This past weekend here in New York City, the streets were swarmed with an alarming amount of Santas thanks to the lovely, not-obnoxious-at-all event known as SantaCon. Usually, the plush red Santa outfit is appropriate for the city's biting December weather. But this year, the Santas were sweating through their suits.
On Sunday, the temperature in New York City hit a record-breaking 67°F. People were strolling through Central Park in t-shirts and shorts.
So ... What. The. Hell. Is. Going. On.
Everyone's immediate thought: global warming. Duh.
But it's not so. Global warming is not, in fact, the primary cause of this unseasonably warm weather. It's actually El Niño, a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns.