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.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:38:10 GMT
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.The woman was wearingMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:34:37 GMT
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a Missing Child Media Alert after a 2-month-old baby was allegedly taken by a 14-year-old girl early Monday morning from Birmingham. Police say 2-month-oldMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:53:05 GMT
Jury selection for the Casey Mark Burgess trial was scheduled to get underway Monday afternoon in Brandon. Thirty-six year-old Burgess is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attemptedMore >>
Judge John Emfinger has sentenced Casey Mark Burgess to 20 years for aggravated assault and 10 years for attempted kidnapping. A jury found Casey Mark Burgess guilty of those charges Wednesday, in the attempted abduction of a woman in the Castlewoods area in September of 2011.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:14:24 GMT
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.The truck was reportedMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:24:37 GMT
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.PublicMore >>
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:42:49 GMT
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was found smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot. Matthew Leonard, 31, of Gainesville, FL has been charged with the intentMore >>
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was caught smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:32 GMT
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses WoodrowMore >>
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