Winter Loses Its Cool
El invierno pierde frío
Feb 4, 2015
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In the middle of winter, Americans in snow-covered parts of the country might be dreaming of milder southern winters. By the end of the century, they might get just that.
For example, by the end of the century, assuming the current emissions trends, Boston will experience 62 fewer freezing nights. That equates more to the current average climate in Marietta, Ga. Meanwhile, Buffalo currently records about 124 freezing nights each year, but is expected to notch about 57 a year by 2100, making it feel more like Charlotte, N.C.
While many Americans may welcome the prospect of milder winters for their day-to-day activities, there are impacts of warmer winters. Ski resorts require certain minimum temperatures to make and maintain snow, some crops rely on a chill period, and pests can flourish year-round in more regions if winter temperatures aren’t cold enough to kill them.
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The average number of very cold nights each year has declined across much of the country since 1970.
Nov 29, 2017
Winters are warming across the U.S., and in some locations, the warming is dramatic. The Northern Plains, Great Lakes, and the Northeast are warming the fastest, while warming is taking place at a slower rate in the western U.S.
Apr 12, 2017
The average date of the last spring freeze is shifting earlier in the year, extending the pollen and growing season.