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GUEST,Al BS: Where's the Global Warming (1541* d) RE: BS: Where's the Global Warming 31 Jul 06

Well, we had a cool spring and now it is payback time.

Looking at records in my neck of the woods:

Record high for July is 107 in 1936. Average high is 87 Today's high was 93. Tonight's low is supposed to be 76.

Record low for July was 55 Average low is 66

I don't know the date for the July low but the record low for January was -7F in 1984.

So dang, It looks like it was a lot warmer 70 years ago. Maybe there was a global cooling trend that bottomed out in 1984.

In searching for records I stumbled on this:


NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK1
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison2

First cold December in years

After several mild winters, the upper Midwest experienced near record low temperatures and high snowfall during the month of December 2000.

For example, the mean temperature in Madison was 11.2 F as compared to the December average of 21.7 F. This was 0.4 F above the record low of 10.8 F.
The temperature was subfreezing continuously except for 2 brief periods on the 3rd and 4th when high temperatures reached 34 and 35 F respectively.
The mean minimum temperature was 2.0 F. The temperature fell below zero (-18 C) on 13 days with -21 F (-29.5 C) the coldest on the 25th.

Waterloo IA set a monthly minimum record with -29 F on 25 December..

Record snowfall in Madison

Measurable snow fell on 20 days giving a record total of 35" for the month. The heaviest was 8.2" on the 18th, followed by 5.0" on the 11th, 4.6" on the 20th.

Total liquid equivalent for the month was only 1.39" giving an average snow/liquid ratio of almost 30 to 1. Most snowfall occured when the temperature was between 5-15 F. In some cases the snow/liquid ratio was as high as 40 to 1.
The highest Madison snow depth of 17" tied for the greatest December snow depth.

Milwaukee set a new snowfall record of 49.5" in December. This broke the previous record of 27.9" by almost 22"!

Snowfall in Milwaukee was occasionally enhanced by northeasterly flow over Lake Michigan. The 13.6" on the 11th was the greatest December single-day snowfall. There was as much as 32" of snow on the ground at MKE late in the month.
Climate data from Wisconsin are available from the NWS MKE (Milwaukee/Sullivan) Web page.


    By the 21st, the average snowfall from all stations across the state was 19.8" - already a new record for December Snow depth reached 31" across northeast Iowa (29 December at Tripoli).
      Other record Midwest snowfall for December:

    Marquette MI                89.5" *
    Grand Rapids MI             59.2 " *
    South Bend IN                   44.6 "
    Saginaw MI                         40.3 "
    Dubuque IA                         37.6"
    Rochester MN                     35.3" *
    Waterloo IA                         34.0"
    Rockford IL                         30.1" *
    Green Bay WI                     28.9"
    Des Moines IA                     26.9"
    Springfield MO                      18.0"
    Tulsa, OK                               11.4"
    Oklahoma City OK                8.2" (.8" short of record)

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