USDA Northeast Climate Hub Reports Another Warm Winter

ice on pine needlesDavid Hollinger, Director, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, writes that January temperatures in the Northeast averaged 3 to 9°F above normal. Warmer winter temperatures can lead to problems: less winter die-back of pests, shorter periods of frozen ground suitable for logging or other operations, and increased runoff and erosion from precipitation that falls as rain rather than snow. On the plus side, less heating is required for high tunnels or homes. Read more.