I was looking over one of the weather dispatches from the National Weather Service office in Jackson the other day, and the meteorologist who wrote it departed from his usual technical explanation of the logic behind the forecast to observe that we have had over a week of 70 degree-plus high temperatures at Jackson.
He looked back over the records and discovered that the previous longest string of 70 degree-plus days in January lasted only about 4 days, and then things fell into the deep freeze again.
Well, if you've looked at your yards you've seen that nature has responded to the mild temperatures. Daffodils are already up and blooming. Of course, they're one of the first flowers of spring, anyway. But even conservatively they're at LEAST a couple of weeks early.
Same with the hyacinth. These flowers seem the most anxious to get going. They come out of the ground blooming. But usually a little later than now.
The quince I got a cutting of from mama's yard always starts blooming in January anyway, so it doesn't count in the "early to rise" category.
But here's a couple of oddities, our petunias in the baskets on the rail of the front porch are still hanging on even after our 20 degree weather as well as the geraniums along the front wall of the house on the porch.
They were pitiful in last summer's heat. Now they're blooming like crazy with no protection from the cold. Maybe I should check for heat-loss through that living room wall.
I put out an appeal for information on more abnormally early flowers on my Facebook page and was told that, among other places, Clinton seemed to have a pretty good representation.
Here's winter camellias, which SHOULD be blooming now, highlighted by Japanese Magnolia, which is about a month early in a front yard in Clinton.
And down the road in Raymond, white iris are already blooming at St. Mark's Episcopal church across from the courthouse. And entwined on the church bell in the side yard, yellow Carolina jasmine is already in bloom. Jasmine was my daddy's favorite flower because he said when it bloomed it was a sure sign that spring was already here.
Wild fruit trees out in the woods are alive. But it IS January. Could this be spring? Well we'd hope so. But watch the sky. Any evening now our faux spring could be clouded over by the next cold front and real winter come back.
But I'd rather we have had this late January SPRING-snap than an ice storm.
Monday, May 20 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:21:00 GMT
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard. According to Officer Colendula Green with JPD, officers haveMore >>
Jackson police have released the identity of the man found dead in a west Jackson house Monday morning.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
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Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:15 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:15:23 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
A medical examiner's office spokeswoman said 24 deceased victims from the Moore, OK, tornado had been transported to their Oklahoma City office. Seven of the dead were children.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:37:07 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears a disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
So when the school started planning for the commencement, Flake said she was shocked to find out that she was not among those chosen to speak.More >>
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