Orono - A trend of warmer winters in Maine could mean the state's year round climate is changing.
Recent studies show that 2012 was the fourth warmest year for Maine dating all the way back to the 1800's, which is when such records started being kept.
George Jacobson, the state's Climatologist says we aren't alone. Most of the lower 48 states have seen a rise in temperatures as well. For Maine, this could equate to shorter winters and a longer growing season in the summer.
Jacobson says while this rise in overall temperature can have it's short-term seasonal effects, it will also alter the long term projection.