfall was Oct. 12, 1969, when a little more than an inch fell.

Full story here.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Research predicts three decades of cooling

The guys over at ICECAP discuss a new paper by Dr. Easterbrook.


In a Geological Society of America abstract, Dr. Don Easterbrook, Professor of Geology at Western Washington University, presents data showing that the global warming cycle from 1977 to 1998 is now over and we have entered into a new global cooling period that should last for the next three decades. He also suggests that since the IPCC climate models are now so far off from what is actually happening that their projections for both this decade and century must be considered highly unreliable.

Full story here.

GISS and UAH release September temperature data

The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and University of Alabama, Huntsville Microwave Sounder Unit have released their September temperature data. Anthony Watts over at Watts Up With That? has a post on each here and here.

Anthony notes an interesting thing about the GISS data. As he states, "when GISS closed the books on August, the summer average (JJA) was 0.39 C. Upon closing the books on September, the summer average increased to 0.44 C." How does that happen? There's an explanation by John Goetz posted on Climate Audit.

Forecasting a Cold Winter

Another round of wintry weather moving through the West this weekend will be a harbinger of what the AccuWeather.com Winter Forecast calls one of the coldest winters in several years in the East.

Full story here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Surprise spring snowfalls blanket KZN

Parts of KwaZulu-Natal were transformed into a "winter wonderland" after snowfalls blanketed several areas of the province.

Temperatures plummeted into the low teens, with residents of Kokstad and Giants Castle waking up to 0C.

Durban experienced its coldest September night in recorded history on Friday night.

Full story here.

Coldest September for 14 years

Most of the country [Australia] suffered the coldest September in 14 years, forecasters revealed. In its monthly summary Met Eireann said the temperature never rose above 20 Celsius anywhere - the first such occurrence in more than 30 years.

Full story here.

We never had a real summer; let's hope for a real winter

The snow finally melted off the north side of McHugh Peak a few days ago.

It has been that sort of summer.

Normally the snow is gone by the start of August, always by the Aug. 10 opening of the sheep season. Not this year. Not during the third-coldest summer on record for Anchorage.

Full story here.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Worst July in Coventry for 20 years

LAST month was one of the coldest and wettest Julys in Coventry for more than 20 years.

With even more rain hitting the city through the beginning of August the latest monthly report from Bablake Weather Station confirms what many people have been thinking - this summer has been a bit of a washout.

Full story here.

Record chills hit August

IT HAS been the coldest start to August in 13 years, bringing heavy snowfalls in the ski fields and record low temperatures elsewhere.

After an unseasonably warm start to winter, temperatures in July and August have been colder than average, setting records across NSW.

"Between August 7 and 12, places like Glen Innes have broken temperature records that had stood for more than 40 years," a spokeswoman from the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Full story here.

NOAA: Fifth Warmest July on Record for Globe

The combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for July 2008 tied with 2001 and 2003 as the fifth warmest July since worldwide records began in 1880, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

Also, the seven months from January to July 2008 ranked as the ninth warmest seven-month period for combined average global land and ocean surface temperature.

Full story here.

Big chill here to stay

YOU'RE right -- it has been cold. The Gold Coast is now heading for its coldest winter in more than two decades.

Nearly every day this month, both the maximum and minimum temperatures, have been well below average.

See full story here.

The Strong La Nina Domino Effect

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were revising the winter stats and looking towards the warm season. Now, we’re into August and we’re now on the precipice of a large scale cool down, starting at the pole and a progression southward as we enter fall and daylight shortens, a downward trend towards our Northern Hemisphere winter is beginning, yes even in August and, yes even as places are still sweltering far to the south of the tundra and permafrost territories.

See full story here.

Ocean cycle may explain cool Alaskan summer

June and July in Anchorage both averaged 2.5 to 3 degrees below the long-term temperature averages. Fairbanks had a pretty normal June, but after a sizzling July 4th of 85 degrees (same as Baltimore on the same day), the temperatures fell off a cliff.

See full story here.

Two Sides to the Climate Story

Record high temperatures on Baffin Island last month — it hit 27C on July 21 — have made the news around the world, as has the evacuation of 21 visitors from the island’s Auyuittuq National Park. Fear that melt water from the park’s glaciers might lead to flash flooding and landslides has been reported by everyone from AFP to the BBC as proof of the adverse side-effects of man-made climate change.

Meanwhile, it is barely reported outside Alaska that America’s northernmost state is having a record cool summer. If it reaches 19C in Anchorage today, it will be just the eighth time that’s happened this summer. Indeed, this could be the first summer ever that Anchorage never hits 24C.

Read the whole story here.