Skip to comments.NOAA: U.S. Has 36th Coolest Spring on Record
Posted on 06/07/2008 1:51:45 PM PDT by Maceman
The March-May spring season was the 36th coolest on record for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAAs National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Separately, last month ended as the 34th coolest May for the contiguous United States, based on records dating back to 1895.
The average spring temperature of 51.4 degrees F was 0.5 degree F below the 20th century average. The average May temperature of 60.3 degrees F was 0.7 degree F below the 20th century mean, based on preliminary data.
U.S. Temperature Highlights
* The March-May temperatures were cooler than average from the Northwest and extending throughout the central Plains and upper Mississippi Valley. In all, 19 states had a cooler-than-average spring.
* Twenty-five states were cooler than average for May. Pennsylvania was much cooler than average and ranked eighth coolest.
* The unusually cool temperatures kept the nations overall temperature-related residential energy demand for May above average. Based on NOAAs Residential Energy Demand Temperature Index, contiguous U.S. temperature-related energy demand was approximately 3.5 percent above average in May, but near average for the spring season.
* Florida, Texas, and Washington were warmer than average for May.
March-May 2008 Statewide Ranks: Temperature.
High resolution (Credit: NOAA)
U.S. Precipitation Highlights
* For the spring, Missouri had its fourth wettest, Arkansas its sixth wettest, Indiana and Iowa their eighth wettest and Illinois its 10th wettest. For May, Arizona, Maryland, and Nebraska were much wetter than average, with Nebraska ranking fourth wettest and Maryland fifth wettest on record.
* California had its driest spring on record, while Nevada and Utah had their 10th and 11th driest on record. For May, two states were much drier than average -- New Hampshire had its ninth driest May on record and Florida its 10th driest.
* Rainfall improved drought conditions across parts of the northern Rockies, but moderate-to-extreme drought continued throughout the Great Plains, Southeast, and Southwest. About 18 percent of the U.S. was classified in moderate-to-extreme drought at the end of May compared to 23 percent a month ago, based on the U.S. Drought Monitor.
* Several strong weather systems dumped heavy rains across parts of the central Plains, Ohio Valley, and mid-Atlantic states. In some areas, this pattern has continued for the last six months, with Missouri and Illinois having the wettest December-May on record. By the end of May, 24 percent of the contiguous U.S. was classified in moderate-to-extreme wet spell conditions compared to 16 percent six months ago, based on the Palmer Index.
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Sir, I don’t believe you received the memo...It’s no longer an issue of man made global warming, were now in a life and death struggle against man made global climate change (LOL).
The weather here in the Phoenix area has been fantastic. We had perfect weather through May, with 2 or 3 days unseasonably hot, and then back down into the 90’s where it’s been for a while now. Just this morning I was thinking of sending a thank you note to Algore telling him those carbon credits we purchased have really paid off.
Quick! someone inform albore who’s making hands over fist in money from the hysteria that he generated.
It doesn’t matter that it was cooler. It was all predicted by computers that the global warming would bring about cooler weather. See, they used computers. And whatever the computer says can’t be wrong. I’m convinced. I now fully support the cap and trade policy, just like John McCain. If it saves just one square inch of Mother Gaia, it will be worth destroying the US economy. Do it for the children.
It will be revised upward over the next few months.
It’s a shell game.
NO, NO, NO! You have the title wrong - please people!
US 2008 Spring is hotter than 35 others on record.
The Goracle will now be pleased.
Quick Algore....do something...turn on all of your blow dryers!
36th coolest after about 20 of those years were made artificially cooler by “adjustments” made to the previous raw records.
The total adjustments made to date have increased the US temperature trend by 0.7F .
I am noting something else, that I can’t explain yet.
I have noticed both higher highs and lower lows this season. That is, just the opposite of the greenhouse gas effect.
The greenhouse effect works both ways. It should keep the high temperatures lower and the low temperatures higher.
But if the skies are clear of water vapor, during the day it should get hot, but at night the temperature drops very low.
This is often the case in the desert, which can roast you during the day, yet freeze you at night.
But in non-desert areas, this would mean less water vapor in the atmosphere, fewer clouds.
The RSS has May at -0.083 and the UAH has -0.180
However, I’m sure when the global temps are announced at the NOAA/GISS, Hansen & the boys will have found a massive heat wave in Asia that conveniently is happening where nobody lives and the satellites somehow missed.
Despite the RSS & UAH showing global warming all but gone, I’ll bet the NOAA will report globally spring 2008 as being still very warm
The newest adjustments after 1999 can be found at this link. Maximum temperature adjusted by 0.3F (or 0.15F for the average temperature since Minimums have not been adjusted.) Newest Adjustments Link
So why were the adjustments made?
The link I provided is a presentation by the NCDC which goes through the history and rationale for the changes as well as their latest method.
One adjustment certainly has some logic behind it, the Time of Observation Bias (or TOBS) which adjusts for the fact that in the 1920s, for example, the temperature recorders might measure the temp at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and count that as the Minimum and the Maximum temperature for the day (the average of the two was then counted as the average temperature.) Newer 24 hour readings show the average temperature doesn’t match those times exactly.
How the old records are adjusted to match the new methods of temperature collection is really the problem. The climate scientists who design the methodology and undertake the actual adjustments to the old records (across thousands of stations) are all global warming believers and allow their own Bias to enter the picture. A little assumption here, a little assumption there, and pretty soon you change a number by 0.7F fairly easily.
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