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An early spring?

Yesterday (January 30), I noticed that the daffodils in our front yard (the photo of daffodils is from March), though not in bloom, were 6 inches (15 cm) tall! The TV weather has been talking about people suffering from “hay fever” allergies in January, from the flowers and trees in bloom! Once again, we have been having record high temperatures in January!

Today, my wife and I took a ride to San Francisco, to Golden Gate Park. We walked from the bison paddock (definition 1) to the fly-casting pools (1), and then to the San Francisco Police Department stables and Spreckles Lake, most of which I had photographed previously. At the Angler’s Lodge (built in 1938), flowers were in bloom (daffodils, begonias, and violets).

The temperature in San Francisco was about 62 deg F (16.7 C). There were places to the northeast of the Bay that were supposed to reach the 70’s F.

(Note added February 2, 2009: San Francisco’s temperature “topped out” at 66 degrees F [ 18.9 degrees C] that day!)

It is strange to be talking about our warm temperatures on a day that the National Guard has been called out to help with the aftermath of ice storms in Kentucky.

The early blooms and lack of water may play havoc with food prices later in the year, since many foods come from California.

We shall just have to wait and see.

(Note added February 15, 2009: Well, we may not be getting an “early spring,” but with California “winters” (cool temperatures with much-needed rain), I can’t really complain! :-) )

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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