Monthly Record Cold Day?

I think today may end up with the lowest high temperature recorded in Austin in May. (Previously 56 F)

It is 4 PM on May 2 and conditions are currently 53 degrees and (!) drizzling. It’s substantially warmer in Edmonton than in Austin.

This cold outburst is widespread. They had a freeze last night in Dalhart, which admittedly is barely in Texas.

Does this count as “global warming”? Hell no. Should it count as climate change?



  1. This comment is off the topic of your post but refers to one of your shared items.With respect to Mr. Kunstler, a careful reading of my post about him will reveal that I agree with much of what he says. It's only that he says it so often and so obnoxiously that's caused me to stop reading him. But I always check out his Eyesore of the Month (May's is not up yet) even though I'm not sure who died and made him de facto architectural quality monitor for the U.S.

  2. It is just a grab for the SF (coldest winter was a summer in SF) tourist business. However, last summer, here in SF we had days when we were cooler than Nuuk, Greenland. So you'al gona have to come up with a better brag.However, with all the weird weather from global warming, new weird weather brags are no problem.Anyone want to bet on whether our friends in Russia and Pakistan are going to have a whole new round of stories to tell next fall?

  3. It's not a record for the month, although possibly for the date. Austin/Mabry, whose records extend back to 1898, had a max of 52 on the 1st in 1907 and on the 6th in 1917. It must have been a heckuva year in 1907, since 5 other low maxes were set, including 4 in a row. Here's a factoid to consider: The average year of lowest max in May is 1938.4, and the average year of highest min is 1974.9.The averages don't even tell the whole story, however: There have only been 4 low maxes in the last 40 years (and 3 of those were in 1983), but 14 high mins just since 2000.

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