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Early Spring?  Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow

Early Spring? Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow

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.

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One Frigid Thing: April Blizzard Blasts The Plains

One Frigid Thing: April Blizzard Blasts The Plains

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 […]

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One Spring Thing: Peduncle Elongation In DC!

One Spring Thing: Peduncle Elongation In DC!

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 […]

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One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

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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