Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Overnight low of minus 15 might be record

Reporter Brenna Hawley wanted to examine whether it was cold enough in Lawrence Thursday morning to throw boiling water into the air and get it to vaporize on contact with the frigid cold air.

February 3, 2011


It was cold — extremely cold — overnight Wednesday.

But did Lawrence set a record? Well, maybe.

Brian Barjenbruch, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said the automated sensor at Lawrence Municipal Airport registered minus 15 degrees overnight Wednesday. That sensor has only been in place since 2005, and the coldest temperature measured before this week was minus 6.

On the Kansas University campus, data has been recorded for more than 100 years. The record low was minus 13, set in 1905. Barjenbruch couldn’t confirm Lawrence set a record at that station, but he said it was close.

“It was definitely extremely cold,” he said. “It is infrequent to get this cold.”

Barjenbruch said the extreme temperatures were because of an airmass over Lawrence that came directly from northern Canada, traveling over snow. So it stayed cold.

Despite the frigid temperatures during the last few days, Barjenbruch said we aren’t that far off normal for winter months.

“If you average out all the temperatures, it was actually near average,” he said.

But it hasn’t been average this week, and Midge Grinstead, director of the Lawrence Humane Society, said it’s important to take extra care of animals when temperatures are so cold.

“I suggest they come in or have access to adequate shelter,” she said.

She said when the temperature gets below zero, animals have to go in, whether it be to a barn, a shed or a garage, all which would need proper bedding to keep the animals warm. She suggested straw, which retains their body heat well.

Also important is giving animals water and adequate food.

“Dehydration happens really quickly,” she said. “Lately we’ve seen a lot of not enough food, not enough water.”

These rules go for domestic animals as well as farm animals. This week she said the shelter had received a few calls about dogs, but cats also have a tough time in cold weather. Grinstead said they often get frostbite on their noses or ears. The pads on the bottom of animals’ feet are also problematic and can get damaged quickly.

“It only takes like 10 minutes,” she said.

Chuck Soules, the city’s public works director, said the main residential plowing would be finished Thursday, and crews would return to neighborhoods to remove large piles. He said they would also work on some intersections.

“We’ll be working probably at least all day today and all day tomorrow,” he said on Thursday. “We’ve pushed a lot of snow.”

Barjenbruch said the next few days will warm up and Lawrence could hit 33 degrees by the weekend, but there are very small chances of light snow again. But it’s bad news from there.

“I hate to say it, but it looks like it gets cold again,” he said.


grigori 3 years, 2 months ago

Most things are beyond your control.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

How about a short, unscientific poll?

Would you rather be blinded by science?

Or blinded by your own willful ignorance?


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

"According to a 2009 Pew survey, 35 percent of Republicans say they saw no solid evidence of global warming, the lowest number of any political group. Climate scientist and conservative Kerry Emanuel discusses why he thinks political views shouldn't sway scientific thinking."


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 2 months ago

Actually, it's record cold because the jet stream has dipped down further south than it typically is.

But when that happens, the temperature shifts go both ways-- it's like opening the refrigerator door.

So while we've been experiencing abnormally low temperatures, areas in N. Canada have been experiencing abnormally warm temperatures.

I apologize if this information makes you think more than you find comfortable.


Liberty275 3 years, 2 months ago

Everyone remember, it's record cold because of global warming!


Tom Shewmon 3 years, 2 months ago

And BornAgain, I read earlier that congress is about ready to torpedo the CO2 regs that The Obama Regime was about to impose via the EPA's strong-arm totalitarianist tactics.

"Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill announced separate plans this week to try to block the Obama administration from unilaterally imposing limits on greenhouse gas emissions, ratcheting up pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote.

Republicans in both chambers are writing proposals to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, while a group of Democratic senators this week reintroduced legislation forcing a two-year delay on EPA‘s regulations, saying that would give Congress time to write its own rules.

Taken together, they signal a full-court press in Congress to try to prevent the Obama administration from imposing rules on its own."

What an arrogant bunch, eh? If you do hear about his in the corrupt liberal media, it will be to trash all the "anti-Obama" right-wing extremists.


BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

Well, the one thing it apparently doesn’t do is help predict the weather. The UK’s Met Office stopped giving seasonal forecasts last year after mis-predicting warmer winters three years in a row. Meteorologists without a warmist agenda like Piers Corbyn and AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi, on the other hand, continue to pay the bills by making predictions directly contrary to the “weirdos.” Oddly, they don’t have degrees in politics.

For a theory to be scientific, it must be fallible — capable of being proven false. If every weather condition can be used to “prove” global warming simply by being declared “weird,” then it’s not science. It’s a joke.

Which is exactly what the environmental movement has become.

Boston Herald, 3 February 2011


BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

Meet The Global Weirdos

.Meet the global weirdos. They’re the ones telling you that all the snow outside is proof that it’s getting warmer. Only, they don’t call it “warming” anymore.

No, that was back in the “Earth has a fever” days. Back when Al Gore was predicting that the ice caps were melting, the polar bears were drowning and Manhattan would sink beneath 20 feet of water “in the near future.”

But then something happened. Since 1998, temperatures have been relatively flat. We’ve got more polar bears than ever, and Manhattan is buried under snow. For a planet-roasting crisis that threatened the human race with extinction, there doesn’t seem to be much actual warming.

So then the mantra became “climate change.” The liberals formerly known as “warmists” began predicting that we would experience fundamental changes in our weather. Scientists at the University of East Anglia — the Harvard of climate change — said snow would be “a very rare and exciting event.” Children wouldn’t know what it was.

As for summers, in the wake of Katrina “change-ist” groups like predicted “global warming will make hurricanes even worse in the future.”

What happened? Nothing. Europe has had three winters in a row of snow and cold temperatures. In the Atlantic, “there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of hurricanes in the last five years,” according to meteorologist Art Horn. “The total energy in all hurricanes around the world has plunged since 1993. The opposite of what was predicted.”

So the new fall back is “global weirding.” The site has a “Weird Weather Watch” page. The uber-liberal Huffington Post ran a story in August headlined “Global Weirding”: Extreme Climate Events Dominate The Summer.”

“The extreme climate events all across the globe must say something about whether climate change is already upon us,” the HuffPo insisted. “Extreme is the new normal.”

They quote a professor of “environmental studies and politics” from Oberlin College who says, “More hottest hots, driest dries, wettest wets, windiest wind conditions. So it’s all part of a pattern.”

Gore is on board, too. He’s now merely claiming rising temperatures will “create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters.”

Not “warming,” but “weirding.” Not “heating,” but “havoc.” Which is how global warming can cause more snow, less snow, no snow, avalanches, heat waves, cold snaps, wetter wets, drier dries, gingivitis, delirium tremens and irritable bowel syndrome  . . . all at the same time!

Global warming — is there anything it can’t do?


jrswift 3 years, 2 months ago

Pretty sure it was colder back in December of '89.


Multidisciplinary 3 years, 2 months ago

of course, my furnace broke during the night. Cat woke me up to tell me he was freezing.


blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

Tom: Drinking that right-wing ditch water and blaming your "anointed one"; your fetish continues. The evidence you cite about "created data" has been disproved long ago; more drivel, just like your birther claims. Maybe spending too much time listening to the oil-soaked Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma refuting any climate change evidence.


BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

No, Tom....the Far Left Whackos can prove it. It's science. HAHAHaHahaha...!


blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

DougCounty: Temps. in C or F.?? Canada uses the Centigrade scale usually!


Ken Lassman 3 years, 2 months ago

Alceste, Actually, here are the current (Friday, noon) temps from the World Meteorological Organization and

North Pole: -7 White Horse, Yukon -4 Yellow Knife, NWT: -7 Ingaluit, Nunavut: -21 Inuvik, NWT: -16

Turns out that many times northern Canada and Greenland can be colder than the north pole! Doesn't have to be that way, but the cold shifts around quite a bit. Meteorologists are currently saying that they think that because of the ocean's being iced over less and less, that the absorbed heat from being open water may make this more and more common, especially since the land can get colder than the ocean. Go figure.


blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

No wonder North Dakota has considered changing it name to "Dakota"!


Alceste 3 years, 2 months ago

"Barjenbruch said the extreme temperatures were because of an airmass over Lawrence that came directly from northern Canada, traveling over snow."

These remarks are quite comical and all my hoser buddies really enjoy it when USA based weather people "blame" cold weather on Canada!!! It's not like the cold air BEGINS in Canada. There's this place called the North Pole, also known as the Geographic North Pole or Terrestrial North Pole? It's above Canada.

Why people hating on Canada. Gee whiz....


blindrabbit 3 years, 2 months ago

Based on what I have 5 miles west of Lawrence as well as what is reported at the Kansas City and Topeka weather stations; I think the Lawrence reported "lows" are tooooo low. Lawrence reported -15, I had -9, Baldwin -11, Topeka -7 Wednesday overnight. Also, last night (Thursday) late news, Lawrence reported -2, KC had +8 and Topeka +10. This morning I recorded a low of +6 overnight.

This all make me wonder, where does Lawrence get it's official temperature information; sounds like somebody needs to check the accuracy.


riverdrifter 3 years, 2 months ago

I had -11 degrees in Baldwin this morning. Good thing I had brought in the brass monkey.


devobrun 3 years, 2 months ago

And what temperature is sent to NOAA and NASA and HadCru?

The temperature goes into the archive as if it is the truth. It is raised to a level of "fact" by people who don't know of the human factor in science. If this data is rejected, modified, or "homogenized" it will enter the realm of "data".

Businessmen, politicians, news reporters, and a whole host of regular people will believe the "data". Is it really -15 degrees in Larrytown? Maybe. Or if it skews a regional average that causes an annual worldwide average to drop by 0.01 Celsius, then "homogenize" it. That might make the difference between 2011 being the 4th warmest year on record and the 3rd warmest year on record.

And that might make a difference in funding for your snail darter experiment next year. Shoot, it was really -10 F here last night, not -15....right? Wink wink.....


thebcman 3 years, 2 months ago

“I hate to say it, but it looks like it gets cold again,”

In early February in Kansas? Brilliant!


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