Flashback: Christmas Eve, 1955 was way Warmer Than Today

If you’ve visited the Drudge Report recently, you might have noticed at the top of the page a picture of Santa Claus carrying his bag of gifts on a warm, sunny beach. The headline was “Christmas Eve ‘Warm as July.’”

It’s true. It’s been pretty warm for winter, especially in the Southeast. I don’t remember the last time it was this warm at Christmas time in Georgia. The high for Christmas Day is 73 degrees where I live.

I may not remember the last time it was this warm this time of year, but that’s because I wasn’t born yet. Steven Goddard pointed out on his blog Real Science that it was even warmer back in 1955 compared to what we’re experiencing now:

“Drudge is touting the ‘record heat’ forecast for Christmas Eve, even though most of the country will be below normal temperature. The best Drudge could come up with was 86 degrees at Orlando.

“Christmas Eve 1955 was much warmer. Three fourths of the country was over 60 degrees, and Ashland Kansas, Geary Oklahoma and Encinal Texas were all over 90 degrees. Fort Lauderdale was 85 degrees. All of the stations below were over 60 degrees on Christmas Eve, 1955.

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“Last winter, the East Coast had record cold. That was ignored because it was ‘less than 1% of the Earth.’  But this week, the Eastern US defines the global climate.”

Goddard added that in Irving Berlin’s musical “White Christmas” (I know, it’s so racist), part of the story was that it was 70 degrees in New Hampshire around Christmas time, and there was no snow. Taken in context, it makes sense why Bing Crosby’s character was “dreaming of a white Christmas.”

I too am dreaming of a white Christmas. I miss having to bundle up for cold weather. You know it’s bad when you’re tempted to turn on the AC in your house in the winter. We can’t even enjoy hot chocolate, because it’s too hot inside and out. At least I don’t have to worry about running out of propane anytime soon. The upside has been that our electric bill has been a good bit lower than usual.