After a warm and foggy week, Mother Nature promises cooler temps next week (watch out for storms Thursday), but even those cooler numbers won’t be extreme.
In fact, we’ve had a relatively warm winter so far, which seems to be the new normal. If you consider our winter months of December, January and February, the last time we had a record low in these months was 2009 (Dec. 5 dropped to 26F). In this young century, we’ve had zero January record lows and two in February 2002.
NOAA came out with their 2019 Global Climate Assessment report and the name alone is sleepy. Globally, the year was the second warmest on record and records start in 1880, so the past 140 years. Let me show you this warming graphic and then I’ll tick off the highlights:
Here we go for 2019 temps:
North America: 14th warmest year on record
Alaska: Warmest year on record
South America and Europe: Second warmest year on record
Africa and Asia: Third warmest year on record
New Zealand: Fourth warmest year on record
Australia: Warmest year on record, and look at the drought/fires of late
The tropics were all on fire and while we suffered through Imelda, the Bahamas met Dorian head-on.
You can read the entire report here. One last graphic showing the warming trend since records began:
Need a fun site to explore this weekend? Try the Magnet Lab! Amazing what magnets do in our world!
Enjoy a cooler weekend (at least by Sunday) and good luck to all the marathon runners!