Sweaty Santa? Record Highs Dominate South on Christmas
While parts of the Plains spent their Christmas Sunday locked in a blizzard, much of the southern United States basked in unseasonably warm temperatures, with the warmest Christmases recorded from Kansas to Florida and several spots in between.
Several locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida either tied or broke their daily records on Sunday; in other words, at least 18 locations saw their warmest Christmases on record in 2016.
Several records again also dotted central and south Florida, where an incredibly warm December has seen temperatures regularly rocket into the 80s and even low 90s.
Some notable records from Christmas Sunday: Dallas-Fort Worth saw its first 80° Christmas on record, setting a new daily record; Miami (85°), Oklahoma City (73°), Nashville, Tennessee (76°) and Huntsville (77°) and Birmingham, Alabama (78°) all either tied or broke records on Sunday as well.
Across the South, however, temperatures are already starting to tumble in Texas and Oklahoma as a cold front pushes through. Meanwhile, temperatures stay unseasonably warm across Florida and the Southeast to start the week, but cooler temperatures closer to December norms should return by the end of the week and into New Year’s weekend.
Forget warm cookies and milk; perhaps lemonade and watermelon might be better more appropriate for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Merry Christmas!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo: File