Climate Change

Warmer 2018 might not be a sign of climate change, but it looms

Warmer 2018 might not be a sign of climate change, but it looms

As scientists across the world research climate change, Williamsburg’s relatively milder winters and warmer summers during the past three years might not be a sign of impending climate change so much as a return to normal, according to a College of William and Mary weather researcher.

At the Keck Environmental Field Laboratory at Lake Matoaka in Williamsburg, data shows the past three winters and summers have been relatively warmer than normal.

The average temperature for Williamsburg since 2004 has been about 59 degrees Fahrenheit, but in the past three years that temperature has been about 1.25 degrees higher.

Since 2004, Williamsburg has seen a decline in the number...

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