20 Apr '17, 4pm

NOAA's Interactive Maps Show How Your Climate Is Changing

New interactive maps from NOAA show you how your region's vegetation has shifted due to climate change . The maps are based off of the official U.S. Climate Normal , which are updated every 10 years and last updated in 2010. By averaging the coldest days each year for the 30-year window and sorting those averages into 10-degree Fahrenheit "planting zone" bins, they were able to make a continuous map with similar minimum temperatures between the two time periods. This map shows the planting zones between 1971 and 2000. This map shows the planting zones between 1981 and 2010. As a whole it may not look like much has changed. But, when you zoom in on your region, you'll see that those slight changes made a huge difference. The 1970s was an unusually cool decade, while the 10 year period between 2001 and 2010 was the warmest ever recorded , causing for drastic shifts. For this...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/noaa-climate-normals-map-23701313...

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