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global climate change is more complicated than a simple, regular warming trend. americans need to try harder to understand the science of it. it's very sad that people still "question" what is established scientific fact. GCC is real. please, try to accept that. religion and politics and media won't change that fact, not matter how hard people want to believe they will.

GCC means that not only will most summers get progressively warmer, drier, and intense; it also means that winters may be more violent, wet, and colder. GCC is changing ancient and established weather patterns we've all taken for granted, and no one is exactly sure what will be the result, or even if "result" is the right word to use. we may tip the balance of the earth's climate and cause some extreme change everywhere. we may see a progressive warming/cooling trend that just gets more extreme every year. parts of the sea are dying and huge amounts of methane have been released into the biosphere. this is going to cause even more extreme climate shifts.

yes, it is happening everywhere. anecdotes from north america won't change that fact. in every civilized nation on the planet people accept this and are doing something about it. only in the US and other backward countries do people still "debate" what is happening to our environment. and yes, it is the fault of humans that this is happening, and our unwillingness to adopt sensible standards in energy and resource consumption.

Barbara Katz

Here in the MidAtlantic, my personal opinion is that the blanket of snow, over such a long period of time, actually insulated many plants and shrubs from the cold, and then provided slow, steady moisture as it melted. Seems all perennials and shrubs benefitted from this. My prediction is that next spring will be competely different - that's based on keeping weather records here, for the last 25 years. I just can't attribute it to a steady warming trend.

Craig @ Ellis Hollow

Most of the Northeast is about two weeks ahead of average in Growing Degree Day accumulation:

Berry picking season is about two weeks ahead of schedule, too.


From the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah:

We had a snow storm on May 24th with 4-5 inches of snow and freezing temps. We are at least three weeks behind in our Spring. Blooms are slow and it is unseasonably cold. No global warming here! You may enjoy my Spring Snow post:

Lydia Plunk

From Sunny Southern California.

My bloomtimes appear to be more related to horticultural practices- when prunning and fertilizing takes place- with introduction of sun or shade to the area- than the weather.

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