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Historic March Heat Wave Sets New Milestones

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The March heat wave continues to shatter longstanding records from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast, with more than 2,200 warm temperature records set during the month so far. It’s quite possible that this March heat wave will be considered an unprecedented event in the U.S. historical record, which extends back to the late 19th century, based on the margin by which records are being exceeded, the wide geographic scope of the heat wave, the duration of the event and the time of year when it is occurring. 

“This will be a March event that we’ll look back on as one of the big March events of modern history,” said Deke Arndt, who leads the climate monitoring branch of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.. “If it’s not unprecedented, it’s definitely very impressive.”

According to the HAMweather website, 1,192 record daytime highs were set in the U.S. from March 12-18, along with 708 high minimum temperature records. This compares to just 66 coldest maximum temperature records, and only eight records for the coldest overnight low temperature. More records are likely to be set today through the end of this week, when a cooler airmass finally moves eastward (as it does so, it may spark rounds of severe weather). This data may be missing some records set after March 15, since there have been some problems obtaining data from the National Climatic Data Center's website.

According to the CapitalClimate blog, so far this month warm weather records have been outpacing cold records by a lopsided ratio of 19-to-1. Since January 1, the ratio has been closer to 14-to-1.

Temperature departures from average on during the period of March 1-18. Credit: NOAA/Southern Regional Climate Center.

In a long-term trend that has been found to be inconsistent with natural variability alone, daily record-high temperatures have recently been outpacing daily record-lows by an average of 2-to-1, and this imbalance is expected to grow as the climate continues to warm. According to a 2009 study, if the climate were not warming, this ratio would be expected to be even. Other studies have shown that climate change increases the odds of extreme heat events.

The exceptional heat is especially evident when viewed location by location.

Take, for example, the case of International Falls, Minn. Known as the “icebox” of the nation, the city is famous for its frigid temperatures and late onset of spring. Yet on March 18, the temperature at International Falls reached 79°F, setting a record for the month of March — beating the record of 77 degrees that was set just the day before! Before this heat wave, the warmest temperature during the month of March was 73°F, set in 1960.

In Chicago, the National Weather Service described the heat wave as “historic and unprecedented.” Chicago has recorded five days in a row in which temperatures reached or exceeded 80°F, shattering the previous record of two consecutive days. When Chicago hit 82°F on March 16, it was the earliest it had ever been so warm there — breaking the old record by more than a week. 

U.S. temperature records set between March 12-19. Credit: HAMweather.com.

Prior to this year, there had been just 10 March 80-degree days in Chicago, which means on average in March there’s an 80-degree high once every 14 years or so. Average temperatures for the month are on track to exceed the record for the warmest such month on record in the windy city. “It is likely that Chicago and Rockford will not only break… but shatter their current record warmest Marches,” the Weather Service stated.

Milwaukee, Wisc. is also on track to set a record for the warmest March, beating the old record by 3.5°F. Even with cooler temperatures in the forecast for late this week, it’s likely that Milwaukee and Madison will both set records for the warmest three months of the year.

Just as it was a feature of the 2011 summer heat wave, this event has also seen many overnight low-temperature records being set. In fact, in parts of the Upper Midwest, some of the overnight lows threatened daytime-high temperature records.

In Madison, the temperature only got down to 60°F on Saturday — an all-time March record-high minimum temperature. The average temperature in Madison that day was 70°F, which is the warmest average temperature of any March day on record there.

Average temperature in Chicago during the warmest Marches on record, showing how much warmer this month has been so far. Credit: National Weather Service.

In Minneapolis, Sunday’s record high of 79°F was 37 degrees above average for the date. The Twin Cities recorded seven record highs and five record warm nighttime lows since March 10, according to meteorologist Paul Douglas.

Minneapolis set records for the earliest 80-degree temperature on record (March 17), and the maximum low temperature for the month (59 degrees on March 17).

“Hyperbole aside, I honestly can't remember anything like this, even back in 1988, when Minneapolis-St. Paul experienced 44 days above 90. I'm afraid we've run out of red dots,”  Douglas wrote on his Minneapolis Star-Tribune weather blog, referring to the red dots signifying warm temperature records on weather maps.

Daily high temperature records have also been set in the Northeast, where Boston reached 74°F on March 18, for example. The warm weather is expected to continue through most of the week in this region.

The weather pattern resulting in this heat wave is remarkably similar to ones that lead to prolonged periods of extreme heat during the summertime, with a huge dome of high pressure blocking the eastward movement of storms and cooler air off the Pacific. Some meteorologists are studying whether global warming is leading to more such “blocking patterns,” and there are some indications that this may be the case, although there is considerable uncertainty surrounding this question.

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By Deborah (Litchfield, Ohio 44253)
on March 22nd, 2012

  Dear Mr. Gore,    With the way the weather has been I have watched the forecasts and the news and have been surprised your name has not been mentioned.  If I were you I would be saying, “I told you so!”  You do fantastic things for our world and am proud of you.  Hope the weather can get back to normal, but know it’s really getting unsettleing.  My husband for one is a little scared of how this March has broken records here for so many consectutive days…what’s next is what we fear.  Global warming is nothing to laugh about and I hope and pray we all can do more to help.  Thanks again for all you do.

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By Hank Helmen (Ruckersville, VA 22968)
on March 22nd, 2012

One would think that after taking into account all of the financial damage caused by recent floods along the Missippi, tornadoes in the midwest, wild fires in California and Arizona, droughts in Texas,and hurricanes in Lousiana, that conservative hawks who oppose government spending would begin to make the connection between climate change and state and federal spending.  That is spending for clean up & infrastructure repair, as well as foriegn aid to other hard hit countries. What real cost has been incurred by the increase in frequency and intensity of storms?
If we really wanted less government spending would we not take the long term approach to aviod natural disasters as much as possible?

I wonder if The American Enterprise Institute or the Heritage Foundation has ever studied the real spending for natural disaster relief during the period say 1946 to 1956 and then compared that with the cost (in inflation adjusted dollars) of relief from 1998 through 2008?  I will bet that the insurance companies do these studies all the time, and they probably know the real consequences of human caused climate change.

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By Anna (Jupiter, FL)
on March 24th, 2012

The conservative hawks you speak of don’t believe climate change is man made, plus the financial consequences of discontinuing fossil fuel usage is too great (according to them), on top of the fact many of the worst offenders in pollution are India and China… basically what I’m trying to say in a grammatically horrifying way is that you’ll never convince these guys to change their ways. It’s too late. The permafrost is melting and the feedback loop of methane escaping causing more global warming causing more permafrost to melt…it’s already happening.  I have a three year old child. I can only hope that he can enjoy most of his lifetime without a world wide famine or something like that. Am I nuts? Maybe. I wish politicians were a little younger…maybe they would be more worried about the rest of their lives here on earth.

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By Paul Felix Schott (The United States of America)
on May 24th, 2012

Read well and study on your own after you have read this.


This is not a game or joke our Sun gives off a Solar Wind all day year round if you live in the State of Alaska you see it in the sky above what a sight it is going through our Earth’s Magnet Polls of the North and the South, North Poll. Its Called the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis.


The day will come when you will be able to see it all over Earth as in the year 1859 Solar Flare, It was the largest in 500 years. Two Astronomer’s Hodgson and Carrington told the World that the Solar Flare made a Geomagnetic Storm reach Earth in hours not days. Back then it gave new meaning to Reach For The Skies from Telegraph Operators. For hours sparks flew from the key board. Even after the Batteries were disconnected. Nov 3 and 4, 2003 had a X40+ Class Solar Flare.


Our Sun’s UV Rays will get stronger as each passing day go’s by, read and i will tell you why.


The Great big forest have be striped from most of the Earth for Greed of Money by the Wicked. The trees our are Main Source of Oxygen on this Plant.
The Forest Trees scrubs the Pollution out of the air and makes Oxygen from the rain and dirt that it grows in.


The Forest Trees do more then just make Oxygen they stop Soil Erosion, just Look at the 1930 Dust Bowl. Greed by our Government taxes led farmers to clear cut all their Forest and farm all the land they were being Tax on. They had to farm it to pay for the Taxes. Why leave the Trees when food crop makes Money. This Did not Help the Depression that effected most all Worldwide. This year 2012 more then 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition lack of food and Dehydration lack of water. Many will not make it and die!


Soon many will run out of Safe Drinking Water from pollution going into the worlds water supply.

In the United States of America alone more than 45 Million Americans Received Food Stamps and that number is going up every day every year for more then 3 years in a row now.


The Pollution and CO2 Carbon Dioxide go into the Tree Bark as a shield from most bugs so they do not eat the tree.


Less Forest less Oxygen this is why the moon. That has no Oxygen is very cold on the side with out Sun Light, And hot as ever on the side with Sun Light. Way too cold and too hot to live there. You would need at least 10 times the Energy we use on Earth to even live there and life on the Moon would be very short.


With no blank of Oxygen to lessen or reduce the Sun’s UV Rays and Solar Wind they are deadly there on our Moon. Every Mt. Climber and Aircraft Pilot knows the higher you go the thinner the Oxygen and colder it gets.


Just spend a night on a Mt. top above 13,000 feet with no Sun Light and you will see or should i say feel the cold stinging any of your exposed skin. If you are new to Mt. Climbing stay below 10,000Ft. The Astronauts and the Cosmonauts and Fighter Pilots that i have been with for years know this very well, and the Radiation Hazards to humans at High Altitudes.


Soon the Sun’s Solar Wind and UV rays will be way to strong for most to go out in the Sun Light for even a short time. The Geomagnetic Storm to come and the Bad Weather Storms well you have not seen nothing yet and the Sea Level is Rising the Oceans. Many Millions have been affected by Floods in China and Pakistan just last year. In 2005 Over a Thousand dead in New Orleans flood, and the list going on. The sounds and rumbling of Volcanoes Around Earth are Waking Up at a Alarming rate.


And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and Earthquakes, in divers places such as was not from the beginning of the Creation.


The last 30 years On Earth we have broke all High Temp Records and the temp it is still going up. All the Worlds Ice Glacier are melting at an Accelerating Rate. The Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps store more water than all the Fresh Water Lakes on Earth. Many of them are drying up or water levels are going down past the lowest point every recorded.


The Bad Weather Storms now are Babies compared to what is to come.

They will get even bigger and worse less Oxygen the more UV Rays to the Earth and more Water molecules will evaporate and go up into the Earth’s Atmosphere. Less Oxygen the colder with out sun light and hotter with it.


The Sky full of more water vapor molecules, more snow in the winter and more Flash Floods in the Summer. All earth will see way more fires and the Deserts are growing larger.


If every living person on Earth were to Plant A Tree Today we might have a chance.


The Earth’s Atmosphere Blanket surrounding it protects life on Earth as Our Lord and GOD will all that seek Him.


Then it is written when the tree is full it is harvest time. All the Earth will someday burn away.


This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it
and may our Lord Bless all that do so.


The Lord’s Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott

solardowork@yahoo.com
KI4-AEX


P.S.
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up.


GOD Bless You and Your Love ones
Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day.

Read
Luke 21:20-22
Matthew 24: 30-33

 

 

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