Warmest Year On Record? It’s Complicated

There have been a lot of stories published lately proclaiming 2023 was the hottest year on the planet since temperature records were first recorded in the 19th century.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature records in this part of the world were not that uniform.

It was the hottest year on record in Lakeland, where records stretch back to 1915. But to complicate things a bit, it was the 39th warmest December.

Across the county in Winter Haven, where temperature records begin in 1941, it was the 6th warmest year and the 32nd coolest December, tying the record set in 1987.

Farther south in Bartow, 2023 was the second warmest year behind 1998. It was the 35th warmest December. Temperature records there go back to 1892.

Even farther south in Wauchula, where they began correcting temperature records in 1933, it was the 8th warmest year and the 40th warmest December.

Looking at the 10 hottest years and months, fractions of a degree Fahrenheit separate many of the rankings. Although most of the hottest recorded temperatures have mostly occurred in the past 30 years, there are a few clinkers in there.

There is a tie for second warmest year in Wauchula between 2008 and 1948.

The third warmest December in Bartow occurred in 1948.

The second warmest December in Lakeland occurred in 1931.

Stay cool.





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