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Extreme Weather 2013-04-16

Publicerad 2013-04-17 10:42:00 i Allmänt
Now that the temperature is at a plateau since 1998 people have begun to talk increasingly about extreme weather. See graph of satellite measured temperature.
We read about it in newspapers and it´s repeated in blogs. See an example here.

This blog writing in January "Take note that there are warning headlines for tomorrow - there's an extreme weather with of strong winds 25m / s combined with rain and snow. Currently this part of the climate change effects that it becomes more often and stronger extreme weather is a sign of the times ., it becomes more or less snow, extreme precipitation or extreme drought, storms, cold and heat ... (the writer thinks not only in Sweden)
How do we equip the country and local communities to extreme weather?
One way is to allocate capital to take once it applies, in Västervik the issue has NOT been recognized by the budget. But the Green Party in Oskarshamn came away with the council on a small but symbolic deposition on climate account, better. "
Yes, the Green Party is working and of course it is good to have some reserves. It may  be similar weather as that from 1958 to 1959. About this, we know nothing in advance but we shouild not say too much.

But remember that it was always even and good weather earlier according to some!

SMHI writes "On March 12, 2012 blew storm WNW 26 m / s at Bjuröklubb. Since then there has not been a storm in Swedish coastal waters., So when we passed on April 12 come up in 396 storm-free days., It is a new record! ".

But certainly there have been storms, it is enough just to name Gudrun and Katrina.

How was it before? A mans memory is so short.
See the following link for examples:

1958: End-of-Winter Snowstorm Blasts East Coast With Hurricane-Like Conditions

1958: Baltimore Crippled By 16-Inch Snowfall

1958: 182 Die In 26-State Cold Wave, Eastern U.S. Hit With Record Lows

1958: Florida Shivers From Record Cold Winter

1958: Devastating Snow Blizzard Burys New England - 45 Dead

1958: "Record Breaking Storm Rakes Western Prairies" - Blizzard & Tornado

1958: Britain Suffers Worst Arctic Blizzard In Decade

1958: "Huge Ice Gorge Threatens To Cause Floods"

1958: Canada's Prairie Drought Called Disaster

1958: "Severe Drought In China" - Worst In 20 Years

1958: Violent Hailstorm Causes Havoc In Australia - Hailed For 15 Minutes

1958: Northwest U.S. Suffers With Bad Heat Wave

1958: Iowa Torrential Rainfall - 13 Inches, 5 Dead, 12 Missing

1958: "Forest Fires Plague Pacific Northwest" - Tinder-Dry Environment

1958: B.C. Heat Wave Disastrous, 280 Forest Fires Burning

1958: "250 Fighting Glacier Park Forest Fire"

1958: "Giant Iceberg Spotted In The Atlantic"

The link above has a continuation. It was too long to include everything here.

Luckily, we are not troubled by this extreme weather that we call tornadoes. USA got everything. But is it increasing?

We can also look at the energy of tropical storms. According to Dr. Ryan Maue article

"Recent historically low global tropical cyclone activity" in Geophysical research Letters

Abstract: Tropical cyclone accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) has exhibited strikingly large global interannual variability during the past 40-years. In the pentad since 2006, Northern Hemisphere and global tropical cyclone ACE has decreased dramatically to the lowest levels since the late 1970s. Additionally, the global frequency of tropical cyclones has reached a historical low. Here evidence is presented demonstrating that considerable variability in tropical cyclone ACE is associated with the evolution of the character of observed large-scale climate mechanisms including the El Niño Southern Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. In contrast to record quiet North Pacific tropical cyclone activity in 2010, the North Atlantic basin remained very active by contributing almost one-third of the overall calendar year global ACE.

Check also Ryan's charts with storm frequency.

Tip Storm 1979 is the severest storm ever recorded. See  . With wind speeds of over 300 km / h
A very big storm. See the comparison with America's land area.

In the center of a storm is the low pressure. Tip is also here in first place with a pressure of 870 hPa (hecto pascal), which is 870 millibars or 652 mmHg. The lowest pressure ever measured.
List of other major storms:

For a more complete list over all ocean see:

Also read about Bhola cyclone that struck Bangladesh in 1970. Up to 500 000 deaths. I remember when it was on the news, awful. Read on:


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