Fordama wrote: flowers are blooming earlier,
But this spring, local wildflower watchers say bluebonnets and their usual sidekicks, Indian paintbrushes, are sparse.
“Everywhere is about two weeks late,” said Spencer Moore, a Waco optometrist known for photographing eagles at Lake Waco. “They’re coming out, but just a smattering of them. I think this is going to be one of those off years.”
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/environmen ... 734d0.html
[/quote]The National Park Service announced today that the peak bloom for the famed cherry blossoms will come a week later than originally estimated. Instead of peaking between March 26-30, said the service, they will be in full glory from April 3-6.
http://dcist.com/2013/03/peak_bloom_for ... s_push.php
... but it's cold outside!
Myth: The planet can't be warming when my front yard is covered in several feet of snow. … This winter has been one of the chilliest, how is that possible in a warming world?
Science: Local temperatures taken as individual data points have nothing to do with the long-term trend of global warming. These local ups and downs in weather and temperature can hide a slower-moving uptick in long-term climate. To get a real bead on global warming, scientists rely on changes in weather over a long period of time. To find climate trends you need to look at how weather is changing over a longer time span. Looking at high and low temperature data from recent decades shows that new record highs occur nearly twice as often as new record lows.
For instance, a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in 2009, found that daily record high temperatures occurred twice as often as record lows over the prior decade across the continental United States.
http://www.livescience.com/19466-climat ... usted.html