Warmest Day of the Year?February 7th, 2012 at 1:50 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the Carson (lumber baron) mansion in Eureka, CA (from wikipedia). Eureka in northwest California had a high temperature of 73 on Monday. The highest temperature all last year in Eureka was 70! Eureka is by the ocean and they get a constant cool wind off the water. The temperature doesn’t vary much. Last year the highest temperature was 70, reached on Oct. 2 and Nov. 2. The coolest temperature all year was 28. They average 0.2″ of snow per year and the most snow ever in an entire winter was 6.9″ in 1906-07. Last year they had rain on 160 days, 54 days with thick fog and no thunderstorms. Here’s what happened yesterday (link will be good for a couple days). Skies were clear, with a very light wind, allowing the temperature to dip to 41 (one degree cooler than the average low temperature). The 32-degree temperature spread between the high and low is most unusual for them. It stayed clear all day. The wind continued out of the east-southeast, producing some downslope warming. The temperature jumped to 73 at 2 PM local time. At 3 pm the temperature was still 69. By 4 pm, the wind turned northwest off the water and the temperature fell to 57, then back to the southeast and back up to 66 at 5 pm. The warmest temperature ever at Eureka was 87 in 1993 and the coolest was 20 in 1888. If you don’t mind rain, wind and fog and are looking for a place where you don’t have to deal with heat and storms…Eureka’s the place for you. In other news, it was warmer in Seattle (61) than it was in Brownsville TX (55) and Monterrey, Mexico (55). Key West, FL had 4.34″ of rain on Sunday. Campobosso, Italy picked up 31″ of snow and Bologna had 26.7″ in 5 days. Snow flurries fell as far south as Naples. Snow covered the ground in parts of Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. They’re also watching a volcano in the Aleutian Islands for a possible eruption. UPDATE – looking 00Z model data…both the GFS and European are cooler now early next week. The European would give Grand Rapids a couple inches of snow on Friday, the GFS maybe an inch. We have winds off the lake and cold air around Sun. and Mon.