Dave in SETX,
re: "Coldest. Winter. Ever."
We've always been big fans of NOAA & its National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) & National Weather Service (NWS) & all the honest, dedicated scientists who work diligently to inform concerned citizens about the weather & climate change, Dave.
As far as the "coldest winter ever", as you say, Dave, you may want to check with your Texas State Climatologist instead of cherry-picking unnamed, unlinked sources again (puleez tell us it's not Scooter Libby).
The coldest winter ever came in 1977-1978, he said, which averaged 6.3 degrees below normal. Nielsen-Gammon said the 13-county southeast Texas climate region has averaged between 5 and 6 degrees below normal since Dec. 1. Second-coldest everOr try Dr. n-g @ his TAMU office.
February 2010 was a month of record breaking events for the state of Texas, and National Weather Service meteorologists believe this winter has been the coldest winter Texas has seen in 25 years. Current Texas Monthly Summary: February 2010And while you're there, Dave, be sure to checkout the Societal Impacts of Climate on Texas.
NOAA: U.S. Winter and February Cooler Than Average
And you & your greenhouse furnaces & propane tanks can expect lots more extreme hot & cold weather events, floods & fires, & higher storm surges from stronger hurricanes as you continue to release carbon emissions into the atmosphere & hydrosphere which continue to heat up & destabilize SETX climate, if not the entire planet.
U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate
But fret not, Dave, as another notable local recently wrote in a SETX newspaper:
"Summer's coming. Some preliminary outlooks show July, August and September being a bit warmer than normal."