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Weekly Weather Report
December 14, 2015
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Record-breaking Highs Again
It is being reported that 2015 will be the hottest year in recorded history – replacing 2014 as the hottest year on record (since records have been kept, 1880)
68 degrees at 11:30 PM, December 12, 2015
Historic Average (for 12/14) 72 HIGH, 55 Weather Underground: http://www.wunderground.com/
Historically, the average high temperature is now 74 degrees (four degrees higher than the lowest average high of the year ), and sixteen degrees lower than our highest average ). Our average low is now 56 degrees, twenty degrees lower than our highest average low of the year (76), and five degrees higher than lowest average low .
Average highs and lows continue their annual decline, which lasts until January, when we reach our lowest average temperatures – 70 and 51. Thus far for the fall, we have been well above normal.
This past summer Hottest Ever Recorded: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) data indicate this past summer (June-August, 2015) was the hottest in recorded history. NOAA also reports that July was the hottest month in recorded history. We at the 3-F Farm Report are not surprised. See this story.
It is now being reported that 2015 will be the hottest year in recorded history – replacing 2014 as the hottest year on record (since records have been kept, 1880). Ocean and land temperatures were at their all time highs. 2014 was also the warmest winter on record in the Arctic, and May 2015 was the hottest May on record.
Looks like December will join this list.
Know the Science:
This is no great surprise to us. Temperatures have been running well above normal most of the year here at the farms; and for the past few years, our highs and lows have typically run a bit higher than historic averages. Last year the trend continued, and so far this year, it is still continuing. Although humans may enjoy unseasonably warm weather, above normal temperatures stress plants and animals.
According to NASA, 97% of climate scientists agree that global warming and resultant climate change is a reality and most likely due to human activity. http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/.
Here is NOAA on the human causes of climate change and global warming. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/pd/climate/factsheets/howhuman.pdf
Last Week (12/4-12/10): We were above normal every day last past week. The closest to normal we got was 75 degrees on Thursday – when normal is 74. Two other days were in the upper 70s and the rest where in the 80s. There was no rain.
This Week (12/11-12/17): WU’s forecasts temperatures well above normal in the coming week – with 80s predicated for every day. Overnight lows will also be well above normal. A cool front is predicted to arrive next Friday, bringing slightly cooler temperatures
This past week for the first time, we noticed several weather reporters comment that temperatures were well above normal – without the qualifiers: “this is not uncommon,” or “this is typical.” What is clear is that not a single local weather reporter uses the term “climate change” or “global warming” to explain these extremely high (record-breaking) temperatures.
We’ll use it here and note again: This is exactly what Climate Change looks like. This is how Global Warming works: Two months with nearly very day’s high above normal, record-breaking highs occurring regularly, and setting all-time record highs for a month.
Looking Ahead: Daylight will continue to get shorter, just as it has since the summer solstice — June 21, the day with the longest period of time between sunup and sunset during the year. The equinox (which occurred on October 22) is when the shortening of daylight has brought day and night into balance. The days will continue to get shorter until the winter solstice — “the shortest day of the year,” December 21.
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