Wednesday, November 23, 2011
An anecdotal weather ... thingamajig
I often have insomnia which cuts the center out of my night, and last night was one of those. I was up at 3AM, net surfing, drinking a protein shake, reading, wandering, tripping over cats who always think "The hooman finally gets it! This is prime activity time!"
So there was my weather widget up in the corner of my google page. It told me that the current temperature was 70 degrees (f).
That widget has been wacko before. It can pull the wrong data for a location.
I've also blogged about how hot it can get year round here in coastal SC.
But....but....!! [sputter sputter] ....I never.....
Not at 3 AM. Not in the middle of the night the day before Thanksgiving. I went to weather dot com and got the US map and was so amazed that I took a screenshot. Zoom it and you can see the time of night, "3:15 EST" at the bottom of the map.
This is just creepy. When the temp does not fall below 70 degrees at night, that's in, like, July/Aug, when we're having 90s during the day.
We've got a holiday and guests coming in tonight and I can't give any kind of time to research right now, but I did a cursory search for record night temperatures in SC. I can't say that this doesn't happen regularly. I coulda' missed it.
Unfortunately, nobody cares about records on the warmest nights, only the coldest. They love to tell you how hot it got on a particular day and how low it dropped at night, but the dilemma of how to research "how low it did NOT drop" is something I can't devote time to today!
Just know that even for hot and muggy SC, where we get odd shorts-weather days in every month of the year .... 70 degrees f, deep in the night, on 11-23, crossed the line into being kinda disturbing.