Are 'false springs' getting more extreme?

A truck drives in Marshall, Minn., which received about 7 inches of snow.
A truck drives through downtown Marshall, Minn. after an April blizzard in 2019.
Deb Gau | Marshall Independent 2019

Here in Minnesota, we know a lot about “false springs.” We’ve been blasted with April blizzards three of the past four years.

But are they getting more extreme with climate change?

That’s still unclear, but climate change is causing plants to bloom earlier, making them far more vulnerable to “false springs.”

Vintners in France learned that this year, when record heat in March jumpstarted the growing season for their grapes, then record cold in April damaged the vines. Early estimates put the cost of damage at $2 billion.

Andrew Freedman covered this in the Axios Generate newsletter. And he joined Climate Cast to talk about it.

Click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast to hear the conversation.

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