These maps show the early arrival of spring – Michigan Radio

Due to climate change spring as come earlier and earlier. Thanks to new maps from the U.S. Geological Survey you now can see how early spring will arrive in your area. It could be as much as three weeks earlier. An earlier spring can mean earlier insect activity. It also gets flowering plants and wildlife out of sync. The maps can also be used to compare historical data.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scientists have known that spring is arriving earlier across the U.S. because of climate change. Now, you can take a look at new maps from the U.S. Geological Survey to see how early spring is arriving where you live.
  • In Michigan, early spring warm-ups followed by hard freezes can devastate crops, as cherry farmers experienced in 2012.
  • He says eventually, they’d like to create forecasts that could show up on your phone: for example, you might get a notification that tick season is starting earlier than usual, so it would be a good idea to break out the long pants for your hike.

“The folks down in the southeastern United States, across much of that region, are seeing spring coming as many as three weeks early this year.”