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Friday, January 13, 2006

Is it Winter? Or Spring?

For those of you familiar with the Nor'West, rain=winter. Doesn't matter if it's falling in October or April (which are typically the bookends of the rainy season), if it's raining during the other half of the year that we refer to as "summer", it's just winter. Spring is hard to define here. The cues are more subtle than in the Northeast. Maybe it will rain less and be sunny more. Or you'll see the trees start to blossom and a slight increase in temps.

I had a feeling that the lack of a true spring in Portland may confuse the plants, especially those introduced from areas where seasonal change is a bit more rigid. Take for example these cherry trees I have taken photos of. Yes, that's right, there are little tiny blossoms on them. And yes, I took these pictures today, Friday, January 13th (ooh, freaky!) These were taken in the vicinity of NW 23rd and Marshall, but I have seen small blossoms on cherry trees elsewhere in the city for the past couple weeks.

Now what will happen? Will they bloom too early? Can they bloom again when March rolls around? Who knows? I sure don't. But this will attest to the fact that winter really isn't that cold here (daytime highs have been 45-50 since the "cold snap" three weeks back). Freaky...

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