“At the National Arboretum, the white petals of snowdrops — normally an early spring flower — have unfurled,” reports the Washington Post.
The Post reports,
… It’s not in your imagination. The unusually mild temperatures across several regions of the country in the past few months are disrupting the natural cycles that define the winter landscape…
The pattern is most pronounced in eastern Montana, northeastern Minnesota and parts of North Dakota, Arndt said, where December temperatures so far have averaged 10 degrees above normal. But the mild weather extends to other Great Lakes states along with New England and the mid-Atlantic, with temperatures this month averaging between six and eight degrees above normal.
Just 19.6 percent of the continental United States is now covered in snow, according to the latest snow analysis by NOAA, compared with 50.3 percent this time last year.
Both scientists and those who question dire global warming predictions emphasize that one warm season should not be interpreted as a broader sign of climate change.
“It’s about long-term trends, and one year does not make a trend,” said Doug Inkley, a senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation…
We suppose Post reporter Juliet Eilperin knows we would guffaw at her expense if she went too far with the mild winter-equals-global warming line of thinking. So she left it at the mere innuendo stage.