Earlier Springs Raise Risks of Freeze Damage to Crops, Blossoms

Columbia, S.C. had two consecutive nights in the 20s last week. While that’s normally not a problem, as the average date of the last freeze there is March 30, this freeze caused major damage to crops there and across the Southeast, coming as it did after an exceptionally warm February that encouraged plants to bloom much earlier than normal. As

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The Shum Show: Too Much Rain, Too Little Ice

This week on the Shum Show, Climate Central's Greta Shum looks at Peru's heavy downpours. Over the past month, Peru has received the equivalent of six years worth of rain, causing damages and deaths. Meanwhile, Arctic and Antarctic sea ice had record lows this year. See the long-term trend in sea ice on WXshift's Arctic sea ice climate indicator

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More Warm Spring Days

Astronomical spring, marked by the vernal equinox, begins at 6:29 a.m. (10: 29 GMT) on Monday, March 20. This is the date when the amount of daylight is equal to the amount of night across all parts of the globe. The term “equinox” comes from the Latin, meaning “equal night.” Spring is getting warmer, on average, as the globe heats up from the

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Leaves Emerging Earlier as Planet Warms

The large winter storm and hard freeze that have followed the very warm February in the Northeast provide a vivid example of a weather one-two punch that may become more common in the future. Spring, as measured by the appearance of the first leaves on trees, is arriving sooner than in the past as the planet continues to warm from greenhouse gases

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cyclone hitting australia

This is What to Expect From Tropical Cyclone Debbie’s Storm Surge

Tropical Cyclone Debbie was bearing down on the coast of Queensland, Australia, Monday afternoon local time. As of 10 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (1200 UTC), maximum winds near the center of circulation were sustained at 110 mph, making it a Category 4 on Australia's tropical cyclone category system. Debbie is forecast to make landfall

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The Shum Show: Too Much Rain, Too Little Ice

This week on the Shum Show, Climate Central's Greta Shum looks at Peru's heavy downpours. Over the past month, Peru has received the equivalent of six years worth of rain, causing damages and deaths. Meanwhile, Arctic and Antarctic sea ice had record lows this year. See the long-term trend in sea ice on WXshift's Arctic sea ice climate indicator

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Cherry blossoms

Earlier Springs Raise Risks of Freeze Damage to Crops, Blossoms

Columbia, S.C. had two consecutive nights in the 20s last week. While that’s normally not a problem, as the average date of the last freeze there is March 30, this freeze caused major damage to crops there and across the Southeast, coming as it did after an exceptionally warm February that encouraged plants to bloom much earlier than normal. As

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warm springs in columbia, south carolina

More Warm Spring Days

Astronomical spring, marked by the vernal equinox, begins at 6:29 a.m. (10: 29 GMT) on Monday, March 20. This is the date when the amount of daylight is equal to the amount of night across all parts of the globe. The term “equinox” comes from the Latin, meaning “equal night.” Spring is getting warmer, on average, as the globe heats up from the

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The Shum Show: Early Bloomers

With warmer temperatures all year long, it feels like spring to us and to plants earlier in the year. In this week's Shum Show, Climate Central's Greta Shum explains why that can be a bad thing for plants. As we celebrate the vernal equinox this year, researchers are studying solutions to this phenological phenomenon! Read more about early springs

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leaves emerging earlier

Leaves Emerging Earlier as Planet Warms

The large winter storm and hard freeze that have followed the very warm February in the Northeast provide a vivid example of a weather one-two punch that may become more common in the future. Spring, as measured by the appearance of the first leaves on trees, is arriving sooner than in the past as the planet continues to warm from greenhouse gases

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Snow at Lake Tahoe

It Was a Good Water Year in California, But Don’t Get Used To It

Winter is the wet season in California, and the amount of rain and snow that has fallen across the Golden State in the past few months has been phenomenal, building up the mountain snowpack that is so crucial to the state’s water supplies.The much-needed soaking was what was expected last winter, when an exceptionally strong El Niño was in full

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Arctic sea ice extent nears its peak

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Astonishing Streak of Lows

Here’s your monthly reminder: something just isn’t right in the Arctic. February continued the string of record or near-record monthly sea ice lows. Warm weather ensured Arctic sea ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded for February. At 455,600 square miles below average, the Arctic was missing a chunk of sea ice four times the size of Italy

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The Shum Show: Sugar and Spice

Happy first week of spring! Find out why higher temperatures in late winter and early spring bring an earlier maple syrup tapping season! Get all your climate and weather news on the Shum Show with Climate Central's Greta Shum.

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The Southeast Just Had One of Its Warmest Winters

The southeastern U.S. has wrapped up one of its warmest winters on record. For instance, since data collection began at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in 1930, no winter has seen more days reach 80°F. There were 23 of them, normally there are four, and the previous record was 17 in 1957. The December through February average temperature of

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The Miami Heat (Was On All Winter)

The Miami heat led wire-to-wire this season. I’m not talking about the NBA Heat of course, but the winter season heat that has led Miami to shatter its record for the warmest cold season in its history by a full degree. Miami’s average temperature this meteorological winter, which runs from December through February, was 74.2°F. Miami was

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Here’s Your 2016-17 Winter in Review

This was one of the 10 warmest winters on record for many spots in the U.S. east of the Great Plains; some of the warmest areas relative to average were southeast Texas, the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and Florida. Only the Northwest was substantially cooler than average for the winter. Of the 154 stations we analyzed: 9 stations had their warmest

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