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Fri Feb 24, 2017, 05:18 PM

 

An Alarmingly Early Spring is Sweeping Across the Southern United States

Spring is well ahead of schedule across much of the southern United States, in some cases by at least two to three weeks. An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences—both to human health and the environment.

A new set of maps produced by the USGS-led US National Phenology Network (US-NPN) demonstrates just how ahead of schedule spring is across much of the continental United States. Temperature-sensitive plants have started to become active earlier than normal, sprouting leaves and flowers in coastal California and southern Nevada through to the southern Great Plains and the Atlantic Coast. In Washington, DC, spring arrived 22 days earlier than historical norms, as indicated by data on leaf-outs and flowering.

Alarmingly, this seems to be a trend. A related study published late last year showed that spring has been arriving earlier than usual in three out of four US National Parks across the US, and that half of all National Parks are experiencing early springs compared to last century. And yes, the US-NPN says this trend is likely the result of climate change:


These findings are consistent with the fact that the instrumental record shows that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded for the globe, and that it was the third record-breaking year in a row. Researchers have noted that 16 of the 17 hottest years recorded occurred since 2000. These new maps show that 2017, at least so far, is shaping up to be another warm one, but also that different regions exhibit variable responses over time.


http://gizmodo.com/an-alarmingly-early-spring-is-sweeping-across-the-south-1792716680

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elmac Feb 2017 OP
williesgirl Feb 2017 #1
Demsrule86 Feb 2017 #2
Gothmog Feb 2017 #3
angstlessk Feb 2017 #4
BeckyDem Feb 2017 #5
AwakeAtLast Feb 2017 #6
elmac Feb 2017 #8
raccoon Feb 2017 #10
elmac Feb 2017 #13
dalton99a Feb 2017 #7
bdamomma Feb 2017 #15
Solly Mack Feb 2017 #9
NickB79 Feb 2017 #11
Igel Feb 2017 #12
bdamomma Feb 2017 #14

Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 05:33 PM

1. Not just Southern U.S. my daffodils are in full bloom here

In the mountains in VA just about an hour West of
DC.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 05:38 PM

2. He in Ohio it is almost 80 degrees...we are an hour out of Cleveland and Pittsburgh...at the

northern end of the state...tomorrow it will snow...the weather is insane.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 06:07 PM

3. The bluebonnets are out in Texas

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 06:07 PM

4. All the bugs and germs freezing kills now thrive in Northern climes!

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 07:46 PM

5. Important read.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 09:59 PM

6. I'm in Central Indiana

I've worn sandals almost all week. In February!

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Response to AwakeAtLast (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 11:05 PM

8. I went metal detecting yesterday

 

first time in 40 years I was able to metal detect in February, in MI.

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Response to elmac (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 05:49 AM

10. ELI5: why can't you do it in the winter? Is it that the

metal detector can't read through the snow?

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Response to raccoon (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 03:20 PM

13. Yes, it can but

 

its just not worth the hassle plus the ground is usually frozen. I have gone during Christmas break before back in the 80's when we had a thaw. The only time I have ever detected in the snow was to look for a wedding ring that was recently lost by a friend. I didn't find it but I did find a gold ring lost for 10 years in a garden.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 10:41 PM

7. "Trust me. It is not warm!"

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 11:31 PM

15. I hope Mar A Lago

will be at the receiving end of his sick delusional thoughts.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 03:45 AM

9. It's been in the 80's since mid-month here.

Trees are flowering, flowers are blooming, and some birds have already reached this far north - about 3 weeks early for the hummers. They arrive most years around the first week of March.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 12:53 PM

11. It was 65F this week in MN, then a blizzard hit

Geese were pairing up for mating season. Some of my prairie perennials were starting to sprout. I even found a frog in my stream! Almost no snow from a week of incredibly warm weather, then southern MN got a foot of snow.

It's 30F now, down into the teens at night. I hope my plants do OK

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 02:20 PM

12. My quince broke dormancy in December.

Asian pear before New Years.

More than 2 weeks early.

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Response to elmac (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2017, 11:29 PM

14. This is fucking

climate change. Even the earth is protesting. This is extremely dangerous.

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