Spring? It's still January! Here the weather is behaving as it should in winter, it's -8 now and we have a nice dusting of snow. Wednesday we will return to an unsettled weather pattern, with rain, sleet and snow.
Yes, it defenitely feels too early to start talking about spring. This January will be the coldest one since 1987 here in southern Sweden according to SMHI. (I remember that winter with temperatures down to -25 C and wind speeds of 10-15 m/s.) In the north it has been a relatively normal January. Now a snowstorm is coming in from the north west and after that the siberian winds will return. Spring ? Not here...
I didn't realise I was following an ancient pagan custom when I'm looking for Coltsfoot flowers.According to Wikipedia at the beginning of February Celts would send out there children to look for signs of spring. Coltsfoot would make an excellent choice,as they are some of the earliest flowering plants.However still no sign of any flowering yet,we've just had a cold week with some more snow. I see it's Groundhog day in Canada and the USA today. I wonder what they will tell us? If we had any Groundhogs in Britain it would mean that spring is on the way.They wouldn't be showing any shadows,it's 7 C and raining here in the midlands.
Valentine's day always has a feeling of spring to it,love is in the air. The Grey Heron's have returned to the heronry but later than last year. Catkins on the trees are getting longer. Temperature today is 6 C but felt much warmer in the sunshine. The forecast is still some sleet or snow to come and the Coltsfoot still haven't flowered. Re the last post about the Groundhog, it should read "Shadow,six more weeks of winter" I believe.
I don't know where Birder is but we had snow in Central Mississippi last night, last week's snowman in my neighbors front year is still sporting his carrot nose and corncob pipe, and the temperature in south Mississippi is sub 10 C. It was -5 last night, expected to be the same tonight. Normal is +5 to +8 C lows, to plus 18 C highs.
I have yet to see the first migratory bird going north, and I hear waterfowl are sticking to the south so far. Usually they pass by the first week in February so they are late.
This down vest feels quite nice in the sunshine. Shadow makes me reach for my jacket. So I really do not blame the birds for staying out of shiverville.
Spring has sprung in S. Texas as the Purple Martins have started arriving. The draw back is that it is below freezing most nights so no bugs for the birds to eat. The early one's this year may starve if the weather stays cold.
It was warm enough to have the front door open for a while. Not exactly normal for Feb.
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Here's an update on spring in the UK. Last week was quite pleasant with plenty of warm sunshine. The first migrant birds are arriving in small numbers,Wheatear, Sand Martin and Little Ringed Plover. Regarding the wildflower Coltsfoot, I finally saw the first one in flower on the 1st of March, one of the latest dates I've recorded. I have looked at first dates for flowering Coltsfoot between 1961 and 2010 and can see no sign of global warming apart from the period 1987-1990.
Also cold here, after a few weeks of somewhat warmer weather this weekend temperatures barely rise above freezing, which is about 8 C below normal. It will stay relatively cool for the next two weeks or so, but usually with LOTS of sunshine, which is great.