Monday, April 09, 2007

Nashville, Tennessee: record cold

The city of the Holy Prophet in Nashville, Tennessee has seen its coldest April day in recorded history and the coldest Easter in recorded history: 24 degrees F from 1940 wasn't cold enough (by 1 deg F).

Other parts of Tennessee have only tied the records from 1982 on Sunday morning. The slightly exceptional reading in Nashville can thus be attributed to the Gore effect. Large portions of Southeast and Midwest have approached the record low temperatures, too. Asheville, Arizona has also broken the record. Because these record-breakers end with "ville" and are supposedly smaller towns, you may guess that the urban heat effect plays a role, too.

Unwelcome snow has cancelled or delayed many flights in Halifax, Nova Scotia and postponed (again) Indians-Mariners game in Cleveland, Ohio: the picture of the Seattle baseball players is from Sunday (yesterday). Another game in Pennsylvania was also postponed because of snow.

In Denver, Colorado, snow hops away - but on the other hand, more may drift in. Beware of snow and ice on I-90 around Syracuse, New York on Monday morning. Truro, Canada received over 1 foot of snow during the weekend. Snow has left 27,000 people in Texas without power. Snow advisory was issued for today in Oregon. In Maine, they have good skiing conditions.

1 comment:

  1. again, it's not only about single events, but long-term trends and an increase in locally observed extremal events...

    "Since temperature measurements began 150 years ago, it has been never been as warm in Basel and Zurich as in the last 12 months. The average temperatures correspond to what the world climate report forecasts for the year 2050."

    "According to SF Meteo it is the first time since the beginning of measurements in the middle 19. Century that the annual average lay over 12 degrees Celsius. This average slightly exceeded the annual average of the extreme summer of 2003."

    "Since one year there is an extreme heat surplus: the deviation was highest in the months of January and July with approximately 5 degrees Celsius. Septembers, November and February were 3 degrees warmer than usual. Only August was colder than usual."

    "Viewed from the last 12 months, the warming according to SF Meteo amounts to approximately 2.5 degrees in 30 years."

    "The newest UN climate report (IPCC) assumes a global warming of approximately 2 to 3 degrees to the year 2050."

    Compiled from

    - Swiss National News Agency (sda)
    - meteorological service of the Swiss national TV (SF Meteo)

    More press articles on the Swiss climate in the last year here...