Extreme Temperature Diary-Tuesday November 12th, 2019/Early Season Cold Wave Setting Many Records Across North America

Tuesday November 12th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

Early Season Cold Wave Setting Many Records Across North America

Today we will mostly report cold “ETs” coming from the Midwest and Plains. As a reminder it is extremely cold only across a good chunk of North America and not so much elsewhere across the planet:

It will be up to researchers to find out why during this day and age of global warming that more often than not one of the last residual areas of the planet to get extremely cold, or have well below average temperatures, is North America, while most of the rest of the planet has a fever.

When you were younger did you ever get a chance to stare at lava lamps, which were all the rage in the 1970s? The base of the lamp was heated such that a globular red colored chemical would rise to the top of the lamp in spherical shapes then cool and fall back to the lamp’s base when the process would start all over again. The warmer the base of the lamp the more globular chemical would rise to the lamp’s top. To a great degree this is what is happening in 2019 across the Northern Hemisphere with warmer than average air masses rising to the Arctic forcing remaining cold pockets southward, such as this week’s Arctic air mass across North America . Only recently in the past few years though, air masses moving poleward are not cooling as rapidly. The Arctic has seen above average temperatures for months. It’s no wonder that the current pattern over the Northern Hemisphere is so convoluted:

Today since there should be numerous reports of record chill for a change I will add these on the middle of this post here instead of the usual place for reporting “ETs” here (This list from NOV 11th and 12th will grow longer as I make updates during the course of Tuesday):

Here are more associated chilly reports and messages:

Here is more climate and weather news from Tuesday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)

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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”

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