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Warmer springs impact wildfire risk, flower cycles, and more

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The numbers are on the rise for average spring temperatures in Arizona. 

Crunching the numbers, this is true for all of the Four Corners states. 

According to Climate Central the "fastest warming part of the country is the Southwest, where temperatures have climbed an average of 0.78° per decade since 1970."

In the image below, the darker the red color, the more dramatic the increase in temperature. 

You can see much of Arizona, including southern Arizona, shows that darker red color. 

The impacts for the average temperature rise are widespread.

This includes spring setting in earlier, which means spring blooms are coming our earlier and that means an extended allergy season.  

Plus warmer average temperatures during the typically dry months in Arizona, can raise the wildfire threat.  

Combine the warmer average temperatures with a long term drought, which is gripping parts of Arizona for more than a decade, then the wildfire danger becomes a greater concern.  

When it comes to climate change, the trend is important. 

Looking at the long term trend is key when talking about how climate is affecting nature.  

In Tucson, the warmer average temperatures have led to plants moving up in elevation along the Finger Rock Trailhead in the Catalina Mountains. 

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