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Weekly Weather Report
December 28, 2015
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Hottest December 25 on Record
Highest Temperature For Any December
Watch for News of the Hottest Fall Ever Recorded
Long-term Trend: Increasing Heat
We broke the all-time record high for December 25 – 86 degrees. The old record was 83, in 1984, 1942, and 1911. This is also the hottest it has ever been in December in this part of Florida. The rest of the weekend and next week will likely break more records.
The coming week will be even hotter than last, and this fall will likely go into the record books as the hottest fall in history. Clearly, this record-breaking heat is a result of global warming and climate change. It is also likely related to El Nino (“The Boy”), a weather pattern that brings Florida warmer falls and winters.
The record-breaking heat we are experiencing is impacting the entire country – especially the East where record-breaking highs were recorded on Christmas day at numerous locations. Some locations reported temperatures 25 degrees above normal. There is little snow, but record-breaking tornados (in number and duration). Tornados (by the way) are common in the spring – not the winter.
For those who may be interested in learning more about global warming and climate change, here are some good sources from Ecology Florida News:
And here is some Climate change information from NASA:
Most likely we will not be as hot next year as we have been in this year’s climate-change fall. Remember, 2010 saw record cold temperatures in December. But in the very near future another fall will certainly be hotter than this one, and we will have hotter falls than that in years to come. This is what climate science is telling us. We ignore it at our peril. In years to come, this hot fall will appear cool by comparison.
Above Normal Highs Again Last Week
Record-breaking Highs This Week
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)
73 degrees at 3:00 AM, December 26, 2015
Historic Norm (for 12/28) 70 HIGH, 52 Weather Underground: http://www.wunderground.com/
See weather editorial earlier in the Farm Report.
Historically, the average high temperature is now 71 degrees (one degree higher than the lowest average high of the year ), and nineteen degrees lower than our highest average ). Our average low is now 53 degrees, twenty-three degrees lower than our highest average low of the year (76), and two 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 (12/18-12/24): WU got is just about perfect last week, with last Saturday, being the first day in weeks with a high that was below normal – 67 degrees. The rest of the week was well above normal, with Monday coming in at 13 degrees above normal. Of course, this our hot winter is not news.
This Week (12/25-12/31): WU forecasts even higher temperatures this week. Look for broken records from Friday (12/25) through Monday (12/28). We’ll be 15-17 degrees above normal for the weekend and early part of next week. There is a possibility of lower temperatures later in the week.
Comment We continue to marvel at the silence of weather reporters on the relationship of the extreme heat to climate change and global warming. We are again hearing the “not-uncommon” statement about the hot and humid weather.
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