September the globe's 8th warmest on record; heavy rains hit Florida

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 19. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:41 (GMT)

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September 2011 was the globe's 8th warmest September on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies rated September the 9th warmest on record. NASA rates the top ten warmest Septembers since 1880 as having all occurred in the past ten years. September 2011 global land temperatures were the 4th warmest on record, and ocean temperatures were the 14th warmest on record for the month of September. Global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were above average, the 8th or 5th warmest in the 34-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH).


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for September 2011. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

21st warmest September for the U.S.
September 2011 in the U.S. was the 21st warmest in the 117-year period of record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Thirteen states in the West and Northeast had top-ten warmest Septembers on record, and one state, Mississippi, had a top-ten coolest September. On September 4th, Tropical Storm Lee made landfall on the Gulf Coast, and brought torrential rain to most of the eastern United States. While Lee brought drought relief for the Gulf Coast, it caused major flooding in the already-saturated Northeast. Rainfall totals of at least 10 inches were common along Lee's path. Eleven states from Louisiana to New York experienced a top-ten wettest September, and it was the wettest September in Pennsylvania's history. In Binghamton, New York, Lee aided in breaking three all-time precipitation records: most rainfall in a year (57.85 inches to date), most rainfall in any month (16.58 inches), and most rainfall on any calendar day (7.49 inches on September 7th). Dayton, Ohio and Allentown, Pennsylvania both had their wettest September on record. In contrast, five states had a top-ten driest September. Ten percent of the United States was in an exceptional drought--the most extreme classification--in September. Austin, Texas saw its driest September on record, receiving only 0.01 inches of rain during the month.

Weak La Niña conditions continue
La Niña continues in the equatorial Pacific, where sea surface temperatures remain 0.5°C to 1.0°C below average, qualifying this as a weak La Niña event. During the coming winter, La Niña is likely to bring drought in the South, especially to Texas. Above average temperatures can also be expected in the South. The Pacific Northwest can expect cooler than average temperatures, as well as the potential for another record-breaking winter of snowpack across the western United States. La Niña also tends to bring wetter than average conditions to the Ohio Valley.

Arctic sea ice extent second lowest on record
Arctic sea ice extent was at its second lowest on record in September, behind 2007, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The center said that on September 9th, the Arctic reached its annual minimum extent, which was also the second-smallest minimum extent on record. Sea ice records date back to 1979.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt has an in-depth analysis of some of the more notable September global extremes in h is latest post.


Figure 2. Radar-estimated rainfall for the 24 hours ending at 9:20 am EDT over South Florida. Heavy rains of up to 5 inches affected the coast near Naples and portions of the Keys.

Heavy rains continue over South Florida
Heavy rains continue over South Florida due to the lingering remnants of Invest 95L. Key West Naval Air Facility has picked up an additional 4.61" of rain as of 9 am EDT this morning, bringing their 5-day total to 17.42" of rain. Yesterday, 95L spawned three tornadoes over Southeast Florida. One twister damaged 40 homes near Lakeport, and roofs were torn off homes in Sunrise. No injuries were reported from the tornadoes. The severe threat shifts to coastal North Carolina today, and NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed much of coastal North Carolina and Virginia in their "slight risk" area for severe weather.

None of the computer models predicts tropical storm formation in the Atlantic during the coming seven days. The Western Caribbean is expected to see an increase in moisture late next week and the possible formation of a strong tropical disturbance capable of bringing heavy rains.

My next post will be early Thursday afternoon, after NOAA issues their winter outlook at 11 am EDT that day.

Jeff Masters and Angela Fritz

Invest 95L (oneshotww)
We received rain most of the day yesterday and again today from Invest 95L. The visibility and flooding were pretty bad during the evening commute home. My street is totally under water. Most folks had enough sense to drive slow as conditions made it necessary to take it easy.
Invest 95L

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396. WeatherfanPR
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 16:40 (GMT)
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395. Buhdog
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 16:38 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:
..I heard ya knocking on my cellar door, I love ya baby can I have some more ?

Gone, Gone, the Damage done.


neil young?

how about foreigner damage is done

" There have been rumors That my sense of humor is lacking in some ways
To me that's no reason, it's tantamount to treason"
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394. Buhdog
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 16:26 (GMT)
Am i wrong for thinking that the blog is actually less cluttered without 5 million posts of irrelevancy? Sure it is sad many have left, but the ones who stayed still put alot of good info on here. Thanks to those who do...\\south florida radar and sat combined pic here Link
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393. stormpetrol
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 16:12 (GMT)

216. stormpetrol 12:34 AM GMT on October 20, 2011 +0
FRom the Central to SW &NW Caribbean bears watching the next few days in my opinion.
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Said it from last evening, looks like it might pan out

Pressures are high but I suspect that will change soon, shear has surely decreased over the past few hours though
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392. wunderkidcayman
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 16:08 (GMT)
yes more rain for me and training you know the Capt.,Maj.,and Lt Comdr states rain and storms don't stop the reggae jam hoorah
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391. superpete
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:59 (GMT)
Quoting stormwatcherCI:
And right on top the Cayman Islands. We really don't need that.
Stormwatcher- This front currently over us is going to lift out today.Will be interesting to see what develops from the AOI down south then?
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390. AussieStorm
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:54 (GMT)
Quoting BullShoalsAR:
Ha. I see the regulars on here just dying over the opportunity for mother nature to unleash her worse. Just hoping and drooling over the shot in the dark possibility of nature to unleash her worst. They will grip any computer model that ever so slightly hints at the possibility of a US landfalling named storm--despite being WEEKS out and only suggested in one model run out of the past dozen or so.

And even the lurkers are catching on and allured into this sick, fantasy mentality.

Truly sad.

For a newbie, you sure have opinion that's swayed in the wrong direction. We here like to watch mother nature. We do not wish death and destruction on anyone. Maybe you reading all the trolls that post in here and not the regulars. Even the NWS and NHC look at all the models and what they predict, not just people in here.

A comment on the photo above, Looks like the photo has been take by the driver, isn't that illegal?
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389. weaverwxman
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:53 (GMT)
About the probability of the Carib Storm. #1 don't get too excited.# 2 do stay informed. #3 it may not be able to spin up anymore than an strong TS. #4 It may go over cuba skirt the S FL coast and Keys an go out to sea....... Thats for all you wishcasters out there.
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388. Tropicsweatherpr
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:45 (GMT)
Quoting Drakoen:
Several of the computer models want to go ahead and develop this disturbance in the southern Caribbean and pull it northward. Surface observations show broad cyclonic flow with the low pressure center on the extreme eastern edge of the convection. Computer models show the upper level easterlies slackening over the next 24 hours which should allow room for further development of this system.


Do you see something developing from the area east of the Windwards?
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387. stormwatcherCI
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:44 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
I read ya..If that were to pan out, it would end up being a dangerous storm.
And right on top the Cayman Islands. We really don't need that.
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386. Drakoen
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:29 (GMT)
Several of the computer models want to go ahead and develop this disturbance in the southern Caribbean and pull it northward. Surface observations show broad cyclonic flow with the low pressure center on the extreme eastern edge of the convection. Computer models show the upper level easterlies slackening over the next 24 hours which should allow room for further development of this system.
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385. Patrap
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:22 (GMT)
..I heard ya knocking on my cellar door, I love ya baby can I have some more ?

Gone, Gone, the Damage done.
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384. Neapolitan
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:21 (GMT)
The NOAA just released its official climate outlook for the coming winter. More bad news for Texas and Florida, along with most of the southern tier of states. Meanwhile, if the predicted much wetter and colder winter across the northern third materializes, we can practically guarantee a return to this last spring's devastating flooding Mississippi aand Missouri River:

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Winter, 2011/2012


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Winter, 2011/2012
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383. TropicTraveler
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:12 (GMT)
Quoting MahFL:
IKE said the other day he was lurking a lot.


A lot of people either aren't posting or aren't on the blog anymore. It seemed like for a while there was so much conflict, aggravated in large part by a determined "troll" attack, that some people just got tired of dealing with all the negativity. I feel sorry about that, as I miss their contributions to the blog, even though there are still lots of good folks on here.
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382. MahFL
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:09 (GMT)
I think he also said he won't post unless something is out there to post on, tropical wise.
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381. MahFL
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 15:08 (GMT)
IKE said the other day he was lurking a lot.
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380. BahaHurican
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:59 (GMT)
I seriously doubt Ike was banned. I do know he was dealing with some other issues. It would be great if one of the bloggers who has contacts with him would check to see how he's doing.... and give us a progress report....
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379. Neapolitan
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:53 (GMT)
The magnitude of this morning's Texas quake has been raised to a 4.8, tying it with the 1966 Panhandle quake in terms of strength. It's also the largest known quake ever in Texas outside the Big Bend or Panhandle regions. The area in which the quake was centered has a very low probability of seismic activity.
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378. MahFL
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:50 (GMT)
I can confidently report there was NO snow in JAX this am, lol.
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377. BahaHurican
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:46 (GMT)
Morning all. Things have quietened a bit since last night. We got showers most of the night, though nothing spectacular... more like one would normally expect for a frontal passage. This morning is is considerably cooler than it was yesterday... and I'd be surprised if we get to 85 today. Currently it's just over 80 degrees with winds from the NNW at 12 at Nassau Int'l Airport. It's the first time in a while that we've had cool temps like this before November.

I gotta run, but will check in later. Have a great day!
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376. Neapolitan
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:46 (GMT)
Quoting eddye:
40 degrees jacksonville

Last night's official low for Jacksonville will go down as 43. Coldest in the state was 38 at Tallahassee, a degree or two from the record. (The highest low in peninsular Florida was 71 here at Naples, but we're supposed to see the high 50s tonight and tomorrow night.)

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/text.php?sid=FL&pil=R TP
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375. eddye
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:43 (GMT)
robert your wrong look in the carribean it looks pretty good and i say it should be at a medium chance right know
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374. robert88
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:39 (GMT)
What a mess out there...nothing to get excited about for the time being.
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373. MahFL
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:34 (GMT)
Gaddafii is dead- official.
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372. scottiesaunt
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:32 (GMT)
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Anybody have any info on IKE? Haven't seen a post by him in a while now.




He was probably banned
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371. TropicTraveler
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:29 (GMT)
Quoting MahFL:
BullShoalsAR - poof !


He got the bull part of his name right.
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370. WeatherfanPR
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:27 (GMT)
Quoting eddye:
40 degrees jacksonville



ufffff, very chilly !!!
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369. MahFL
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:23 (GMT)
BullShoalsAR - poof !
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368. eddye
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:23 (GMT)
40 degrees jacksonville
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367. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:22 (GMT)
Quoting BullShoalsAR:
Ha. I see the regulars on here just dying over the opportunity for mother nature to unleash her worse. Just hoping and drooling over the shot in the dark possibility of nature to unleash her worst. They will grip any computer model that ever so slightly hints at the possibility of a US landfalling named storm--despite being WEEKS out and only suggested in one model run out of the past dozen or so.

And even the lurkers are catching on and allured into this sick, fantasy mentality.



Truly sad.
LOL LOL was that you're best shot? Come on you can do better that that can't you?
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366. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:21 (GMT)
Quoting BullShoalsAR:
Ha. I see the regulars on here just dying over the opportunity for mother nature to unleash her worse. Just hoping and drooling over the shot in the dark possibility of nature to unleash her worst. They will grip any computer model that ever so slightly hints at the possibility of a US landfalling named storm--despite being WEEKS out and only suggested in one model run out of the past dozen or so.

And even the lurkers are catching on and allured into this sick, fantasy mentality.

Truly sad.
I do not know if I am considered a regular or not, but if you believe for a second that I want to see people lose there lives and property you are sadly mistaken.
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365. WeatherfanPR
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:20 (GMT)
hey eddye. how was the temp this morning ?
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364. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:19 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
Some areas of Florida could still use the rain ti fill the aquifers. Certainly would be better to do it withiut being whacked tho.
I agree with you there
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363. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:18 (GMT)
Quoting stormwatcherCI:
I don't like how that is looking.
I read ya..If that were to pan out, it would end up being a dangerous storm.
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361. WeatherfanPR
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:17 (GMT)
around 60°F at this hour in Carrollwood.
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360. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:17 (GMT)
Quoting soclueless:
If the models verify, I'm glad I'm not in Miami,after all the rain from 95L.I was reading that maybe sometime, as early as next week,for this to get better organized.
Some areas of Florida could still use the rain ti fill the aquifers. Certainly would be better to do it withiut being whacked tho.
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359. eddye
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:15 (GMT)
does it looklike we can have frost tonight in jacksonville and a different question looks like miami is going 2 get a tropical storm
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358. stormwatcherCI
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:10 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
I believe it has a good chance. In fact it is a little unsettling. Check out the GEM model..Link
I don't like how that is looking.
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357. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:07 (GMT)
LOL at me being a lurker, 3 post's in 1 day ia a lot for me.
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356. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 14:05 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
I believe it has a good chance. In fact it is a little unsettling. Check out the GEM model..Link
If the models verify, I'm glad I'm not in Miami,after all the rain from 95L.I was reading that maybe sometime, as early as next week,for this to get better organized.
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355. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:54 (GMT)
Quoting soclueless:
Do you think it has a chance? I was reading it might, and head to Miami.
I believe it has a good chance. In fact it is a little unsettling. Check out the GEM model..Link
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354. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:49 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
I have not seen Ike post in some time...Interesting situation forming in the Western Caribbean.
Do you think it has a chance? I was reading it might, and head to Miami.
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353. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:44 (GMT)
Quoting soclueless:
Thanks Hydrus, just can't remember Ike posting since then.
I have not seen Ike post in some time...Interesting situation forming in the Western Caribbean.
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352. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:40 (GMT)
Quoting hydrus:
Lee affected most of the northern gulf coast from extreme East Texas to the Florida Panhandle..
Thanks Hydrus, just can't remember Ike posting since then.
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351. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:37 (GMT)
Quoting soclueless:
I don't think I've seen IKE post since ...was it Lee that went up to the Panhandle?
Lee affected most of the northern gulf coast from extreme East Texas to the Florida Panhandle..
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350. soclueless
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:28 (GMT)
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Anybody have any info on IKE? Haven't seen a post by him in a while now.
I don't think I've seen IKE post since ...was it Lee that went up to the Panhandle?
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349. hydrus
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:16 (GMT)
Quoting hurricane23:
HPC this morning...

CMC AND UKMET ALONG WITH A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF ECMWF ENSMEMBERS INDICATE THE POTENTIAL OF TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE NWRN CARRIBEAN NEXT WEEK.
Looks like two low centers down there. one tropical near the the Honduras/Nicaragua border/ and one non-tropical in the S.W.Caribbean.
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348. FLWeatherFreak91
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:15 (GMT)
Quoting hurricane23:


Hey wxlogic..

No presure falls yet down in the caribbean but something to keep an eye on before the book is closed on this season. Canandian/Ukmet bring it northward towards sfl.

Enjoying the cool temps outside!

This would be a very strange scenario. I don't think I've ever experienced lows in the 40's BEFORE a possible tropical threat.
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347. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:15 (GMT)
XX/AOI/XX
MARK
12.85N/79.99W
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346. Neapolitan
20. lokakuuta 2011 klo 13:14 (GMT)
FWIW, the Texas earthquake I spoke of in #337 has indeed been confirmed. There have now been hundreds of reports, all from weak to light. As I stated earlier, if the magnitude stays where it currently is--4.6--that makes this the strongest earthquake in Texas since the July, 1966, Panhandle quake, which measured 4.8.
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