Great Lakes Fruit Crop Devastated

As many worried at the time, the bizarre summer-like warmth of last March in the Great Lakes region was followed by ordinary April frosts, causing enormous damage to prematurely budding fruit crops. Peter Sinclair has the story.

March may have been more comfortable than usual, and I am sure there was much pleasure from the premature shirtsleeve weather. But this shows that climate is that which we are acclimatized to. (Are you surprised?) Any big anomaly, even one which may at first seem pleasant, carries disruption and risk.

And it’s time to acknowledge that we are seeing huge anomalies rather sooner than we expected. The global temperature sensitivity is not the whole story, and on the extreme event front things are looking much dicier than we would have expected even ten years ago.

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