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Summer of 2013 the 8th warmest on record

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A tale of two summers …

Warm West, cool East

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Despite the near absence of record heat across the contiguous 48 states, the summer of 2013 (June-August) ranked as the eighth-warmest on record, with an average temperature of 72.6 degrees, about 1.2 degrees warmer than the 20th century norm.

The data tallied by the National Climatic Data Center suggests an era of new normals, with temperatures running well above historic averages even in non-El Niño years. Taken separately, August 2013 was the 28th-warmest on record with an average temperature of 73..1 degrees, 1 degree above the 20th century average. Read the full report here.

The Alaska statewide average summer temperature was 2.7 degrees above the 1971-2000 average and ranked as the second warmest summer in the 96-year period of record for the state. The warmest June-August occurred in 2004 when the statewide temperature was 4.1 degrees above average. Continue reading

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Climate: July global temps 6th-warmest on record

Year-to-date readings also rank as 6th-warmest

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A NASA global temperature map for July shows the widespread pattern of above-average land and sea surface temperatures.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The global temperature for July 2013 was 1.10 degrees (all temperatures in Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average, making it the sixth-warmest July on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Nearly every part of Earth reported temperatures well above average with the exception of a few pockets, notably the southeastern and central U.S. and parts of India.

The year to date (January-July) is also ranked as the sixth-warmest on record, with the global land surface temperatures running 1.73 degrees above the 20th century average. Continue reading

Climate: From drought to deluge

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Climate experts outline weather extremes across the U.S.

By Bob Berwyn

After years of persistent drought across big swaths of contiguous 48 states, the weather picture changed dramatically in 2012. Instead of dealing with parched ground, farmers in the Southeast weren’t able to harvest crops this summer because of standing water in the fields.

Mold and fungal diseases were reported across the region, particularly on crops such as corn, tomatoes and peanuts. The excess moisture has degraded the quality and flavor of many crops, including watermelons, tobacco, and peaches. Flooded soil  has hampered the growth of cotton and corn, with damage from excess moisture expected to cost billions, The National Climatic Data Center reported this week in its July update. Continue reading

Climate: Average U.S. temp above average for July

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Warmer than average temps book-ended cool conditions in the south-central U.S. in July 2013.

Record moisture in Florida, record dryness in Oregon

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Although a big slice of the south-central and southeastern U.S. reported cooler-than-average temperatures in July, the contiguous 48 states as a whole were once again warmer than the 20th century average.

For the month, the National Climatic Data Center reported that the average temperature was 74.3 degrees across the lower 48 states, which 0.8 degrees above average. Continue reading

Global climate report for 2012 full of warning signs

Strongest climate signals coming from Arctic and extreme weather events

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Many parts of the globe reported record and near-record temps in June 2013.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Some of the most compelling signs of global warming impacts continued to come from the Arctic in 2012, where sea ice extent reached a record low and Greenland experienced record surface melting last summer.

Another worrying sign is the warming in permafrost regions, where significant thawing could release a new surge of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that would intensify warming.

The average global temperature for the year was among the top-10 warmest on record, and other climate observations also are consistent with what to expect in a warming world, according to climate experts who released the 2012 State of the Climate report this week. Continue reading

May 2013 global temps tied for 3d-warmest on record

Warmer than average temperatures prevailed across nearly the entire planet in May 2013

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May temperatures were above average on nearly every corner of the globe.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The nearly ceaseless yapping by climate-science deniers about a slowdown in global warming has not been confirmed by ongoing global temperature observations — far from it. May 2013 temps around the world were once again the near-record realm

According to the National Climatic Data Center’s monthly global analysis, the average global May temperature was 1.16 degrees above the 20th century average, tied with 2005 and 2008 as the 3d-warmest May on record.

May temperatures globally have been above average 37 years in a row, dating back to the coolish 1970s. The last time any month was below average was February 1985.Large areas of major northern hemisphere land masses were warmer than average, including most of northern Siberia, western Russia, northern and eastern Europe, and central Australia.

Western Siberia, northeastern Kazakhstan, western Europe, southwestern Greenland, parts of the central and southeastern United States, and Alaska were below average for the month.

Parts of Scandinavia reported record and near-record temperatures, including Norway and Sweden. Norway on the whole reported a monthly temperature that was 4.7 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Several weather stations in Sweden reported record-high readings, including Sarna in northern Dalarna  and Östersund/Frösön that were 18.7 degrees Fahrenheit and 18.9 degrees Fahrenheit above their respective averages.

According to the NCDC, 2013 so far is lining up as the eighth-warmest year on record based on the January to May period, with a combined global land and ocean average surface temperature of 1.06 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

See the entire report at the NCDC website.

Climate: May 2013 U.S. temps slightly above average

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A large part of the central U.S. recorded near average temperatures in May, 2013, with the contiguous 48 states averaging slightly above average for the month.

Wildfirs  near record low for year to-date

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — The average May temperature across the Lower 48 was exactly 61 degrees, running 0.9 degrees above the 20th century average, according to the monthly report from the National Climatic Data Center.

For the spring season (March through May), the contiguous 48 states recorded cool conditions, running 0.5 degrees below the 20th century average, and well below last year’s record warmth.

The last time spring temps were below normal was in 2011, which was a little cooler, at 0.8 degrees below average. Continue reading

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