The Weather Channel Blog 2006: 4th Warnest Spring in US
- The Weather Channel Blog
June 19, 2006
2006: 4TH WARMEST SPRING IN US
Dr. Heidi Cullen, Climate Expert
Well, the results are in and the continental US experienced its 4th
warmest spring (March-May period) and 5th warmest May since records
started back in 1895. Four states - Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and
Texas - broke their record for warmest spring. Overall, this warm
pattern just continues what we've been seeing over the past year in
the continental US.
Since the start of last summer (June 2005), there have been 6 months
which were much warmer than average, including two months - January
and April 2006 - that were the warmest on record. This anomalous
warmth covered big sections of the country and statewide records were
established in Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
If, in addition to taking bets on the hurricane season, Vegas starts
taking bets on summer heat - I'd put my chips on red - as in warm...
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I retired from the the National Weather Service this year after
serving the Upper Midwest in river forecasting and snowmelt flood
outlooks for 29 years. Recently I've spent time using Excel to plot
temperatures at climate stations in the Upper Midwest. Two stations
with excellent records include Jamestown, ND and Park Rapids, MN. Mean
temperature plots for January through May show that 2006 was the
fourth warmest of record (1893-2006) for the five month period at both
Jamestown and Park Rapids. Also shown, more importantly, is that five
of the five warmest January to May periods since 1893 occurred in the
last 26 years (since 1981).
Plots are at:
Posted by Pat Neuman | June 20, 2006