Springtime for Northeast in December: Santas on Bikes

By Paul Riegler on 12 December 2015
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Santas parading down Fifth Ave. on Saturday

Santas parading down Fifth Ave. on Saturday

While the central United States is facing severe weather that includes flooding and snow, the eastern part of the country has been basking in record warmth.

Saturday’s high temperature in New York’s Central Park of 65° F (18.3° C) bested the record of 64° F (17.8° C) set in 1879, the sixth oldest daily high record ever recorded. One FBT editor reported that his tulips had started coming up a few days ago, confusing what is essentially two weeks before the start of winter with spring. Numerous New Yorkers were spotted walking around Manhattan just wearing T-shirts.

Elsewhere, Pittsburgh saw a record high of 68° F (20° C) as well. The previous record was 65° F set in 2007, and a record high temperature of 66° (18.9° C) was reported by the National Weather Service in Toledo, Ohio.

The warm weather didn’t stop participants in the annual SantaCon bacchanal from wearing traditional Santa costumes. Hundreds of revelers were spotted in midtown including several dozen on motorcycles parading down Fifth Avenue.

The National Weather Service said that unseasonably warm weather for December will continue through the weekend and into the workweek. Temperatures should approach record levels in dozens of cities on Sunday and Monday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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