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March 17, 2010

February was cool here, warm globally

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published its global and national data for February and for the past winter months. It demonstrates as clearly as anything could that what's happening locally, even nationally, does not necessarily reflect the global trends that we all need to be concerned about.

In the contiguous United States, February was cool, averaging 2.2 degrees below the long-term average.  Nearly two-thirds of the nation experienced below-normal temperatures. The averages were much below normal in the southeast, the Plains and mid-Atlantic states. Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York's Central Park and Wilmington, Del. all had their snowiest winters ever.

Florida had its fourth-coldest February since records began in the 19th century, and Louisiana had its fifth-coldest. On the other hand, Maine had its third-warmest winter on record. It was also warmer than average in the Northwest.

It was also a warm February - and a warm winter globally, according to NOAA. The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for February was the sixth warmest on record. The global land surface temperature alone for the month was tied with 1994 as the 14th warmest.

While it was unusually cold in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Russia, most of the rest of the globe's land masses were warmer than average in February, especially Alaska, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa.

The winter as a whole was the fifth-warmest on record globally, just over one degree warmer than the 20th century average, NOAA said. Land temperatures were the 13th warmest on record.Australian drought

While the United Kingdom had its coolest winter since 1978-79, much of Australia was warmer than normal. Western Australia, where drought has been a problem (photo), saw its warmest December through February period (summer) on record.

The Arctic saw its 12th consecutive February with below-average sea ice extent. February arctic sea ice has declined by 2.9 percent per decade since 1979. At the same time, on the other end of the planet, Antarctic sea ice has been expanding. The southern continent saw its eighth-largest February sea ice extent on record. It has increased by 3.1 percent per decade since the '70s.

Across the Northern Hemisphere, snow cover in February was the third-largest on record, after 1978 and 1972. For the winter, it was the second-largest snowcover on record. For North America alone, it was the largest, NOAA said. 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 11:41 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Climate change
        

Comments

But it snowed so much...inconclusive proof that climate change is a massive hoax designed to steal my FREEDOM! ;-)

Yes, and you can believe exactly what NOAA tells you. Just google "NOAA climate data manipulation" (or anything similar) and see what pops up.

FR: Also Google "flat earth society" and "young Earth." You can find anything on the Internet to support your chosen belief system. Just sayin'...

In all fairness, Frank, there are valid concerns about the adjustments that have been made to historical data. Older temperatures have been adjusted with a downwards bias (making them colder, eliminating the medieval warm period, etc).

Just sayin'...

(b>FR: Agreed. But there are always disagreements in science, and it's the job of the scientific process to weed out the bad stuff, which is happening. But pointing to an Internet web site (or whatever happens to pop up on a google search) as some sort of proof is an empty argument.

An empty argument Frank? Really? Did you read any of the articles by chance? I'm not offering anything as proof, but rather something as an alternative to your continued postings to how warm it is getting. Chris pointed out one shady thing that has been going on but there are many others out there and NOAA is at the heart of many of the temperature data manipulation allegations. I do appreciate that you have posted my views and several others who are not in the global warming crowd (and I also enjoy your blog in general, especially with this past winter's snow coverage) but I have yet to see you post a link or an article that supports global cooling. If you would like, you have my e-mail address and I'd be happy to send you some ideas and links to articles.

FR: Thanks for the kind words. But I'd rather the blog did not become a forum for a global warming debate. There are other places for that. If you'd like to send me links you think would be of interest, feel free.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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