Cold in Texas and the PolesJuly 16th, 2013 at 12:59 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on images 1 and 3 to enlarge. Click here for a larger image 2. The first map has high temperatures from Monday. On Monday, the high temperature at Sault Ste. Marie was 22 degrees warmer than the high temperature in Abilene, Texas! While the Great Lakes and Northeast are hot, much of Texas has been cool and wet. Abilene (68), Waco (75) and San Angelo (71) all had their lowest high temperature ever recorded in July. You’ll may see a story on the network newscasts about how hot it is in the Northeast, but I’ll bet you won’t see a mention of the cool weather in Texas. Here’s temperature departure from average for this past Sunday. Abilene has had over an inch of rain for 3 consecutive days (1.08″, 1.26″ and 1.35″). Here’s Texas radar. It’s seldom you see large areas of steady rain in Texas during summer. The middle graphic shows temperature difference from average north of 80 degrees latitude (the North Pole area). After a relatively (important word…it was still pretty cold!) warm winter, the last 3 months have been the coldest overall to average for the time period of any time since records began in 1958. The third graph on the right is the extent of the South Polar icecap, which is about to set at least a record daily extent and possibly an all-time record extent. The Antarctic ice extent is way above average and there is a lot more ice there now than there was one year ago. The South Pole icecap extent has been growing pretty steadily since the mid 1980s. Look at the current weather in Vostok, Antarctica! Look at the (blue color) cooler than average sea surface temperatures around Antarctica. Global sea level has actually fallen over the past 3 years as global temperatures have been flat since 2002. Global sea level rose from 1980 to 2009 as temperatures warmed in the 1980s and 1990s. Also, strong winds and heavy snow in New Zealand. The storm has produced up to 3 feet of snow.