Local Impact: Global Warming in New Hampshire
As we researched global warming, we found it very interesting that our winter in New Hampshire had been very odd this year. There was little snow throughout the winter months. In April, we experienced late-season snowstorms. As we completed our website, a Nor'Easter loomed in the distance.
Mountain views in New Hampshire.
These are fingerprints and harbingers that have been noticed in New Hampshire:
*The snow season is shorter by 15 days.
*This means Ski areas are going out of business because of the lack of
snow. Skiing brings in 650 million dollars to the state of New Hampshire
and provides many jobs. Many ski areas in Southern New Hampshire are in
parts of the state that no longer get enough snowfall. Other ski areas
rely on snow making machines, but this takes money, and it still takes
cold climate. Right now 90% of NH ski areas rely on man made snow.
Forest in Auburn, New Hampshire.
*There are 283 birds native to NH. Purple Finches, the NH state bird might
be forced to nest elsewhere because of warmer climate.
*There are 64 different of animal species. in our state. Reindeers also
could be forced to look for another habitat closer to colder climate.
*There are 50 kinds of fish in NH. Warmer temperatures could also be
responsible for lower trout numbers. We are raising salmon in our
classroom and we know the pollution in the rivers also impact how many
salmon will survive.
*There are 19 different types of amphibians scientists believe will change
where they live.
*The lilacs are blooming four days earlier.
*Maple trees are not producing enough to sugar because the temperature is
getting too warm.
*Maple trees are shifting where they grow
*This could lead to different foliage pattern
A tree in Hooksett, N.H. drops its leaves early before a full color change.
Sun shines through ice-coated trees after major ice storm impacts New Hampshire in January 2007.