The high on Christmas Eve is forecast to hit 67 in Boston, which would obliterate the old record high of 61. It’s part of a pattern of warm weather that’s set to break records across the country. The National Weather Service confirms December to-date has been insanely warm across New England:
- Boston +9.2 degrees F
- Worcester +10.2
- Hartford +9.8
- Providence +9.7
- Portland, ME: +8.2
- Burlington, VT: +11.9
With a week of 50s & 60s on tap, those numbers will only go higher. As Dave Epstein reports for WBUR, Boston is on pace to shatter the record for warmest December set all the way back in … 2006. Records fall fast in the Anthropocene.
It follows a November that burned up records globally, according to NOAA:
- The November average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.75°F (0.97°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for November in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by 0.27°F (0.15°C), and marking the seventh consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken.
- The year-to-date temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.57°F (0.87°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for January–November in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2014 by 0.25°F (0.14°C). Nine of the first eleven months in 2015 have been record warm for their respective months. The December global temperature would have to be at least 1.46°F (0.81°C) below average—or 0.43°F (0.24°C) colder than the current record low December temperature of 1916—for 2015 to not become the warmest year in the 136-year period of record.
Some journalists and meteorlogists are properly linking the warmth to the natural cycle of El Nino, the primary driver of the heat. But as I reported for FAIR recently, very few are connecting the dots to global warming, the steriods helping this year’s El Nino smash records.
Many meteorologists fret that they can’t draw a straight scientific line from any one record to global warming. But nobody worries about exactly which home runs that steriods allowed Mark McGwire & Barry Bonds to hit. As climate scientist Kevin Trenberth once told the New York Times, “It’s not the right question to ask if this storm or that storm is due to global warming, or is it natural variability. Nowadays, there’s always an element of both.”
Some journalists think they’re maintaining their “objectivity” by not mentioning the politically-charged issue of global warming. But in reality, they’re doing the opposite – protecting polluters by failing to inform the public about the consequences of our dependence on climate-disrupting fossil fuels.
As Beacon Hill prepares to take up comprehensive energy legislation in 2016, shouldn’t our voters & elected officials hear about what’s causing this absolutely mind-boggling white-hot Christmas?
Please take a moment to tell our legislators that in 2016, we need a strong new state commitment to clean energy.