2020 Heat Accumulation vs Rodent Prognostication

Seasonal story on Groundhog Day 2020
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this year! Our maps of heat accumulation provide a more scientific look at how much heat has accumulated so far this year, and what's next. Heat accumulation is ahead of schedule in the Southeast, Northeast, and parts of the West, and more typical in Midwest states. Research published in Journal of Geophysical Research by Crimmins and Crimmins last year, as well as NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, predict advanced plant and animal activity in the coming months in the Southeast and Northeast, the less precipitation and warmer temperatures in the Southwest, normal conditions in the Northwest, and below average temperatures and above average precipitation in the Midwest.