Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December?
Well, it is December, everyone. It’s the time of year when you just want to stay huddled up cozily inside, maybe with a roaring fire to provide comfort given the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside.
The projected high-temperature map for today looks like this:
Again, it is December 3. Here in New York City, it is expected to reach 64 degrees today, 70 tomorrow. Normal high temperature for December 4 in New York is 54.
Or, to put it another way: Here is a map of all of the record high and low temperatures set yesterday. The highs are indicated by red dots; the lows, purple ones. I think you get the point.
It’s almost as though this chokingly-hot summer never ended. The drought continues (2,293 counties are still designated as disaster areas [PDF]) as do wildfires — a wind-fueled fire in Colorado burned 4,400 acres over the weekend.
A caveat. There is a difference between the weather and the climate. A hot day in December is not uncommon, much less unusual. If there’s one good thing about the record heat we’re seeing it’s this: We get to enjoy another few days without comments from climate deniers saying, “whatevur happened to global wamring lol al gore suxxx.”
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill. He also uses Twitter a whole lot.
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