Bermuda: A Winter Wonderland

December 16, 2010

weather cold 2010 decBermuda experienced a record-breaking low temperature for December, 15 – 54.7F — and the low temperature of 50.4F today [Dec. 16] has tied records for all-time coldest December days which were set in 1955 and 1962.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS], previous record lows for both days was 57F set in 1971 and 1973 respectively.

The current cold weather snap is a result of front troughs which are strengthening into weak cold fronts as they travel south over the North Atlantic, said the BWS.

“Our low this morning in a cold shower containing small hail was 50F (this, incidentally, was colder than the coldest temperature last Winter – 51.6F in Feb 2010),” said a BWS meteorologist today. “This also ties our all-time record low for the month of December, which occurred late in the month back in 1955 and again in 1962.”

“Though they are significant to climatology and record-keeping, they do typically occur only momentarily,” he said. “The actual ambient (or free-circulating) temperature, although lately below the 63F normal, has been mainly in the upper-50s and low-60s.”

He added if wind chill was factored into the current brisk conditions, though, Bermudians could be forgiven if they had started reaching into their wardrobes for sweaters, scarves and heavy coats in recent days..

“Wind chill is not generally considered significant at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit and therefore not officially calculated,” he said. “But, considering the current 25 knot winds at 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit, it would feel like 42-49F.”

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  1. Maine Guy says:

    Current temperature in Bangor, ME is -13 C.

  2. Beth says:

    Hah. -20C, central B.C., Canada with blowing winds. A snowy winterwonderland……

  3. Jetstream says:

    In Somerset last night it was 12 degrees Celsius.

  4. joe says:

    And ALL these moron, idiots want us all to believe in global warming caused by man. The Earth has cycles in which the temps change from time to time between being warm and cold. It has always happened and it will always happen. Man cannot effect the Earth’s temperatures. Man is not GOD.

    • C Level says:

      The whole climate change thing has been shamelessly used as a political football -and marketing tool for way too long. It has been proven that the sea level was 360 feet lower only 18,000 years ago – and that it was once over 100 feet higher. The sea level is actually rising slower today than it was three thousand years ago. Yes it is still rising and will continue to do so – and using flourescent bulbs will not change a darn thing.

      Be lucky we aren’t the Caymans. They will probably be gone in a few thousand years.

    • Sara says:

      Yes, and I am quite sure you must be an expert scientist on this subject matter.

      • J. G. Giant says:

        No expert – saw the evidence at the Aquarium recently. You should go look.

        • Sara says:

          Look, just because the world fluctuates temp naturally does not mean that man CAN’T influence temp changes. They are two independent things. One doesn’t negate the other.

    • UncleElvis says:

      You guys DO realize that there’s a difference between climate and weather, right?

      Using cold weather on any particular day or week as evidence against “Global Warming” is like using nighttime as evidence that the sun will never shine again.

  5. Maine Guy says:


    Yes BC and Maine are quite similar. We both get the ocean influence but you get the coastal rains we do not. Dopwneast coastal Maine today is getting 6″ of snow, while the rest of the state in in sunshine. -8 C now.