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[nafex] Nov/Dec 2000 record cold
Since we all are so weather concious, I thought this letter in Earth
Changes TV news would be of interest to the group. ..............vic
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January 6, 2001
November, December Coldest Two-Month Period on Record in
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) -- Frigid
temperatures in November and December 2000 have
resulted in the coldest two-month period on record in
U.S. history, scientists at the National Climatic Data
Center said Friday.
Last year's November was the second-coldest on
record, with an average temperature of 28.9 degrees
Fahrenheit. And it was the seventh coldest December
last year since national records began in 1895. The
average temperature of the two months was 33.8
degrees. The old record of 34.2 for the two-month
period was set in 1898.
Below-average temperatures were recorded in 43 of the 48
states during the November-December period. Oklahoma, Arkansas and
recorded the coldest November-December, while Illinois, Iowa,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas experienced the second-coldest
The only states that recorded near-normal temperatures were
Mexico, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
December snowfall records were set in Marquette, Michigan;
Wisconsin; Waterloo, Iowa; and Amarillo, Texas.
Buffalo, New York, set a new three-month snowfall record between
December of 95.9 inches, breaking the previous record of 92.2
A 24-hour snowfall record was set during the period at Chicago,
Airport of 14.5 inches. That record had stood since December 1960,
the National Weather Service.
Carolina shrimp threatened
Along the South Carolina coast, temperatures have dipped into the
killing shrimp roe which would otherwise grow into spring's crop
of white shrimp,
the state's Natural Resources Department said Thursday.
On one of the coldest days in December, Jim Gallager runs through
pulling his daughter on a sled, in Narberth, Pennsylvania
The cold ocean temperatures could result in a disappointing shrimp
year, forcing prices for shrimp products at groceries and
The shrimp tend to hide in warm water holes in the South Carolina
can tolerate water as cold as 48 degrees. But this year's cold
dropped water temperatures to 42 degrees even at depths of 40
feet, said Larry
Delancey, supervisor of the department's crustacean management
The data match predictions by the National Weather Service, which
predicted that the eastern and western United States would be
extreme cold outbreaks at least through March.
The record cold came on the tail of a year that began with the
winter on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures last year from January to October were the warmest 10
consecutive months in the United States since national temperature
began in 1895.
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