US Headed For The Coldest Spring On Record

At the two-thirds mark for meteorological spring, 2013 was the second coldest spring on record – slightly warmer than 1975.

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Data is from here : Index of /pub/data/ghcn/daily/hcn/

But 1975 had an unusually warm May at 17C. The two warmest months of May were in 1934 and 1896.

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Both graphs above show the average of all daily temperatures at all US HCN stations, calculated per year.

The forecast for the first two weeks of May is well below normal, so odds are that the spring of 2013 will be the coldest on record in the US.  This is what Fort Collins looked like at 7pm today (May 1.)

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Crack government scientists with supercomputers, predicted in January that this spring was going to be super hot!

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220 Responses to US Headed For The Coldest Spring On Record

  1. silverlining says:

    I wish we would have some winter weather in Ca. So far, warm temps and no rain.

  2. Josh says:

    And you liberals continue to worship at the altar of your false god, global warming.

  3. MJ Ferron says:

    Hooded sweatshirt all day here in central Texas. Unheard of in May!! Suppose to be shorts and t-shirts. Where is my global warming?

  4. The issue with data and how you show your metrics (e.g. come to your conclusions) to others is that it can all be manipulated. Believe me, I do it all the time (with software bugs, not the weather). Nevertheless, it is 2-May-13, 9:15PM and nearly 87 F degrees outside and humidity so low I can hardly breathe and no cool weather in sight until Sunday. No air conditioner in our house because when this house was built– in 1975, no less–temps in the high 80’s were extremely rare. Long story short, what the heck are you smokin’? Cuz I want some!

  5. Joyce Presler says:

    I am a having the best laugh of my last decade. Of course global warming is a joke – the One in charge of the universe is – you read it here first – not Al Gore! And, we can be so grateful for that!

  6. schm0e says:

    gee how come all I hear about is raging wildfires in california?

  7. schm0e says:


  8. b says:

    When the ice melts in my glass of ice water, does the water flood over the sides and all o’re the table? Look out flooding on our coastal cities based on the Gore theory…..unless global man made warming isn’t really going to happen, but it could also be global climate man made change. Whooo that was hard to think about…..Now we better poor lots of money into taming this weather stuff. I’m convinced. Kind of like Maryland taxing various parts of the city based on rainfall. That’s what I’m talking about

  9. talljohn777 says:

    Global Warming how is that working out for you???

  10. Del Carbon says:

    Where’s the warming? Did you notice on the May temperature chart that the red “average” line is flat, or slopes ever-so-slightly down? This tells us there has been climate COOLING (albeit less than 1 degree) since the measurements started. And the data points are getting bunched closer to the average line (versus highly distributed before 1940.) This indicates that temperatures are LESS volatile, meaning there is less year-over-year climate change than in the first half of the 20th century.

    • Del Carbon says:

      I know it’s only data from MAY, but it’s a monthly average of measurements taken as “All HCN Stations” for the entire month of May, every year for more than a hundred years. That’s thousands of data points, and the data doesn’t lie.

  11. Here’s what it looked like this morning 170km south & 1km higher in Woodland Park : .

  12. Alice says:

    Headed for??? We’re already in the coldest Spring on record. Give it up, global warmers.

  13. UncJoe says:

    I believe in manmade global warming. The Earth is definitely becoming hellish, and man’s arrogance and perversion are to blame.

  14. CJTO says:

    Good to see all the flat-Earthers from The Drudge Report here! So, we’ve got a record cold spring, coupled with back-to-back-to-back-to-back record hot summers and/or autumns and…all is perfectly normal! Nothin’ to see here!!! All these climate change kooks are out to lunch! Ya know, in all honesty, I’d be willing to let you guys revel in your conservative mental illness and, in the grand scheme of things, I wouldn’t give a shit. But the fact the you’re managing to drag me, my family and the rest of the planet down with you is a BIT of an issue. Sadly, I’ve come to the conclusion that most of you are just too stupid and indoctrinated to understand what the adults in the room are really talking about, so all I can say is this – your denial is going to cost us our ability to live on this planet. I don’t think there is much we can do about it at this point; the deniers have delayed too long – they’ve “WON”. What else can you say or do? Not much… I hope conservative smugness is a flotation device – you’re gonna need it.

    • You are an idiot. There haven’t been any record hot summers in the US for over 70 years.

      • CJTO says:

        You sure about that, Cletus?

        Just takes a non-partisan Google search to prove you’re full of it.

        Think again.

        • philjourdan says:

          Then try it popeye. So far, you have merely made juvenile ad hominems and useless pejoratives. You have stated no facts, showed no sources, and made no sense.

          You must be liberal.

      • rivercocytus says:

        People forget how hot summer can be. It’s like as soon as we had heard of the idea of manmade global warming, suddenly every uncomfortably warm event became suspect.

        It’s also lame; if its too hot in the city, the city and its citizens shouldn’t be bemoaning ‘manmade global warming’, they should work to reduce the level to which their whole environs is a heat island.

        Bottom line, there is a healthy approach to reducing pollution, increasing efficiency and constructing ecologies that involve humans – and of course, reducing ugliness.

        So far none of the left’s green initiatives since Global Warming (arguably, Global cooling as well) have done these things.

    • Robertv says:

      I presume you live in a cave without electricity? How do you get your internet connection? Telepathy ?

    • pappad says:

      Which is what you tried to tell us 20 years ago. We knew you were lying then and we’re even more certain you’re lying today. Your East Anglia leaders let the cat out of the bag and even Al Gore has been keeping his yap shut about global warming–concentrating instead on that other, latest distraction–who’s been voted off the island.

    • philjourdan says:

      Seems you are describing yourself. Since you are new here, you had to follow it from Drudge.

      So here we see a typical liberal Drudger. They smell something that is not in compliance with their religion, so they run to the source to douse the flames of knowledge before they can spread! All the while not realizing that the facts and figures are easily verifiable, and thus making them look like the religious fools they are.

      Next time you want to criticize others, make sure you are not criticizing yourself – which is the sum total of your contribution to this discussion. No facts, no evidence, just useless ad hominems and a navel gazing on the part of the mentally challenged.

    • HMichaelH says:

      I hope you continue to operate with your head placed firmly up your anal orifice! Rely on your political beliefs to support your scientific claims, and continue to appear to be the moron you seem to be. If you put aside your political bias and look at the fact, you will see those data used in studies without any subjugation to political correctness indicate the earth gets warmer and then it gets cooler and then it gets warmer and then it get cooler, ad infinitum. Global warming is simply the scheme of people like AlGore and yourself to make a huge amount of money from the taxpayers and commercial businesses who are intimidated by the false claims of scientific documentation. Check into all the controversy surrounding the U.N. and Meteorological data used by the looney left who claim we are all going to perish from burning up. Reputable scientific data collected by real scientists who have no political bias or financial gain document the recent decades-old cooling the earth is experiencing. And if I have my choice, I would elect for warmer weather, rather than cooler weather. The abundance of good things which happen in warm climates makes a frozen environment pretty bleak!

    • Zxmap Zzmrp says:

      If you payed attention in school you would know..

      The idea that man-made pollution is responsible for global warming is not supported by historical fact. The period known as the Holocene Maximum is a good example– so-named because it was the hottest period in human history. The interesting thing is
      this period occurred approximately 7500 to 4000 years B.P. (before present)– long before humans invented industrial pollution.

  15. Erika Blum says:

    Here in central Europe still unusual cold for May!

  16. HML says:

    If they would have been fortunate enough to get the carbon trading scheme going a few years ago they would look like heroes now. Not hard to imagine what else they would be scheming on.

  17. pappad says:

    You know what I hate about the month of May? It’s February weather!

  18. Jim Bunion says:

    Pig Bear, Al Gore, better turn up the heat on his 10,000 SF home.

  19. Dan Three says:

    My wife has been having hot flashes for some time now maybe it’s human warming we should be worried about?

  20. James Anderson says:

    It is so much fun to see real data instead of the cooked data the left likes to put out. They squirm like worms and try to refute what they can’t.

  21. James Anderson says:

    Big Al must be catatonic.

  22. Paul from NJ says:

    Did anyone else notice that the Average Temperature Graph for May shows a declining Average Temperature over the past 100+ years?

    • jayreadyjay says:

      Shhhs. You weren’t supposed to notice that. You aren’t supposed to look at the actual temperatures, only the adjusted temperatures.

  23. The cooling was caused by global warming. I am good friends with manbearpig and he said that he santa clause and the easter bunny are really the culprits behind global warming.

  24. Carol Page says:

    Mars is getting hotter. No SUV’s there

  25. Mike Mangan says:

    Steve, you magnificent bastard, you’ve been linked by Instapundit! Good. You are a shining example of his “Punch back, twice as hard!” philosophy.

  26. JP says:

    Reblogged this on et cetera* and commented:
    Streetcred says: “Government scientists on crack with supercomputers, predicted in January that this spring was going to be super hot!”

    Fixed that one !

  27. SteveP says:

    The whole argument for global warming…uhh, climate change… hinges on two arguments.
    The first is that CO2 regulates atmospheric temperature, therefor climate.
    My first reaction to this claim was “Seriously? That doesn’t make any sense”. To think that a gas, even one as important to life as CO2 is, comprising less than 4/100 of 1% of the atmosphere overrides and makes irrelevant all the other factors of climate is ignorant and preposterous. Some people need to take notice of the fact that the nuclear furnace that crosses the sky every day heats things up and ask themselves, ” Gee, could that possibly play a part in weather and climate?”. Of course, that’s just one of many factors in the complex, chaotic, and poorly understand system that is our atmosphere.
    The second argument is that we can accurately measure the average temperature of the atmosphere to a fraction of a degree.
    We’re supposed to freak out and stop all industry because of a claim that the atmosphere has warmed 7/10 of 1 degree in 100 years? I’ve even read of people making claims of atmospheric measurements for the whole Earth of 0.14 degree. Seriously? I don’t know the margin of error for such measurements but I think any claim that it’s less than 1/10 of 1 degree is absurd.
    History shows that even with temperature variations such as the warmists predict (2-6 degrees/100years), any life that can adapt really has nothing to worry about. It happened many times before the Industrial Revolution and it’s never going to stop. Actually, history shows that rising temperature is good for man. It’s when it goes the other way (and it will eventually) that we have a problem.
    In studying climate over the past 15 years or so, and grokking intently, I’ve come to what I believe is a profound conclusion. Temperature will trend above average for a while, and then for some reason that will change and temperature will trend below average for a while. If the past is prologue (and it is) man will survive.
    For those who believe argumentum ad auctoritatem is important, I hold a BS in botany with a minor in meteorology.

  28. Frank K. says:

    In addition to the record cold weather, the U.S. tornado counts are WAY down this year (so far)…look at the April 2013 preliminary numbers…

  29. Brian D says:

    Lets see if we get another 1+ deg warming adjustment to the April temp. That March adjust was just pure fraud. The only adjustment that is suppose to be applied is TOB. All stations after 2000, with many before that, no longer receive final adjustments after TOB.(or at least I haven’t come across any). And you can’t tell me we had major time changes across the country for temp readings in March. The only plausible excuse I can think of is if there was a smaller than normal percentage of reports submitted. Maybe the delayed reports are in and a revision for March will happen. But I wont hold my breath.

  30. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    To any and all who make the patently-absurd-on-the-face-of-it claim that snow in May is somehow proof of “AGW”; here is something to think about…

    It can’t snow above about 1 C (34 Fahrenheit), and for May in ANY part of the US, that ain’t warm, that is WELL below the normal temperature for May 2nd and 3rd.

    What causes snowstorms in May is a cold front backed by UNUSUALLY COLD air.

    Also, please take note – if it is freezing in Minnesota on May 2nd, OF COURSE there are going to be some places, globally, which are ABOVE NORMAL for that date as well. Warm and cold air move around the planet on these things called JET STREAMS, and there are bound to be several places that are quite warm, in spite of the fact that the central part of the US has been well below normal for well over 2 months straight now.

    The main thing to remember, is that the overall trend has been flat since 1997, and it now looks like the trend line has begun to flip back over to cooling (which is pretty much what anyone with half a brain or more would expect after 30 years or so of warming).

  31. Bill Chunko says:

    The photo you used from Fort Collins looks quite familiar. Could you tell me approximately where was taken, The nearest intersection is sufficient. Thank You.

  32. Bill Chunko says:

    Sorry about the bad punctuation and grammar. Correction; Could you tell me approximately where it was taken?


  33. jayreadyjay says:

    Hold everything. They haven’t “adjusted” those temperatures yet. I’m convinced when they do, I will find out the snow I saw on Wednesday was a figment of my imagination.

  34. richard40 says:

    That is why the leftists changed the name from global warming to climate change. They knew their models were BS, and they might be proven wrong if the globe started getting cooler. But with Climate Change you are always right, since the climate will always be changing in one direction or the other.

  35. erschroedinger says:

    Maybe you should read this: As Northern Hemisphere temperatures remain below normal more than a week into the official start of spring, a team of meteorologists and climate scientists are pointing to recent research that suggests sea ice cover is a likely culprit.

    Recent imaging from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center showed a historic minimum in Arctic ice cover last fall, and current data reveals that sea ice cover—which recently reached its maximum for the year—is at its sixth lowest extent in the satellite record.

    Less Arctic sea ice—which is caused by global warming—alters atmospheric circulation in a way that leads to more snow and ice, said climate scientist Jiping Liu, who led a 2012 study on the topic published by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

    It’s a tough thing to understand. Less ice at the top of the world, often considered the planet’s thermostat, might normally signal warmer global temperatures, not colder ones.

    But the way weather works isn’t so simple. Without a substantial ice cover, Arctic wind is less constrained. The jet stream—the belt of cool air that regulates weather around most of the Northern Hemisphere—then dips farther and farther south, bringing cold air from the Arctic closer to the Equator.

    The result is much colder weather dipping into the spring much longer, and more forcefully, than normal.

  36. MikeEE says:

    yesterday when I left work our afternoon temperature in Columbia, MD was 53 degrees. that’s about 30 degrees below normal. I’m always hearing about global warming when the temperature gets 10-15 degrees above normal, but it’s dead silence right now.

    Since the beginning of February we’ve had so many days that are 10-15 degrees below normal that are at or above normal. I don’t remember a year this cool and I can remember back to the 1960s.


  37. MikeEE says:

    That last paragraph was supposed to say…

    Since the beginning of February we’ve had so many days that are 10-15 degrees below normal (or more) and very few that are at or above normal. I don’t remember a year this cool and I can remember back to the 1960s.

  38. pappad says:

    I can remember back to the 1940’s and I don’t remember a Spring this cold either.

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