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  • Climate modeling is something that is often attacked by those who are skeptical about projections of future changes in climate.  Today I saw three articles which I think do an excellent job of explaining some of the difficulties with climate modeling. The first is a blog posting on our sister site, Animal Agriculture in a…

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  • Clouds are one of the main unknowns in understanding how climate might change in the future.  Low clouds reflect sunlight back to space, cooling the planet, while high clouds trap heat near the surface, warming things up.  Because of their temporary nature, they are hard to model adequately in global climate models, leading to uncertainty…

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  • Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that causes a variety of symptoms in humans, including respiratory issues, joint pain, and rashes and fever.  It was first identified in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1977 and has expanded across the northeastern US since then.  If you work outdoors in areas where deer are plentiful, you may have found…

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  • The State Climate Office of North Carolina has just posted their summer summary along with an outlook for fall.  You can read it at https://nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climateblog?id=98&h=37a460a0.  They include an outlook for fall colors, so if  you are traveling to the area, you might want to take a peek.

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  • For meteorologists, fall runs from September 1 to November 30.  We are often asked why we don’t use the astronomical fall calendar for our calculations (this year astronomical fall starts on September 22).  The answer is a combination of convenience and providing the best match between the calendar and the seasonal characteristics.  A good explanation…

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  • David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, sent along this note on yellow flies in the Southeast: Folks who frequent or work outside close to wooded areas in Florida and the Southeast in the summer are familiar with yellow flies. What we call “yellow flies” often refers to several different species including deer flies, true yellow…

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  • A new session of the free online course “Animal Agriculture and Climate Change” is being offered starting on May 1.  This 12-hour self-paced course covers basic climate science as well as specific impacts on different animal species, adaptation and mitigation, and ways to communicate this information to others.  The course also offers continuing education credits…

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