“U.S. Winter 2011-2012 is Fourth Warmest in Recorded History” so reports the White House and all the national soundbites. Do read the entire piece – they seriously hedge their bets farther down, where the vaunted national media never go.
This info was from NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center State of the Climate report, not the NWS, National Weather Service, also a NOAA agency, but which makes local and regional reports and forecasts. After you look at the NWS link, you’ll see how hard it must be to get accurate, reasonable information about weather OR climate.
Yet, in the Pacific Northwest, we see this:
Record Setting March Weather Continues Across Pacific Northwest, by Steve Pierce, President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and newspaper weather forecaster, who wrote a month ago:
Vancouver, Washington (March 30th 2012) – “Record setting weather continues to unfold in the closing hours of March across the Pacific Northwest. Mother nature intends to cap off March off with an exclamation point in the form of record setting rainfall and localized flooding. This comes on the heels of record setting coastal and valley snowfalls earlier in the month. March of 2012 will be remembered as the month that saw as much as 8″ of record setting snowfall along the Oregon coastline, followed by a second storm that brought record setting Willamette Valley snowfall from Vancouver, WA. south to Eugene, OR. As much as 9″ of snow fell near Eugene, OR. Both of these snow events challenged or broke all-time March snowfall records at several locations west of the Cascades, including the coast. Portland recorded its latest measurable snowfall in history at the airport on March 22nd. Records date back to 1940 at the Portland airport.”
People actually depend on the forecasts and reports of the AMS, whose members’ reputations depend on their accuracy. NOAA not so much – all federal employees. These were the guys who couldn’t find ocean salmon until they put actual, you know, real, commercial fishermen on their tracking vessels. You know – those guys.