|© Asahi Shimbun|
The Asahi Shimbun reported on Wednesday that Japan has seen its first cherry blossom of 2013. A somei yoshino tree located in the central district Fukuoka city has been identified by the Japanese Meteorological Agency. March 13 ties the record earliest date of blooming set in 2009 (records have been kept since 1953). The Japanese Meteorological Agency also predicted that Fukuoka and the surrounding region will see peak blossoming later this month.
So what does that mean for residents of the Delaware Valley? Here in Philadelphia, you may have already seen a few blossoms around town, but we haven’t had real blossoming just yet. This winter has been relatively mild, but hasn’t had the extended warm stretches that marked the winter of 11-12 and resulted in blooms starting to show around this time last year.
With forecasts calling for temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s through next week, we’ll probably will not see our first blooms until the very end of March. If that is the case, we’ll be hitting peak bloom right around Sakura Sunday! Cross your fingers and keep on the look out for cherry blossoms. If you spot a bloom, snap a picture and share it with us on Facebook or Twitter.
Happy spring everyone!