Vermont Climate Change:
Climate in the News

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May 31, 2002 Burlington Free Press According to a study published in the journal "Science" – rising temperatures are causing plants to bloom earlier in the spring. Over the past decade, 385 species of flowers in England have started blooming 5 to 55 days earlier than the previous four decades.
March 26, 2002 New York Times Higher levels of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming, may be bad news for allergy sufferers. In a study by Harvard researchers, ragweed plants grown with double the normal levels of carbon dioxide grew taller and bushier while also producing 61% more pollen than average ragweed plants. Many experts predict that carbon dioxide levels will double as early as the year 2050.
April 10, 2002 Boston Globe Due to an unusually warm winter, trees in New England have been releasing their pollen early. Pollen counts hit levels of 72 grains per cubic meter on April 9th this year. In previous years, this level generally hasn’t been reached until the end of April
May 2002 Bug Bytes Newsletter
(VT Dept of Forests, Parks
& Recreation)
On Mount Mansfield, tree bud development in sugar maples occurred 19 days before normal this year. On average, sugar maple bud break at 1400’ occurs on May 11th, but this year it occurred on April 22nd.
Septermber 2002 NOAA Press Release At Burlington, VT the high temperature hit 98 degrees F. on September 9, 2002. This broke the old daily record of 90 set in 1959. This also is a new all time September high temperature, the old record was 95 degrees set in 1931.