The USGS used Spring Indices models developed by Distinguished Professor Mark D. Schwartz for their recent article on the early arrival of spring this year, and trends toward very early spring onsets in National Parks. The “first leaf” maps based on the models were presented by Al Roker on the Today Show on March 2, 2017. Mark Schwartz’s Spring Indices models were also mentioned in recent articles in the Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, and by Associated Press on climate change and the early onset of spring this year.
Just HOW EARLY is spring arriving in your neighborhood? Find out…, U.S. Geological Survey, February 22, 2017
The U.S. Geological Survey hails an early spring — and ties it to climate change, Washington Post, February 24, 2017
Early Bird Special: Spring Pops up Super Early in Much of US, U.S. News and World Report (running AP story), February 28, 2017
What’s Dangerous About an Early Spring, the Atlantic, March 1, 2017