Augusta has driest winter on record in more than 60 years

Bush Field also records third-warmest winter since 1950

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:48 AM
Last updated Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:50 AM
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Augusta’s recent winter was the driest on record since 1950, when data were first collected at Bush Field.

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Flowers bloom along the Augusta Riverwalk.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Flowers bloom along the Augusta Riverwalk.

Augusta’s weather station at Augusta Regional Airport recorded less than 5 inches of rain during the 88-day period that ended Monday, according to William Schmitz, a National Weather Service climatologist in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The winter also was the third-warmest on record since 1950, said Schmitz, who did an analysis of weather data from the Bush Field recording station.

Although the National Weather Service has data for Augusta dating to 1871, the recording station has changed locations over the years.

From 1871 to 1944, weather measurements were taken from downtown Augusta. In 1944, the weather station of record was moved to Daniel Field, where it stayed until 1950. Although weather data are still collected at Daniel Field, Augusta’s official weather data collection station has been at Bush Field since 1950, Schmitz said.

He added that temperature readings at Bush Field always differ from those taken at Daniel Field.

“Bush Field is always about 6 degrees lower on average,” he said.

The warmer, drier weather has pollen counts going through the roof, said Dr. Terrence Cook, an allergist and clinical immunologist in Augusta.

“They are about as high as they can get,” Cook said, adding that he has a full appointment schedule of patients seeking relief from hay feverlike symptoms.

Cook said although pine pollen is blanketing Augusta in a yellow haze, hardwood pollen, such as from oak and elm trees, is causing the problems.

“Grass (pollen) also is about to kick in,” Cook said. “That’s about two weeks ahead of schedule.”

According to Pollen.com, a Web site that tracks nationwide pollen counts, Augusta’s pollen level Tuesday was at 10.5 on a 12-point scale. That was predicted to rise to 11.7 by Thursday, the Web site says.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 10:31 am
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When y'all wonder why the

When y'all wonder why the lake is low, realize the multiyear drought we're in.

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 01:22 pm
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And let's make sure we ignore

And let's make sure we ignore the 400-lb gorilla in the room when it comes to climate TRENDS of the last two decades.

Faith first! Evidence last!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 01:35 pm
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Well, a couple of years ago

Well, a couple of years ago they were complaining about how certain northern regions in the U.S. were experiencing record cold and snow. No one talked about a trend then.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 01:37 pm
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The climate fear mongers who

The climate fear mongers who most rely on faith are those who rely on those mathematical models predicting the future.

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 01:42 pm
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Actually LL, plenty of

Actually LL, plenty of climatologists were talking about a trend, even during record cold weather periods. It's a multi decade trend, not seasonal weather events, that's the problem.

And it's not mathematical models that produce evidence for warming, it's real temperature measurements and historical climate records stored in continuous ice cores that cover hundreds of thousands of years of earth's climate conditions. Models follow FROM the evidence; they don't manufacture the evidence. Manufacturing evidence is the business of faith and propaganda, not empirical science. Sorry.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 02:32 pm
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Yeah, well that "hockey

Yeah, well that "hockey stick" graph must have been made by the same people who claim they were taken up in UFO's and impregnated.

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 02:52 pm
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Riverman, if you think the

Riverman, if you think the consensus of thousands of researchers is based on the hockey stick graph rather than on years of data collection, then you may need to broaden your sources of information on this.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 03:06 pm
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Burn, who put the hockey

Burn, who put the hockey stick graph out? Not the disbelievers. The sky is falling anthropogenic earth warming advocates is who even if they couldn't do basic math to make an accurate graph.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/20/12 - 03:07 pm
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Yeah, but then we had that

Yeah, but then we had that data falsification thing. Predicting the future with rigged data is so much more satisfying than using actual data.

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belle 03/20/12 - 03:48 pm
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Why don't all of you save
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Why don't all of you save your breath for something constructive, like praying for RAIN.

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 04:15 pm
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Here's a thorough accounting

Here's a thorough accounting of the hockey stick graph controversy.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey_stick_controversy

Some studies have found problems with the statistical analysis that first generated the graph; other studies have shown that correcting for these flaws still produces a similar result.

And one researcher trying to fudge numbers does not falsify the real temperature, ice core, and climactic data that have led literally thousands of people studying this problem to agree that the earth is warming, and that warming correlates to atmospheric CO2 levels.

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burninater 03/20/12 - 04:26 pm
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To use an analogy, what LL

To use an analogy, what LL and Riverman are trying to argue is that because a single doctor mischarted and/or tried to falsify medical records, all medical knowledge is fraudulent.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 04:29 pm
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Burn, if you get a disease

Burn, if you get a disease let those falsifying the data treat you.

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 04:35 pm
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See, that's the problem with

See, that's the problem with that line of thinking Riverman. If I find out that one of thousands of doctors performed a fraud, I'd have to be a complete moonbat to decide that therefore all doctors in the history of medicine have been frauds, and that I can therefore trust no doctor or any medical research done by a doctor at any time. It is a purely irrational response. It would be like reading about a Medicaid fraud and deciding that proved that anybody documenting a medical fact, such as that my blood was pumped by a heart and not by space gnomes with turkey basters, was also perpetrating a fraud.

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Riverman1 03/20/12 - 05:06 pm
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Burn, for goodness sakes,

Burn, for goodness sakes, Mars is warming up. We've been through warm periods. This is not anthropogenic or Martian-genic. It's just happening. Now relax and enjoy the warm weather. Nothing you can do about it anyway. It's temporary and we'll be in another ice age soon enough

burninater
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burninater 03/20/12 - 05:22 pm
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Riverman. Earth is not Mars,

Riverman. Earth is not Mars, we don't live on Mars, and there is zero evidence that Earth and Mars are heating for the same reasons. Meanwhile, there are abundant levels of evidence for a linkage between atmospheric CO2 and heating of the earth's atmosphere. I repeat my assertion that the level of denial of the body of evidence involved here is purely irrational.

But you're right. As long as we continue to believe Earth is Mars and that we should just ignore anything that seems to hard to address, there's nothing we can do about it anyway.

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Pu239 03/20/12 - 06:41 pm
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I'm just gonna wait for the
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I'm just gonna wait for the next ice age due to man made warming....I like the cold weather better. Methane is our friend!

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InChristLove 03/21/12 - 05:08 am
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Of course the earth is

Of course the earth is heating up. This is old news and although we need to be concerned about our earth, some things are out of our control as much as we wish to think we were.

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10

Go ahead and roll the eyes......but time and time again God's Word has warned us of the earth's destruction and His returning, we just choose to ignore it.

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Techfan 03/21/12 - 05:15 am
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Grass pollen. Oh boy, can't

Grass pollen. Oh boy, can't wait.

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fftaz71 03/21/12 - 09:56 am
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Evidence of increasing CO2

Evidence of increasing CO2 levels can be seen in the exponential increase in the number of vine type plants that are thriving and consuming everything around them if allowed. Vines thrive on Carbon dioxide vs oxygen.

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