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Seasonal Climate Transitions in New England

For continental climates at northern latitudes, there are important climate transitions, linked with the winter, spring, summer and fall seasons, which illustrate the links between land-surface, biosphere, atmosphere, clouds and radiation. Several processes that are important to climate change can be seen in these local seasonal climate transitions: water vapour feedback in all seasons, snow-ice albedo feedback in winter and evaporation-precipitation feedback in summer. Illustrations here from Vermont in northern New England suggest that, as the global climate system warms, the trends in the fall, winter and spring transitions will directly reflect the shrinking of the winter cold season.

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Betts, A. K. (2011), Seasonal Climate Transitions in New England. Weather, 66, 245-248 (September). doi: 10.1002/wea.754