On Again Off Again Spring Is Wrecking American Farms & Gardens
It’s bitter cold again in the Northeast United States, after it was unseasonably warm, after it was bitter cold, after it was unseasonably warm, after it was bitter cold, after it was unseasonably warm.
This year’s rapidly fluctuating weather is causing severe horticultural and agricultural damage, as plants that have opened up tender buds during unusual mid-winter heat then have those buds freeze when temperatures return to normal chill for a few days. This cycle has repeated itself several times already, and many plants will be unable to recover from the damage.
One year with such a weather pattern would be regarded as a freak incident, but this isn’t the first year in recent times that it’s happened. Instead, it seems that unusual mid-winter warmth is causing early bud break in the northern United States once every two or three years. That’s not a change in weather. It’s a change in climate, and the erratic shifts are causing billions of dollars of damage to the economy.
With a Republican federal government that refuses even to acknowledge the reality of the climate crisis, there is no relief in sight.