March roared in on the last night of February, with gusty winds, large hail, and tornadoes. While severe weather can happen any time of year, such an outbreak in February or early March is really unusual.
But it's been an unusual winter, here. A mild winter. A weird winter. For the first time since they began keeping records in 1871, Chicago made it through January and February with no measurable snow!
Now, the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, one of the most beautiful sights of spring, are predicted to reach peak bloom around March 15, three weeks earlier than usual, The New York Times reports. The cherry blossom festival is being rescheduled to accommodate the earlier blooming.
Once again, the route for the Iditarod sled race in Alaska has to be changed, due to lack of snow.
The recent rains that have alleviated the drought in California have also caused flooding, which will have an impact on the growing season there. Spring strawberries will cost more in Chicago, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.
The seasons as we know them are changing. Geese have been spotted flying north in February. Crocuses are blooming in sheltered southern spots. There are buds on the forsythias. Is this spring fever, or signs of a changing climate?
Want to read more about climate change? Here is a post about the changing fall.