Sorry Mr. Groundhog: Spring and Cherry Blossoms to Arrive Early This Year After Record Temperatures in February

By Paul Riegler on 3 March 2017
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Despite a prediction by multiple groundhogs last month for six more weeks of winter, spring came early and the cherry blossoms season will arrive much sooner than expected.

“Cherry blossom peak bloom is forecast for March 14-17. It could be the earliest date on record,” the National Parks Service said in a tweet.

Much of the central and eastern United States has seen a winter of record and near-record warm temperatures. In New York City, February was the warmest on record, with average temperatures almost 9 Fahrenheit degrees above the norm. Winter in Chicago was mild, with only a dusting of snow, and Texas has seen summer-like temperatures.

Indeed, the National Centers for Environmental Information reported that, in the first 25 days of February, there were 5,857 tied or new record maximum temperatures compared to only 95 record low minimum temperatures in the United States.

As a result, trees and flowers are in bloom well ahead of what would normally be the schedule.

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