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Congratulations on the New Tibetian Records.



February 06, 2010 – Comments (5)

Here's the link, but this is the whole story.

LHASA: The "roof of the world" is getting warmer.

The average temperature in the Tibet autonomous region was 5.9 C last year, 1.5 C higher than normal and a record high in almost four decades, latest figures from the regional climate center showed.

The 2009 climate report, issued by the center yesterday, was based on meteorological data collected from 38 observatories across Tibet, said project leader Zhang Hezhen, a specialist with the regional weather bureau.

"Temperature changes were observed almost everywhere," Zhang said.

The average temperature across Tibet spanned from minus 1 to 13.6 C last year, 0.8-2.3 C higher than normal, she said.

"Average temperatures recorded at 29 observatories reached record highs."




Zhang said temperature rises occurred in both summer and winter.

"On the hottest summer days in regional capital Lhasa, high temperatures reached 30.4 C last year, compared with the record 29.9 C of 1971."

In Xigaze, the maximum daytime temperature hit 32.5 C, 0.5 C higher than the previous record.

In Xigaze's Dingri county, where the base camp of world's highest peak Mount Qomolangma is located, the maximum temperature was 25.8 C, 0.7 C higher than the previous record.

Zhang and her colleagues have also observed a drop of rainfall by at least 20 percent.

"Tibet received an average precipitation of 363 mm last year, a record low in 39 years," she said.

The worst drought in decades affected Lhasa and Xigaze, as well as Shannan, Nyingchi and Qamdo prefectures last summer, forcing residents to buy bottled water or carry water from afar.

Xigaze's Lhaze county also suffered a locust plague after 23 hot, rainless days. The worst-hit areas had 500 locusts on each sq m of cropland.

The regional government said more than 740 hectares of cropland were plagued by pests last year as a result of sustained drought.

Zhang Hezhen, who was born and raised in Lhasa, said she had witnessed some of the climate changes.

"When I was a child, I saw twigs and branches bending under the weight of snow along Lhasa's streets every winter," she said.

The Tibet plateau, with an average altitude above 4,000 m, is a "magnifier" of global warming as it is more sensitive to temperature changes, said China Meteorological Administration chief Zheng Guoguang.

Since meteorological records began in Tibet in 1961, the mercury climbed an average 0.32 C every decade, much higher than the national average temperature rise of 0.05-0.08 C every 10 years, Zheng said.

Tibet's temperature rise also topped the global average of 0.2 C a decade.

"Blockbuster disaster movies such as The Day after Tomorrow and 2012 have sounded the alarm," Zhang Hezhen said.

"It's high time for all of us to take global warming seriously and think about what we can do to save the earth."


5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 06, 2010 at 11:54 PM, ChrisGraley (28.58) wrote:

Coldest January for 20 years in Weymouth and Dorchester 

SNOW and ice appeared in the coldest January in Dorchester and Weymouth for more than 20 years. Town weathermen John Oliver and Bob Poots said it was cold but also sunny at the start of 2010. Mr Oliver said the county town experienced its coldest January in 23 years.

Daytime temperatures were 3.1C below average at 4.6C, while the average night temperature of –0.8C was 3.3 degrees below average.

Throughout the cold snap in the first two weeks of the month, temperatures failed to rise above 5C, and for three consecutive days from January 7 to January 9 temperatures remained below freezing.

The coldest day of the month was January 4, with a maximum temperature of –0.4C, while the mercury reached as low as –10C the following day.

Mr Oliver added: “Although south Dorset missed out on the heavy snow that blanketed nearly all of southern England, there was a 2-3cm fall on January 6 that, due to the extremely low temperatures, survived for six days.”

The second half of the month was less severe, with alternating cold and milder periods. The mildest day was January 16, with the maximum temperature up at 9.7C, and the mildest night was January 22, at seven degrees Celsius. Frost was recorded on 17 nights last month – the highest total for any month since February 1996, while rain fell on 14 days.

The total month’s rainfall of 95.7mm represents 87 per cent of the January average.

Mr Poots, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council weatherman, said there was snow and sleet on January 6, and hail on January 5.

He said: “While the surrounding part of the county and indeed most of the country suffered with heavy falls of snow, Weymouth as usual had a virtually snow-free month.

“However it was the coldest January with regard to maximum daily temperatures since 1997, and the lowest average minimum and mean temperatures since 1987.”

The first 10 days of the new year were dry except for the snowfall and on January 6 and 7. Sunshine was well above average.




Don't pass off weather as climate change devoish. This particular year, I could beat you 20:1 if you want to go that route. 

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#2) On February 07, 2010 at 6:53 AM, Lienbuster (94.95) wrote:

I do not understand how you can take him seriously. Re-read the close of this article:

"Blockbuster disaster movies such as The Day after Tomorrow and 2012 have sounded the alarm," (emphasis added) Zhang Hezhen said.

"It's high time for all of us to take global warming seriously and think about what we can do to save the earth."

Did he say what I think he said?

We need to accept his conclusions draw from a 60 year sample of questionable post-invasion data gathered by the Chinese because he saw a scary movie?

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#3) On February 07, 2010 at 8:47 AM, devoish (82.57) wrote:

 #1) On February 06, 2010 at 11:54 PM, ChrisGraley (99.77) wrote:

Don't pass off weather as climate change devoish. This particular year, I could beat you 20:1 if you want to go that route. 


Thank you. I just wanted to have that reminder from a climate skeptic handy.

It was cold in Dorcester UK, we got a big chunk of snow in New England...

But worldwide, January was the warmest January ever, and the trend remains unchanged.

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#4) On February 07, 2010 at 10:55 AM, kirkydu (89.77) wrote:


you might be interested to know that I have invested in a farm in SE Wisconsin where we are growing an orchard of several fruits that could not be grown in Wisconsin a few decades ago. 

My team did the research in conjunction with a few people from DNR and UW that I know and have found that even locally, most weather patterns have changed due to an unmistakable warming of the planet.

While I, nor can anybody prove, that global warming comes from man burning fossil fuels, the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming. By criminal trial standards, fossil fuel burning would go to jail for crimes against the environment no doubt.

Chris Graley and others like you, honestly, I'd like to know what you actual background and research has been.  I'd also like to know how logically your mind works in other ways.  You know, even on the off chance you are right about global warming, which odds are very against you, we are still destroying the water, arable land and air- there can be no doubt to that.  Why, would you continue to sanction and support the destruction of the environment, regardless of the global warming question???  That doesn't make sense, does it?

As for your 20:1 comment Graley, that's just stupid honestly.  About 90% of glaciers are receding.  The closer you are to the poles or higher altitude, both telling circumstances, the warmer you became.  At the more middle lats, like the U.S. we have had some cold recently.  This has occured for one reason only.  The global icecaps and various seaside glaciers have released so much ice into the water, that cold water has come down lat and temporarily lowered the temp. 

What happens at the middle lats when the ice is almost gone?  Answer that smart guy.

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#5) On February 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM, devoish (82.57) wrote:

kirkydu, I've actually been considering trying oranges in a hoop house. I would have to have heated that hoophouse for about five weeks so far so its not happening yet. What did you grow?

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