The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace. [Edit: Not really.] (CAMMED image from the Humboldt County Airport.)

Did anyone else notice what an absurdly nice day it was today? It was outdoor barbecue nice. Shorts-in-February nice. Humboldt County at its finest. Thanks, El Niño/global warming!

Turns out the warmth was record-breaking. Eureka (as measured out on Woodley Island) hit a high of 72 degrees, barely surpassing the previous Feb. 8 high of 71, set back in 1987. This according to meteorologist Scott Carroll at the National Weather Service’s Eureka office.

Want more? OK! Out at the California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport the mercury climbed all the way up to 80, shattering the previous high of 71 degrees set in 1996.

Crescent City also saw unprecedented Feb. 8 warmth, reaching 75, Like Eureka, the previous high there on this date was 71 set in 1987.

And while we’re at it, Ukiah reached 82 degrees, breaking the previous record of 80 degrees set all the way back in 1954.

Hope you all enjoyed it, Humboldt.

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