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by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Both Kyoto, Japan, and Washington D.C. are known for their cherry blossom seasons in the first few weeks of warming spring weather. This year, cherry blossom season came early in both of these cities. In Kyoto, the blooms peaked last Friday, the earliest in more than 1,200 years of […]
We could all use a little good news. According to Space.com, spring is arriving early this year thanks to it being a leap year — the equinox will occur tonight at exactly 11:49 p.m. EDT (0349 GMT on March 20). So in its honor, we thought you’d enjoy this video of flowers blooming, courtesy of […]
Even though Phil is often wrong (it’s not exactly science), he may be getting more accurate due to climate change. According to Climate Central, Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting earlier springs more often—14 times in the past 50 years, after only 5 times in the 73 years prior — and his shift toward earlier springs may be onto something because based on actual weather data, the six weeks after Groundhog Day are warming up in 93% of the 244 cities analyzed.
Why This Matters: One could argue that folklore like Groundhog Day and all its antiquated pageantry undermine the public’s reliance on the actual science of weather forecasting, and perpetuates myths that have staying power and resonate with the public.
The temperature on Tuesday in Denver was 78 degrees, but yesterday Denver was dealing with a major snowstorm that caused the cancellation of a baseball game between the Rockies and the Atlanta Braves. In South Dakota, a portion of I-90 had to be shut down on Wednesday night due to the poor conditions. Weather forecasters […]
We had so many chuckles yesterday — with Senator Lee and his GND posters, not to mention all the hilarious responses — but this tweet humorously reminded us to look up, and stop and see the cherry trees. Nothing means spring in DC like these delicate pink flowers breaking out everywhere. So, by all means […]
Yesterday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and also the vernal equinox. This image from the Meteosat-9 satellite shows Earth from space on the equinox. As the New York Times explained, the spring equinox is a point in Earth’s orbit where the sun shines directly above the Equator, creating nearly equal […]
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