Apr 4, 2024 - Climate

Spring is getting warmer in Northwest Arkansas

Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

Northwest Arkansas' spring seasons are getting warmer, Alex Fitzpatrick and Alice Feng report from a recent Climate Central analysis a trend that reflects human-caused warming, the group says.

Why it matters: Much of the seasonal climate change discussion is focused on summer and winter, when temperatures are typically at their annual highs and lows. But the "between seasons" periods are affected, too.

By the numbers: Springtime in NWA warmed by 2.2°F on average from 1970 to 2023, per Climate Central, a climate research and communications nonprofit.

  • Ours is right at the average across nearly 230 U.S. cities.

Stunning stat: Average seasonal temperatures have risen by more than 6°F in some areas of the Southwest.

Zoom in: The greatest average springtime temperature increases were seen in Reno, Nevada (+6.8°F), El Paso, Texas (+6.3°F) and Las Vegas (+6.2°F).

What it did: The group's analysis is based on NOAA data and looks at meteorological spring, which begins March 1 and ends May 31.

What it's saying: Warmer springtime temperatures cause a variety of knock-on effects, per Climate Central, including earlier snowmelt (which, in turn, affects drinking water supplies), longer allergy seasons, changes in agricultural growing seasons and more.


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