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‘Warming up mighty early’ across parts of US

March 17, 2012

Full Article at MSNBC

By Miguel Llanos

So now that March feels like May in much of the U.S., what’s May going to feel like? The East Coast and South can expect above-normal temperatures, federal forecasters announced Thursday — a day when Atlanta and Chicago were among the cities that posted new daily highs.

After a brief cooling, the warm spell should continue through the rest of March, especially in the East, and into early summer across the South as well, said Ed O’Lenic, chief of operations at the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

“It’s warming up mighty early,” he added.

Signs of a prematurespring range from early cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., to farmers preparing to plant.

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Wheat in the South was ahead of normal, Burgio said, fruit trees are blooming early in the Southeast, and Midwest farmers will be lured into starting spring field work earlier than usual.

“The concern is that if a sudden change to colder weather comes after this very warm interlude, then you could have some crop problems,” he said.

Full Article at MSNBC

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