Daily Archives: August 6, 2011

Spring was coldest on record, UW researcher says

Cold spring. The spring of 2011 was the coldest in state history, by one measure. (seattlepi.com file)

All that collective griping about the weather just got validated by some cold facts: The spring of 2011 was the chilliest on record for the state.

blog.seattlepi.com | Aug 1, 2011

James Johnstone, a research associate with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean in the UW College of the Environment, said the average high temperature from April through June was 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit, beating the previous average of 61.6 degrees in 1955.

The average high temperature for the period since 1900 is 65.6 degrees.

“The people who have been complaining about the weather have had a right to complain,” said Nick Bond, a UW research meteorologist and the state climatologist. “I rather like it, but that’s my own character flaw.”


July the Second Coldest on Record

While the state shivered through the coldest spring on record, Seattle didn’t have it quite so bad. It was just the second-coldest spring on record, with an average high temperature of 60.4 degrees. Only 1920, with a daily average high of 59.6 degrees, was colder.

And it gets worse for the Emerald City: The past two springs were the cloudiest since measurements started 50 years ago.

“We were still getting wintertime cloud cover into late June, which is the most remarkable aspect to me,” Johnstone said.

According to Johnstone, the period from April through June averaged 18.6 hours per day of at least 50 percent cloud cover. Last year was worse, with 19.1 hours per day.

Is it something Seattleites should get used to?

“I think it’s just a run of two bad springs in a row,” Johnstone said. “I wouldn’t expect it to happen again and again and again.”

Global cooling as Ireland records coldest June and July in 50 years

People shelter at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Center in Dublin City

Summer missing in action as cold temperatures dominate

IrishCentral.com | Aug 2, 2011


So much for global warming! Ireland’s summer heatwave is still missing in action – and there’s no sign of it turning up anytime soon.

Experts at Met Eireann, the Irish state weather service, have confirmed the country has just experienced the coldest July in 50 years — this after a similar finding for June.

And there’s little sign of August being much better after the month began with widespread rain across the 32 counties.

June was also the coldest it has been in almost 50 years with the readings for July no better.

Met Eireann officials have confirmed that all but one of their 11 main weather stations reported below normal temperatures last month.

The greater Dublin area ‘enjoyed’ its coolest July for 46 years.

Dublin Airport’s weather station recorded average temperatures of just 56 degrees the lowest since July 1965.

Other unusually low temperatures included a 34 degrees ground level minimum temperature at Valentia, Co Kerry, the lowest since 1940.

An air temperature of 43 degrees was recorded at Cork Airport on July 6th, the coldest since 1965.

Weather forecaster John Eagleton said: “There were some good days in July but we did not get a run of good weather so people do not have a memory of that.”

Coldest July in 50 years and no sign of a summer heatwave

independent.ie | Aug 1, 2011

By Grainne Cunningham

WE have just had the coldest July in nearly 50 years and there’s still no heatwave on the horizon.

All but one of Met Eireann’s 11 main weather stations reported below normal temperatures last month, with the greater Dublin area having its coolest July for 46 years.

Dublin Airport’s weather station recorded average temperatures of just 13.7C, the lowest since July 1965.

Other freakishly low temperatures included a 1.6C ground level minimum temperature at Valentia, Co Kerry — the lowest since 1940 — and a 6.2C air temperature at Cork Airport on July 6, the coldest since 1965.

Temperatures today should reach 19 or 20 degrees but there is little hope of bright sunshine. Looking back at July, Forecaster John Eagleton said: “There were some good days but we did not get a run of good weather so people do not have a memory of that”.

Most of the country is expected to remain dry until this evening but rain and drizzle will affect Leinster and east Ulster overnight. The rain and drizzle will persist for a time then die out. The rest of the country will be dry with bright or sunny spells.

On Wednesday, eastern areas will have sunny spells for much of the day, with temperatures reaching 22 or 23 degrees.

The rain will gradually clear on Thursday with bright spells and showers following later.

Friday is expected to bring a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Cold fronts bring July records

A layer of snow covers the peak of Mt Wellington Photo: A layer of snow covers the peak of Mt Wellington above Hobart in Tasmania on June 11, 2009. (Julie Finn: User submitted)

abc.net.au | Aug 1, 2011

The weather bureau has revealed a series of cold fronts caused Tasmania’s extreme weather conditions last month, bringing record low temperatures and huge swells.

The extreme conditions reached their peak on the 23rd, when Liaweenee in the Central Highlands recorded minus 11.2 degrees overnight, the second coldest July temperature on record.

The cold fronts also whipped up massive swells that damaged Port Arthur and other sections of Tasmania’s south-east coast.

In the north, the Cape Sorell wave rider buoy recorded its largest ever swell of more than 18 metres.

Ian Barnes-Keoghan from the Bureau of Meteorology says the cold fronts also caused powerful wind gusts, especially in the west and south.

“178 kilometre an hour gusts recorded on Mt Wellington, 176 down on Maatsuyker Island. That brought damaging surf which caused a lot of problems on the Tasman Peninsula, coastal erosion,” he said.

Mr Barnes-Keoghan says the cold spell only broke in the last four days of the month.

“What was peculiar about July was although most of it was cold, a lot of us will remember the very mild end to the month, where we saw some very high temperatures, well, high for winter, pushing up into the high teens, especially in the eastern half of the state,” Mr Barnes-Keoghan said.

Strathgordon in the south west recorded more than 360 mm in July, compared with 13 mm for Maria Island off the east coast.

Norway attacker got help from abroad to purchase equipment: Lawyer

Anders Behring Breivik wearing a freemason uniform. PHOTO: AFP/YOUTUBE

tribune.com.pk | Aug 4, 2011

OSLO: Anders Behring Breivik said he received help from abroad to purchase the equipment needed to carry out his deadly July 22 attacks, but will not say more until his political demands are met, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Thursday.

“He obtained abroad almost all the material he used” to carry out the attacks, the rightwing extremist’s defence lawyer Geir Lippestad said in comments published Thursday in the Verdens Gang (VG) daily.

He added his client had visited some 20 countries in his planning.

“He said that he met people and and that he obtained equipment during those trips. He said many people helped him obtain the equipment,” his lawyer said following a third police interrogation of his client on Wednesday.


Police: Breivik Traveled Abroad to Prepare for Two Norway Attacks

The lawyer did not tell the paper if the alleged helpers shared Behring Breivik’s views or if they were aware of his goal.

The 32-year-old has confessed to carrying out the twin attacks of July 22 which left 77 dead.

Eight were killed in a bomb he set off near the Labour-led government offices in central Oslo. He then went on a shooting rampage on an island where the Labour party’s youth wing was holding a summer retreat, killing 69, many of them teenagers.

Behring Breivik has said he carried out the attacks alone, something the police said was possible.

His lawyer told VG his client was refusing to provide more details about the help he received abroad “until his extravagant demands on a revolution in society were obtained.”

In an interrogation session last Friday, Behring Breivik demanded the government’s resignation and the king’s abdication, according to Norwegian media.

He has said his acts were cruel but necessary as part of his ‘crusade’ against the ‘Islamisation’ of Europe and multiculturalism.