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Last year in Denver,Colorado, there was snow on the ground through the end of April and warm temperatures were not really felt until mid May.
Since the end of February this year, Colorado has only had 2 days that I can count where there were wintry conditions, and that was with lows of 30 degrees at night. What I can remember though, are March temperatures in the mid 80s occurring on four to six different dates, mirroring average temperatures for mid June.

Trees have already blossomed, and there are grasshoppers, bees, butterflies and lots of pollen in the air - something we should not see until late May or early June.

The Washington Post has reported that these first three months of 2012 have shattered records, especially in March.

In March, at least 7,775 weather stations across the nation broke daily high temperature records and another 7,517 broke records for night-time heat. Combined, that’s more high temperature records broken in one month than ever before.

More from the Washington Post:

The winter that just ended, which in some places was called the year without winter, was the fourth warmest on record. Since last April, it’s been the hottest 12-month stretch on record, Crouch said.

But the month where the warmth turned especially weird was March.

Normally, March averages 42.5 degrees across the country. This year, the average was 51.1, which is closer to the average for April. Only one other time — in January 2006 — was the country as a whole that much hotter than normal for an entire month.

The “icebox of America,” International Falls, Minn., saw temperatures in the 70s for five days in March, and there were only three days of below zero temperatures all month.

“When you look at what’s happened in March this year, it’s beyond unbelievable,” said University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver.

NOAA climate scientist Gabriel Vecchi compared the increase in weather extremes to baseball players on steroids: You can’t say an individual homer is because of steroids, but they are hit more often and the long-held records for home runs fall.

They seem to be falling far more often because of global warming, said NASA top climate scientist James Hansen. In a paper he submitted to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and posted on a physics research archive, Hansen shows that heat extremes aren’t just increasing but happening far more often than scientists thought. What used to be a 1-in-400 hot temperature record is now a 1 in 10 occurrence, essentially 40 times more likely, said Hansen.

And the reports of extreme winter warmth has gotten noticed by lots of people.

In Maine:

Ice leaves Beech Hill Pond earliest that 80-year-old can recall

OTIS, Maine — Since 1947, Edwin “Sonny” Colburn has been keeping track of when the water in Hancock County’s Beech Hill Pond goes to ice, and back again.

Never, he says, has he seen a winter like this.

“There were years when we were driving vehicles on the ice on Thanksgiving, and we were ice skating and ice boating the first part of April,” he said Tuesday. “This year, the lake wasn’t frozen over until the morning of January 21st, and the ice went out the 21st of March, the earliest I’ve ever seen it go.”

In Colorado, March is our heaviest snow month.
We have had one day of snow in March, and little rain - which probably exacerbated a forest fire - 3 months before the beginning of 'fire' season.

Another person who noticed the alarming temperature?  
 President Obama at a March fundraiser with Oprah in Chicago:

   “We’ve had a good day,” Obama said. “It’s warm every place. It gets you a little nervous about what’s happening to global temperatures. But when it’s 75 degrees in Chicago in the beginning of March it gets you thinking…”

    “Something’s wrong,” Oprah interjected.

    “Yeah,” Obama said. “On other hand we really have enjoyed the nice weather.”

The article also notes:
Instead of temperatures in the mid-40s, the historical average, Chicago is in a record-breaking streak of 80-degree weather. This “extreme and unprecedented” heat wave began last Wednesday and may continue through this Wednesday. “Before the heat wave, there had only been 10 March days on record that reached 80 degrees, and on average Chicago would see one 80 degree day in March every 14 years,” the Daily Herald reports.
While it is true that I'd rather go for a hike than shovel snow, there is a downside to the early spring and summer temperatures - from CNN:
The warm temperatures also contributed to conditions that were favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. There were 223 preliminary tornado reports during March, a month that averages 80 tornadoes, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. The majority of these tornadoes occurred during a severe weather outbreak across the Ohio River Valley and Southeast in early March. The outbreak caused 40 deaths and total losses of $1.5 billion, making it the first billion-dollar disaster of 2012.
It is my belief that our fellow Americans are much more likely to be persuaded by what they can see with their own eyes - trees blooming in the winter - much more than statistical data, which as we have seen before can be made to look less than reliable - even when it's  revealed to be a smear campaign against legitimate science.

So what I want to know is what you have seen where you live.
What odd weather have you seen?
And more importantly, what are your friends and family saying about this weather?

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  •  We've had winter here in Seattle (10+ / 0-)

    until about 2 days ago.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:14:11 PM PDT

  •  You're at risk of spring flooding in Colo., right? (7+ / 0-)

    If it's "unseasonably warm" in the mountains in spring, the mountain snowpack will melt quickly and the streams and rivers will be over capacity.

    No unusual winter weather here in San Diego, FWIW.  Less rain than "normal" but some years are dry in any cycle.  A bigger concern is that the mountain snowpack in the Sierras is way below normal.

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    by MJB on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:19:44 PM PDT

    •  the snow is low - the opposite of last year (9+ / 0-)

      where it was record snowpack.
      I think the third least snowpack - since the record in 2002 - when we had a HUGE forest fire in the summer.

      Water is always an issue, and it turns out that the Oil and Gas companies are out bidding farmers for water rights - so they can frack for Natural Gas....

      Each oil or gas well drilled requires 500,000 to 5 million gallons of water.

      A Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission report projected water needs for fracking will increase to 18,700 acre-feet a year by 2015.

      Farmers who go to the auctions seeking to produce food—or maybe plant more acres—are on equal footing with companies seeking water for fracking, Northern Water spokesman Brian Werner said.

      "If you have a beneficial use for the water, then you can bid for that water," Werner said. "We see the beneficial use of the water as a positive for the economy of the whole region. Fracking is one of those uses. Our uses of water have evolved over 150 years."

      "How do we continue to sustain agriculture when there's just more and more demand on our water resources in this state?" said Bill Midcap, director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, which represents 22,000 producers in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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      by wade norris on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:29:40 PM PDT

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      •  Natural gas storage is on track to be (5+ / 0-)

        filled to capacity by the end of October.  The increased warm weather has lowered demand to a large extent.

        In the News:
        Working Natural Gas in Storage at All-Time High for March.

        Thursday's release of the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR) represented the last full week of the winter heating season (November 1 – March 31). Although traditionally net withdrawals of working natural gas in storage occur during these months, this year net injections began the week ending March 16. Because the latest WNGSR represents inventory levels as of March 30, it excludes the last day of the winter heating season; official end-of-month levels will not be reported until the May Natural Gas Monthly is released.

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        by phonegery on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:27:44 PM PDT

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    •  Ok, more data on Colorado's weather: (6+ / 0-)

      98% of Colorado facing a drought:

      Colorado State University climatologists are saying that 98 percent of Colorado is facing drought conditions and warning that if the state does not receive more moisture soon, water restrictions may be necessary later in the year, The Denver Post first reported.

      "What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" Henry David Thoreau

      by wade norris on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:39:48 PM PDT

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    •  Extreme fires are the bigger danger. eom (3+ / 0-)

      And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah! -Leonard Cohen .................@laurenreichelt

      by TheFatLadySings on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:16:32 PM PDT

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    •  There is not much snow on the mountains to melt. (4+ / 0-)

      I'm in south-central Colorado and it is very dry, everyone is worried about summer forest fires.. The local ski mountain closed a week early, after a bad season caused by lack of snow. I noticed the Chama River and Rio Grande in Northern New Mexico were running fast and muddy 10 days ago, looking like spring melt.

      We need moisture badly....the locals tell of 50 inches of snow in May years ago, but feels like summer here...

  •  Anchorage Alaska just broke the record (13+ / 0-)

    for their snowiest winter on record, and it's possible to get snow there through May. I guess that's where winter went this year . . .

    •  However (6+ / 0-)

      Antarctica is a desert, and upstate New York is getting snowier because of warm temperatures.  While it's true that you need cold temperatures for snow, relatively warm temperatures for cold places can contribute to more snowfall as best I understand it.

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      by Nulwee on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:50:26 PM PDT

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      •  I don't buy that theory (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, warming would mean more precipitation, and if you are in a place that's way colder than freezing, then you would get more snow with warming. But places like Anchorage and upstate New York spend much of the winter on dividing line between snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain, ice, etc. More snow means it was colder, earlier in the season and later in the season, and they had both more precipitation and it was colder when it fell, causing it to fall in the form of snow.

        The 2010-2011 winter was characterized by record snowfall in much of the West. I personally experienced deep powder ski conditions in California every weekend through Memorial Day. Deep powder snow at a California ski resort on Memorial Day cannot be attributed to global warming. No way.

        •  I'm sorry but (5+ / 0-)
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          Anchorage is not on the dividing line between sleet, snow, rain, etc. That weather is normal for us on the southeast coast which is a temperate rain forest. More snow doesn't mean it was colder earlier, either. I was there in late September and the temps were normal, i.e, frosty mornings with mild daytime temps. I was there in December and the temps were normal, i.e., cold. There was hardly any snow on the ground whereas we, in southeast Alaska, had over three feet in November which broke all records. Then it was rained off in one day on December 1 after we received nearly 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. Bottom line is the weather is topsy turvy.

          •  I love Alaska weather. (4+ / 0-)

            I honestly don't understand why everyone doesn't love it -- 24-hours of daylight all summer, northern lights and crispy pink winters (with ice fog!) I'm perplexed by fools who flock to heat/humidity, giant bugs and sunburns.

            Maybe I'm weird. Oh, well. I sent this to my SIL at Elemendorf yesterday:


          •  Are we disagreeing? (0+ / 0-)

            How is "bottom line is the weather is topsy turvy" different than "places like Anchorage and upstate New York spend much of the winter on the dividing line between sleet, snow, rain, etc."? If it can snow three feet in November, and then rain 6 inches in December, doesn't that sort of prove the point? Maybe you misunderstood: what I meant was that if temperatures are warming, then you would expect a higher proportion of the annual precipitation in a place like Anchorage or upstate New York to fall as something other than snow, such that it would be very difficult to ever set a snowfall record.

            •  What about temperatures? (0+ / 0-)

              Snowfall is not relevant.

              •  My point is that more snowfall means that (0+ / 0-)

                the temperatures were likely colder over the course of the year, to allow for earlier snowfall, later snowfall, and more sustained snowfall during the middle. If things were warmer, then you'd expect more of the precipitation throughout the year to fall as rain.

            •  Southeast Alaska (0+ / 0-)

              has nothing in common with mainland weather. Apples and oranges. Southeast is a maritime climate with up to 150 inches of rain a year. And it is as far from Anchorage as Atlanta is from Kansas City. Anchorage is not, nor has never been, on the line between rain, sleet, snow, etc. Using Anchorage's record snow as an example in your argument doesn't work.

              •  Oh, I missed that you were talking about (0+ / 0-)

                another place in Alaska. But your comment doesn't hold up to facts. The average daily high temperature in Anchorage from March through October is above freezing. The city also receives more than 75% of its precipitation during that period. It stands to the reason then that a substantial proportion of the precipitation that falls in Anchorage Alaska does not fall as snow, and that colder temperature would indeed increase the total snowfall over the course of the year.

      •  Was upstate New York snowier? (1+ / 0-)
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        Not according to the snowmobiling folks as I noticed. Southern Ontario had almost no snow this year. The ice fishers and snowmobilers were all complaining about the lack of snow and frozen water. Worst winter in memory according to most.

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        by yuriwho on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:38:29 PM PDT

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    •  Like Puget Sound. Globally It's Warming, But (6+ / 0-)

      locally it's patchwork.

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      by Gooserock on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:52:13 PM PDT

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  •  Houston had no winter in my yard. (7+ / 0-)

    I've got 5 volunteer cherry tomato plants, from my compost, growing and yielding a crop in my front yard all winter.
    Portulaca (aka moss rose )still blooming in front yard (direct southern exposure) as well.  It is a succulent and an annual here, supposedly.

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    by cosette on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:28:41 PM PDT

  •  Chicago's climate has changed (4+ / 0-)
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    and the people here in Chicago are loving it.

    I think Chicago may be one city that is somewhat impervious to global warming.  

  •  Everyone needs to write a letter to the editor (13+ / 0-)

    ... along this line:

    During last year's heavy snows, all of the climate change deniers were shouting "Where's your global warming now, huh??" as if snow in winter was unprecedented.  This year, there were record high temperatures across the country but they haven't had much to say about that.  I don't think I'll hold my breath waiting to hear from them.
    I did my part (and got it published) during our January warm spell.  Now it's your turn.
  •  It may be too late (4+ / 0-)

    China has become the #1 CO2 polluter they passed us in 2005;

    Forget about controlling that or leading an effort to curb CO2.

    Once the methane from Siberian and Alaskan permafrost starts releasing methane, it's over;

    The next 10 years will be interesting.  Patagonia is starting to look good.

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    by Shockwave on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:35:56 PM PDT

  •  Expand your horizons. (2+ / 0-)
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    "The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the December–February period was 0.41°C (0.74°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.8°F), making it the 17th warmest such period on record and the coolest December–February since 2008."

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:47:22 PM PDT

  •  Biggest Weather Event In N American History (10+ / 0-)

    is how 2 different weather/climate scientists have described it in mainstream media within the last month. Not being reported much as the equivalent July 120 degree highs would've been, because warm in winter made people comfortable and saved them big on heating costs.

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    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 08:50:45 PM PDT

  •  Courtesy TPM, here's a NOAA animated map of (5+ / 0-)

    the March temperature records across the US.

    Pretty stunning.

    Here in Central Kasichstanstanstan I believe we only had two days (maybe three) with measurable snow... and it wasn't really that measurable and it sure didn't stick around for long.

    Of course now that everything's busting out there's a freeze warning this evening :/

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    by here4tehbeer on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:02:47 PM PDT

  •  what winter? I can think of three, maybe four (8+ / 0-)

    days where we had a sticking snow fall in IL. I know one was a blizzard day but aside from that our snowfall was non-existent. so when i talk to friends and family, it's all about how things that aren't supposed to blossom until May are already budding. My tulips have already blossomed which usually doesn't occur until the end of april and the beginning of may. They will be done before May even gets here. Everyone is talking about climate change and what it means for the crops and what kind of temps we may be looking at for the summer. People are totally nervous.

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    by yawnimawke on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:04:41 PM PDT

    •  thanks yawnimawke (4+ / 0-)
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      that is exactly the kind of post I wanted to hear.

      Everyone is talking about climate change and what it means for the crops and what kind of temps we may be looking at for the summer. People are totally nervous.
      For me, 2009 was the peak of scientists and activists like myself talking about Climate Change. Then, poof, it was gone. I thought at that time, we can speak until we are blue in the face, until the people, the regular folk, can see and feel that something new is happening, we won't get a demand for real change.
      My hope is that we have gotten one step closer to that change, because a few extra tornadoes here and getting to wear shorts early is a totally different matter for Islanders.

      For instance:
      Did you know that an entire island chain is buying rights to property in Fiji, so they can transport their population to safety?

      Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could be insurance for Kiribati's entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave.

      "We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it," Tong said. "It wouldn't be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won't be a matter of choice. It's basically going to be a matter of survival."

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      by wade norris on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:17:45 PM PDT

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    •  I had to go out and try to cover (3+ / 0-)

      an apple tree in our orchard. We have five trees and this is the second year in a row that they have blossomed early and then faced a frost. I'll probably lose my apples again this year.

  •  It's been spooky in Minnesota. (7+ / 0-)

    We had virtually no snow that stayed on the ground until March. Glad we got some because to go from Autumn to Spring would have been way too creepy.

  •  Doesn't bode well for fire season. eom (9+ / 0-)

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    by TheFatLadySings on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:13:57 PM PDT

  •  In KC (5+ / 0-)

    Lenten roses blooming in February.  Rose bushes blooming the end of March.  Korean lilac blooming in March.  All 5-6 weeks too early.

    I found a mosquito in my office in mid-March.

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    by milton333 on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:21:40 PM PDT

  •  Colorado Summer (4+ / 0-)
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    The best part about the weather in Denver is the cool summer nights. Used to be that no matter how hot it got during the day, you could count on 50-60 degree nights.  But last summer sucked. Night time temperatures stayed above 70 for weeks on end.

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    by bondibox on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:32:33 PM PDT

  •  We are about a month ahead in SE Wisconsin (3+ / 0-)
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    Lilacs and crabapples in full bloom, which usually doesn't happen until early May. Oaks leafing out and flowering, which usually indicates the major frost danger is gone; however its supposed to be in the upper 20s tomorrow night. It is unprecedented for the native species to be fooled into developing this early in the year. To add insult to injury, it has been a very dry early spring.

    Weeds such as garlic mustard are beginning to flower (normally doesn't happen until May), and the reed canary grass is 12-15 inches tall, therefore having to do invasive species control efforts in natural areas 4-6 weeks ahead of time. Its absolutely crazy.

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    by NoMoreLies on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:38:19 PM PDT

  •  here in chicago,the blooming sequences are off (3+ / 0-)
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    and at least a month ahead of normal. magnolias have already peaked and they usually last through april, depending on the wind. lilacs have been in full bloom which is way ahead of normal. korean spice viburnum have been in full bloom for weeks again way ahead of normal. daffodils seem to standing strong but many of the tulips i saw today are almost spent.

    i was a landscape designer for almost 10 years here and one of the most difficult things to begin the planting season was waiting for the groung to thaw.

    the soil never froze this year, i've been watching landscaping crews tilling soil in the city for weeks now.

    i took this photo on march 7th and i can tell you that is the earliest i've ever seen bees polinating.


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    by dear occupant on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:40:52 PM PDT

    •  awesome pic (3+ / 0-)
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      same here!

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      by wade norris on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:03:48 PM PDT

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    •  Same story in STL as the rest of the midwest-- (4+ / 0-)

      virtually no winter and a ridiculously early/warm spring, with all the vegetation at least a month advanced (more than a month vs last winter, which was very harsh here).  Re the above picture, I remember looking at the magnolias blooming in the second week in March and thinking that the bees might actually miss the window for pollination.  I've since seen plenty of bees, and I've heard that in general the insect world was able to advance along with the plants.  

      However, larger animals have NOT kept in sync: for example migratory birds -- which are a  huge presence here on the Mississippi Flyway -- seem to be on their normal schedule, and doubtless that will cause problems somewhere in the food chain.  

      So far, the April weather seems to be reverting to norm -- after several days in the NINETIES in late March.  

      There is some apprehension here about the summer...

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      Honestly, I've seen green things growing in my yard ALL WINTER. We never really had any snow to speak of and I'm not sure if the ground ever really froze all the way. It just never got cold enough. Very strange for Minnesota.

  •  March was 16 degrees above average here (2+ / 0-)
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    in Northern Indiana. After a very warm and mostly snow-less winter. I've got a worrisome sense of foreboding about the summers to come.

  •  Where I live, we got perhaps 1/8th the rain (2+ / 0-)
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    (and almost all of that in March when we SHOULD be getting most of it Jan/Feb).  I will say that the weather was just freaking crazing. Hot then blankets on the windows time.  I finally just left the damn blankets on the windows I got so tired of putting them up then taking them down...

    The oaks here were REALLY heavy with blooms this year, which is really peculiar.  WAY more wind in the spring than usual and a lot less in the fall.  Not much in the winter, either.

    The fire danger here this winter should be off the charts. As if we needed that...

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    by cany on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:55:33 PM PDT

  •  Record temps here in (5+ / 0-)

    Georgia with rainfall deficit for 2011. Then 2 1/2 months of near normal rainfall and once again rainfall chances are falling and deficits are back.

    I'm am really not looking forward to summer!

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    by Lily O Lady on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 09:57:34 PM PDT

    •  prayers for you (4+ / 0-)
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      by wade norris on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:30:01 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks! Maybe the drought is (1+ / 0-)
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        payback for the Cherokee Removal. ;)

        More likely it's payback for a weak commitment to public transportaion, and the fact that most people want to drive minivans and SUVs. Oh, and they raze forested areas and leave a desolation of rubble for years to "encourage" development. But if any tree that gives shade is left when construction is complete, everyone wants to park under it.

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        by Lily O Lady on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 06:07:51 AM PDT

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  •  Good news for those wanting to start a vegtable (0+ / 0-)

    garden before May in northern America, I guess.

    •  not so much (1+ / 0-)
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      {central Vermont here}
      During the unprecedented heat wave in March, which wrecked both our winter tourism by closing the ski resorts and stopped the maple season dead in its tracks, I planted some early crops like spinach and radish. Hell, the soil in central vermont was not only unfrozen, it was dry and warm. Stuff came up, but the inevitable frosts returned with a vengeance in April. Some lows the teens (that's below avg) froze the plants.
      What a dumbass, you might say. Hell, it was an experiment anyway, plus, I have greenhouse, so I hedged my bets and planted seeds in flats in there.
      The heat from the sun was too much, and sterilized the seeds.
      Death by freezing and death by heatstroke, all in March and April.
      In central Vermont.
      Where it snowed well over a foot (at elevation) over the last two days. I'm going skiing today.
      We had a big snow in October, then very little for the entire winter. Ski resorts struggled to open any terrain before the Christmas week. Not only little snow, but hardly any snowmaking temps either. Now another dumping in April.

      Sugaring, tourism, and agriculture all are taking it hard this year, right after being gut punched by Hurricane Irene, one of the worst flooding events in our history. Smug talk of comfortable temperatures makes me want to scream.
      This is NOT good news, no matter how temporarily pleasant this mutating climate may feel.

      Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

      by kamarvt on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 05:35:38 AM PDT

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  •  In Minnesota trees have been blossoming (2+ / 0-)
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    that normally don't blossom until mid-May - the crabapples are the ones I've noticed - my favorite, but they belong to May/Mother's Day - not April/Easter.

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    by Juliann on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:12:55 PM PDT

  •  SoCal has been weird. (2+ / 0-)
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    While the average temperature shows the Left Coast has been normal, that sort of glosses over the individual days.

    Last month it snowed. Last month it hit 90. (This is in the high desert about 3000 elevation). Last month it rained. Last month we had simply beautiful weather in the 70s, sharp blue skies.

    All in all, though, we didn't have much of a winter.

    Rain forecast for Wednesday.

  •  NE CT had, what, two, maybe three light snows? (1+ / 0-)
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    It's been an eternal November here. The previous winter we had huge snowfalls in January that caused damage (roof caveins, and the like). This season, hardly anything.

    There are no temporary workarounds.

    by Mr Teem on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 10:49:27 PM PDT

  •  The Leaves Didn't Fall off the Trees in TX (1+ / 0-)
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    Admittedly, it doesn't get that cold in Houston, but the leaves do fall off the trees. For a good many trees, that didn't happen this year. Those that did lose leaves were blooming again by early February.

    I cracked open my piggy bank to by a new coat this year, and word it twice.

  •  Fairly normal winter in Seattle (0+ / 0-)

    It's not always an even cool winter drizzle. November it rained in Biblical porportions, December was seasonably cool and moist, no snow. January had a good shot of snow, but nighttime lows in town didn't get below 25 all season. Four stunningly beautiful days in a row in Feb, March was coolish and rainy. April has been sweet. Decent snowpack so far.

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    by ozsea1 on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:25:15 PM PDT

  •  the plum tree outside my kitchen window (0+ / 0-)

    was blooming in February... about 6 weeks earlier than typical.

    "The death penalty is never about the criminal. They've already done their worst. The question is always "will we join them"?" - jlynne

    by Hopeful Skeptic on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:29:21 PM PDT

  •  The temps have been all over the place in Indiana (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not good at marking weather patterns or understanding what it means but the weather in central IN - which is always kind of all over the place anyway - was just bizarre the last couple of months. 40 degrees one week, SEVENTY the next -- the motorcycles were out by the first couple weeks of March and you never see that. I personally would go from shorts and a light blanket overnight to pulling out my electric blanket again four days later. (In fact I just had to pull it out a couple nights ago, night temps have been so low lately...)

    But what's actually creeped me out is how early everything started to bloom - the daffodils were out way before Easter, waaay before Easter, and trees were budding so incredibly early. It's honestly scary, I don't want to know what summer's going to be like.

    I won't rot // Not this mind and not this heart // I won't rot

    by Remsicle on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 12:29:23 AM PDT

  •  Tomatoes in the greenhouse (0+ / 0-)

    Made it through the winter here in Northern Arkansas, with no heating to speak of. We ate the last of them a week ago.

    I have more blooms coming on, with small tomatoes on a plant that only came inside the living room for two days all winter.

    Our magnolias are blooming. All the early spring flowers bloomed early and are pretty much completely gone now.

    Please sign the White House petition to Flush Rush from AFN (Armed Forces Network).

    by splashy on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 12:46:35 AM PDT

  •  Weird weather has not been exclusive (1+ / 0-)
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    to North America this year.  I live in the Sultanate of Oman just outside the Arabian Gulf.  Since I’ve been living here since 1988, I’m very familiar with what the expected weather patterns are like.  Basically, from mid-November til the end of February, it’s wonderful:  Lows around 65-70 with highs of 80 max.  By mid-March, it’s well into the 90s and by mid-April we begin to see highs in the 98-102 range.  June, July, and most of August are generally blistering when hgihs can go as high as 125F, but 110-115 is normal for weeks on end during this period.  As for rain, we generally get a little – ¼ of an inch or less – a few times between November and February.  

    This year, however, has been different.  During the really hot months, it never got above 44C or 111F.  Not once, I’m told (I was in Europe and the US for July and half of August).  By September it was scarcely breaching 105; by mid-October highs were mostly in the 90-95 range and cooling down into the high 70s or low 80s at night – although that might sound hot to those who have never spent time in a climate like this, believe me, it’s considered comfortable.  Anyway, by November we were well and truly in the “comfort zone”, which continued all the way until the third week of March:  highs around 75-80 with lows in the high 50s or low 60s.  As for rain, since returning in August, I’ve noticed a few sprinkles maybe twice.  Because of the lack of rain -- and even lack of humidity -- I'm afraid that this next summer may pack more of a wallop than most of us care to contemplate.  Whatever happens, it's unlikely to be "normal."  (Does anyone know what that is nowadays??)

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    by GulfExpat on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 02:19:19 AM PDT

  •  Vernal wildflowers in the Smokies (1+ / 0-)
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    ...which bloom in the narrow weeks between the onset of warmer temperatures and the loss of light from the leafing out of the trees...came and went three weeks early this year.

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 03:44:26 AM PDT

  •  On the Southern Cumberland Plateau in TN, (0+ / 0-)

    our average temps were much higher than the 54 year average and rainfall was less than half of the average.

    Mar. 2012 average high  68
    March 54 year average high 57

    March 2012 average low 51
    March 54 year average low 39

    March 2012 average temp 55
    March 54 year average temp 47

    March 2012 precipitation  2.99"
    March 54 year average  6.27"

    Everything is blooming 2 1/2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule. I noticed yesterday that I have buds on some of my lavender plants - that is really early. Blackberries are also blooming now.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 04:30:28 AM PDT

  •  We've hardly used the woodstove at all this (0+ / 0-)

    winter.  It just hasn't been that cold here in Northern Virginia.  My poor lilacs got confused and wanted to start making leaves in December!

    I just returned from Australia a couple of weeks ago, where it was the equivalent of late September.  I saw a wattle in bloom in someone's front yard!  The beautiful yellow flowers of the wattle are supposed to bloom in spring, like our forsythia.

    Global warming is everywhere.  Not good.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 04:44:39 AM PDT

  •  We had mosquitos come out in Maine in March (0+ / 0-)

    and many of our plants are confused.

    Weeping willows started producing pollen in March, and some of our flowering shrubs are 4-6 weeks ahead of schedule.

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 05:39:29 AM PDT

  •  I have several diary entries on this (1+ / 0-)
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    Leo in NJ

    Flowers that normally bloom in Mid April and May are almost spent in Oklahoma. That includes Black Locusts.

    I already have blooms on my tomatoes that are 2 feet tall. Normally that wouldn't be for another 10 days at least.

    Normally central Okla gets a cold snap right around Easter. And we did. Only instead of being in the high 30s, it was in the mid 50s.

    We had at least  2 or 3 days in that mini heat wave that hit 90. That was before April.

    Last night in W. Oklahoma, we had severe thunderstorms, they spun up short lived multiple vortices, but the big news was the grapefruit sized hail.

    That's big even for this area.

  •  San Antonio, TX (1+ / 0-)
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       Annuals bloomed all winter.  The grass never turned yellow.  We had a fair amount of rain - so the blue bonnet flowers are gorgeous this year.  
       On the downside - weeds and invasive plants are everywhere as there was maybe one or two nights that were close to freezing.

  •  Florida Panhandle (0+ / 0-)

    It never got cold here.  Normally we have a few weeks of cold, relatively speaking, with temps at or below freezing which takes care of the bugs for a while.  I think we are going to see bumper crops of insects this summer.  And we had 90 degrees in March which set all kinds or records for heat.  If it weren't for my kids and grandkids I would be heading north and west at the speed of heat.  This is crazy and still people won't believe climate change.  Even my father, a retired forest ranger denies it to this day.  I gave up on him a long time ago.

    "When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard" Lakota Proverb

    by balrog on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 08:58:53 AM PDT

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