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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published May 29 2013

Weather Talk: Flowering trees bloomed not much later this spring

Many people tend to write down and keep track of certain annual events. These events may include the sighting of the first robin of spring, or if you live on a lake, the ice-out date.

In recent years, I have kept track of when my crab apple trees bloom. Although I have moved, I still find myself every spring driving by those crab apple trees to continue my dating when they bloom each spring. This recording of the timing of natural events is referred to as phenology.

My former crab apple trees finally went into full bloom on May 28 – the latest bloom date in the 12 years I have been keeping track. That may not surprise anyone based on the cold weather this spring, but it is only one day later than the springs of 2002 and 2008. This means, at least to the flowering trees, this spring has been similar to a couple of other springs in the past decade.

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