2016 has been a warm year, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel, and October may be the warmest month of all, compared to historic averages.
This trend toward warmer weather is not new. Angel says the trend over the years has been toward warmer weather, especially in the fall, winter and spring. Summer high temperatures have actually declined slightly as summer lows at night have risen. That trend is likely due to higher humidity, says Angel.
The long term trend toward warmer, wetter weather may be due to global warming, ot maybe a long term climate trend that could reverse in the future. But the fact is that 2016 may the new ‘normal’, for now.