Recent record-breaking weather is just one signal of climate change

Weather News

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For many residents in western Massachusetts, it was something to celebrate: temperatures in the 70s during a time of social distancing that allowed many people to get out and enjoy the weather, even in the middle of November. 

For meteorologists, this warmth signals something different: climate change. When you look at Springfield’s warming over the decades, the numbers are small. 

Our fall has warmed an average of just 2 degrees since 1970, according to Climate Central.

Here’s the downside: a small shift in an average temperature, means a big shift in weather extremes. So while the average temperature change seems minute, it’s leading to more autumns where we have stretches of record-breaking weather like we had recently. 

Warm weather in the fall means a longer allergy and pollen season, and a longer tick and mosquito season. It also means paying to run your air conditioners longer, a cost that outpaces the lower heating demand that’s happening with warmer winters.

In New England, it affects a large portion of the winter economy: Mount Snow in Vermont had to delay their opening this year due to the unseasonably warm temperatures preventing them from making snow.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only on | Digital First

More Digital First

State Police Overtime Scandal

More State Police Overtime Investigation

Trending Stories

Weather Tweets

Donate Today