Winter kinda sorta arrives

Winter temperatures finally arrived this week in Cleveland, with daytime highs hovering around the freezing mark. This follows the warmest December on record. The snowfall was the third lowest on record with pretty much no snow at all, just three-tenths of an inch, very much below the average of 14.1 inches.

Cleveland’s average temperature was 44.3 degrees in December, surpassing the previous record high of 42 set in 1889, Walker said. The normal average temperature for the month in Cleveland is 32.5 degrees.

Three record high daily temperatures were set in Cleveland during the month: 70 degrees on Dec. 12, 65 degrees on Dec. 14, and 65 degrees on Dec. 23. The 70-degree day was the warmest-ever in Cleveland in December.

This anomalous behavior is explained as being due to a powerful El Nino building upon global warming, so it is likely that the next few years will see colder winters than this year, until the next El Nino comes along. What that means is that the global warming deniers will haul out their favorite trick of using the highest recent temperatures as the base to argue that temperatures are either stable or even declining. They did that for some time with another El Nino year 1998 but this year blasted that out of the water.

global warming data

They will now take this year’s winter as the starting point for their charts and thus ‘show’ that the Earth is actually cooling over the next couple of years. See, global warming is not happening!


  1. StevoR says

    OTOH, here in South Oz, we’ve experienced seven days over forty degrees Celsius (104 Fahnrenheit) and thirteen days over 35 degrees (95 Fahrenheit) and temperatures averaging 5 degrees C above average last 5 month.

    So yeah, Global Overheating really stinks.

    I would say it was undeniable but well y’know. (& what will it take?) Good graph and truth here.

  2. StevoR says

    @ ^ “..temperatures averaging 5 degrees C above average last 5 month.

    Oh, c’mon computer for pity’s sake! I’m sure I didn’t type that extra superfluous ‘5’ there!!! Where t F did it come from? Grr..

  3. Lassi Hippeläinen says

    So, if we take 1998 as the starting point (as the denialists do), all La Nina years of the 2000’s were warmer than all El Nino years of the 1900’s.

  4. DonDueed says

    Lassi, I think you may be misreading the graph. Perhaps you were looking at 1988 rather than 1998?

  5. Mano Singham says


    2003 was a cooler El Nino year than 1998. But the denialists were not using just the El Nino years. They were also using 1998 as the starting point for a regression analysis that gave them more or less a flat line until 2013.

  6. Lassi Hippeläinen says

    You probably didn’t read carefully…
    -- The hottest El Nino before 1998 was 1988.
    -- The coldest La Nina after 1998 was 2000.
    -- But still, 2000 was warmer than 1988.
    So even the coldest years of the ENSO are now warmer than what the hottest years used to be.

  7. Heidi Nemeth says

    Winter sorta arrived, and yesterday so did another dusting of snow. Despite the snow, I saw a neighbor out mowing his lawn yesterday. Yesterday, January 3rd, 2016. In Lakewood Ohio. The grass is still green and has been growing apace. Unheard of. Mowing in January. In Cleveland.

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