Oklahoma's coldest morning on record: -31°F ; storm leaves 2 feet of snow

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 14:13 GMT le 10 février 2011

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Cold air pouring in behind yesterday's remarkable snowstorm over northeast Oklahoma has brought unprecedented cold to the state this morning, with a bone-chilling -31°F recorded at Nowata and -28°F at Bartlesville. These are the coldest temperatures ever measured in Oklahoma. According to Extreme Weather, the excellent weather records book by wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, the previous coldest temperature in Oklahoma was -27°F set in nearby Watts on January 18, 1930. A personal weather station in nearby Hogshooter Valley also hit -28°F this morning (one wonders how the Valley got its colorful name!) Today's record is the second time since the year 2000 that one of the 50 states has set an all-time extreme cold temperature record. On January 16, 2009, Big Black River, Maine set a new state record with -50°F. In comparison, three states--Virginia, California, and South Dakota--have set all-time extreme heat records since 2000. Since 1990, nine states have set all-time extreme high temperature records, and eight states have set all-time extreme cold records. It was also very cold in Arkansas this morning, with a -20°F reading in Springdale. The all-time coldest temperature for Arkansas is -29°F, recorded on February 13, 1905, at Pond and Gavette. Relief is in sight, though--Tuesday's forecast calls for high temperatures in Bartlesville in the low 60s, a full 90 degrees warmer than this morning's low!


Figure 1. Record snows of 25" piled up in northeast Oklahoma near Jay on February 9, 2011. Image credit: wunderphotographer okieski.

Yesterday's major snowstorm blasted northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, and southwest Missouri with up to two feet of snow. The heaviest snows fell in northeast Oklahoma, with 25 inches reported at Jay. Siloam Springs in northwest Arkansas had 24.5", which is just 1/2" shy of the Arkansas state record for heaviest snowstorm of all-time, the 25" that fell on Corning on January 22, 1918. Yesterday's storm brought heavy snows of a foot or more to Kansas, Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, according the the latest NOAA Storm Summary. Significant snows also hit much of the Southeast, with 4.5" recorded in Vernon, AL; 3.8" in Memphis, TN; 3.7" in Bowling Green, KY; and 1" in Asheville, NC. The snow has almost ended over the Southeast, as the storm is now centered off the North Carolina coast and is moving out to sea.

Snowiest month and year in Tulsa's history
The 6.2 inches of snow that fell in Tulsa, Oklahoma during yesterday's snowstorm gave that city its snowiest month on record, according to the National Weather Service. Tulsa has received 23" of snow this month, most of this in the February 1 blizzard. The previous record snowiest month was March 1924, when 19.7" fell. The total for the 2010 - 2011 season now stands at 26.6", a new record. The previous record was the 25.6" that fell in the winter of 1923 - 1924. Oklahoma City received 5.9" of snow, bringing their seasonal total to 19.6", still well shy of their all-time record of 25.2", set in 1947 - 1948.


Figure 2. Snowfall amounts in Western Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas from the snowstorm of Feb 8 - 9, 2011, reached two feet (24 inches) in isolated regions. Image credit: National Weather Service, Tulsa.

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NWArk Snow Event 3 (Suisan)
My youngest kitty, 3yr old CharleyGirl, is NOT amused.
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Northwest Arkansas Record Snowfall (breezyk26)
A record snowfall hit NW Ark. today with totals upward of 20
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As seen on The Weather Channel TOP 5. Time Lapse from about 3 AM to Noon, Feb 9 2011.

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But in the end,,we will as a Race,look back and shake our collective heads and wonder,what were we thinking?


Hope the best man....

But that's true; happens every day:

"All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein a man ruleth over another to his own hurt" - Ecle. 8:9
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Quoting McBill:

As I said, I didn't think you were really interested in the facts. You're obviously more of a whatsupwiththat kind of guy, I think.



*Poof*

Mike

I don't feel like being bothered with you anymore.

You've threatened me enough on this site.

Bye.

Until you make a new name of course.

LOL.
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Im out likely until June ;) (May if we're lucky)
Before I go Id like to make a final statement. Leave the politics to the politicians. State your view, take your feedback, evaluate it, and adjust your view accordingly. Be prepared to be wrong, for in this field being wrong is a question of "when and how often" not "if"
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Having worked offshore on Rigs and also refineries,,I helped build as a Union Bricklayer,(refractory work) 2 in the Late 70's in Norco,La.,one a Catcracker,the other a Ethylene plant,,I can assure one that I've seen firsthand the Damage involved in Both, long term to the Local environment/sea.

And my Father died 8 years ago March 21 of Asbestosis/Meso from those constructions as well as many others.

We pay a High price for the Bang we get from the Magi Oil.

Least my family has. Dad survived WW-2 but big Oil got him as well.

And Im a ticking time Bomb internally as the asbestos dosent go away,,like cigarettes,,its the Gun,but time the trigger.

I had 3 ft of Colon removed in Jan 08.

Time stands still for nothing.

It Marches on regardless.

But in the end,,we will as a Race,look back and shake our collective heads and wonder,what were we thinking?
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Quoting Grothar:


Interesting; notice the significative amount of deaths during winter. Don't know why winter season isn't documented the same way Hurricant season is....
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Gonna check out Guys and Gals. Ya'll play nice now!!
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Quoting Patrap:
Def a fine Lineup the Jazz Fest BigToe, Plant was here 2 years ago with Allison Krauss and Opens this Fest as well with the Band of Joy.



Lil Angel Dance



Awaiting for this year's PR Heineken jazz fest line up....

Link
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363. Patrap 2:10 AM GMT on February 11, 2011
Def a fine Lineup the Jazz Fest BigToe, Plant was here 2 years ago with Allison Krauss and Opens this Fest as well with the Band of Joy.



I DO like Plant and Krauss. Wonderful mix of talent.
Allison just keeps winning Grammys
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Quoting McBill:

Sorry Nick, but people don't really talk about "proof" in the land of real science. Mainly what your going to hear is talk about evidence that might, or might not, be consistent with a particular hypothesis or theory. My guess is that you're not really interested in the facts, and just the facts, but, if you are, you can look here:

Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007

When it comes to climate science, the IPCC Assessment Reports are the gold standard. Granted that AR4 was released in 2007 and so will be a little dated but given the immensity of what the IPCC puts together it is quite understandable that it takes 5 years to produce.

Anyway, have a read and then let's hear your rebuttal.




Mike,

The IPCC

Really?

That's your comeback?

How's the island?

Your post was a waste of time.
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Figure 2. U.S. deaths due to natural hazards for the 10- and 30-year period ending in 2007, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Image credit: NOAA. To illustrate, a 2008 study by Thacker et al. called, "Overview of deaths associated with natural events, United States, 1979-2004", concluded that cold deaths were twice as common as heat deaths in the U.S. However, they noted that the 1995 Chicago heat wave, which killed between 600 and 700 people by some estimates, was not properly represented in the data base used in their study. This data base attributed only 50 deaths in the entire state of Illinois to heat in 1995. The authors conclude that their data base "under-reports the actual number of deaths due to severe heat". Another example: NOAA plots up annual natural hazard deaths from the same source ("Storm Data") as the first study. Their statistics for the ten-year period ending in 2007 show a much different picture (Figure 2). Heat deaths are a much more dominant source of mortality than cold and winter storm deaths, by a factor 3.5. The take-home message from all this is that heat- and cold-related extreme weather are probably the deadliest weather hazards in the U.S., but we really don't know the proportion of people killed by each. One can easily cherry pick the study of one's choice to show a desired result.
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Def a fine Lineup the Jazz Fest BigToe, Plant was here 2 years ago with Allison Krauss and Opens this Fest as well with the Band of Joy.



Lil Angel Dance

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Tourism Is Poisoning The Mexican Caribbean

* by Stephen Leahy* - Tierramérica (uxbridge, canada) - * Thursday, February 10, 2011 - * Inter Press Service

The booming tourist industry along Mexico's Caribbean coast, particularly in the area of Cancún and the 'Riviera Maya,' is polluting the world's largest underwater cave system and harming the world's second largest coral reef, a new study has found.

Pharmaceuticals, cocaine residues, shampoo, toothpaste, pesticides, chemical run-off from roads and many other pollutants have been found in the immense system of underground rivers and aquifers south of the resort city of Cancún, located on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo state.

'There is little question the pollutants we detected have come from human activity along the coastal region,' said Chris Metcalfe, a researcher with the United Nations University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health.

The British journal 'Environmental Pollution' published a study by the Institute this month, titled ' Contaminants in the coastal karst aquifer system along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.'

Metcalf told Tierramérica that pit latrines, septic tanks, leaking sewer lines and golf courses were the most likely sources of groundwater pollution.

The flow of groundwater takes much of this pollution into the coastal zone and the region's famous Mesoamerican Barrier reef, the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.....

Link

http://www.globalissues.org/news/2011/02/10/8481
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Quoting Neapolitan:

The largest part of the problem is that we all share this one earth. It seems patently unfair that those who aren't convinced that we humans can screw it up are allowed to mess it up for the rest of us who have taken a look at and understand the science. Then again, what hope do we have when so many can't grasp even the most basic geophysics? When some are convinced that tens of thousands of scientists are in on a massive socialist plot? When some don't even know how many states there are so they have to keep asking?

Oh, well; c'est la vie...

Like I said, not my field of study to make that call. I'm concerning myself with the pure science, as should anyone arguing over the validity of AGW theory. Make up your mind on the data, present your conclusions to those in a position to make a decision on them.
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Quoting twincomanche:


Good luck with that argument.


Oh I'm on your side.

Just saying.
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Quoting cat5hurricane:

Relax. It'll happen. Marxism books santa left under the tree last Christmas come first.


You think JFLORIDA and him are sharing books?
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Timing in blogging is as important as timing in a Fusion Explosion.

The Bang is what one see's after
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Just for the Folks who poo-poo the NOAA climate Data...yet offer no Science themselves save for watts up wit dat?


A new Graph on the Page I post a lot.



Just arrived in my Inbox,outtie mail.


U.S. Climate Extremes Index
Without Tropical Cyclone Indicator
Annual (January-December) 1910-2010



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Climatic Data Center

Choose a period/season and an indicator from the options below and click "Plot" to create a time series graph. Note that the sixth indicator (Step 6) is not calculated for the spring (March-May), winter (Decemeber-February) and cold (October-March) seasons since most months during these periods are outside of the traditional hurricane season.

As of September 2005, the fourth and fifth indicators are computed with data from one station per each grid box rather than multiple stations. This was done to eliminate many of the artificial extremes which resulted from a changing number of available stations over time. Therefore, the percentages in the step 4 and 5 graphs above will likely be significantly different from the percentages calculated prior to the changes implemented in September 2005.

**As of December 2005, landfalling wind speeds in the sixth indicator are determined using the following logic:

1. For landfalls prior to 1915: Use wind speed observation prior to landfall as landfalling windspeed.
2. For landfalls from 1915 to 1930: Use wind speed observation prior to landfall if observation was at 12Z. Otherwise use midpoint windspeed value from assigned landfalling Saffir-Simpson Scale.
3. For landfalls from 1931 to 1979: Use wind speed observation prior to landfall if observation was at either 0Z or 12Z. Otherwise use midpoint windspeed value from assigned landfalling Saffir-Simpson Scale.
4. For landfalls from 1980 to the present: Use estimated landfalling windspeed as reproted in the Tropical Cyclone Reports issued by the National Hurricane Center.

Note the CEI Data Files as well


Limitations: Statistics for the most recent period/season are computed from a fraction of the US which has data available at that time. Extreme percentage values can and will likely change as final quality controlled data become available and fill in the data gaps.








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@michael
I wasnt arguing that the warming would be good if it was true. I was throwing out the garbage argument that an ice age would be better. I do not have time to read through your data tonight and perhaps when I do I'll change my opinion. I have no vested interest on whether it is true or not and if I come across data that cannot be countered in some way, I could change my mind over night. Building a wall of data specifically to support your position, ignoring alternatives is garbage science. I don't care from a science perspective either way, from what I've read I'm simply not convinced. I don't fault you for holding your position nor should you mine, so long as the ideas are in the realm of possibility and I think they are. Are you 100% sure AGW is real? Surely there is a sliver of doubt if you remove all bias? Maybe you only give 1% chance that the theory as is could be wrong, atleast then we could argue in something outside of absolutes. If you are 100% sure, arguing is pointless. Waiting would prove you right, why waste the effort.
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Quoting twincomanche:
In history many more people have died of cold than heat.


You got to remember.

More people.

So there will probably be more heat related deaths now as people aren't prepared for them which has been debated here many times and the cold is easier to live with.

Something like that.
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sunlinepr 1:58 AM GMT on February 11, 2011
Quoting Patrap:
Jazz Fest Lineup 2011


Opening Day Line-up

My selection...

Robert Plant
John Mellencamp
Jeff Beck
Gregg Allman blues band
Robert Cray
Ron Carter Trio
The Strokes
Eddie Brickell


I'd like to add Zack Brown Band
Dave Matthews Band
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Quoting SouthALWX:

That argument is a prime example of political entanglement. I'm not debating what we should or shouldnt do. Im debating on whether it is real or not. Should you act now? Not my place to make that call, that's up to folks who AREN'T in the science field. Scientists uncover the data, relay it to officials, and they make the judgment call. If I tell them, no I don't think it is detrimental, but there is an X% chance based on my analysis that it could prove true. They take that % and make decisions. What they decide is up to them, not me. Would I rage and be angry if they acted? No. Do I think they would end up having acted for nothing? Most likely.

The largest part of the problem is that we all share this one earth. It seems patently unfair that those who aren't convinced that we humans can screw it up are allowed to mess it up for the rest of us who have taken a look at and understand the science. Then again, what hope do we have when so many can't grasp even the most basic geophysics? When some are convinced that tens of thousands of scientists are in on a massive socialist plot? When some don't even know how many states there are so they have to keep asking?

Oh, well; c'est la vie...
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Quoting Patrap:
Jazz Fest Lineup 2011


Opening Day Line-up


My selection...

Robert Plant
John Mellencamp
Jeff Beck
Gregg Allman blues band
Robert Cray
Ron Carter Trio
The Strokes
Eddie Brickell
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Quoting cat5hurricane:

He'll get around to it sooner or later when the HAM weather stuff comes out.


LOL.

I've been asking for about a month now on and off.

And still nothing.
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Quoting twincomanche:
Hey Gro.


Hey, Twin! ......and the beat goes on.....
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You's betcha...

LOL
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318. Patrap 1:45 AM GMT on February 11, 2011
#310.

That would be..er.,,,, "there"

Spelling matters as well BigToe,,just ask the Lil piggy 4 to yer right,,or Left.


Depending on what foot yer on tonight.

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I stand corrected, sir
THERE, is that better?
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