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Just trying to update some things. I say we try some seasonal observation threads if nobody objects. It will create a way to file things instead of sifting through a big thread. I have 41 degrees here in Kingsport which began with a morning of heavy fog enhanced by the local paper plant. It was clear today with some 10-15 mph wind gusts around noon. Felt a lot like Fall. I feel like this drought has robbed us of a normal Fall. The North Fork of the Holston had revealed rocks during these dry times that I cannot remember ever seeing. This morning all of those rocks were gone, covered by the waters from this week's welcome rains. When I did the leaves today, it was the first time I had not been covered in dust for months. I kept thinking about all of those folks displaced by the fire in Gatlinburg and about the families who lost loved ones. I also thought about Dolly Parton and how she stepped up to the plate when this region needed her. I thought about how my yard had some green in it for the first time in a long time. This drought has been more than a nuisance. It created the worst fire season I can remember or that my dad can remember. I hope we are about to put that fire season in the rear view mirror and that we can keep making a dent in the drought.
Hi everybody I’m new here. I live in The Netherlands, nearby Amsterdam. I’m a biologist, but I’ve always been interested in the weather and in climate change. I’ve made nice overviews (at least, I hope so) of the temperatures in the US, based on data of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Please click here for a PDF of one of the stations. There is a Fahrenheit version and a Celsius version. Therefore, all the data are double available. At the bottom of the PDF page you can see the highest and the lowest minimum and maximum temperature for each month, and the day and the year on witch this temperature was reached. It shows the history of the temperatures in 80 places in the US since 1976. The background colors show the daily mean temperature (Tmax + Tmin)/2; good enough for this purpose. Also the presence of a snow cover and the snow depth are shown. The monthly averages are also taken from the National Climatic Data Center. Based on that, I calculated the average annual temperature, and the 30-year average temperature. The data from the Data Center are given in Celsius. I converted it to Fahrenheit but maybe this can give small differences with official published values. Why this? Well, I started to do this with de Dutch data, then I took the German data and then the European data. And the data from the U.S. are easy to access, so… O.K., you can say I spend too much time doing this, but it’s kind of interesting. From a European point of view, the American data are interesting because we hear a lot of stories of very cold winters in the US, while here in this part of Europe we didn’t have a winter at all; nor did we have last year. With the 30-year average I want to show climate change (in fact not necessarily that; when there is no change, I want to show that as well) but I do realize that there can be all kind of bias in the data. In some stations in the US you can see a significant increase of the 30-year average, while on some other places there is not much of a change. I’ve been looking for official published normals of the main stations in the US. I only found these data of the period 1951-1980 and 1981-2010. More about that later.