To the Dismay of Some, Spring Comes Early in the U.S.

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By Anna Breuer on 28 February 2018
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As Frank Sinatra put it, “It Might as Well Be Spring.”

Indeed, spring has, in many parts of the United States, arrived early and all is not well. Last week, the temperature in the nation’s capital reached 80° or 27° C, a full four weeks ahead of schedule. The city’s cherry trees didn’t bother to consult the calendar and are already starting to bud, while flowers follow in close pursuit.

It isn’t just in the District, however. The weather is similarly spring like in the Big Apple as well as the Southwest, West Coast, and parts of the South.

While an early spring proves Punxsutawney Phil wrong once again, a return to freezing weather could have significant consequence.

“While these earlier springs might not seem like a big deal – and who among us doesn’t appreciate a balmy day or a break in dreary winter weather – it poses significant challenges for planning and managing important issues that affect our economy and our society,” said Dr. Jake Weltzin, an ecologist at the U.S. Geological Service, in 2017 when spring also arrived early.

The spring-like weather, the USGS said, can bring “early-season disease-carriers such as ticks and mosquitoes, and an earlier, longer and more vigorous pollen season.”

A return to colder temperatures can also damage those plants that have already started to flower, and those blooming flowers can disrupt the link between wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers.

Meanwhile, get out your flip-flops and shorts and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts.

To quote Gustav Mahler, “With the coming of spring, I am calm again.

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