Today’s warmth in the Mid-Atlantic is nearly record breaking

The forecast high temperature at Virginia’s Washington National Airport (DCA) is 81°F. That seems really warm for the penultimate day of October, doesn’t it? I downloaded some temperature data from 1981 through 2015 from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information to see just how peculiar this high temperature is.

Read more in my Medium post: Just how warm is Washington, DC today?.

The lack of La Niña is a red herring…

Back in the late spring there were signs of La Niña. Some networks stopped just short of forecasting a La Niña event, while others were fairly bullish about the impending event. However, over the past couple of weeks, there have been many articles claiming that La Niña isn’t actually going to happen. Even the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center has adjusted its forecast to ENSO neutral, which is a fancy way of saying nothing. Now that summer is (almost!) over, it’s worth looking at what happened with La Niña, and why we should care…

Read my full post here: The lack of La Niña is a red herring…