Trees Have Been Tricked

Highs from the last few days in Eau Claire...


Just looking at those temps, some might say we've have some nice spring weather, and they'd be right. But the only thing is, this is January 10th and we are in the heart of what is supposed to be the coldest period of the year. From January 2nd to 22nd, Eau Claire's average high temperature is at it's lowest, 23 degrees.

We've set 2 record high temps (January 5th and 10th) and have melted away all but a few patches of snow. So it's no wonder that even the area plants are having a hard time figuring out what season it is. I have a big maple tree in my front yard and while outside enjoying the warm weather with my dog, looked up to see buds sprouting from the branches! Some others at WEAU have even seen a few flowers starting to bloom.

While some of us may have forgotten what winter in Wisconsin can bring, our warm weather is coming to end with snow and below freezing temperatures on the way.

So what's that mean for the trees that tried to get an early start on spring? Talking to the experts, the early sprout isn't the all that bad. The buds form before winter sets in and then normally 'rest' the rest of winter. When the cold weather does return, the buds return the rest phase. This early bloom may cause a bit of a delay in the eventual spring bloom for trees and flowers during April and May. It's also possible that some of the buds could be lost, meaning less leaves on some trees.

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