The Mind-Boggling Washington Post Misinformation Which I’m Talking About

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The mind-boggling New Orleans heat record that no one is talking about – The Washington Post

During one of the country’s hottest summers, New Orleans quietly set a mind-boggling record. On 43 nights, the temperature did not drop below 80 degrees in New Orleans, according to the Louisiana state climatologist.

It blows the previous record out of the water — 13 nights in 2010. It’s also incredible considering in an average summer, New Orleans has just 2.1 nights at or above 80 degrees.

This article is utter nonsense. In 1980, the NOAA New Orleans station (USW00012930) had 53 nights above 80F, compared to only 17 nights this year.

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Is the Louisiana State Climatologist simply making things up?

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22 Responses to The Mind-Boggling Washington Post Misinformation Which I’m Talking About

  1. Ed Bo says:

    Picky, picky, picky!

    You’re going to compare this year’s weather to that of previous millennia?

  2. Andy DC says:

    There is so much that can be done with exposure and siting in terms of manipulating temperatures. Since these NOAA people have such a vested interest, I am sure that everything they do has a maximum warm bias.

    There is also their capacity to decalibrate the thermometers, as they have done several times in the past at Reagan National Airport near DC. Since these people have repeatedly shown that they are not trustworthy and are obsessed with an agenda, you would not believe a word they say. In the New Orleans case, they simply invented a record that did not exist.

  3. gator69 says:

    You really must see the streetviuew of this station. It is practically sitting on top of a huge parking lot.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@29.9165722,-90.1306947,3a,15y,111.61h,87.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4a7NERvDq1w6viKwZxbtmg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    When you view the location from above, there are many much better suited locations within walking distance. So why there? Of course any location within the city will be massively UHI contaminated. But still, why not try even just a treensy bit harder to mitigate that issue? Why right up against the fence of an expansive shipping industry parking lot?

  4. John F Hultquist says:

    The info comes from Barry Keim, LSU & State Climatologist.
    Station is N. O. International Airport

    It would take a lot of time to figure out what Keim is working with. The WP and writer Angela Fritz would not care, and would not do a proper update. [Actually, Angela might care — she has a sciency background, diluted by close association with cAGW folks.]

    Anyway, the hottest nights I remember were in the mid-1950s in western Pennsylvania. We did not think of global warming, we called it weather.

  5. dougmanxx says:

    This is the only possible station near New Orleans that can fit the data used:

    Station Information

    Station Name: NEW ORLEANS LAKEFRONT AP
    Station ID: 166661
    State: LA
    Latitude: 30.05
    Longitude: -90.03

    http://www.srcc.lsu.edu/station_search.html?sid=166660

    I count 42 nights at or above 80.

    • John F Hultquist says:

      The original post claims the airport in question is the (Louis Armstrong) New Orleans International Airport:
      29.989486, -90.254989

      Lakefront does not seem to be classed as “international.”

  6. DGP says:

    If CO2 was the primary driver of warming than New Orleans would cool off at night at the same rate as a desert (assuming same CO2 conc.)

    New Orleans doesn’t because it has higher humidity.

    • Robbie Depp says:

      Exactly. If the dew points were at 50F, then night time temperatures would plummet at night whether CO2 is at 300 or 400-ppm. This is just a weather observation that it was humid this summer. Coming out of an El Nino and the location of the Bermuda high this past summer, it’s not much of a surprise. It’s easier to write articles alluding that CO2 is to blame as opposed to trying to publish a paper on what shitty model think is the component of global warming impacting the relative upswing of SST’s relative to natural fluctuations, but alas, the Washington Enquirer is in the propaganda business.

      • Steve Fraser says:

        I looked at some of the temps of the large bodies of water, wind speeds, rainfall at the airport, and sunshine.

        The hottest sustained period started 7/2, 7 says with daytime temps in the mid 90s, mild winds, fair or partly cloudy days, almost no rain, and lows 82-85.

        The Mississippi, just to the south of the airport, was 88-89 degrees, and Lake Pontchartrain 87 to 92 just off the airport property.

        So, lots of sun, warm water, light wind, no rain, and airport traffic for the weekend of the 4th. Not surprised at all that it was warm at night then.

        If I can get the time, I’ll compare night temps with the trends in water temp at the lake and on the river, which also goes by the NOAA monitor by the building, and under a tree. Crummy siting.

  7. RAH says:

    I’m not liking the looks of this disturbance and conditions. This one has the potential to be in the news before the end of the week.

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

  8. Dave N says:

    When a newspaper reports that no-one is talking about something, they need to consider the possibility that no-one is talking about it because it’s total garbage.

    Or perhaps they might dream up a conspiracy theory (when they like to denounce such things), that the news is being suppressed by some group or another?

  9. Doug says:

    “Very warm overnight temperatures are hard on your body…
    If a family is lucky enough to own an air conditioner, they probably cannot afford to use it.”
    A couple of points. First, I would guess that Angela has never been to NOLA and has no idea what hot and muggy are like. Hot and muggy are normal there. And it’s not the nights that are hard on your body; it’s working your butt off in the blazing sun, something else I suspect she’s never done. Second, owning an air conditioner is not “lucky”. If you can’t afford A.C. in the United States, the greatest country in the history of the world, you’re doing something very very wrong. And if you can’t afford an air conditioner and don’t like being sweaty, maybe New Orleans is not the place for you.

  10. Norman says:

    It really seems to depend upon the location in New Orleans.

    In the Accuweather Data for New Orleans 2015 summer had 44 nights at 80F or above while in 2016 the number was 41.

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/70112/month/348585?monyr=7/01/2015

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/70112/month/348585?monyr=7/01/2016

    New Orleans is a fairly large city at 350 square miles
    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=siize%20of%20new%20orleans

    If you go to the New Orleans International Airport Data then you will find the article was correct. 2016 had by far the most nights at 80 or above at this location.

    But WeatherUnderground also lists the averages (you can custom a whole summer for a given year). Then you see 2016 was not a special or extraordinary temperature.

  11. pseudo-intellectual says:

    Even IF the heat wave data was true, only a degree or so can be attributed to global warming.

    Never-ending hype…

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