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Regional Data and Research

In summary, weather station data show that between 1895 and 2011, temperatures of the region increased by almost 2˚F (0.16˚F per decade), precipitation increased by approximately five inches (or more than 10%), and our growing seasons have been lengthened by more than a week. These gradual changes are also punctuated by more hot days, fewer cold days, and more large and intense rain events. Additionally, increased coastal flooding from rising sea levels (approximately 12 inches since 1900) coupled with ever more intense ocean storm surges, is an additional concern for our region's coastal and estuarine producers. These changes, combined with increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and atmospheric nitrogen deposition may provide increased opportunities for our region's farmers and foresters, but they may also pose significant risks, especially if a producer is not adaptive to the new climate conditions. Browse climate, agriculture, and forestry data and research resources below to make better climate-informed resource management decisions.