JUST IN: Florida suffers hottest first four months in 122 years | WeatherPlus

Florida’s average temperature was the highest on record for the first four months of 2017 as the state suffers widespread brush fires and drought. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, Florida’s average temperature for January through April was 66.6 degrees, which is the warmest since records began in 1895. Related: If you thought it was a hot winter, you were right Florida wasn’t alone in the setting a heat record. Fourteen states stretching from the southwest to the mid-Atlantic also reached their highest average temperatures for January through April. Forty states were much warmer than average through April. Climate scientists and meteorologists had trouble pointing to one reason for the heat this year. La Nina can lead to a warmer, drier southeast, but it dissipated in late January and February. “This is our 15th consecutive month of above normal temperatures,” said Florida climatologist David Zierden. “January of 2016 was our last month that had below normal temperatures.” Wildfire burns on the Treasure Coast in this Feb. 16, 2017 photo Zierden is hesitant to say the streak of warm months is global warming, but he said there is a chance 2017 will again break heat records. “This consistent above average temperature trend for the past two years makes you ask the question if it’s global warming,” Zierden said. “A two-year period is not enough to exclusively attribute it to climate change, but it is certainly enough to ask the question.” Jake Crouch, a NOAA climatologist, told Climate Central, that the February heat wave is what pushed the rankings so high. Check The Palm Beach Post radar map. “I think the potential development of the El Nino and how the drought conditions expand or intensify going into summer will be the two things to watch on determining how warm 2017 ultimately ends up being,” Crouch told Climate Central. In South Florida, the first four months of 2017 were the sixth warmest on record based on the average temperature of 71.7 degrees, which is 3.2 degrees above the 20th Century average. Last year, the contiguous U.S. suffered the second-highest temperature, with scientists calling the breadth of the warmth “unparalleled” in the nation’s climate history. Earth endured its third consecutive year of record heat in 2016, continuing an alarming, but not surprising, trend of warmer temperatures turbocharged by the humans who call it home, scientists said during a press conference earlier this year.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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