Weather Report – December 7, 2015

Weather Report – December 7, 2015

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Weekly Weather Report

December 7, 2015

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Record-breaking Highs Again Last Week

Brief Cool Spell This Week Will Not Drop Temps to Normal

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)

63 degrees at 3:30 AM, December 6, 2015

Historic Average (for 12/7) 74 HIGH, 56 Weather Underground:

Historically, the average high temperature is now 74 degrees (four degrees higher than the lowest average high of the year [70]), and sixteen degrees lower than our highest average [90]). 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 [51].

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 November 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.

Here is NOAA on the human causes of climate change and global warming.

Last Week (11/27-12/3): Once again, we were above normal every day last past week. The closest to normal we got was 77 degrees on Thursday – when normal is 74.  Every other day was in the 80s. As predicted here, records were again broken around the region.

This Week (12/4-12/10) WU’s forecasts slightly cooler temperatures this week. Even so, the daily high temperatures will be above normal every day in the coming week.  Overnight lows will also be above normal. 

So, we’ll again be above normal for most of the week.  

We ask readers to be mindful (and maybe remind others) that TV weather reports are simply not accurate (and maybe not truthful) when they use phrases like “this is normal,” or “this is what you can expect,” or “this is not uncommon,” or “typical for Florida at this time of the year.”  It is not clear why they so consistently are minimizing this extreme heat, but it seems fairly common.

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 one 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.

Comment: Climate Amnesia II Most folks do not remark on the persistence of above normal heat.  Then again, most folks do not spend much time outside of climatized indoor spaces or air-conditioned cars.

We are attributing this lack of awareness (or indifference) to the record-breaking heat to climate amnesia, which is akin to landscape amnesia – the process through which individuals become used to something detrimental, dangerous, or destructive in the material environment because is occurs gradually over time and they forget what normal is.  

Climate amnesia may work the same way – so that upper 80s and low 90s in October and November, and now mid-80s in December, seem normal enough, because we have forgotten that the historical norm is highs in the upper 70s to low 80s in October and November and mid-70s in December.  So, when the temperature drops to 78 or 80 and the humidity is down a bit, it does seem cooler, and we remark what a nice day it is – obvious to the fact that the normal high is in the 73 or 74.  

Climate Amnesia is also enhanced by the relent rhetoric from local weather reporters asserting that these exceptional weather conditions are normal and this persistent record-breaking heat is “not uncommon.”  Well, it is uncommon.

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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