Warmest La Nina Year

I just found this little chart (I really like charts and graphs) on the NCDC site.  It shows global land/ocean temps since 1950, so obviously a relatively short record.  BUT, what’s most interesting is how this past year’s La Nina had little effect on global temps, or at least less effect than in the past.  In fact, 2011 was the warmest La Nina year during that period of time.  Interesting eh?  Of course we’re talking about all of 1/2 degree difference, but interesting nonetheless.

30 Responses to Warmest La Nina Year

  1. Maybe some convection around…(T-storms)…

    43.2°….0.60″ rain…

  2. I’ve been compiling more data (hard to believe ya?) of the average of the following for my station:

    Last 32- temp: April 8th

    First 90+ temp: June 12th

    Last 90+ temp: Sept. 5th

    First 32- temp: Nov. 5th

    It will be interesting to see how this data compares to my new BG station.

    Also, I found this simple site very useful! It gives you the day of the year for any year (keep in mind the only thing that really changes are leap years)


  3. David in Otis says:

    albino donkeys here on the mid coast…saw several flashes and big thunder to the north good cell moving onshore near neskowin as I type this.

  4. Steve Pierce says:


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    Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

  5. gidrons says:

    Another CME from the sun has started to hit earth’s magnetic field. It would be a good chance to see the northern lights, except for the #&%$ clouds.


  6. mike3030 says:

    pretty weird to say that it was the warmest la nina considering how much snow the country had last winter and globally

  7. Up to 0.37″ for the day which brings my monthly total up to 5.60″. Normal is 5.74″.

    I know a number of places further south that have seen much more, especially after last week.

    • yetanotherguy says:

      Interesting. PDX a 30 year average of 4.88″ for the month. Is your average for a shorter time frame?

    • I’m using KVUO’s older average. I like to keep the same average vs. that which is updated every 10 years. If you do that then comparing something to average now is not the same as 16 years ago when I started my station.

  8. gidrons says:

    Wonder what it would have been without the Pacific NW pulling down the average.

  9. W7ENK says:

    Warmest ever, huh? Wouldn’t that just figure…

  10. Muxpux (Castle Rock 175') says:

    Wind picking up here gusts just shy of 30 last hour or so

  11. robwaltemate says:

    Does anyone else think this graph might be showing that we are just better at measuring the temperature?

    • IceCold says:

      Exactly! People have missed the reality that we have greater technological abilities than we did 50 years ago. Global warming believers assume that we have continued do things the same way for the last century.

    • o.c.paul says:

      Great point. Also, many temp reporting stations have been moved throughout the years do to urban expansion, etc.. They use a formula to link data from an old site to a new one.
      But it’s really not an apples to apples comparison.

    • El Donut says:

      And layman deniers seem to think that – unlike themselves – climate scientists are somehow too stupid to consider this and build it into their models and calculations?

      There is plenty of good data (tree rings, glaciation, etc.) that can be correlated against existing temperature records to easily adjust for any “better reporting” bias that has been introduced over the past 50 years.

      But of course, details like this often get waved away (whether one is a “denier” or “believer”) when they conflict with our subjective perceptions and beliefs as to how things “really are”.

    • Pete says:

      That question has been asked and answered, most recently and most emphatically by a team led by Richard Muller. I highly recommend his piece in the Wall Street Journal:

    • o.c.paul says:

      Even though there is climate change, this article points to the problem of the AGW argument.


      (If it doesn’t open, just hit the open in new window option)

    • Brad says:

      What? Our climate changes? Who knew?

    • philinforestgrove says:

      O.C. and Rob, thanks for posting those links.

    • Pete says:

      Failing to see what the Forbes piece has to do with the assertion that began this thread, that temperatures aren’t really rising and “we are just better at measuring the temperature.”

  12. bgb41 says:

    1/23/2012 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:58 at DW6842 Gold Beac( 449 ft)
    Low: 44 at BROOKINGS(79 ft)

    High:21 at ALAKES Haines(7979 ft)
    Low: 2 at CRANE PRAIRIE (5500 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 35 degrees
    CRANE PRAIRIE (37/2 ) (5500 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    0.91″ at BOULDER CREEK(3570ft)
    0.73″ at MIDDLE MTN(2544ft)

  13. john says:

    well im glade i live north of Portland because winter has not been a total bust here in Washington but here’s to hoping this turn around i would not mind a little more snow and some real arctic air to come racing in to are neck of the woods does anyone know the latest snowfall date for Olympia thanks

  14. snodaze says:

    So please tell, Mark…

    Was this La Nina year… Err… Man made?

    Or was it just the ‘hot air’ coming out of the general area of 4th and Main — downtown?


  15. Gresham Rocks says:


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