Let’s start with some facts for Rochester, NY (per Cornell University – http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=degree-days and Wunderground Weather – http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KROC/2012/3/23/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA)
2011 As of March 23
Average Temperature = 29 degrees F.
Minimum Temperature = 25
Maximum Temperature = 32
Snow – 6.3 inches
Month-to-date = 14.3
Since July 1, 2010 = 126.2
Growing Degree Days (base 50) since March 1 = 3
2012 As of March 23 (as of 10:30 am EDT)
Average Temperature = 56 degrees F.
Minimum Temperature = 59
Maximum Temperature = 54
Snow = no data recorded
Month-to-date = no data recorded
Since July 1, 2011 = no data recorded
Growing Degree Days (base 50) since March 1 = 114
Now, this is weird weather as far as I am concerned. I keep waiting to wake up and find a foot of snow on the ground and still needing to wear long underwear and lots of sweaters and gloves and a hat. Instead I have on shorts and sandals.
If I’m confused, I think my gardens are also confused. The daffodils are in full bloom, the lilacs have leaves with flower buds present. My red-bud and cherry trees are ready to bloom. Cherry trees have already bloomed in other neighborhoods and some of the local orchards are reporting plum and apricot trees in bloom. These normally do not start blooming until mid April at the earliest. I guess I can’t say that any more.
I’ve seen bumble bees out this week and a couple of other pollinators.
Pictures can say all of this better.
(photographs – copyright by R. Hudgins 2012)