It’s just weather, it’s been here before

It’s just weather, it’s all been done before and will repeat again. Not Global Warming, not Climate Change, just normal weather. Here’s a glimpse of two Februaries, 2015 and 1934.



Climate division rankings for February 2015.

1934 divisional ranking

The rest is at Anthony Watts’ What’s Up With That.


Tornado Touches Down in Butte County

We are getting a taste of that mid-west weather right here in the north state. Tornadoes in the valley, snow up here in my neck of the woods and rain & hail widespread throughout the area. Of course it’s nothing like back east with the death and devastation, my heart goes out to those people. Our local ABC affiliate, KRCR has some videos and more information at their site HERE.

Global Warming From Coast to Coast

Yeah, right. Bone chilling cold, record snowfalls, power outages and stranded travelers. Does it sound like Global Warming is helping us out at all? We could use some. A degree or two hotter during the summer is NOTHING compared to what happens every winter. You just don’t see the kind misery that winter brings. And new records are set around the world every winter. So just what is wrong with a little warming? Better food crops will result in less world hunger, travel by ship through the Arctic Passage will improve shipping times and reach more people, and oranges will grow again in Northern Florida and Georgia. (ask swampie)  Gloworms are a moronic bunch. The Ice Age Cometh.

Ducks on ice in Seattle

Ducks on ice in Seattle

The weather outside was frightful from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Ore., on Monday, with last-minute holiday shoppers shivering and stranded travelers hoping for the best as Christmas rapidly approached.

The little town of Eustis, Maine, got nearly 3 1/2 feet of snow.

In Marysville, Wash., north of Seattle, heavy snow collapsed part of the roof Monday at the Whitley Evergreen factory, which makes modular buildings. No one was injured, but inspectors were dispatched to make sure other buildings in the business park were safe.

The 14.5-inch snowfall Sunday in Portland, Maine, surpassed the old record for Dec. 21 of 12.4 inches, set in 1933. On the other side of the country, a total of 11 to 13 inches in Portland, Ore., was the biggest snowfall since January 1980. Depending on how much more fell Monday as the snow trailed off, the storm could rank as one of the city’s 10 worst on record.

“It is amazing,” said Dave Thompson, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “You say to yourself: ‘That’s Portland?’ The roads are snowpacked, covered with ice and it’s freezing rain.”

Kim Osgood, who owns Paloma Clothing in the Hillsdale Shopping Center in southwest Portland, served hot cocoa on Sunday and gave away $24 crampons — foot gear for ice and snow climbs — to anyone spending $50 in her store.

“This is the worst Christmas I have ever seen in 33 years,” Osgood said. “The good news here is for shoppers. If they can get out, they’ll get amazing bargains.”

Take a look at this Slideshow of snow, ice and cold across the U.S. as you read the rest of article.

Read about the rest of the U.S.

Rain, Snow and Flooding In Midwest


AP Photo

From Fox News.

VALLEY PARK, Mo. — Flood-weary residents of Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio were fighting to save their homes after heavy rain pushed rivers out of their banks.

Residents of Valley Park, a town on the Meramec River, were hoping that the community’s new earthen levee, built to withstand a 100-year flood, will pass its first big test.

The surging Meramec was expected to crest Saturday at a record 40 feet — 24 feet above flood stage and within three feet of the levee’s lip.

In addition to this past week’s rain, a lingering storm blew more snow through parts of the Upper Midwest on Saturday, a day after it canceled flights and some Good Friday services.

Click here for your uReport photos of the flooding.

More than a foot of snow fell Friday in parts of southern Wisconsin and nearly as much blanketed southeastern Minnesota.

Cleveland and Youngstown each had 7 inches of snow and counting by Saturday, while Toledo had 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The blast came two weeks after the Cleveland area saw a foot of snow.

“Everyone is pretty tired of the snow but I think most people will agree these types of storms aren’t unusual in the spring,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Davis said.

At least 16 deaths have been linked to the weather over the past week, and two people are missing since their vehicles were swept away by rushing water in Arkansas.

Parts of the Midwest got a foot of rain over a 36-hour period this week, causing widespread flash flooding. The worst flooding was along smaller rivers. The Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers saw only minor flooding.

The Army Corps of Engineers expects the $49 million levee at Valley Park to hold. If it were to break or was overtopped, nearly one-third of town’s 6,500 residents could see their homes damaged or destroyed.

Authorities were taking no chances and set up a staging area of rescue trucks and stationed a boat in a school parking lot near the town.

“The center of the flood fight now moves right here to the Meramec River and southern St. Louis County and Jefferson County,” Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said late Friday.

In southern Missouri, water poured through breaches in levees and forced authorities to evacuate towns west of Cape Girardeau. At least 200 homes and 13 businesses have been evacuated in Cape Girardeau County, said emergency management director Dick Knaup.

At least 70 Missouri counties have reported flooding this week.

Rivers receded Friday in Ohio, but several areas remained under flood warnings. About 60 state roads were closed or partly blocked by flooding; crews were trying to pump water off a major route into Columbus, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Residents of the tiny Arkansas community of Georgetown along the White River were urged to leave the area Friday after forecasters said rising water would cut off their access and strand them well into next week.

“Stock up or get out. You may be there a few days,” said Steve Bays, a weather service hydrologist in North Little Rock.

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