It’s time again to take the temperature of the Far North and home planet Earth. In a word: feverish.
So how warm was it? Just ask them up in Nome Alaska, arrayed along the Bering Sea on not-so sunny shores of the Seward Peninsula. As the Nome Nugget reported last week, the “City of the Golden Sands” simmered above freezing from May 29 to Sept. 30, the second longest period of zucchini-growing weather in the city’s history.
“Bye, bye skirts and hello long underwear,” wrote Diana Haecker in the Nugget’s Oct. 4 issue. “A distinct chill in the air on (Oct. 1) signaled the approach of the season when a change in wardrobe is called for.”
A day short of breaking the record, Nome posted 125 frost- free days, officially bringing the summer to end last Monday, when temperatures dropped to the 32 °F mark at the Nome airport. … This year’s frost-free season missed the record by one day. The record was set in 1989 and stands with 126 frost-free days.
Elsewhere on Earth, the January-to-September period posted the highest average temperatures ever recorded for land areas since 1880, with the Northern Hemisphere also experiencing the warmest nine-month period on record, with temperatures about 1.33 °F above the long-term average.
Somewhat less-warm ocean temperatures kept the global average from busting all-time records. The oceans were only the seventh warmest on record.