Cherry blossoms in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. Early blooming caused the opening of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival to be moved to  March 15 instead of  March 20.

Cherry blossoms in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. Early blooming caused the opening of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival to be moved to March 15 instead of March 20.

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?

Guests

  • 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

Garden plants grew right through December month and into January so far. Since 2009 plants would die off from the cold.

Javier Lopez

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

I went to the beach and it was so warm and I took pictures and played volleyball

katie zotta

This is the pressure gage on our water pump. Due to the drought in the northeast this fall, we have had to cut back our water usage. Some days, after doing laundry, the pump will keep running because there's not enough water in the well, and we have to turn it off and wait.

Liron Golan

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