It’s hard to believe but temperatures in Boston and across New England are colder right now than in Antarctica. Yet, that’s not the whole story.
Current temperatures as of 11: 09 a.m. EST in Boston, MA are 28° F, compare this to the current temperature in Belgrano II Base, Antarctica where the current temperature is 40° F. How can it be that a location 8,448 miles south of Boston, MA is warmer in temperature? It could be a daily coincidence, but to find out its best to look at historical climate data and see how that fits into December 2018 temperatures.
A surprising part of the story lies in the temperature compared to historical temperatures. Both Boston and Belgrano II Base are experiencing warmer than historically average temperatures thus far in December.
|High Today||28° F|
|Average Recorded High For Dec 2018||43° F|
|Average Historical High For Dec||41° F|
|Belgrano II Base, Antarctica|
|High Today||40° F|
|Average Recorded High For Dec 2018||34.5° F|
|Average Historical High For Dec||32.7° F|
The table above represents how today’s high compares to the historical average for the month of December and how this month’s high temperatures in average compare to historical records.
Boston has recorded warmer than average temperatures, fitting into the historical temperature measurements show warming in Boston, which is especially pronounced in the past few decades.
Let’s compare this to the global picture of how historical temperatures have changed over time. This is something NASA regularly tracks via an array of local temperature measurements, including 6,300 weather stations, ocean and sea surface temperature measurements, and Antarctic research stations.
As noted in NASA’s report on average 2017 temperatures, warming trends continued and disproportionately so in the high latitudes. Measured warming over the past century plus has indicated that the high latitudes will warm faster than low latitudes.
It is easy to get caught up in the daily fluctuations of weather and temperature. While the high temperatures in Boston today are much colder than the monthly average and temperatures in Belgrano II Base are much warmer than the monthly average, this disguises the overall trends in temperatures over the past several decades.
This is another example of where weather and climate are important to separate and know where one stops and the other begins.
As fellow Forbes contributor Dr. Marshall Shepherd puts it “weather is your mood and climate is your personality.”
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It’s difficult to think however temperature levels in Boston and throughout New England are cooler today than in Antarctica. Yet, that’s not the entire story.
Present temperature levels since 11: 09 a.m. EST in Boston, MA are 28 ° F, compare this to the existing temperature level in Belgrano II Base, Antarctica where the existing temperature level is 40 ° F. How can it be that an area 8,448 miles south of Boston, MA is warmer in temperature level? It might be an everyday coincidence, however to learn its finest to take a look at historic environment information and see how that suits December 2018 temperature levels.
An unexpected part of the story depends on the temperature level compared to historic temperature levels. Both Boston and Belgrano II Base are experiencing warmer than traditionally typical temperature levels so far in December.
|High Today||28 ° F|
|Typical Taped High For Dec2018||43 ° F|
| Typical Historic High
|41 ° F|
|Belgrano II Base, Antarctica|
|Typical Taped High For Dec2018||345 ° F|
|Typical Historic High For Dec||327 ° F|
The table above represents how today’s high compares to the historic average for the month of December and how this month’s heats in typical compare to
Boston has actually taped warmer than typical temperature levels, fitting into the historic temperature level measurements reveal warming in Boston, which is specifically noticable in the previous couple of years. (*********** ).