whitmy

Hype? Me?

Almost three weeks ago, some new forecasting techniques made it evident to me that an upper-level pattern change of some sort was likely before Thanksgiving and I said so several times on the evening news. I began putting out generalized 14-day forecasts a week later, suggesting the change would likely occur on or near Friday,…
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hoarfrost rabbit

Hoarfrost Gets A Climate Comeupance

Following last weekend’s record highs in the 70s, my friend, Hoarfrost Harbinger, asked me if I was going to use the records as proof of Global Warming. “No,” I told Hoarfrost. “Two days of record highs is not a proof of anything climatological.” “But I thought all you media types would use any excuse to…
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hoarfrost

Introducing Hoarfrost Harbinger

A good friend of mine, Hoarfrost Harbinger, asked me recently about my report calling for a switch to cold weather later this month. “Isn’t that what usually happens in November?” he asked. “I mean, aren’t you just hyping the weather?” “Actually, no,” I told my friend. “That our weather turns colder during November is typical.…
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storm

Perfect Storm Pattern

One of the most amazing sequences of winter storms happened 25 years ago this week.  On October 28-29, an early season snowstorm dumped 15.9” of snow on Bismarck. The greater Fargo area got no snow at all from that storm as it was moving almost due north. Two days later, the infamous Halloween Blizzard struck…
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death valley

Record Heat

Look up “world’s hottest temperature” in any older almanac and you will see the temperature of 136 degrees set at El Azizia in Libya in 1922. But the almanac would be wrong because that temperature was disallowed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2012. The present “world’s hottest temperature” is 134 degrees set at…
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