I still had flowers blooming outside in November. Personally, I do believe in global warming. Could this be an indicator?
Autumn 2016: Warmest in U.S. Weather History
By: Bob Henson , 6:10 PM GMT on December 07, 2016
The autumn of 2016 was the warmest ever observed in records going back to 1895 for the 48 contiguous U.S. states, according to data released on Wednesday by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The nation’s average September-to-November temperature of 57.63°F was a full 1.05°F above the previous autumn record, set way back in 1963, and it was 4.08°F above the 20th-century average (see Figure 1). The record-setting margin of more than 1°F is a hefty one for a temperature record that spans an entire season and a landmass as large as the 48 contiguous states. For comparison, the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh-warmest U.S. autumns are all clustered within 1°F of each other, as are the six coldest autumns on record.
Pushing this past autumn to the top of the temperature pack were the third-warmest October and third-warmest Novemberon record, along with the ninth-warmest September. Eight states along a swath from New Mexico to Michigan saw their warmest autumn on record, and every contiguous state except for California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington had a top-ten warmest autumn (see Figure 2).
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These climate extremes are scary. My aunt lives in Coldwater, Michigan. She just sent me a text saying it is 25 degrees there now and snowing. Here in New Mexico it is even colder, in the low 20s.
Last December we had a 2 day hurricane-force blizzard that destroyed most of the roofs in town, including ours, it blew two freight trains off the tracks a few miles from our house, killed over 30,000 cattle in this county, and blew down 3 big grain silos less than a half mile from our house.
We had no electricity and all of the roads were impassable for days. Even a homeland security snow cat could not make it through the 10′ snow drifts to reach stranded motorists. And this is semi arid New Mexico! Not far from the border of Mexico, between Texas and sunny Arizona!
I never saw a snow storm that bad in the 5 years I lived on the coast of Maine! Not even close. I think our climate crises is more about weather extremes than just global warming, although I am not a scientist, so I could be mistaken. It is very unnerving, that’s all I know.