Experts say extreme climate changes are taking place across the country and people, animals, and plants are already feeling the heat. A Cornell University scientist says lakes are a good barometer for climate change and the temperature in Oneida Lake has increased drastically over the last few years.
"This is a reflection of climate change and climate warming with the increasing temperatures in the lakes- and it's not only oneida lake, but lakes throughout central new york, and throughout the world," says Ed Mills, Cornell University Scientist, and President of Oneida Lake Association.
"In 2006 we had approximately 90 days of ice cover, in 2012 we had 20 days of ice cover, so the whole idea of uncertainty - ya know what the winters gonna bring, or what the summers gonna bring - it's very difficult to predict," says Mills.
Mills says scientists have warned climate change would bring increased heat waves, more droughts, wildfires, and worsening storms.