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Warmer weather may be the new normal
While Mr. Moretz and his staff prayed for snow, some states in the middle of the country dug out from a weekend blizzard.
According to a Minnesota State Police Twitter feed, 1,300 cars skidded off the road during the weekend storm, which buried parts of the state under more than a foot of snow. The bad weather also caused more than 650 car crashes, one of them fatal.
Wyoming was also buried by snow Monday, though Larry Mautz was just fine with the forecast.
“We are getting so much that we can’t even imagine,” said the manager of Wyoming High Country, which boasts 400,000 acres of snowmobile trails.
“We’re probably not going to be able to dig out for three days.”
The resort, located in the Big Horn Mountains at the northern part of the state, is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter time.
Mr. Mautz said he’s seen the weather change over the years, but fortunately for his resort, “it makes our lives better.”
Meanwhile in Arizona, Natalie Bilandzija was wondering what her state did to deserve its weather.
“We didn’t have a winter last year at all,” the Desert Gardens Nursery employee said. “There were three or four really bad cold days, but we’ve had a lot of plants that typically bloom in the spring time, blooming in January.”
Certain plants can grow in a desert climate, Ms. Bilandzija said, but the warmer weather is even having an affect on the plants normally suited for hot environments.
“In June, I had people calling me telling me their rose bushes were on fire,” Ms. Bilandzija said. “A lot of plants are freaking out. Flowers are blooming that shouldn’t be blooming.”
In the Washington area, residents might see extra blooms in their garden, too, but U.S. Botanic Garden spokesman Ari Novy said people should not panic.
“With the mild weather like this … plants that would have stopped blooming because of cold weather have had an extended blooming.”
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