It doesn’t sound all that cold: 57.6° F,
But mark it down as the coldest-recorded December in Naples history.
|No snow, but it was cold enough to cover the flowers|
The next closest, as measured by computing the average of sixty-two numbers (that is, the daily high and low temperatures for each day of the month), occurred in 1963.
Of course, the devil – better known as Jack Frost – is in the details on this one: Not one single day broke above 80° F and 19 nights dropped into the 40s and 8 of those into the 30s.
But the true tell tale sign is a comparison to January 2010.
Thanks to a warm second half of that month, it averaged out (and up) to 60.0° F, rose above 80°F for 4 days, and dropped into the 40s (or below) for only 15 nights.
|Comparison of this winter (blue) to last winter (red)|
Let’s just agree that they were more similar than not alike:
Both were cold by Naples, Florida standards.