What does this crazy weather look like on a graph?

Bonus Post!

Figure 1:

Figure 1: Air temperature at Jug Bay from January 6-12, 2016.

If you’re like me, then the temperature change between this past Sunday (January 10th) and Monday (January 11th) fascinated you!

On Sunday, temperatures at Jug Bay, MD reached 62°F and Taskinas Creek, VA reached 67°F. It felt weird taking down my holiday decorations in a t-shirt! Children in my neighborhood were outside playing with sidewalk chalk and riding their bikes like it was a pleasant early summer day!

Then, on Monday, frost-covered my lawn and I had to warm-up my car to prevent my alternator belt from shrieking. Just like that, I was back in my winter jacket, scarf, and mittens!

Figure 2:

Figure 2: Air temperature at Taskinas Creek from January 6th-12th, 2016.

This weather change, unfortunately, has led to more cold-stunned turtles washing ashore in North Carolina. Our partner Dave Jasinski will be writing about this.

But out of my curiosity, I grabbed the past week’s air temperature from Jug Bay and Taskinas Creek to “see” what this change looked like graphically.

At Jug Bay in Maryland, temperatures reached ~62°F by 2pm but by 8am the next morning, temperatures plummeted to 28.4°F. That’s nearly a 34-degree temperature drop!

This was even more extreme in Virginia. Temperatures reached ~67°F around 1:30pm and dropped by 39-degrees when temperatures reached a low of 28.4°F at 7:30am.

Now that is some crazy weather! For reference, the average winter daily temperature range in Chesapeake Bay is between 10.5 and 11.5 degrees.

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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