Florida has had a cloudy winter for 84 years
Miami – Florida snowbirds will want your money back.
Thousands of northerners looking south for sun and escape the winter cold have only achieved half their goal this winter.
The entire Florida peninsula was looming during the cloudiest December-January period in the past 84 years for which such data has been available, according to research by an Alaska climatologist. Brian Brettschneider.
How are clouds formed?
For example, cloud cover in Miami during that period averaged 70%, compared to just 47% in the same period last year. Orlando (66% vs. 47%) and Tampa (68% vs. 48%) are in the same boat.
And while Florida was likely the most shocking in a record-breaking gloomy region, they weren’t alone.
After a very active lake-effect snow season, Buffalo saw its cloudiest period from December to January as well. The city saw 51 out of 62 days considered cloudy to overcast, including all 31 days in January. Areas in New York off Lake Ontario were also ranked among the bleakest.
The Pacific Northwest is not a haven of sunshine in December or January in a typical winter, but this winter still managed to be cloudier than average. Yakima, Washington, was ranked the gloomiest, while Spokane ranked in the top five.
Who won the sunshine jackpot?
If you need a winter sun fix, the place to be is Roosevelt County, Montana, located in the far northeastern corner of the state near the Canadian border. The analysis showed that December and January were the brightest months in the past 84 years.
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Nearby Glasgow wasn’t quite in that area. The city had just 34% cloud cover in the period, aided by a scorching December, which had just 21% cloud cover.
On the other hand, it saw low temperatures in mid-January, dropping below -30. In that sense, overcast Florida may still be the winner.
The data is compiled by the “ERA5” program of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), which uses several atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic climate variables to recalculate weather data going back to 1940. If this abbreviation sounds familiar to you on the media pages Social media, they are the same scientists behind the “European” or “Euro” weather forecast model.