Ocasio-Cortez warns of damage to crops due to warm temperatures in January

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is warning of potential damage to crops and the high food prices that could follow after the New York metropolitan area saw record high temperatures this past weekend.

“It hit ~70° in NY,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Sunday night. “In January. This weather at this time of year can be very risky for local farmers & families they serve.” 

“If certain crops germinate/flower prematurely & a freeze follows, crops could fail or drop in yield. When food supply drops, prices rise,” she continued, while adding the hashtag #ClimateCrisis.

Her post came in response to another tweet sent out by the National Weather Service on Sunday afternoon that confirmed record highs had been recorded in Central Park and Bridgeport, Conn., as well as other parts of the region over the weekend.

“As of 1:30pm, new record highs have been set at Central Park (68°), Newark (69°), JFK (68°), Islip (68°), and Bridgeport (69°), breaking records previously set in 2017 and 2018. Islip and Bridgeport broke their records by 10° and 14°, respectively!” the service tweeted.

The Greater New York area wasn’t the only region that saw hit record-high temperatures over the weekend.

Boston also experienced its warmest January weekend ever, according to WBUR.

Washington, D.C., also saw temperatures in the 60s on Sunday, which The Washington Post described as “way above normal” for the region. The White House tweeted a photo of what it called the “first snow of the year” later on Sunday and was mocked on Twitter shortly after.

The new records come days after Copernicus Climate Change Service found that 2019 was the second-warmest year ever recorded. The service also found that the last five years were the warmest five ever recorded globally.

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