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Friday, May 16, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away. April's Numbers in 'Twisted'

After a busy morning, I have run out of time to post. Remember you can track along on my Storm Page or TV Weather Graphics links above (on the full site). I will try to get back and post later. There is a cold front that could bring us showers Saturday night into Sunday- and yet another storm next week.
The official April Climate data is in as well. Who do you want to listen to, and what do you want to believe?

  • From the National Climatic Data Center- For the contiguous United States, the average temperature for April was 51.0°F (10.6°C), which was 1.0°F (0.6°C) below the 20th century mean and ranked as the 29th coolest April on record, based on preliminary data.
  • NOAA had this Headline: NOAA: U.S. Has Cool April, Global Temperature Ranked 13th Warmest on Record
  • This is from Quark Soup- a blog my wife found: NASA GISS is out with their NASA GISS April '08 global land+ocean temperatures were +0.41°C above the long-term average. It has something for everyone: on the one hand, it's the coldest April in seven years. On the other hand, it's the 11th warmest April in GISS's recorded history (1990-2008).
I am glad I am not the only one not brainwashed by their skew. By the way, how long have we been tracking sea surface temperatures? I love that when it's cool- it's preliminary numbers. when it's about the heat- stop the press. I wonder what the carbon footprint is for using bold face font?
Just keep in mind, here in Baltimore we are running below normal in temperatures this month- including Monday's 50F high which was the coolest afternoon on record for the date. Including today's rain- we have about 2 inches left for the all time wettest May. We have a shot with 15 more days and a few more storms in the pipeline. I'll get into that this weekend.

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