Graph of the Day: NOAA, Northeast Precipitation extremes

November 1, 2011

NOAA Climate Extremes Index graph – via Nick Sundt:

Self explanatory. Hit the link to go play with the functions.

Rolling Stone:
It’s snowing in October – so, sorry, that pretty much sews up the case against climate change. How could the planet be warming if it’s getting colder? Thus, the logic of Fox News Eric Bolling, who tweeted as follows on Saturday, as snowflakes blanketed the Northeast: “Hey, Al Gore … earliest snowfall in NYC since the Civil War … where’s your global warming now, see?” Bolling followed this up with a segment on his Fox Business show gleefully citing the snowstorm as evidence that climate change is bogus. There’s a lot to be said about this, but let me just quote Andrew Freedman over at the Washington Post, who writes:

“Snowtober” occurred during a year in which the U.S. has already suffered a record number of billion dollar weather disasters, including Irene; spring flooding along the Mississippi River, and the ongoing Texas drought. Scientific evidence continues to mount that certain types of extreme weather events, including heavy precipitation events (both heavy rain and snow) are becoming more common and severe due to global warming.

According to Wunderground’s Burt , although early and late season snowfalls should decrease as the world warms, “the climate models also predict that we may see an increase in the intensity of the strongest winter storms, like the Nor’easter that dumped the record October snows over the Northeast on Saturday, and it is important to realize that snow is not the same thing as cold. Temperatures in the Northeast U.S. were quite cold on Saturday, but no observing station there broke a record for coldest temperature for the day on October 29, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Our climate is still cold enough in October to give us the occasional early-season record snowstorm.

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5 Responses to “Graph of the Day: NOAA, Northeast Precipitation extremes”

  1. mspelto Says:

    That is great, I will use this graph in this weeks class assignment. Without power this week at the college it will have to be an online assessment.

  2. Martin_Lack Says:

    When are the “sceptics” going to wake up from their hypnotic trance and recall (Hmmm, it may also require hypnosis for them to recover the memory) that in 1988 James Hansen predicted that warming of the oceans would cause increased frequency and intensity of storms and, thereby, extreme weather of all kinds….?

    Why is it that climate scientists do not seem to be able to get this message across? Sure, we don’t need to prove a causal link between any individual event and anthropogenic climate change. But, let’s stop being so reticent about remnding people about what we have known was going to happen for a very long time. None of this should be a surprise any more.

    Excuse me while I go back to banging my head against a brick wall (do you have that saying in the US?)…


  3. I was in the middle of the northeastern October storm here in Connecticut. In was the most bizarre weather event I have ever seen. Trees where only about one half changed from green to autumn color. Wet snow arrived- heavy for hours upon hours in about two thirds of the state (the states southeastern quadrant was spared to its proximity to warmer ocean air) Trees down everywhere. Roads blocked by tree limbs, downed wires. State at storms end had 864,000 w/o power. State two days after the storm has ended still has 676,00 homes with no power.

    This is just 2 months after Tropical Storm Irene slammed the state. Last winter we had extensive damage due to extreme precipitation (snow ice, rain) Caved roofs, floods, water damage etc.


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