Skip to comments.Was 2010-2011 winter colder than normal in the U.S.?
Posted on 04/15/2011 10:20:48 PM PDT by cogitator
For all the talk of this past winter being one for the record books, the reality is much different. While extremely cold conditions gripped some sections of the country at various times during the past few months, the winter of 2010-2011 actually served up temperatures that were just a little cooler than average over the entire contiguous United States. Records from thousands of weather stations across the lower 48 states from December through February show the past season did not even crack the coldest one-third of winters since 1895, when very reliable recordkeeping began.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Winter is cold, deal with it.
Summer is hot deal with it.
Taxes are high, fight it!
It was below zero for several days in Texas. Darn right it was colder this winter!
Weather stations that gather temperature data are not necessarily dependable sources of information about this. The way they are sited is absolutely critical to collecting accurate data, and too often they’re put in places that are convenient for reading or are safely away from thieves and vandals, but aren’t good for accuracy. The manufacturer of a type of small weather station that is very widely used by government, the travel and resort industry, first responders, schools, agriculture, and industry told me that half the time people stick these things next to the warm brick wall of a school, or on the roof of a factory, or next to a jet runway, and then send in data indicating extremely high temperatures. Well, duh. Another issue is that the weather stations are planted in some place that’s thought to be suburban or rural, and then development creeps up, bringing the warmth of human activity, so that they’re really in a much warmer area.
So I would disregard the findings in this article. All I can say is, I am in the Washington DC suburbs and we had one mean winter. So did much of the US. I can’t remember hearing about any part of the US where people were reporting a balmy, pleasant winter.
“I remember 1979 in Oshkosh. BRRRR! Ice fishermen loved it, though. “
The lake I ice fish usually has about 10” to 14” of ice on average every winter.
This year it was about 18” to as much as 22” in spots. I haven’t seen ice that thick since the late 70’s in this area.
The Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, would ice up to the extent that Model A Fords could drive across the solid ice.
That hasn’t happened within most people’s living memories.
Unmitigated spin. Stated another way: "December through February show the past season WAS COLDER THAN NEARLY TWO thirds of the winters since 1895, when very reliable recordkeeping began. THIS IS IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE GLOBAL WARMING CROWD PREDICTED THAT IT WOULD BE THE HOTTEST EVER. THE DATA DOES EVEN NOT INCLUDE THE EXTREMELY COLD OCTOBER AND MARCH WEATHER"
I didn’t think this winter was especially cold but it was LONG.
Even the article states that it was "colder than average", and barely fell above the "coldest third of all measured". That's certainly not what to expect when some spread the fear that warming will destroy the earth as we know it. As for length, the data in the article doesn't even cover the excessively cold months of October and March, much less than yesterday's 16 inch blizzard in Nebraska. They should almost be ready to cut the winter wheat there, in normal weather.
Cold and wet are not what the Warming Priests are telling us.
The feed back loop can not halt even for one year and each year must get warmer and warmer according to their own predictions.
It wasn’t as brutally cold as some I recall, but it did set an all-time snowfall record in this area. The previous record was 106 years old.
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