Here is the evidence:
Michigan is having by far its coldest start to the year on record, and record lows outnumber record highs by an astonishing 104:1
Two years ago, climate experts told us that the mild winter in the US was proof of global warming. Now they tell us that the US and Canada are too small to be important. – Real Science.
The circumpolar vortex has put this season into the record-books. The United States has just gone through its coldest interequinoctial winter (equinox to equinox) in a century. Hat-tip to CFACT, which has just sent me the graph.
The last U.S. winter colder than this one was in 1911/12, before the First World War.
Thank you, America! Most of Britain has had an unusually mild and wet winter, for you have had more than your fair share of the Northern Hemisphere’s cold weather this season.
Global warming? What global warming? – WUWT.
As spring arrives – albeit slowly – East Coasters are saying goodbye a to an especially punishing winter.
Those feeling sentimental can relive the endless series of snowstorms and fiendishly cold weather in a new time-lapse video from NASA.
The animation stiches together imagery taken from space by NOAA’s GOES-East satellite every day from January 1 to March 24, 2014.
WATCH: Time-lapse video.
The creator, Dennis Chesters, of the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement: “The once-per-day imagery creates a stroboscopic slide show of persistent brutal winter weather.”
And brutal it was. Cold air escaping the polar vortex repeatedly blasted Canada and the continental United States. Two inches of snow humbled Atlanta in late January, creating epic traffic jams stranding hundreds of people in their cars for hours. Ice storms that followed in February left thousands without power in Georgia and South Carolina. The Great Lakes’ ice cover reached historic levels, growing to 91 percent in early March.
Major cities reported astounding tallies of winter snow. Residents of Washington, D.C. saw 30.3 inches (76.9 centimeters) of snow during the 2013-2014 season – nearly double the city’s average snowfall of 15.3 inches (38.8 cm), according to the National Weather Service. A whopping 80 inches (203 cm) of snow fell on Chicago, far exceeding the typical 34.4 inches (87.3 cm).
The GOES-East satellite is perched in a geostationary orbit, meaning it hovers over the same part of the globe all the time, moving in tandem with Earth’s rotation. The spacecraft captures images of the Northern Hemisphere every half hour and then takes a shot of the entire Western Hemisphere every three hours, according to NOAA.
The images of clouds taken by the GOES satellite are used by the National Weather Service to monitor storms. The 2014 winter weather video also incorporates true-color imagery of the land and sea obtained with NASA’s Earth-watching NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. – Live Science.
– Real Science.
These two intrepid news reporters certainly earned their money this week.
This incredible video shows the moment severe snow storm conditions actually blew Mark Robinson and Chris Scott out of shot while doing pieces to camera.
Coincidentally the pair were explaining that the winds had got up to 170km/h when they knocked off their feet.
WATCH: Reporters fall, lose microphone during live blizzard event in Nova Scotia.
“The only storm I can compare this too is a hurricane,” one can be heard saying.
“This has the added bonus of having the snow in the air… like standing in a sand blaster,” they say before being literally blown away.
Unsurprisingly the clip has proved popular online with over 85,000 people tuning in less than a day. – The Weather Network.
January-March temperatures in the western Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio – are the lowest on record.
This is not surprising, because they also have the most ice on record. – Real Science.
This winter has obliterated all cold season records around Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie. – Real Science.
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Toledo, Ohio, breaks 120-year-old record. The low of 9F (-12.8C) broke the previous record of 11 F (-11.7C) set in 1894.
In Detroit, Michigan, the record low of 11 F for March 26 was tied.
In Macon, Georgia, the low of 26 F (-3.3C) broke the old record set most recently in 2006.
Unusually cold air for late March also challenged record low temperatures Wednesday morning from Cleveland to Cincinnati; Pittsburgh; London, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville; Va.; Beckley, W.Va.; and Harrisburg, Pa.
Meanwhile, freezing temperatures dipped into the Deep South Wednesday morning, including Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida. – Ice Age Now.