I went out in my boat May 6, 2012 and noticed a bloom of jellyfish. Having lived along the NC coast all my life, I could never remember seeing jellyfish of this magnitude so early in the season. One thought came to mind: Sea water temperatures are running 2 to 4 degrees above average. Last week (May 21) I noticed a sub-tropical storm form off the SC/NC coast. This weekend, we have experienced the second subtropical storm. The below list rare and unusual activity from March to May:
1. March 2012 Anomalies:
- 8.6 degrees above average
- 51.1 degrees average temperature nationwide
- 15,000+ record high temperatures nationwide since record keeping
- 3 times the normal reported spring tornadoes activity
2. April 2012 Anomalies
- April 2012 ranked as the fifth warmest on record.
- Land temperatures for the month of April featured an anomaly of +2.50 degrees Fahrenheit or +1.39 degrees Celsius, which ranks as the second warmest April on record
- Ocean temperatures ranked as the 11th warmest on record with a +0.68 degrees Fahrenheit or +0.38 degrees Celsius anomaly.
- April was the 326th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.
3. May 2012 Anomalies
- Three days of 90 degree plus in Fargo, ND with May 18, 2012 breaking all records at 96 degrees.
- Hurricane Bud forms in mid May 2012 making it the the #1 spot on the record books since record keeping.
- Two tropical systems form along the eastern seaboard with Tropical Storm Beryl spinning off the Georgia coast as of May 27, 2012