Sunday, March 13, 2005

'Hard evidence of climate changes' emerges in northeast US

Huh, whodathunkit... Using long-term data on temperature, precipitation, frost dates, snowfall, bloom dates and other annually measured occurrences, experts from Clean Air: Cool Planet (CAAP) and the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New Hampshire pinpointed changes to the region's climate in their report, Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast.

New evidence for climate change uncovered by the report includes:

1. A significant decrease in snowfall (up to 60 inches annually)
2. A decrease of 16 days with snow on the ground over 30 years
3. Lake ice-out dates earlier by nine days in northern and mountainous regions and 16 days in southern parts of the region
4. An average advance in spring bloom dates of between four and eight days

How many days do you think it will be before someone attempts to discredit the University of New Hampshire? Any bets?

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