Report: January US climate cold and dry

Feb 08, 2011 By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID , AP Science Writer

(AP) -- January was colder than normal for the United States and, in a finding that will surprise many, also drier than usual.

The for the month, across the country, was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 Celsius), which is 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit (0.4 C) colder than usual for the month, the National Climatic Data Center reported Tuesday.

And, despite several large winter storms, it was also the ninth driest January on record going back to 1895, the center reported.

Rain and snowfall across the country averaged 1.48 inches (38 millimeters) for the month, 0.74 inch (19 mm) below normal.

The analysis focuses only on the United States, with worldwide data scheduled to be released later.

Indeed, the last three months have been particularly cool in the U.S. Southeast, even while worldwide readings were going on to tie 2010 with 2005 for the on record as change continues to affect the atmosphere.

Atmospheric scientists stress that while the planet is continuing to warm overall, conditions vary from place to place.

January's national temperature was the coolest for the United States since 1994. The unusually cool conditions dominated the country east of the Rockies, while there were warmer than normal readings in Washington, Oregon and California.

As for rain and snowfall, it was a record dry January for New Mexico, while both Arizona and Nevada had their second driest January on record.

Other states much drier than normal were Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina and California.

Greater than normal precipitation fell in North Dakota and Nebraska.

The NCDC report also noted that:

- Several January in the Northeast led to record snowfalls in New York City and Hartford, Conn. The 57.0 inches (145 cm) that fell at Hartford's Bradley International Airport was the city's all-time snowiest month on record.

- The storm that crossed the northern plains, and Northeast on Jan. 9-13 was a Category 3, or "Major" snowstorm, according to preliminary analysis on the Northeast Impact Scale.

- Drought continued to expand during January, and as of February 1, 24.1 percent of the United States was affected by moderate to exceptional drought. At this point last year, only 8.5 percent of the United States was affected.

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omatumr
2.9 / 5 (9) Feb 08, 2011
Yes, we figured out that it is cold - in direct conflict with predictions of global warming.

Why is this empirical fact accompanied by speculation, "while worldwide readings were going on to tie 2010 with 2005 for the warmest year on record as climate change continues to affect the atmosphere"?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel

Skeptic_Heretic
2.5 / 5 (8) Feb 08, 2011
Yes, we figured out that it is cold - in direct conflict with predictions of global warming.

When did global climate change theorists propose that winter would cease to exist? Oh that's right, never.
Burnerjack
3.8 / 5 (10) Feb 08, 2011

Since I was very young, I've always seen images of dinosaurs huge with an oxygen laden atmosphere with lush super forests on nearly every corner of the globe as this was pre-ice age. With global warming, could it be the Earth is returning to its naturally warmer and more tropical self?
If objective discussion of Global Warming is deemed "heretical", does this relegate the topic from science to religeon?
omatumr
3 / 5 (6) Feb 08, 2011
Since I was very young, I've always seen images of dinosaurs huge with an oxygen laden atmosphere with lush super forests on nearly every corner of the globe as this was pre-ice age. With global warming, could it be the Earth is returning to its naturally warmer and more tropical self?

If objective discussion of Global Warming is deemed "heretical", does this relegate the topic from science to religeon?


You are right Burnerjack.

Earth's climate is always changing. That stimulated the evolution of different forms of life. See: arxiv.org/pdf/1102.1499v1
GSwift7
4 / 5 (4) Feb 09, 2011
An interresting side note with absolutely no significance:

We are supposed to get snow tonight, in central South Carolina. If we do, it will be the first time in all of recorded history that this area has gotten three snow events in one winter season, and the season is far from over. I moved here from Kansas to get away from this stupid stuff. It's probably my fault that its cold here now. I think it followed me. BTW, it's rained more than enough here since the beginning of February to make up for the unusually dry January. I think my car is starting to grow mold on it from all this rain.
geokstr
1.7 / 5 (6) Feb 09, 2011
When did global climate change theorists propose that winter would cease to exist? Oh that's right, never.
From the 2000 Independent:
"However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.

But not to worry. The brand spanking new computer models due out in 2014 will retroactively predict all this, proving once again that anything a warmist ever said has been 100% dead-on accurate, so anyone who questions anything is a denialist Exxon-shill.
jmcanoy1860
2.3 / 5 (3) Feb 09, 2011

Since I was very young, I've always seen images of dinosaurs huge with an oxygen laden atmosphere with lush super forests on nearly every corner of the globe as this was pre-ice age. With global warming, could it be the Earth is returning to its naturally warmer and more tropical self?
If objective discussion of Global Warming is deemed "heretical", does this relegate the topic from science to religeon?


You've seen pictures of dinosaurs in green places. Enough said. There were still the north and south poles as well as deserts and marshes when dinosaurs were around. Ice age be damned.
jmcanoy1860
4.3 / 5 (6) Feb 09, 2011
Yes, we figured out that it is cold - in direct conflict with predictions of global warming.

Why is this empirical fact accompanied by speculation, "while worldwide readings were going on to tie 2010 with 2005 for the warmest year on record as climate change continues to affect the atmosphere"?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel



Incorrect. The relative coldness is regional as clarified above. AND the global temperature continues to increase, again, as clarified above.
Doom1974
1 / 5 (1) Feb 10, 2011
Ignorant humanoids will never believe anything that a model says. Yet, everything today that you use, eat, drink, use as medicine, has at some point being modeled with incomplete, simplifying models that although not 100% accurate they generate enough information for scientists and engineers to analyze, interpret and help them figure out how to make these product in a way that is safe for the consumer.