numerouno, It's good to see you back. However I would be a hypocrite if I did not point out the obvious. At any given time it is quite easy to point out the extremes in our weather. On any given day I can post links to articles pointing out drought, flooding, record heat or record cold somewhere on this earth. Record U.S. heat is not exactly "global" now is it?
I will remind you that the record warmth in the U.S. was probably mediated by the record cold that swept across Europe last year when the Danube froze over and your Finnish icebreakers had to work overtime.
North Dakota was warm today, no record warmth but warm.
What is unusual tho is the RH was 13%. For this time of year that is extremely low.
And something else I observed when going to get some parts were 3 pairs of Canadian Honkers next to a nest. We normally have ducks, teal, etc. In all my years living, I have never observed a nesting Canadian Honker here. And when talking to a friend this afternoon, one of the first things he mentioned was a pair of Honkers nesting near his place. He lives on top of the escarpment. He isn't as old as I am, but he had never observed this either till this year.
I live under a major flyway. I have seen Honkers 200 miles north of Winnipeg, not numerous, but I have seen them. Never here before this year.
Once in a great while you will observe a Canvas Back pair, but most of the time they abandon the nest the 3rd week of April and fly further north.
sigurdur, down here in coastal Texas we have had some really strange weather as well. Freakishly powerful storms not seen on the coast in a long time that were not part of a tropical storm or Hurricane. The storms were so bad at 3:00 am the other morning I almost woke up the kids and sought shelter in an interior hallway. I have been through category one hurricanes that were less intense.
And check out this video of a water spout that hit in Grand Isle Louisiana off to my east. In my lifetime I have seen dozens of these water spouts and without fail every single time they hit land the dissipate almost instantly. This monster goes on to destroy a house as if it were a cat two or three tornado in the nations midsection. I don't know if the dynamics were more akin to that of a tornado than of a water spout but it was certainly unheard of on the coast.
So yes sigurdur something is certainly "amiss" down here this year.
If you're using U.S. history as your metric for climate then you're by definition cherry-picking. Once again: the Holocene has been substantially cooler, long-term, than each of the four interglacials that preceded it.
The Eemian interglacial, one before the Holocene, had temps 2 degrees Celsius warmer than today and sea level 15 feet higher. Thus the map of the U.S. that you posted numero would need to be corrected with Florida and other Gulf Coast states, as well as states up and down the Eastern Seaboard, substantially smaller in size.
Climate changes. Sea level rises (and falls).
It's sad that this upsets you so.
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