Tulips bloom on the west side of the U.S. Capitol on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.
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By NBC News
October 14, 2015

Spring flowers may arrive as much as three weeks earlier over the next century as climate change drives an earlier end to winters in areas of the United States, researchers say in a new report.

Warmer weather earlier in the year might have consequences for farmers as well as wildlife, said the researchers from the University of Wisconsin, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Their report was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

“Our projections show that winter will be shorter — which sounds great for those of us in Wisconsin,” Andrew Allstadt, a postdoctoral fellow…

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