Cold over much of the U.S.October 9th, 2012 at 2:01 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the graphic or click here to enlarge. Much of the country has been shivering this week. There were 1,128 record low minimum or record low maximum temperatures in the lower 48 states in the first 8 days of October. Some of the lows were extraordinary. Oklahoma City had their earliest freeze ever on Sunday. Records there go back to 1891. Abilene Texas had a high of 49 on Sunday (average high 80). They were 30 degrees colder on Sunday than on last New Year’s Eve! It got all the way down to 24 at San Angelo, Texas. The highs for Saturday and Sunday were 48 and 47 at Amarillo (average high 75). The high of 53 in Dallas compared to an average high of 82. High temperatures Monday held only in the 60s at Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo and Victoria Texas. Other high temperatures Monday: 60 Monroe LA, 62 Tupelo MS, 51 Nashville TN, 52 Charlotte NC, 55 Rome GA, 48 Pittsburgh and Lynchburg VA. At the other end of the country, Meacham OR had a record low of 19. Spencer IA had a low of 13 and Sioux City, IA hit 15. Some high temperatures in Minnesota and Montana held in the low 40s. Grand Rapids was 2 degrees cooler than average for the first 8 days of October and we have had exactly average temperatures since August 1. Last year it was quite warm at this time…with highs from 78 to 82 from Oct. 5-11th. The cooler temperatures this year have pushed the fall color change a few days ahead of last year. I think temperatures moderate back to normal or a degree or two above for next week, then turn colder again (with perhaps some snow) for a period around the last week of Oct. into the first week of Nov. Lake Michigan is still at 60 degrees (and pretty choppy today with Gale Warnings out).
Heavy rain fell at Ft. Lauderdale FL again Monday. They had another 2.72″ Monday, bringing the 8-day October total to 6.13″. They’ve had 40.82″ of rain since 6/1. Miami has had 83.04″ of rain this year so far…that’s nearly 31″ more than average.
And this from NASA “The coldest spot on the globe in September was (again) at the South Pole, where the Antarctic spring temperature averaged 3.31 C (almost 6 degrees Fahrenheit) colder than normal. The Antarctic icecap was at a historic maximum extent in September. You can see the Antarctic icecap is much bigger than the historical average and significantly bigger than last year at this time.