Wednesday December 25th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Merry Christmas everyone! It just so happens that across a large portion of the U.S. temperatures won’t be traditionally chilly, but I hope warmth won’t dampen festive moods. In fact, many may welcome this weather, taking advantage of the warmth to get outside, feeling comfortable, getting fresh air. And yes, this is weather. Some Christmases in the near future won’t be nearly as warm.
Yet, what many will be experiencing during Christmas 2019 I hope will give some people a sense of foreboding that climate change is here, and that this spooky warmth is symptomatic of things to come. Using Dickens, the ghost of Christmas Present is pointing to a future that isn’t so pleasant unless we act now. Let’s not be like climate Scrooges, ignoring what must be done so that the ghost of Christmas Future won’t haunt our children.
Here is what the ghost of Christmas Present is showing us:
To begin, it just so happens that the reddest positive temperature anomalies on the planet are centered in the U.S. Heartland near St. Louis:
Speaking of St. Louis:
Here are some other Midwestern 12/25 forecasts:
I’ll be posting more National Weather Service tidbits with some official record “ET’s” as Christmas Day progresses. As always, ET reports can be found at the end of my newsfeed.
My is it comfortably mild to warm across most of the CONUS as of 1 PM Eastern Standard Time:
No, I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer at Christmas. But while you are enjoying your loved one’s company and unwrapping gifts, do think about what can be done for your fellow man this holiday season as far as the climate goes. Tomorrow we will be looking at the best ways we can dispose of all of that holiday trash, and perhaps think of ways for Christmas 2020 not to be so carbon intensive with our gift giving.
Here is more climate and weather news from Wednesday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article.)
And here are some toasty “ET’s” from Christmas Day:
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Guy Walton- “The Climate Guy”