Bats in December. Bluebonnets in January. Butterflies in February. These are a few of the unseasonal appearances Austinites noticed this warm winter. And, experts say, people should get used to such sights.
The first two months of winter in Austin were the second warmest in 122 years of records. The city returned to more seasonal norms in February, but experts say the winter will still likely fall somewhere in the top 10 hottest ever recorded.
December and January were 4.7 degrees warmer than the 30-year average, according to Victor Murphy, climate service program manager with the National Weather Service. Those two months brought only one day, Dec. 19, when the thermometer dipped down to freezing.