Fourth warmest winter on record for the U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:54 PM GMT en Marzo 08, 2012

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February is gone, and the non-winter of 2011 - 2012 is the history books as the fourth warmest in U.S. history, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center yesterday. The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 - 2000. If you lived in the Northern Plains, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, it seemed like winter never really arrived this year--27 states in this region had top-ten warmest winters. Across the U.S., only New Mexico (41st coolest) and Alaska (35th coolest) had winter temperatures colder than average. According to NOAA's Climate Extremes Index, the percent area of the U.S. experiencing extremes in warm maximum temperatures (top 10% on record) was 49 percent--the 4th highest value since the index began being computed in 1911. Jackson, Kentucky, Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey all had their warmest winter on record.


Figure 1. Contiguous U.S. temperature rankings for the winter of 2011 - 2012 (the months of December - January - February.) The 117-year period of record begins in 1895, and each state is given a ranking based on how cold this winter was, relative to the other 116 years. Thus, a ranking of 116 means it was the 2nd warmest winter on record. Image credit: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.


Figure 2. Contiguous U.S. temperatures for winter (the months of December - January - February), from 1895 - 2012. The winter of 2011 - 2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record, behind 2000, 1999, and 1992. Winter temperatures have increased by abot 1.7°F per century (red linear trend line.) Image credit: National Climatic Data Center.

Third least snowy winter on record for the contiguous U.S.
Warm and dry conditions during the winter of 2011 - 2012 led to snow cover extent that was the 3rd lowest in the 46-year satellite record, according to data from the Rutgers Global Snow Lab. Snowfall was particularly low across parts of the West, where much of California, Nevada, and Arizona had a snowpack less than half of average. Fortunately, the West had a near-record snowpack the previous winter, so this year's lack on snow will not cause serious water availability problems during the summer. In the Upper Midwest, the lack of a winter snowpack will substantially reduce the chances of spring flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. NOAA issues their annual spring flood outlook on March 15, and it is likely to show a much lower risk of flooding compared to last year, when 1-in-100 to 1-in-500 year floods hit much of the Missouri and Lower Mississippi rivers. However, the remarkably low snow cover this winter over the Upper Midwest will allow soils to dry out much more quickly than usual, leading to increased chances of summer drought. The latest Drought Monitor map shows moderate to severe drought covering nearly all of Minnesota and Northwest Iowa; these regions are at high risk of suffering damaging drought conditions during the summer growing season.


Figure 3. State-by-state rankings of precipitation for the winter of 2011 - 2012. Four Western states had a top-ten driest winters on record, and Kansas had a top-ten wettest winter. Drought-stricken Texas, which entered the winter expecting drier than average conditions, since it was a La Niña year, lucked out, getting an unusually wet winter. Records go back to 1895. Image credit: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

A very mild winter for the Midwest
If you live in the Midwest, you saved a bundle this winter on heating and snow removal costs. In Minneapolis, where the low temperature falls below 0°F an average of 30 days each year, the temperature fell below zero on just two days. These days were January 18 and 19, when the low hit -1°F and -11°F, respectively. Since record keeping began in 1891, only one other winter has had so few below-zero days--the winter of 2001 - 2002. Third place is held by the winter of 1930 - 1931, with six below-zero days. Minneapolis has seen half of its usual snowfall this winter--just 22.1" as of March 7, which is 22.1" below the average of 44.2". The least snowy winter for Minneapolis occurred in the winter of 1930 - 1931, when just 14.2" of snow fell on the city.

Chicago has also seen far less snow than usual--just 19.8" as of March 7, 11.8" below their average. In a normal winter, there are 13 days with sub-zero temperatures in Chicago. The coldest it got in Chicago this winter was a relatively balmy 5°F on January 19. This is just one degree cooler than the warmest winter low temperature ever recorded in the city, which is 6°F. Here is a list of the winters in Chicago that have had no sub-zero temperatures, with the coldest temperature of the winter shown in parentheses:

1930-31 (6°F)
1959-60 (6°F)
1905-06 (6°F)
2011-12 (5°F)
1982-83 (3°F)
1938-39 (2°F)
1955-56 (2°F)
1931-32 (1°F)
1881-82 (1°F)
1936-37 (1°F)

NCDC's Dr. Deke Arndt has a two-minute video discussing the reasons for this year's warm winter. The primary factor was the position of the jet stream, which lay much farther north than usual.

I'll be back Monday at the latest with a new post.

Jeff Masters

Mild Winter (26mileman)
With mild temps people are out riding their bikes.
Mild Winter
March 6-7 aurora in Palmer Alaska (alaskario)
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March 6-7 aurora in Palmer Alaska
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A Little Light...

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821. WxGeekVA
7:27 PM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
From last night to this morning, it is the slowest I have ever seen it.


WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
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820. hydrus
3:51 PM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:
This blog is so quiet you could hear a forecast discussion from Alaska come out....
From last night to this morning, it is the slowest I have ever seen it.
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819. WxGeekVA
3:23 PM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
This blog is so quiet you could hear a forecast discussion from Alaska come out....
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818. hydrus
3:14 PM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
This will be interesting.
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817. hydrus
2:02 PM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
Quoting Jedkins01:



See I drink beer when I'm just relaxing with my friends by the creek or fishing, so I drink it to enjoy it. I don't drink to get drunk, in fact I never have been drunk before.


That being said, Busch beer doesn't cut it for me, lol.
Come on Jed, try it again for the first time... Do it, for the proud staff at Anheuser Busch........do it for America.......do it...:)
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816. CanesfanatUT
1:11 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
I thought I read on here recently that there is drought in the Sahel region of Africa. Isn't that a harbinger of a suppressed Cape Verde season??

Hope you are feeling better than me - am coming down with something. Ugh.
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815. nigel20
12:50 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
I came on at the wrong time...when noone is posting
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814. nigel20
12:42 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
Not much weather related activity occured today it would seem!
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813. nigel20
12:40 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
what's up guys are you gone to bed?
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812. nigel20
12:30 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
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811. nigel20
12:27 AM GMT en Marzo 11, 2012
Good night guys
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810. BahaHurican
11:48 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
LOL... just thought the same thing....
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809. WxGeekVA
11:43 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting BahaHurican:
LOL...

Soft drinks,
Beer
Child armies
The nature of good

Some amazingly eclectic topics we are getting to today...


Better than AGW, politics, and religion!

Wait.... Why did I just say that?
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808. BahaHurican
11:09 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
LOL...

Soft drinks,
Beer
Child armies
The nature of good

Some amazingly eclectic topics we are getting to today...
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807. BahaHurican
11:07 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:


What isn't good about stopping a man from kidnapping children and forcing them to fight, making them slaves, and other unspeakable things that he makes them do? How can someone in good conscience refuse to do anything to help stop these crimes and bring this man to justice? How could you make a comparison of Hitler and his "Final Solution" that he wrongly thought was good, to an international effort of which is to stop crimes similar to that from occurring?

Come on, if you don't want to help, or if you are unable to just say so. Don't make up a flimsy excuse such as "Is this really good we are doing?" because if you really think that this isnt a good cause or the right thing to do, maybe you should take a step back and consider what your morals and values are.
The problem isn't with "wanting" to help. The problem is with making sure your "solution" doesn't result in a greater problem in the long run. Like Prohibition contributed to organized crime rather than reducing it, as intended. Like removing a kid from an abusive home but not insuring that the foster home you put him in is a good one. Like getting out of your storm-surge vulnerable house and going to a location that isn't any less vulnerable.

What happens to these kids when they are out of the army? Do they just starve, become the victims of some new round of bullies, or become bullies themselves? I'm not objecting to helping, u know, VA; I'm saying let's think things through some more.
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806. BahaHurican
10:52 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I feel fine and am in good health. Plus, I like drinking them. Problem? It's not like I'm you, drink all the water you want. :P
Actually there is a fair amount of scientific evidence out there that excessive consumption of soft drinks among teens can lead to both short and long term problems for them.

I don't think Jed meant don't drink another one. But I'd certainly not drink more than one a day, and get in as much water as you do other forms of liquid.

The key to this drinking thing [sodas, coffee, beer, other alcohol or sugar-based drinks] is moderation. It's the ABUSE that kills...

And the bit with the negative impact gets worse in the 40s and 50s, so all u old guys out there.... lol
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805. WxGeekVA
9:40 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
From local forecast discussion:

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...

MAR 13/14 - 19 YRS SINCE THE STORM OF THE CENTURY.

I CAN`T SAY THAT THE WX PATTERN FOR THE WK AHD LOOKS EVEN REMOTELY
LK A NMRL MID MARCH PATTERN. THE END OF WINTER LOOKS LK IT`S GOING
TO OUT W/ A WHIMPER..
.

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804. Jedkins01
9:35 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
It was the best bang for the buck Jed..:)



See I drink beer when I'm just relaxing with my friends by the creek or fishing, so I drink it to enjoy it. I don't drink to get drunk, in fact I never have been drunk before.


That being said, Busch beer doesn't cut it for me, lol.
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803. TropicalAnalystwx13
8:40 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Very educational video put together by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Partners. Watch it if you have not yet seen it.

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802. WxGeekVA
8:37 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


How can going after a bad guy like this be a bad thing? He kidnaps, torments, and enslaves children correct?

Well you'd be pretty foolish to think that he could do that all by himself. After all, the kids end up being part of his army eventually. Like any such group, the more senior members get granted power. Even the underlings get tempted by the power. They have a vested interest; the have more than they would otherwise. Going in there and killing Kony would do absolutely nothing other than create a power vacuum within the group, and possibly in the larger surrounding area. The more senior members of the group would either select a new leader or break into violent factions. Now instead of one evil POS you have several.

There is an entire psychology in place in such groups. You can't just go in there guns blazing and take out the leader. That doesn't work, and more than likely result in even worse problems. You need an understanding of the area and the problems people face there. You have to understand why someone would want to become part of such a group. Even simple drivers like hunger can be enough to take a reluctant child and turn them into a willing soldier.

This was the whole point behind my previous comment. The US has great power, but knee-jerk "bomb that SOB to hell" reactions, even when driven by a good cause, only leads to more problems. With great power comes great responsibility means that whenever you intend to use that power, you must be wise and use the utmost care in applying it. Otherwise
you end up creating bigger problems.


Who said anything about killing him guns blazing Navy SEAL style? Arrest him, try him, find him guilty of course at the ICC at The Hague, and sentence him to death then. That should send a message to his followers and others like him in the region that what he did is unacceptable and you will eventually have justice served. Of course you will need military to capture him and bring him in but there will be no need to "bomb the hell out of them" for his arrest to occurr.
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801. wxmod
6:48 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting bappit:
I heard a news story about the dust storms from China reaching Korea. It said the dust originates in the Gobi Desert. Link.

"Intense dust storms have blown across Korea throughout recorded history, but their frequency and intensity have increased in recent decades."


Gobi Desert dust and smog look totally different on satellite photos. China is suffering from a smog epidemic. It is huge and is affecting the worlds weather. It is also well documented, so I hope you will pay more attention and learn to read satellite photos. They are available for free on the internet.
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800. Xyrus2000
6:38 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting WxGeekVA:


What isn't good about stopping a man from kidnapping children and forcing them to fight, making them slaves, and other unspeakable things that he makes them do? How can someone in good conscience refuse to do anything to help stop these crimes and bring this man to justice? How could you make a comparison of Hitler and his "Final Solution" that he wrongly thought was good, to an international effort of which is to stop crimes similar to that from occurring?

Come on, if you don't want to help, or if you are unable to just say so. Don't make up a flimsy excuse such as "Is this really good we are doing?" because if you really think that this isnt a good cause or the right thing to do, maybe you should take a step back and consider what your morals and values are.


How can going after a bad guy like this be a bad thing? He kidnaps, torments, and enslaves children correct?

Well you'd be pretty foolish to think that he could do that all by himself. After all, the kids end up being part of his army eventually. Like any such group, the more senior members get granted power. Even the underlings get tempted by the power. They have a vested interest; the have more than they would otherwise. Going in there and killing Kony would do absolutely nothing other than create a power vacuum within the group, and possibly in the larger surrounding area. The more senior members of the group would either select a new leader or break into violent factions. Now instead of one evil POS you have several.

There is an entire psychology in place in such groups. You can't just go in there guns blazing and take out the leader. That doesn't work, and more than likely result in even worse problems. You need an understanding of the area and the problems people face there. You have to understand why someone would want to become part of such a group. Even simple drivers like hunger can be enough to take a reluctant child and turn them into a willing soldier.

This was the whole point behind my previous comment. The US has great power, but knee-jerk "bomb that SOB to hell" reactions, even when driven by a good cause, only leads to more problems. With great power comes great responsibility means that whenever you intend to use that power, you must be wise and use the utmost care in applying it. Otherwise you end up creating bigger problems.
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799. hydrus
6:26 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Jedkins01:



Busch beer, nastyyyyyyy.


How about Milwaukee's Best. Now that is some cheap beer! It certainly is NOT actually Milwaukee's best, that's for sure! LOL
It was the best bang for the buck Jed..:)
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798. Jedkins01
6:11 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Busch Lite is o.k..We liked Busch back in the day because you could buy a case for 6 bucks.



Busch beer, nastyyyyyyy.


How about Milwaukee's Best. Now that is some cheap beer! It certainly is NOT actually Milwaukee's best, that's for sure! LOL
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797. Jedkins01
6:04 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


NO!

Good is subjective, and much pain and suffering has come about from people using power for whatever their version of "good" is. Then more often than not, the temptation of power corrupts and what may have started out as something "good" turns into a nightmare. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and all that.

Whenever you use great power, you must consider every possible consequence of your actions. Even if it would appear your actions are good, they can have drastic unintended consequences.


You are correct, the human mind is wicked in deceit, and its not what goes in man that's the problem but what comes out.

We must test what someones idea of good is, us humans might have a moral law in our mind but be are easily corrupted and deceive ourselves in the process.

We all need wise and loving people around us not only to give us company and companionship but to challenge us when we head in the wrong direction, which we often do.

Hitler and his party ran as "good guys" and the nation believed it, we all know how that went...



Meanwhile, the U.S. government little by little is attempting to head in a similar direction, in both parties, we must wake up and put an end to it.
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796. TropicalAnalystwx13
6:00 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Click on the Sun!

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795. Jedkins01
5:59 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
I am glad its done.. Mets have complained about it for years.



Yeah, I'm glad they did too!
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794. Xyrus2000
5:59 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
off topic...

I fear that another major earthquake is about to strike somewhere in the world soon.



2011 - Japan 9.0 megaquake/tsunami
2010 - Chile 8.8
2009 - Samoa 8.3
2008 - China 8.0 deadly quake
2007 - Peru 8.0

2012 - ?? coming soon
let's be real. It will happen even if we do not want


Well, yeah. On average there are one or two major quakes (8.0 or greater magnitude) every year. And magnitude 6 or greater earthquakes happen every two to three days. Here are the stats: anLink.

It would be more surprising if there wasn't a major quake this year.
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793. Jedkins01
5:57 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I don't drink soft drinks all the time, I drink juices and stuff (like Gatorade) as well. It's just, my primary drink is Mountain Dew.


Well, that's my point, your primary drink shouldn't be mountain dew, that's a bad health condition.

I mean, you could even drink soda every day if you balanced it out with fitness and a lot of water. Drinking soda every day still isn't healthy but if you drink lots of water as well and have regular exercise it apposes dramatically that hazardous effects on health that frequent consumption of soda causes.

If you slowly replace drinking soda with say more water, sweet tea, fruit juice, and gatorade, it will help. Like I said you don't have to give up drinking soda all together, although completely doing without soda is a health benefit, I myself drink soda occasionally and there is nothing wrong with occasional soda by any means if you already have an all around healthy life style.

I can't change what you do, but definitely be aware of what I've said.


heck even some beer isn't bad, drinking it constantly isn't good either, but I always crack open a couple six packs with my friends on Saturday nights :)
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792. Tropicsweatherpr
5:56 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Slight Risk for Sunday.

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791. TropicalAnalystwx13
5:54 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Click on the sun to take you to the brand new blog entry.

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790. Neapolitan
5:49 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
The sun just produced an M7 M8 flare (and is in fact still in the middle of doing so).

http://www.solarham.com/
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789. TropicalAnalystwx13
5:41 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Jedkins01:


See here is the problem, I'm not an alien, I too, have human body, and am subjected to it, just as you are.


This isnm't aboutr preference its about health. I know, I'm soundinf harsh, and its never fun being called out. But seriously man, living off soft drinks, is not good for the body, and the brain gets used to unhealthy living and no longer is aware of the poor conditioning, just as people who are obese aren't aware of how great is to be athletic, even though everyone else who is athletic from the outside sees how horrible the problem is.


I'm actually trying to help you man, because it is very unhealthy, denying it doesn't make it any more healthy, it just makes it that much harder to change. I'm not saying this to judge your character or anything, I too when I was younger drank nothing but soda, and not only am I a lot healthier now then I was then but I feel a lot better too!


What you aren't realizing is that it is human condition for one to think they are ok while being subjected to a problem, its hard for someone to realize what its like to be free from something till they are really free from it, our brain gets used to being subjected to what it should not, so to speak. us humans have tendencies of wearing a veil and not realizing how bad a problem is till we listen to those who are trying to help and we finally overcome that problem :)

I don't drink soft drinks all the time, I drink juices and stuff (like Gatorade) as well. It's just, my primary drink is Mountain Dew.
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788. Jedkins01
5:38 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I feel fine and am in good health. Plus, I like drinking them. Problem? It's not like I'm you, drink all the water you want. :P


See here is the problem, I'm not an alien, I too, have human body, and am subjected to it, just as you are.


This isn't about preference its about health. I know, I might be sounding a bit harsh, and its never fun being called out. But seriously man, living off soft drinks, is not good for the body, and the brain gets used to unhealthy living and no longer is aware of the poor conditioning, just as people who are obese aren't aware of how great is to be athletic, even though everyone else who is athletic from the outside sees how horrible the problem is.


I'm actually trying to help you man, because it is very unhealthy, denying it doesn't make it any more healthy, it just makes it that much harder to change. I'm not saying this to judge your character or anything, I too when I was younger drank nothing but soda, and not only am I a lot healthier now then I was then but I feel a lot better too!


What you aren't realizing is that it is human condition for one to think they are ok while being subjected to a problem, its hard for someone to realize what its like to be free from something till they are really free from it, our brain gets used to being subjected to what it should not, so to speak. us humans have tendencies of wearing a veil and not realizing how bad a problem is till we listen to those who are trying to help and we finally overcome that problem :)




The problem is trying to stop feels horrible at first for a long time, its how the brain works, but eventually that irritability goes away and you are are free!
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787. hydrus
5:38 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting islander101010:
confiscated all the kids beer when they were underage now i cant drink anything but busch light
Busch Lite is o.k..We liked Busch back in the day because you could buy a case for 6 bucks.
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786. hydrus
5:35 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Tennessee Tornadoes; Decadal Totals

Bobby Boyd
Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Nashville, Tennessee


From January 1st, 1950 through December 31st, 2009 there were 997 tornadoes documented in Tennessee with 304 fatalities and 3860 injuries. When looking at the data there is a noticeable increase in the number of tornadoes during the last two decades of record. There are several possibilities for this increase. One of which is the improvement in weather radar technology such as the doppler radars that were commissioned in Tennessee in the mid 1990's. Doppler weather radars have allowed meteorologists to see storms that might contain rotation sooner than the conventional radars of the 1950's and 60's. Also public awareness has increased along with the proliferation of digital and video cameras which means many more small tornadoes are now sighted and tracked that probably would have been missed many years ago. Also, the urbanization of Tennessee since the 1950's has led to an increased awareness. Tornadoes that once moved through areas where vast farm land existed are now moving through subdivisions, apartment complexes and shopping centers. For these reasons tornado records from earlier decades such as the 1950's are not comparable with the record of recent years.



Tennessee Tornadoes, Decadal Totals

Tennessee Tornadoes by Decade

Decade Tornadoes Fatal Injuries
1950-1959 97 91 817
1960-1969 76 11 154
1970-1979 185 59 1267
1980-1989 118 8 142
1990-1999 223 35 727
2000-2009 298 100 753




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785. WxGeekVA
5:34 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting BahaHurican:
Xyrus, I like your comment. I thought immediately of two examples.

1. Europeans took Indian children away from their parents, especially in the West, and sent them to boarding schools where they had no contact with their family, language or culture. They even took the children's names away. This was meant for good, yet it did irreparable harm to the children, their families and their culture. What was "good" to the Europeans was most "evil" for the Native Americans.

2. Building of levees to protect cities in floodplains has had some remarkably negative short and long-term impacts on the Mississippi flood plain. The most recent example is the opening of that spillway to avert catastrophic flooding of, I believe, the southernmost town in Illinois.

It's easy to "mean well", but not always so easy to "do all the good you can"....


What isn't good about stopping a man from kidnapping children and forcing them to fight, making them slaves, and other unspeakable things that he makes them do? How can someone in good conscience refuse to do anything to help stop these crimes and bring this man to justice? How could you make a comparison of Hitler and his "Final Solution" that he wrongly thought was good, to an international effort of which is to stop crimes similar to that from occurring?

Come on, if you don't want to help, or if you are unable to just say so. Don't make up a flimsy excuse such as "Is this really good we are doing?" because if you really think that this isnt a good cause or the right thing to do, maybe you should take a step back and consider what your morals and values are.
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784. islander101010
5:30 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Beer is good for drinking. Healthy delicious beer. Especially home brewed. Nothing that has ever existed in the Universe surpasses it. It is liquid God.
confiscated all the kids beer when they were underage now i cant drink anything but busch light
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783. hydrus
5:28 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

They just fixed some of the knot to miles per hour conversions.
I am glad its done.. Mets have complained about it for years.
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782. islander101010
5:27 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
all that matters is hits. yu can have 20 storms buzzing around in the mid atlantic and none effect anyone. good luck everyone 2012 hurricane season
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781. nigel20
5:27 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

They just fixed some of the knot to miles per hour conversions.

Yeah...I know
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780. hydrus
5:27 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I feel fine and am in good health. Plus, I like drinking them. Problem? It's not like I'm you, drink all the water you want. :P
Beer is good for drinking. Healthy delicious beer. Especially home brewed. Nothing that has ever existed in the Universe surpasses it. ... It is liquid God.
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779. TropicalAnalystwx13
5:24 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting nigel20:
What do you guys think about slight modification of the hurrricane intensity scale?

They just fixed some of the knot to miles per hour conversions.
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778. nigel20
5:22 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
What do you guys think about slight modification of the hurricane intensity scale
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777. TropicalAnalystwx13
5:21 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Jedkins01:



Are you serious? You need intervention. Living off soft drinks is very unhealthy. Its not that they can't be touched, but consuming them every day, especially if you aren't drinking large amounts of water, is very hazardous. Besides, why would you want to? It will make you in poor health and make you feel like crap.

I feel fine and am in good health. Plus, I like drinking them. Problem? It's not like I'm you, drink all the water you want. :P
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776. nigel20
5:21 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Good morning guys
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775. Jedkins01
5:20 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

That's ridiculous, I could not live without soft drinks.



Are you serious? Living off soft drinks is very unhealthy. Its not that they can't be touched, but consuming them every day, especially if you aren't drinking large amounts of water, is very hazardous. Besides, why would you want to? It will make you in poor health and make you feel like crap.


The irony of your statement is if you gave up dependance on soft drinks in exchange for water you will not only be healthier but you will feel healthier. I can guarantee it. You can always treat yourself to an occasional soda, just don't drink a lot of it.

I drink a lot of water and a lot of tea on a regular basis, and fitness is essential to go along with healthy drinking habits.


I myself have a soda once or twice a week, and a couple beers on the weekend. I just drink a lot of water to make up for any soda, of course with weight training and cardio I drink extra water.
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774. Jedkins01
5:14 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting KoritheMan:


As horrible as that is (I haven't watched it either), did we really need to be made aware of something we already knew? It's not a secret that Africa is a relatively poor nation, which obviously extends to living conditions and government control as well.



Africa isn't a nation, its a continent :)
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773. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:57 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
This video made me feel uncomfortable, I wouldn't recommend watching it if you don't like seeing death. It happened today though, so RIP whoever this skier was...

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772. yqt1001
4:55 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


NO!

Good is subjective, and much pain and suffering has come about from people using power for whatever their version of "good" is. Then more often than not, the temptation of power corrupts and what may have started out as something "good" turns into a nightmare. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and all that.

Whenever you use great power, you must consider every possible consequence of your actions. Even if it would appear your actions are good, they can have drastic unintended consequences.


Very nice point!

Hitler really did think that he was doing the world good by starting the Holocaust and WW2.
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771. bappit
4:52 PM GMT en Marzo 10, 2012
Quoting wxmod:
Imagine driving a thousand miles and never seeing the sun because of air pollution. How can you get energy from solar panels in this environment? China today. MODIS

I heard a news story about the dust storms from China reaching Korea. It said the dust originates in the Gobi Desert. Link.

"Intense dust storms have blown across Korea throughout recorded history, but their frequency and intensity have increased in recent decades."
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