Center in Asheville, North Carolina, holds data that record for Vermont and the seventh wettest April for spans the entire 106 years of record keeping. Ne w York. The preliminary data indicate that nearly 70% of the Land and ocean temperatures continued to average country was much warmer than normal, while less than well above the 1880-1999 long-term mean in April. 1% of the country was much cooler than normal. The The average temperature anomaly for both land and persistent warmth of the past 11 months has resulted ocean surfaces was 0.51°C, slightly cooler than the in record warm ranks for several combinations of record warm temperatures recorded during the 1998 months ending in April 2000. These include each of El Nino episode. Sea surface temperatures averaged the nine periods from February-April 2000, January- 0.35° C above the long-term mean, the sixth warmest April 2000, back to June 1999-April 2000. April since 1880. As in recent months, the much The temperature value, at 44.3°F , was 0.3° over the warmer than average global temperatures were largely second warmest January-April, which occurred in due to a continuation of the extremely warm conditions 1990. Nevada had its second warmest April, Arizona observed over Northern Hemisphere land surfaces. its third warmest, and Ne w Mexico and Utah their The global land temperature anomaly was 1.01°C in sixth warmest. April, second only to the 1.27°C anomaly recorded in Based upon preliminary precipitation data, Janu- 1998. The warm Northern Hemisphere temperatures ary-Apri l 2000 ranked near the long-term mean. reported through surface-based observations are con- About 8% of the country was much wetter than nor- sistent with satellite observations of lower tropo- mal, while about 3% of the country was much drier spheric temperatures (from the surface to 8 km above than normal. It was the driest April on record for Mis- the earth's surface). Scientists from the Global Hydrol- souri. Conversely, it was the sixth wettest April on og y and Climate Center at the University of Alabama Ne w Weather Station for Forest Research The Maine Forestry Department, at the recommendation of the Northeastern Forest Research Council, has just compiled arrangements and set up the appara- tus for two stations which will work in co-operation with the U.S. Weather Bu- reau of Boston it was announced recently. One of these stations is situated at Ashland in northern Aroostook County, and the other at the headquarters of the chief warden just over the Maine boundary at Daaquam, Province of Quebec. To aid in checking the forecasts of these stations, several chief wardens from each watershed are sending weekly weather reports to the federal weather bu- reau at Boston. The object of these stations is to make possible, through added data, to forecast the weather more accurately and for more specific regions. This will aid materially in the work of fire pro- tection as it will give warning of hazardous dry spells in time for the wardens to make extra pre- cautions and to warn all people going into the woods to use the utmost care. Considerable work along these same lines has been done in some of the western states with marked success. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 6, 139. —. 198 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 2000
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