Posted: Jan 21, 2014 6:00 PM by Pat Shingleton
Dr. John Christy, Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, reports that 2013 was the fourth warmest year in on record. The warmest areas during the year were the North Pacific and the Antarctic, averaging more than 2.5 degrees warmer than normal and trailing 1998, 2010 and 2005. This morning's "20-degreer" joins a list that includes the dates: November 28, 29 and 30th with readings hitting between 26 and 29 degrees. Christmas Eve and Day posted 27 and 29 degrees. January appears to be the chilliest ever and could possibly be the coldest on record for our area. In addition to this morning, January 3, 4, 6,8,16, and 18 recorded 20s. January 7, 2013 posted an overnight low of 19 that hasn't happened since 2010.