Md. Scientists Study Why Spring Came Early
April 17, 2012
UMCES Staff Cited:
A scientific study of the change in the seasons has implications for the tourism and travel industries. Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found that spring is arriving earlier – and autumn will be later – in the suburbs of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
"Spring is arriving earlier in the cities relative to the rural areas, the reason being the cities have warmer climates because of rooftops and asphalt" streets and parking lots, says Andrew Elmore of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. "Also, the cities don't have vegetation around them, which has a cooling effect."
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