California winters are warming

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First off, here is a list of songs about California,

  • California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
  • Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • California - Rufus Wainright
  • Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
  • Drive My Car - The Beatles

Second off, here is a list of winters,

  • The winter that has the winter Olympics
  • Winter squash
  • The winter of our discontent
  • Nuclear winter
  • The winter that is coming

Now that that's sorted, an article that was recently accepted in Geophysical Research Letters is telling us that California's winters have been getting warmer. The authors, presumably winterologists, looked at five different historic temperature records and looked at the maximum and minimum temperatures for each day in every winter since 1920.

The five data sets of temperature all agreed that California winters are getting warmer:

  • Since 1920, minimum temperatures for California winters have warmed at a rate of 1.2-1.9 degrees/century
  • Since 1970, minimum temperatures for California winters have warmed at a rate of 2.0-3.9 degrees/century
  • Since 1970, maximum temperatures for California winters have warmed at a rate of 2.0-3.7 degrees/century
  • One of the data sets actually had max temperatures cooling by 0.3 degrees/century since 1920, but the other four data sets showed max temperatures warmed by 0.6-1.2 degrees/century since 1920.

So, if you like warm winters that are getting warmer, California might be the place for you. Although, if you like the opposite of droughts, mudslides, wildfires, earthquakes, and the eminent threat of a quasi-apocalyptic tsunami, maybe just stay where you are...

Note: all temperature units have been given in degrees Celsius, mainly because I don't live in the US or the 19th century.  (NOTE: Even if I did live in the US, I'd still use Celsius, because I enjoy things that make at least a modicum of sense)