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Climate Update: December 2015 – March 2016

By Sean D. Birkel, Maine State Climatologist, May 6, 2016

The meteorological winter (December-February) of 2015/16 ranked as warmest or near warmest on record across the state, standing in stark contrast to the colder-than-normal winter of 2014/15. The considerable difference between the character of this winter and last is readily apparent from temperature observations in Bangor. MORE

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Research Highlights

Multivariate Modeling of Ticks, Climate, and Disease in Maine

Spring weather is driving Mainers and visitors outside to work and recreate, but it also signifies the start of tick season. This is an unfortunate combination as ticks are being found in greater numbers and across larger regions of Maine, making tick-borne diseases of increasing concern across the state. Susan Elias, a PhD student at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, is working to improve multivariate modeling to inform strategies for adapting to the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases in Maine. Read more about Elias and her tick modeling research.


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