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The New Normal?

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Daffodils are popping outCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Daffodils are popping out
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

The weather here in central Maryland has been out of the ordinary this winter… not much in the way of cold temperatures; no measurable accumulations of snow (yet); hardly any ice (the local ponds skimmed over for only a couple of days so far); the birds haven’t cleaned us out of seed; etc.

Definitely not “normal”.

Yet the early plants and bushes have begun to pull the trigger and bloom!

The photos on this page were both taken on February 8th and as you can see, the daffodils are popping and the hyacinths are emerging.  We’ve also seen in our local wanderings the distinctive yellow of forsythia beginning to color up, the dark pink of new growth in broad swaths throughout the local orchards, lawns through out our area are turning green, etc.

HyacinthsCentral Maryland (February 2017)Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Hyacinths
Central Maryland (February 2017)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Sonnar 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such advanced signs of spring this early in the year, and it concerns me.  If we get hit with hard winter weather after this — more likely it’s “when” and not “if” — it’ll be devastating to the local farmers and growers.  A number of our nearby agricultural neighbors have large apple and peach orchards that were particularly hard hit last year by a warm winter trend (though not this warm), that was interrupted by a sharp cold period just as the buds were forming.  They didn’t have something approaching “normal” harvesting until sometime in late July to early August, as all the early yields in late June and early July were just a small fraction of what they should be.

What about you?  What are you seeing in your area?  Is this an anomaly… or is this the new normal?

49 thoughts on “The New Normal?

  1. Dina

    I hope not, Mitch! We’re in Norway right now and we are having the warmest winter in 60 years. So sad!! Svalbard north of the Arctic Circle is the warmest place in Norway at the moment with +4° and rain, rain. A catastrophy for the arctic habitat.

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  2. Mike Bizeau

    It was 78 F in Denver yesterday and forecast is for 60-70’s rest of this month. It sure feels more like May than Feb. I have not seen the crocus poking through the ground yet but expect them anyway now.

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  3. sustainabilitea

    I remember years where everything came early and others when it seemed that winter would never end. Here in northern Illinois, we don’t have anything sprouting yet, although it going to be “warm” over the next days. I’d love some of the New England snow and I’m sure someone there would be glad to share if they could just figure out how to do it. Beautiful shots, Mitch.

    janet

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  4. transmutation.me

    Berlin actually around 0° Celsius, not really cold, but hardly any snow and also not much rain. But in other areas in the Western part of Germany there were days in February with even + 10° Celsius. Again a quite warm and very dry winter till now. Climate change approaching …

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  5. David

    Yesterday, we set an all-time, February record high with temps in the upper 70s in COS. Beginning late tonight into tomorrow, it’s a return to winter. Pretty much the course in Colorado. Nothing turning green just yet.

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    1. David

      It was a little windy, but not as ferocious as the brutal wind storm we had on January 9th. That wind storm we had winds into the 45-55 mph range with gusts into the Category 1 hurricane range. NORAD had 105 mph gust on that day.

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  6. Gypsy Bev

    While spring bulbs are sprouting here in southeastern Ohio, they are not yet in bloom. It has been an extremely warm winter here also with only a few really cold days. Yesterday it was in the 20s and today it’s in the 50s. I, too, fear for loss of fresh fruit due to early blossoms…and then another freeze. It’s definitely not normal this year.

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  7. smilingtoad

    The past few “winters” here in central FL on the coast have been disconcertingly warm to downright hot. This year, the most surprising bit, was that I did not even need my wetsuit. The coastal water temp never dipped below 70 degrees. Every winter seems warmer than the next. Troubling. Beautiful shots, nonetheless.

    Regards,

    smiling toad

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