warmest January on record

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    The global-average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly soared to +0.72 deg. C in
    January, 2010. This is the warmest January in the 32-year satellite-based data record.

    The tropics and Northern and Southern Hemispheres were all well above normal, especially the tropics where El Nino conditions persist. Note the global-average warmth is approaching the warmth reached during the 1997-98 El Nino, which peaked in February of 1998.

    This record warmth will seem strange to those who have experienced an unusually cold winter. While I have not checked into this, my first guess is that the atmospheric general circulation this winter has become unusually land-locked, allowing cold air masses to intensify over the major Northern Hemispheric land masses more than usual. Note this ALSO means that not as much cold air is flowing over and cooling the ocean surface compared to normal. Nevertheless, we will double check our calculations to make sure we have not make some sort of Y2.01K error (insert smiley). I will also check the AMSR-E sea surface temperatures, which have also been running unusually warm.
    A very warm January, for sure.
     
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    That settles it, I'm moving to the troposphere! Honey, pack our bags!
     
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    Why are there two threads on this?
     
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    Because Rocky cannot get enough of being wrong.
     
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    Lowest January heating bill on record

    Yay.
     
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    "This record warmth will seem strange to those who have experienced an unusually cold winter. While I have not checked into this, my first guess is that the atmospheric general circulation this winter has become unusually land-locked, allowing cold air masses to intensify over the major Northern Hemispheric land masses more than usual. Note this ALSO means that not as much cold air is flowing over and cooling the ocean surface compared to normal. Nevertheless, we will double check our calculations to make sure we have not make some sort of Y2.01K error (insert smiley). I will also check the AMSR-E sea surface temperatures, which have also been running unusually warm."

    Translation: you can get Global Warming if you only measure places where its warmer
     
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    Frank, old boy, Dr. Spencer is not exactly an avid warmer:lol:
     
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    I've got about 3 inches of fresh global warming here. and I understand that DC will get about a foot or better. Seems to me this has been a bitterly cold winter. And not just in my general area.
     
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    Too bad we've set record cold, record snowfall. etc. :lol:
     
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    Ahh... everyone has trouble seeing beyone the end of their noses.

    I had a bit cooler than normal January, however the word for the day kiddies is GLOBAL.
     

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