From 17th century Europe to 21st century America, the debutante ball is a mainstay of some communities. But is it out of touch?
The flowers were blooming. In parts of the Northeast, residents donned short sleeves and walked their dogs through the park, soaking in the warm temperatures. There was just one problem … it was February.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, spring blossoms are coming almost three weeks earlier in much of the country. And the last three years have been the three warmest years on record. Elsewhere, there are snowstorms, tornadoes, and all manner of odd weather events.
Is this climate change, or just a strange year?
- Julia Kumari Drapkin CEO and founder of ISeeChange.
- Eric Holthaus Meteorologist, writer and host of the podcast Warm Regards.
- Laurel Braitman Journalist and author.
- Michelle LaRue Research ecologist at the University of Minnesota and science communicator.
Your Changing Backyards
Extreme Weather Reports From I See Change
At the end of November I observed how relaxed our weather has been. The temperatures have been good to us. The cold and snow has stayed away for the most part. The snow that has fallen has melted fairly quickly. There is no ice on Lake superior, and I have still seen boats passing through the canal with ease. No ice has formed; therefore. the ice breaking boats have not been out yet.— hailey raushel
We had 12" of snow yesterday and now it's raining. Yes, raining in Colorado in January. Unfortunately, it is raining at the ski areas as well which is terrible for snowpack. The forecast is calling for steady rain over the next two days.— AMBER KLEINMAN
We've had over 30 inches of rain in the past 30 days, with flooding locally and sinkholes in the roads and parking lots. Never seen this before. Oroville Dam topped the emergency spillway and last Sunday, nearly 200,000 citizens near the Feather River were forced to evacuate. Today, light sprinkle in Nevada City and about 55 degrees at noon. Three more storms coming tomorrow and over the weekend.— Claire Holdaway
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