Pennsylvania Snowflake

Gina thinks climate change is making life too hard in Pennsylvania, because temperatures varied by 58 degrees in January.

So I tested out her theory, and plotted the difference between the highest and lowest Pennsylvania January temperatures going back to 1895.

This year was below average, with a spread of 72 degrees.  Average is 75 degrees, and the largest spread was 104 degrees in January 1914.  On January 14 1914, Ridgway was -24F, and on January 30 1914, Unioniontown was 80 degrees.

Imagine the hysteria if that happened now. People always believe that the climate is changing, and that the current weather is the most extreme. It is a defect in the thought process of many humans.


I spent last spring in Philadelphia. and it was cold just about all the time.

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30 Responses to Pennsylvania Snowflake

  1. DCA says:

    “Everything old is new again.”

  2. Rud Istvan says:

    Very nice factual response to Gina’s ‘extremes’ hysteria.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Yeah, but the photo from the 1888 New York snowstorm is sexist, racist and genocidal. The white settlers stole the land from Indians. They oppressed women, children and minorities. Progressives must #resist and #votebluenomatterwho.

  3. rah says:

    “People always believe that the climate is changing, and that the current weather is the most extreme. It is a defect in the thought process of many humans.”

    Usually found in those that have spent a minimum of time outdoors in nature.

    • arn says:

      8 hours TV each and every day since a very young age is the reason.

      Watching a cherry picked and stylized 2D version of real 3D live
      reduces the own thought process into something flat and superficial
      and make those people think that the quantity of air time people and agendas get scales with the quality they provide(while the opposite is true)
      and those people on tv and silver screen get the status of priests
      and are never questioned.
      (watchinh several thousand hours of TV while growing up can ruin the best minds)

  4. Colorado Wellington says:

    “Yes but I bet …”

    How much?

  5. scott allen says:

    Since the NOAA weather stations have a disproportional number of stations in the eastern section of the US (ie, New York has the about the same number as Wyoming despite Wyoming being twice the size). The question I have is since the latest “polar vortex” effected mainly the eastern US, is NOAA/NASA going to use this excuse to adjust their average temperature readings upward based on the over representation of colder stations?

    • tonyheller says:

      Generally stations in the east are warmer than the west.

      • scott allen says:

        That’s exactly what I was trying to say, I probably could have worded it better, if the majority of stations are in the east and have a history of warmer temperatures (and there are more of them) and the recent cold weather only effected the historically warmer stations this should lower the US average temperature. How will NASA/NOAA adjust the readings to “hide the decline”.

  6. Louis Hooffstetter says:

    I think the phenomena where people think that the current weather is the most extreme is a form of pareidolia, the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.

  7. GW Smith says:

    What is this government Climate Science Special Report that puts all the blame on man?
    Why does Trump say one thing and NOAA say another? I thought he changed things.

  8. Psalmon says:

    Fantastic analysis.

  9. Steve Keohane says:

    I’d bet days in the desert vary 50° every day. I know we do 35-40° daily in west central Colorado.

    • Squidly says:

      The most extreme temperatures changes happen in the higher latitudes. It is not unheard of for places in North Dakota, Montana and the like to see single day temperature changes near 80-90°F. It is quite common to see single day changes of 60°F or more.

      The largest recorded temperature change in one place over a 24-hour period occurred on January 15, 1972 in Loma, Montana, when the temperature rose from −54 to 49 °F (−47.8 to 9.4 °C). The most dramatic temperature changes occur in North American climates susceptible to Chinook winds.

  10. Robertv says:

    As Cold Wave Intensifies Delhi, Homeless Take Refuge In Night Shelter

    The maximum temperature was recorded at 20.0 degree Celsius whereas the minimum temperature was at 11.0 degree Celsius.

    All India | Edited by Swati Sharma | Updated: February 02, 2019 08:04 IST

    • arn says:

      The whole world is entering a global warming hole that will last for years.
      In return the ratio of “adjustments” will rise to show some new impressive records.

      (as there are about 200 countries,even a cooling climate has a good chance to show us some impressive warming records-especially in regions with bad track records)

  11. Cam says:

    Care to comment on this Climate Central post? It begs for conflicting graphs.

    • Disillusioned says:

      It begins at 1970 for a reason.

      People who get their information from Climatism Central are being fed bullshit. Voluntarily.

      • Gerald Machnee says:

        they start at 1970 showing only a half cycle similarly to the Arctic Ice starting in 1979 showing half a cycle.
        A site not worth visiting unless you want to raise your heartbeat or just for amusement.

  12. Gamecock says:

    ‘True signs.’

    What a juvenile assertion.

  13. just a thought says:

    OK, Tony. What’s the name of the nature preserve where that mansion is? I’m at a loss, even though we used to go there semi-regularly. There’s also 5 mile woods, and Bowman’s hill, both of which were closer, so we’d go there more often. Beautiful scenery along the trails. Fond memories.

  14. just a thought says:

    Oops. My bad. I was thinking of the Clyburn Arburetum, which is in Baltimore.

    Spent a bit of time there, too.

    Only a vague resemblance, though.

    But, darned if that shack doesn’t look familiar!

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