Latest spring start on record in parts of US

Could have serious effect on agriculture.

Portions of Washington and Oregon saw the latest spring start on record, while parts of Kansas and Oklahom saw the latest arrival of spring in 38 years, says

In other parts of the Plains, such as South Dakota and Nebraska, a late spring like this year’s only happens once every 10 or more years.

In Michigan, Marquette was hit by above-average snowfall (227.5 inches) and is experiencing its second-longest streak of temperatures below 70 F. The last time temperatures reached at least 70 F was 238 days ago on September, 17, 2018. The current record longest streak is 252 days.

“The record will be tied if the temperature does not climb to at least 70 degrees by May 28. Based on the current forecast for Marquette, it is possible that a new record could be set.”

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for this link

“Cold?” says H.B. “Check. Wet? Check. Delayed crop plantings? Check. Possible collapse in grain output with an early frost? Hard to say—but given that the Climate Prediction Center is calling for far below normal temperatures over the summer, wouldn’t it be a wake-up call to the country if agriculture collapsed?”

7 thoughts on “Latest spring start on record in parts of US”

  1. Having a very nice Winter’s Day here in California too…

    Having a break in the rain at the moment, and the sun is trying to break through the clouds (as we approach noon). A wonderful November day… in May… when I’m supposed to be worried about sunburn and spending time in the garden.

    Our usual last frost is April 15th or so and I’ve planted the garden as early as late March.

    At present there are “Winter Storm” alerts for the mountains and expectations of FEET of snow. Compare when we had a warm year and a “Miracle March” was our last rain (and filled the reservoirs). Now it’s May, the reservoirs are full, we have record snowpack, and more falling.

    The potential for Spring Floods (whenever spring gets here…) is large, and NOT due to any warming… but due to cold and snow.

  2. She also said the Mississippi River froze solid enough to drive wagons across, but of course the channel is deeper now.

  3. Looks like a winter storm in California in Mid May all the way to Southern California, snow in the Sierra. Normally a “dry” month there.

  4. These things do happen without necessarily being a permanent change. We had a very cold May in 2013 here in UK, I planted potatoes six weeks later than normal but still harvested an adequate crop. Since then, we have had pretty normal mid-to-late springs, which do include occasional cold snaps and occasional frosts in late April and early May.

    It takes a decade before the data shows a regime change…

  5. The climate effects of this Modern Grand Solar Minimum are only now becoming apparent 10 years in to the first cycle SC24. This GSM has in climate terms another 20 years of winters similar to the last 2 years. It is more likely that the next 5 winter will be in sequence just as bad, or even worse than this winter’s early start and late finish.
    The Solar Max of SC25 will be similar in energy output as SC24 but without the heat bank stored over the preceding 70 years, during the Solar Max period I would expect 1 harsh winter in two.
    The 7 year decline to solar minimum, winters will match the NH winter of 1811/1812 and the decline to solar minimum of SC6. With SC26 a recovery cycle matching the output of SC20, the cycles following SC26 will form a 70 year Tepid Gleissberg period.
    We will look back on the Modern Warm Period with its benign warm weather as a golden period.

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