Monthly Archives: March 2015

Long, cold winters: How this past winter demonstrated climate variability

This week’s topic is somewhat of a continuation to the post Victoria published on Monday: Cold spell occurrences. When we hear about climate change and global warming, we often think only about the warming aspect. While it is true that … Continue reading

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So what’s up with “global warming” when we just endured a freezing cold winter in the Chesapeake Bay region?

The answer to this question explains why we are interested in “event” or “extreme” forcing. The climate of the Chesapeake Bay region is made up of lots and lots of days of weather. Those weather days may be cold or … Continue reading

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Precipitation Changes: A shift to more short and intense events?

In a previous post, I displayed the Total Annual Precipitation trend using the HadEX2 gridded data set for the near-shore Chesapeake Bay region. The general trend is a significant increase the 10-year precipitation variation and a general increase in the … Continue reading

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Digging a Little Deeper: Spatial Variation of the Growing Season Length

In last week’s post, I displayed the 110 year trend of the annual Growing Season Length using the HadEX2 gridded data set. This analysis strongly suggested that the length of the growing season has been increasing in the near-shore Chesapeake … Continue reading

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Is the Length of the Growing Season Changing in Chesapeake Bay?

The primary question driving this collaborative research project is “how will ecosystems within Chesapeake Bay be affected by climate variability and change?” One of the most relevant extreme climate indices in addressing this broad and complex question is the Growing … Continue reading

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