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"No land or ocean areas had record-cold temperatures in July [2019]," NOAA - Brilliant obfuscations or downright dirty lies?

US cold records July 2019

The claims are STILL being bandied about the internet: "July 2019 was the planet's warmest month in 140 years of record keeping," and "no land or ocean areas had record-cold temperatures in July."

From weather.com to time.com, from usatoday.com to the independent.co.uk — every corner of the mainstream press willingly lapped-up the NOAA article and repackaged it as unequivocal fact.

I still haven't quite worked out if NOAA's assertions are brilliant obfuscations or downright dirty lies.

But either way, according to data from their own website, the number of U.S. weather stations busting all-time daily record low-minimum temperatures in July, 2019 totaled 938.

"No land or ocean areas had record-cold temperatures in July"?

And it gets better still:

Again according to NOAA's own official data, the all-time daily record high-maximum temperatures for July, 2019 totaled just 522 — meaning the cold records bested the hots by almost 2-1.

And turning to the monthly records, no less than 32 U.S. weather stations either tied or busted their coldest ever recorded temperatures for the month of July this year.

And again: "No land or ocean areas had record-cold temperatures in July"?

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Summer snow falls on top of Sierra Nevada

It's still technically summer but snow is falling in the Sierra along the California-Nevada line.

California transportation officials posted a photo on the Caltrans District 3 Twitter account shortly after noon Monday showing snow accumulating on U.S. Interstate 80 at the top of Donner Summit about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Truckee, California.

Snow could also be seen falling on traffic cameras along Highway 267 and Highway 50.

Cloud Lightning

Footballers struck by lightning during match in Jamaica - caught on camera

© Screenshot Twitter @ JamaicaGleaner
Several college football players required treatment after being struck by lightning in worrying scenes during a match in Jamaica.

Lightning struck the pitch late on in the match between Wolmer's Boys' School and Jamaica College in Kingston on Monday.

Footage of the incident shows the moment of the strike, followed by two players falling onto their knees and clutching their heads.

The match continues for several seconds before fellow players and coaches realize what has happened and rush to the stricken footballers' aid.

Cloud Precipitation

Worst flooding in 50 years hits Niger's capital Niamey

A child wades through muddy water early in September in the Kirkissoye district of Niamey, one of the worst hit by Niger river floods
A child wades through muddy water early in September in the Kirkissoye district of Niamey, one of the worst hit by Niger river floods
"At last, we're here!" Amina and Halima, who live in Niger's capital Niamey, exulted after reaching high ground following the worst floods to hit the city in 50 years.

Two weeks ago, authorities in Niamey declared a red alert when the waters of the Niger river -- the third biggest in Africa -- rose to a level "not seen in more than 50 years".

The floods have affected more than 6,300 people in the traditionally dusty city.

Nearly 60 have been killed and 130,000 displaced across the nation this rainy season, officials say.


Early snow comes early to northern city in Heilongjiang, China

China's northernmost city Mohe in Heilongjiang province welcomed the first snow of the coming winter on Sunday, about 25 days earlier than last year, said the local observatory.

"Affected by cold air, a strong northwesterly wind hit the city on Sunday and the temperature dropped by 8 C," said Yu Jiayi, a forecaster at the observatory. "The lowest temperature over the following two days will be around-3 C and it is expected to increase slightly on Thursday."

The region, regarded as the coldest in China, usually sees winters lasting eight months. Its record low is-52.3 C.

While mountains around the city are enjoying colorful autumn leaves, the falling snow has turned the whole city into a white fairyland.

Comment: Snowfall was also recently recorded at the Chinese/ Pakistan border on September 11th:

Cloud Precipitation

Large hail pounds Glidden, Iowa

Chunks of ice the size of golf balls fell in Glidden Saturday in a small, quickly moving storm.

"I went, 'Oh my goodness,' " Glidden City Clerk Suzy Danner recalled. "It was just a shock."

Some of the hail exceeded 2 inches in diameter and caused small dents in vehicles. Danner said there was no known damage to city property.

The 4:15 p.m. storm was among several reports of hail that day across central Iowa, stretching from Glidden east to Eldora, according to the National Weather Service.

The first report of hail was in Dawson in Dallas County about 2:15 p.m. The final report was in Eldora in Hardin County about 6:30 p.m.

Large hail fell Saturday in Glidden. Most of it was about an inch in diameter, but some exceeded 2 inches

Large hail fell Saturday in Glidden. Most of it was about an inch in diameter, but some exceeded 2 inches

Cloud Precipitation

Floods kill 33 across northern Thailand

Floods that have submerged large parts of northern Thailand for the last two weeks have killed at least 33 people, authorities said on Monday.

The floods, a result of torrential rains caused by two tropical storms, affected 28 provinces and had been especially devastating in the populous northeastern region known as Isan, where more than 22,000 people were evacuated, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said in a statement.

Cloud Precipitation

Rain, floods claim 1,422 lives so far this year in India

Monsoon 2019
Monsoon 2019
As many as 1,422 people were killed in India over the past couple of months in rain and flood-related incidents in several states of the country, including Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

The national daily, the Hindustan Times reported, "between June 1 and September 14, at least 1,422 people were killed because of rains, the highest since data started being compiled by the union home ministry nine years ago. Last year, the figure stood at 1,379 - of which Kerala alone accounted for 498 deaths."

Cloud Precipitation

More flash flooding hits Arganda Del Rey, Madrid - Less than three weeks after last deluge

Madrid flash flooding
© La Sexta

The Madrid suburb of Arganda Del Rey has been hit by flash flooding less than three weeks after another powerful storm caused havoc in the same area: Powerful storm hits Madrid, Spain - Cars swept away by rivers of hail. In August

Video footage shows cars and trucks floating down streets after torrential rain. Firefighters attended to over one hundred incidents in less than three hours in the region according to La Vanguardia.


Junk climate science - The new normal

climate cartoon
England had a hot day on July 25, which climate scientists immediately declared to be the "new normal" England's summer averaged five degrees cooler than the summer of 1976, during the ice age scare.