Warm spring broke national record

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The unusually warm weather we experienced this spring turned out to be part of the warmest spring on record in the U.S.

This spring’s national average temperature was 57.1 degrees – 2 degrees higher than the previous warmest spring in 1910.

Read more about the record-breaking spring from the Des Moines Register here.

Check out our radio segment on how the warm weather affected Iowa environment here.

On the Radio: Warmest March on record alters Iowa’s environment

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the effects of an unusually warm March on Iowa’s agricultural community.

Are you curious how the warmest March on record affected Iowa’s farming?

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Warm weather brings the ticks out early in Iowa

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Stories continue to come out about how Iowa’s unusually warm winter affected our environment. Now, it is being reported that ticks have showed up in Iowa earlier than normal.

Typically, ticks do not start appearing until May or June, but already people have noticed the insects on their pets and on themselves.

This means that people will have to start watching out for ticks, since no one wants to get Lyme disease. Precautions include checking pets and children for ticks after they come inside, and making sure your skin is well covered when outdoors.

The most common spots ticks latch onto are the scalp and folded areas of the skin.

For more information, check out an article from KCRG here.

Freezing temperatures in Iowa hurt fruit farmers

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Some parts of Iowa saw freezing temperatures this morning. As we mentioned in March, fruit farmers in Iowa feared an April freeze because it could damage their crop.

Most fruit bloomed unusually early this year due to the warm weather. Once in bloom, freezing temperatures can destroy a substantial portion of fruit crops.

For instance, according to a horticulture professor at Iowa State University, about 90 percent of an apple orchard will be damaged at 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more about how the weather affects Iowa’s fruit farmers in a Des Moines Register article here.