NOAA Explains Frigid Winter and Related Temperature Anomalies with Research into Warming Hole
Posted Mar 05 2009 4:41am
The abnormally low winter temperatures and vast accumulations of snow and ice
during the winter of 2009 in North America have left many people who previously
believed in the threat of global warming with understandable questions. NOAA,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has engaged in fresh
research to find answers. What Dr. Martin Hoerling and NOAA his colleagues have
learned is alarming to believers and skeptics alike.
They have discovered a warming hole over North America. For example:
• Northern and western sections of North America have seen the largest
temperature increases over the last 50 years, with warming of up to 3.6 degrees
Fahrenheit in Alaska and in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Yukon in Canada.
Meanwhile, the southern United States and eastern Canada have seen the least
• In the United States, the Southwest has taken a one-two punch, experiencing
some of the greatest warming in both winter and summer.
• Over the last 50 years, droughts have not become more frequent, contrary to
prediction, but have, indeed, become more severe, as forecast.
So, what is going on here? Well, as I have reiterated several times, we must
remember that the first word in global warming is global. Secondly, the
atmosphere of the planet is self-regulating and tries to compensate for the
ongoing and accelerating damage which we are causing.