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11/11/2012 9:49:00 PM
Prescott breaks cold-weather record set in 1915
The Daily Courier

Prescott registered a record-low maximum temperature of 41 degrees Saturday afternoon as a cold storm system moved through.

The high temperature broke the 1915 record of 43 degrees, according to Weather Service records that date back to 1898.

The Prescott airport also set a record-low high temperature of 43 degrees Saturday, breaking the previous record of 45 degrees in 2000. Airport records go back to 1948.

Bagdad set a record low of 23 degrees overnight on Saturday-Sunday, breaking the previous record of 29 set in 1947. Its records go back to 1929.

Some of the lowest temperatures reported to the Weather Service across northern Arizona overnight on Saturday-Sunday included zero at the Grand Canyon airport and 9 at Flagstaff.

Prescott got some much-needed rain out of the storm system. The official Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of the city recorded 0.3 inches of rain Thursday through Sunday. It was the first precipitation in a month. The Flagstaff airport recorded 1.02 inches of precipitation during the same period.

Snow fell briefly on Thursday night in Prescott as the first wave of the storm system passed through, but not enough to measure.

Forest Lakes got the most snow of any northern Arizona community at 3-4 inches, and more likely fell on the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area near Flagstaff, the Weather Service said.

Winds gusted to 43 mph Thursday, 39 Friday and 32 Saturday at the Prescott airport before calming down Sunday.

Temperatures plummeted from a high of 75 in Prescott Thursday to a high of 41 by Saturday. The overnight low on Saturday-Sunday was 19 degrees.

The Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the lower elevations of Yavapai County for overnight Saturday-Sunday to warn that sub-freezing temperatures were likely.

The Weather Service forecast is predicting that temperatures will continue to drop into the 20s each night through Wednesday in Prescott.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: j l

@ Rocky
You represent self-contradictory thought and intellectual dishonesty. I don't think you know much of anything about the climate or the science (or the scientific process). You made claims that I don't think you or anyone can prove even a little. You do not appear to be serious.

So, Who has "seen the opposite"? Where did you get that? Cite a scientific source or two please. (Don't tell me that came form the same people that swore Romney was going to win by a landslide! - there is a difference between wishful thinking and the scientific process)

Also, and here is my main point if you can follow.. How do you know the planet "has been doing it for millions of years"? How do you know that? Prove it! Did you believe a scientist? Maybe several of them? Maybe the majority of them? If I found just one that said climate has been stable forever and all the others are wrong, would you then believe that the question is not settled and anybody that believed the other one was drinking "Kool Aid"? Would you think that in order to be fair and balanced we should give equal credence to the one scientist that said the Earth�s climate never changed, or would you think he is an outlier, and lean towards the 99%?

When you are proving what you claimed in your post, will you cite data?
Will that be the same as citing data for climate change?
Will you cherry pick the data because you really only are doing this out of spite and not a real concern for the truth or discovering why 99.9% of scientists actually in the field believe that pumping billions pounds of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere might possibly do something to the atmosphere? For that will you say it is a conspiracy, but for your other claims say it is science?
Will you argue that physics is incorrect?
Do you think that sucking on an exhaust pipe is the same as fresh air?
How vast do you think the atmosphere really is?

Finally - - - Is there anything at all that could convince you? What would that be? - - -

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Polor Bear

Who cares if the Polor Caps melt away, won't bother me a single bit. Just means we'll have to appoint a Polor Bear Barber Czar from the Oboma team to shave all that hair off those poor Polor Bears so they don't sweat to death down here in the Forests after leaving the Ice and Snow up North.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: shano o

Working in NYC at the Javetts Center (in Zone A) the end of October resulted in being evacuated from lower Manhattan. That broke some sort of record, too.

hmmm, now who predicted lower Manhattan would flood with rising global temperatures? Why, it was NASA in the late 1990s.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Foot out the door

@ Coyote
Good catch. You can't deny that it exists. Now I've convinced you.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

To: Foot Out the door,
Okay, you've convinced me. I won't not try not to deny that it doesn't not exist... or does? No, no. You made it clear. Like you said -- it doesn't exist and I can't deny that. At least maybe not. Or...?

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Rocky punching a side of beef

We've heard it all before, a million times. The kool-aid drinkers are here again, telling us about the intricate differences between "climate" and "weather". They babble on about how record cold temperatures, all over the world, year after year, mean nothing to their theory of "global warming", oops, I mean "climate change". No, wait, they're back to calling it "global warming" again. Wow, what a bunch of intellectuals.

We do also see record high temperatures around the world year to year. But that and the record cold temperatures are just basically what the planet has been doing for millions of years. Not to mention how record high temps can occur in the Summer, Winter or in between. The same can be said for record lows.

While one part of the planet may be seeing some warming trends in recent years, OTHERS ARE SEEING THE OPPOSITE. Leave it to a kool-aid drinking drone to suggest that "global" only applies to their selected areas of the GLOBE.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Al Gore May or may not

be right about what is causing global warming but at least he does not have his head in the sand denying that it is not happening. Some of you need to get your heads out of your, ahh, sand trap!

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Foot Out the door

Look up the difference between "weather" and "climate."

Regardless of whether you believe climate change is anthropogenic, you can't deny that it doesn't exist - it has since the beginning of time.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: GLOBAL WARMING

So much for "global warming" Al Gore. What a joke.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: I drive a 60's V-8, enjoy climate control inside regulary, eat steak and potatoes,

drink single-malt Scotch and carry on, but in moderation.

I have one step-child.

I have a friend that has worked hard, and lived modestly, for nearly 50 years, but has produced eleven reproducing offspring.

Which one of us created the larger "carbon footprint"?

I turned on my heat on Saturday.

How 'bout you?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Andy you are looking pretty stupid !!

Andy you are looking pretty stupid and fighting over degrees when that does not really matter. The arctic ice is at it's lowest levels since documented time. If you want to say it's not all gone then be stupid about it. You need to befriend someone who can tell you to lay off and quit it. If you can't find a friend then just use a little common sense.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

@Sheesh Deluxe

Honey, Al Gore said 5 years ago that the entire north cap would be GONE - as in non-existant, no longer there. It's still there. How does that make me wrong? Gore said completely gone, it is still there.

You and your buddy Gore are wrong. You cant spin you way out of this.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Sheesh Deluxe

Andy, you are wrong. The arctic has seen tremendous ice loss. Although it is not yet ice-free, it is well on its way. Please pay attention.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

Inalienable Arguments
Climate change, religion, politics, trafficams, definitions of freedom, rights, morals, privacy -- all are arguments nobody ever wins. Mostly no one even bends. But they sure are good at keeping our blood up, at keeping us antagonistic and adversarial, at keeping us divided. The government should come up with more of 'em. We're not quite yet pliable or compliant enough.
. . . . . . . .
Here, I'll try to start a fight: Given the necessity of transportation often needed to earn a living in the modern world, driving should become a right and not a privilege. Oh, it could still be taken from you like any other right, but would require a certain due process -- unlike now when DMV or any judge can simply yank it out from under you for pretty much no reason at all (e.g: having someone run into your uninsured parked car, like happened to me one time -- California law, don't know about AZ).

Voting should be not a right but a privilege, earned by demonstration of knowledge and intelligence, not something you're allowed to do simply because you're an 18-year-old. You don't even have to be able to read or think to vote, just to make a mark of some sort.

Bible ownership should be forbidden except in an environment of historical scholarship.

And NO ONE should be allowed to own a tan car. I find the color both depressing and highly offensive.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

@Sheesh Deluxe

Al Gore predicted in 2007 that the entire North Polar cap would melt completely in 5 years. That's this year. Didn't happen. In fact, NOTHING Al Gore predicted has happened. Your statement is completely false, do some research.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Donnie Baker

I don't think anyone has truthfully, seriously, doubted global warming. We all know its happening.But can we stop it? NO! we can't because its Mother Earth and she has more power over all teeny tiny humans. So quit trying. Yep stuff is melting like it has before they say, and will probably freeze again some time, We couldn't stop it before so how do we now?
We all know when those hurricanes are coming so why didn't you step in and stop it J l if you think you're powerful enough? haha ah hahaha keep crying but it won't help what the Earth does and is going to do....

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Al Adab

How is it that a cold snap turned into a dialogue about global warming, climate change and politics? Study meteorology and climatology and get a perspective on the long term, thousand year, cycles. From time to time the cycles coincide and a warming trend or cooling trend sets in for a century or two. This is anything but the most critical non-issue of our time.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Sheesh Deluxe

Everything that Al Gore predicted in 2005 is happening now (record droughts, gigantic hurricanes, rising sea levels, and broader swings in weather). But I'm sure it is all a conspiracy.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Science Disagrees

Brace yourselves for all the ignorant comments from those who do not understand the complicated science of a planet's climate, but still feel oh so smug when saying that NASA and dozens of other national and international science organizations are wrong on this issue.

Does it give you the slightest pause that there is no reputable science organization in the world that agrees with you?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Tim the Native

Thank God for global warming -- think how cold it *COULD* have been without it!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Andy, Tell It

To the polar bears.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: C Heywood

A couple cold days in a well documented, hundred-year climactic change trend is the literal definition of a "small sample size." Just as if I were to judge the intelligence of the entire Prescott community from your single comment, I suppose.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: some oldguy

@ Andy Anderson - that is because you do not understand the concepts of global warming or its implications. Run along and play nicely now

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Thanks Andy !!

Andy your understanding of Global warming is amazing!!!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: j l

Andy, the reason you are surprised is because you do not understand climate change. And I suspect you really do not care about understanding it either. If you did, you would realize this does not negate climate change (same as if a single hurricane proves it).

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