Newcastle resident Arlene Cole ’47 reviews her recent temperature and precipitation recordings at the kitchen table of her home. (Emily Hayes photo)

Is Climate Change Affecting Lincoln County? Ask Arlene Cole ’47

by Emily Hayes for The Lincoln County News

Newcastle resident Arlene Cole has been recording the temperature in Lincoln County for over 70 years, long before climate change was a household term.

It started as a hobby in the 1950s, but in 1965 she started sending her records to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the agency’s knowledge of the local climate. Cole’s data has since contributed to NOAA’s knowledge of the effect climate change has on agriculture, according to a 2010 letter from the organization.

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Originally published December 24, 2021 in The Lincoln County News. Click on the link above to read the full article.