Merry Christmas

How different from last year! A Green Christmas – the garden sensor is reading at least 20°C warmer than a year ago.

The Daily Mirror’s article yesterday said White Christmas? Forget it, it’s set to be the hottest for 14 years. “The record is 15.6°C, set in 1896.” (no more detail cited)

ABERDEEN may enjoy its warmest Christmas Day ever. “Temperatures are expected to reach up to 14C (57F) taking it above the region’s record of 13.9C experienced at Banffshire in 1900.”

The Daily Mail says “Bookmakers William Hill yesterday slashed their odds on Christmas Day being the warmest ever – beating the 15.6C (60.1F) in Killerton, Devon, in 1920 – to just 4/1.

Christmas Day will be a giant contrast to last year, when the coldest December 25 ever recorded saw Shawbury, Shropshire, at a mind-numbing -15.9C (3.4F), with Altnaharra, Highland, Scotland, at -18.2C (-0.8F).

Parts of the country had a white Christmas and snow was lying at 83 per cent of UK weather stations on Christmas morning – also a record.”

Meanwhile in Canada CBC says“Environment Canada is predicting that parts of Saskatchewan may see the warmest Christmas on record. On Christmas Eve Saskatoon has already broken the 1928 record by two degrees with a high of 7 C.”

Hey, it’s weather not climate.

Merry Christmas to all. Have a lovely one everybody.

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8 Responses to Merry Christmas

  1. John F. Hultquist says:

    Here in Washington State east of the Cascade Crest the day began with mixed clouds and sun. No snow on the ground locally. About 1:30 a few flakes fell. More followed. At dark (about 4:30) we have 30 mm on the ground. A white Christmas!

    The Seattle area (160 km. west) was having a dry December. Record setting! Much buzz! Winds shift. Weather changes. Rain. It likely will rain there most every day this week. And on New Years Day, also. In the mountains of the State much of this will be snow. So no wet or dry records – just winter weather.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. Verity Jones says:

    Rain and wind here. Not nice at all – I’d much rather have cold and frosty. Hope New Year is better.

  3. KevinUK says:


    Here I was enjoying my turkey and thinking what a great time I was having and how all was well in the world and then you came along with this abrupt climate (rate of change of weather) change stuff.

    Now I’m worried – very worried (NOT!) . Who would have thunk that the climate could change so rapidly? Here was I thinking that all they ups and down in the GHCN temperature data at all those WMO stations was just ‘noise’ and now I find that they are actually real and so you have come along and shatter my illusions. I’m now convinced (I didn’t need the climate model projections, just some actually data) that we must ACT NOW and do everything we can to avoid abrupt climate change as it is very dangerous. The eco-systems on our farigle planet can not possibly cope with such rapid changes as they are frail and are subject if we do nothing to irreversible ‘tipping points’. Do we want to live on Venus (too hot) or Mars (too cold) when all we have to do is change our ways and continue to enjoy our ‘just right’ porridge on Earth?


  4. Verity Jones says:

    HI Kevin,
    Love that new word “farigle” 😉 That could catch on.

  5. It is 20 (Fahrenheit) warmer here in Florida too. I was going to move further south if this turned out to be another cold winter.

  6. ArndB says:

    Three months ago:
    __Britain’s big freeze to start with ‘snow in October’; By 20/09/2011 :„ Experts have warned Brits to prepare for another big freeze this year”.

    The warning has not materialized yet, and it looks it will not soon. An indication is the high sea water temperature in the Baltic Sea, with the sea ice somewhat 14 days in delay to average. For comparison see the situation in the Northern Baltic Sea
    ___Last Winter (end of Dec. 2010); , and
    ___This winter (end of Dec 2011),
    which is quite a difference, particularly if the situation in the Skagerrak 12 months ago is taken into account as well, which is presumably the only time that sea ice occurred here so early and so extensive during the last 150 to 200 years; Skagerrak (30 Dec.2010), // ;
    Wishing all a very comfortable and enjoyable YEAR 2012.

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    Update on the Florida weather. The citrus farmer’s were up all night trying to prevent crop damage. The Villages hit -5 Centigrade and it is freezing here on the Space Coast. Today’s high is forecast at +6 Centigrade. The cold weather arrived a month later than last year.

    This is the third year in a row that the citrus crop has been threatened. You have to go back to 1984 to find anything like it.

    There is good news. This cold snap is expected to be over by the weekend.

  8. gallopingcamel says:

    The citrus crop is not a convincing indication of sustained low temperatures as it only takes a couple of freezing nights to do extensive damage. A much better temperature proxy for the entire year is afforded by manatees. Here is the estimate of manatee deaths caused by cold water:

    2009 …….56
    2010 …..282 (the highest number of deaths on record)
    2011 ……112
    2012 ……..?

    The average number of manatee deaths due to cold is ~30 per year.

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