North America has an unusually warm spring, how does this compare with, say, central and northern Europe, or central Asia? And what does this portend for the approaching winter in the SOUTHERN half of the planet?
Just because a firecracker has gone off under your own @$$ does not mean the whole world is blowing up.
What we have is a unusual shift in the weather patterns which circulate around the WHOLE world, not just in Denver, Colorado. Total overall warming and/or cooling over the entire earth’s surface will be little affected, and tends to be self-regulating over the course of the year, and the cycles of many years taken together.
Trees, grass and buildings will not spontaneously burst into flame. There will be an outbreak of mass hysteria in certain parts of “blue America”, however.
While Europe had an unusually severe winter, they have also had a sudden spring warming which they say has threatened a lot of flooding. One explanation I read said that less Arctic ice was affecting wind patterns in a way the caused the severe Eurasian winter.
Fact: More snow is likely to fall at 20 to 30 degrees f, than at 0 to 15 degrees, so don’t judge temperature by the snowfall.
Fact in the late 1950’s in Iowa I experienced a winter with a week of nightime temperatures from 25 to 27 degrees f below zero with daytime temperature no higher than 21 below. I also experienced a week in summer of 105 to 107 degrees with no night time temperature below 93 degrees (no AC either). I wonder what the recent records are in Iowa?
Fact: After 50 years living near Washington DC, this year the cherry blossoms bloomed about 10 days earlier than average. They have been somewhat early for the past 10 years, but never this much. I just hope this heat doesn’t carry over into the summer wherever we are living.