Start of 2012, March shatter US heat records
WASHINGTON — It’s been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren’t just broken, they were deep-fried.
This statement is blatantly false, as I will show below.
The magnitude of how unusual the year has been in the U.S. has alarmed some meteorologists who have warned about global warming. One climate scientist said it’s the weather equivalent of a baseball player on steroids, with old records obliterated.
“Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good,” said Jerry Meehl, a climate scientist who specializes in extreme weather at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. “It’s a guilty pleasure. You’re out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it’s not a good thing.”
I have been freezing my butt off coaching soccer in Colorado in cold March weather for the last six years. Finally we have a nice spring and Jerry feels guilty.
“When you look at what’s happened in March this year, it’s beyond unbelievable,” said University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver.
Normally, March averages 42.5 degrees across the country. This year, the average was 51.1, which is closer to the average for April. Only one other time — in January 2006 — was the country as a whole that much hotter than normal for an entire month.
Spectacularly dishonest and intended to mislead. March, 2012 was barely warmer than March 1910.
But it is worse than it seems. USHCN adds almost 0.6 degrees on to current temperatures, and subtracts from older temperatures. Without the adjustments, 2012 would be in a dead tie with 1910.
Now, as for the claim about anomalous warmth for an entire month- January 1880 was probably warmer in the US. HadCRUT showed most of the US 5-8C (8-14F) above normal.
We have heard endless hyperbole about “a whole new atmposphere” etc. It is all complete nonsense. It has happened before, when CO2 was below 300 ppm, and has nothing to do with CO2.
The Associated Press threw in one semi-honest paragaraph.
It’s important to note that this unusual winter heat is mostly a North America phenomenon. Much of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been cold, said NOAA meteorologist Martin Hoerling.
Alaska and western Canada were very cold in March. They make up half of North America. Parts of Siberia averaged -36C during March.
Why are my tax dollars going to finance these scoundrels?