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NOAA: Prepare for winter now; global temps continue rise

NOAA: Prepare for winter now; global temps continue rise
From left, Olga Major, Andrei Galynine and Yualiya Burdeyna make the leap across a berm during a heavy snowstorm over Spokane last winter.
The third week in October is the traditional start of the stormy season, and with that in mind, NOAA has declared Oct. 17-23 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

They've got a great web site that is highlighting a different weather event each day and telling you not only how to be prepared, but how it is forecast and how the various warnings work. Check it out!

Global temperatures continue to rise While winter is on the mind now, NOAA continues to report that global temperatures are still on the rise. This story is from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's monthly climate report is beginning to sound like a broken record.

The National Climate Data Center reported Monday that the January-September period is tied with 1998 for the warmest first nine months on record.

The agency said the average temperature for the period was 1.17 degrees above normal for records going back 131 years. For a full year the warmest on record was 2005.

The agency added that it has been the warmest January-September on record in the Northern Hemisphere and the second warmest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Winds Easing?

This may sound far-fetched after this weekend's expected breezes, but a study published in Nature Journal found wind speeds were decreasing across the entire Northern Hemisphere.

They're not sure what the cause is, but warming temperatures could be a factor.