Climate Connection

Above Average Temperature  
Above average temperatures can negatively impact crop yields and introduce new pests and pathogens. Since the 1970s, temperatures have steadily increased across the southeast. It is most distinct during the summer, especially along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of days exceeding 95°F. Climate models agree that annual temperatures will continue to increase in the future as well as an increase in days exceeding 95°F.  
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M.C. Kruk, A. Billet, H. Needham, M. Schafer, and J.G. Dobson, 2013: Regional Climate Trends and Scenarios for the
U.S. National Climate Assessment. Part 2. Climate of the Southeast U.S., NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 142-2, 94 pp.

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