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These maps show how early spring is arriving in your state this year – Vox

Anyone living in the eastern United States has probably noticed how unusually warm it’s been this February. And it’s not just your imagination! In fact, there’s a good way to visualize this. The US Geological Survey has a neat set of maps, updated daily, showing how early spring has arrived in each state this year — an index based on plant events, like leaves appearing on trees and flowers blooming. In a swath of the country from San Antonio to New York City, spring arrived two to three weeks earlier than usual.

Key Takeaways:

  • scientists have known for some time that “climate change is variably advancing the onset of spring across the United States.
  • 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded for the globe, and that it was the third record-breaking year in a row,” USGS notes.
  • these early spring onsets can have all sorts of wide-ranging impacts on human health and agriculture — both positive and negative:

“The US Geological Survey has a neat set of maps, updated daily, showing how early spring has arrived in each state this year — an index based on plant events, like leaves appearing on trees and flowers blooming.”

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/2/28/14761788/early-spring-map