NYC Metropolitan Region Now Classified As Subtropical Due To Climate Change
New York City has been reclassified as a humid subtropical climate zone due to the effects of climate change, according to the New York Times.
The city was previously classified as a humid continental climate, but global climate change has altered the climate so much that it has met the criteria to classify as a subtropical climate. New York City winters are getting warmer, spring is arriving earlier, and the summers have become sweltering. This summer is set to be the hottest one of the hottest on record.
The Times reported that qualifying as a subtropical climate zone “requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.” New York has met the requirements for the past five years.
The change in climate has had a noticeable effect on the city in a number of ways. One is that spring comes earlier, with trees blossoming in early March instead of April. The plant life present in the city is also changing, as maple trees are forced north into colder climates and plant species from warmer climates like that of the Southern United States, Asia, and South America are now thriving in New York.
New York City has also been experiencing more frequent storms as its climate classification has changed.