While we sit wrapped in winter clothes looking out the window for any sign of spring, here is some food for thought.

2014 is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record globally.Criag Cramer Eranthis The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that January 2014 was the 4th warmest years on record. Alaska is 15 degree Fahrenheit above normal. There is extreme drought in western U.S while also record highs are in Europe and Australia.

So what is up with this long cold winter we are experience in NY?

Cornell’s Dr. Charles H. Greene published an article in December 2012 issue of Scientific American that offers a hauntingly foreshadowing.  Another Cornell climate change research Dr. David Wolfe summarizes…

The basic idea is that arctic ice melting is messing with the polar vortex and our jet stream patterns in such a way that we could get longer and more extreme cold periods in this particular part of the world even as the planet overall is getting warmer.

Gardeners let us make this the year to increase our recording of observation in our gardens. We going to need all the information we can collectively gather to meet the challenges associated with gardening in our changing world.  For more information see: www.gardening.cornell.edu/polycultures

Cornell’s Climate Change website

By Lori Brewer

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