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9/18/2007

Recent 'Extreme Weather' Trend Could Span Years

“We’re in a pattern of extreme cycles, weather extreme cycles that could continue for the next couple of decades." -Meteorologist John Bolaris

NEW YORK - this year has been ONE OF THE WETTEST – AND MOST EXTREME – YEARS IN WEATHER HISTORY for the city of New York. Coming off both the fourth wettest spring and summer ever, New York City could actually see its second wettest year in history if this year’s strange weather trends continue. Between January and August, officials measured 46.55 inches of precipitation in Central Park. If averages count for anything, then the 23 inches averaged during each of the first two-thirds of the year would mean they could finish with upwards of 70 inches, well past the 67.03 inches measured in 1972 – the second highest total ever. The record for highest precipitation total ever in New York City is 80.56 inches measured in 1983. "We’re in a pattern of extreme cycles, weather extreme cycles that could continue for the next couple of decades. We’ve been in extremes as far as record precipitation. For example, the last couple of years we’ve seen some of the wettest springs and summers of all time. Severe storm threats have been UNUSUALLY high, with RARE occurrences happening more frequently, such as the tornado in Brooklyn and the flooding in Queens.” Those strange events, not to mention the UNUSUALLY warm winter – in which temperatures hit 70 degrees in early January – have led many to wonder how global warming has fit into the equation. “If you’re thinking about global warming keep this in mind: during the past year it's the FIRST TIME EVER that just about every single state was averaging above normal temperatures." Winter has seen its fair share of extremes too. This past February was one of the coldest ever, with an average temperature of 28.2 degrees. In February of 2006, a record snowfall measuring 26.9 inches fell in Central Park, falling within just 24 hours, and breaking the previous record set back in December of 1947. This coming winter could be even colder, with the possibile return of La Niña. The extremes aren’t happening just in New York City. “We’ve been in extremes as far as the hurricane cycle with super hurricanes becoming more common. This past hurricane season we’ve already seen two category five hurricanes – some of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall ever. Dean and Felix were some of the most powerful hurricanes to strike land, not to mention happening within two weeks of each other. I’ve never seen anything like that ever."

FYI
Summer of Record Breaking Weather
by Don Beck
Monday Sep 17th, 2007 12:25 PM
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK AT SKYWATCH-MEDIA NEWS

[NOAA just released it's report on this summer's weather. This is what global warming looks like.] Don't be blindsided by Climate Skeptics and Naysayers, they are wrong now and will sink with the ship when distress comes knocking on their door. "Climate change is not all bad" they say. Well that statement couldn't be further from the truth according to our recent observations. KEEP INFORMED: STAY TUNED TO SKYWATCH-MEDIA NEWS, WE WILL NOT LEAD YOU ASTRAY EVER!

The following is very important earth and climate change news.
Heed the warnings and take all necessary action in the weeks and months ahead, it is going to get much worse.


The June-August 2007 summer season ended with a long-lasting heatwave that set more than 2,000 new daily high temperature records.....

....the second warmest August and the sixth warmest summer on record for the contiguous U.S......

The global surface temperature was seventh warmest on record for the June-August period.

More than 30 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken in the U.S....

This was the warmest August in the 113-year record for West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Utah.

Texas had its wettest summer on record and Oklahoma its fourth wettest.

In the Southeast, this was the driest summer since records began in 1895 for North Carolina and the second driest for Tennessee.

Part of the Midwest received record precipitation in August.... was two to three times normal for the month in a wide band across the central Midwest, and major flooding occurred in parts of a region that stretched from southeastern Minnesota to central Ohio.

Iowa had its wettest August on record.

June was the wettest ever recorded in the UK.

-----Other record breaking events of this year-----

Australia is experiencing the worst drought on record.

Southwest US and Southeast US states experiencing worst drought in 100 years.

In May a tornado over two miles wide wiped a town in Kansas off the map.

For the first time ever, two hurricanes made landfall in the Atlantic as cat. 5s......and less than two weeks apart.

This year Canada is experiencing record breaking wild fire season because of record breaking drought during winter months.

The first ever hurricane to hit Iran.

Texas had 14 inches of rain within a 24 hour period, and this was in the middle of a 20 day period of storms that hovered over the area causing massive flooding.

And lets not forget snow in South Africa.

Jan. 2007 was Warmest January in Netherlands in 300 years.

Jan. 2007 was the world's hottest January on record.

March Temperatures Second Warmest on Record for U.S.

Global April Surface Temperature Third Warmest on Record.

Winter 2007 tied with 1998 as the warmest January-May period.

2007, The global average temperature was the second warmest on record for the January-June six-month period.

11 of the 12 warmest years globally were the past 11 years and 2007 looks to be equal to past 11 years.

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Reference:

NOAA Website, 9/12/07
http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2007/sep07/noaa07-049.html
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