Historic Temperatures of December 3, 2012

Shortly after 1pm on December 3, 2012, thermometers rose to 69 degrees in Rockford.  This replaces the old record high of 65 degrees from 1970. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that Monday’s 69 degree reading was the warmest temperature EVER recorded in Rockford in December!  The previous warmest December temperature was 67 degrees set on December 5, 2001.


Monday’s temperatures were truly unprecedented!  Nearly all of northern Illinois had record breaking temperatures.  Many areas along the Interstate 88 corridor hit 70 degrees!

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Posted under 13 Climate Authority, BBQ Alert, climate/climate change, heat wave, record weather, statistics, weather

This post was written by qni_it on December 3, 2012

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  1. WI Wx Buff December 4, 2012 6:05 AM

    Hey guys … help me out here.

    Can you do a blog post on the relationship between weather and climate change?

    I have a neverending argument going with my Mom that I’m not currently winning. Every time there is a record weather event, she claims that “proves” that [human caused] global warming is taking place.

    While I don’t disagree that global warming is taking place, and I also don’t disagree that it is a very good idea for us to behave as though global warming is the result of human activity whether or not we have proof of that hypothesis, I really hate it when people point to weather events and claim that they are “proof” of anything having to do with climate change.

    I’m losing this argument … please help me out!

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