Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration set up an experiment that changed the way tornado warning messages were communicated to the public. The experiment was conducted to better understand how social science plays a role in peoples understanding of severe weather warnings. The experiment was successful. The changes will expand to 12 states this April, including Michigan.
Meteorologist Andy Provenzano spoke with WKAR's Peter Whorf about the first days of spring 2013 and a look at the weeks to come. Their conversation began by looking back to last year's unusual and problematic March.
Warm weather has promoted fruit trees in Michigan to bloom four or five weeks ahead of schedule. That means that bees need to be here early, too, but most of the bees that pollinate orchards in Michigan are still wintering in Florida or are busy pollinating crops in California.
Many of us are enjoying this unseasonably warm weather. But for some farmers, it’s nerve-racking, especially for fruit growers. Fruit trees are starting to sprout two or more weeks ahead of time. It’s only March, so cold weather is very likely to come back and kill off those early-blooming crops.