Spring colors are starting to really pop around Central North Carolina as trees bud and bloom and flowers begin to show their colors. It seems like each year the time when trees start to bud and the earliest flowers bloom comes sooner, and the science shows it is.
Compared to 1970, our first blooms are coming almost half a month earlier. In 1970, our average first colors arrived in mid-March. In 2019, the average start to seeing Spring colors was late-February/early-March.
This isn’t a full surprise if you look at a couple of variables. Data from Climate Central shows that our average temperature in Spring (months of March, April, May) is warming. Our average temperature is 3.2 degrees warmer in 2019 compared to our 1970 average. We are also seeing more warm days in Spring, averaging 14 more days above average (about 50 total) now compared to 1970.