Spring Starting Earlier This Year?

If you were under the impression that you wouldn’t have to worry about a pollen attack until at least April you are sorely mistaken.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but its true.

Organisms respond to changes in temperature and adjust their activity and metabolism accordingly. Geologists and ecologists have noticed that within the past 20 50 years, many plants flowered earlier than normal. Insect-pollinated plants seem to be more affected by warm temps than wind-pollinated plants, probably because of a heightened thermal sensitivity.

Its only within the past decade that scientists have begun to closely monitor plant life cycles and how its influenced by the seasons and various climates. However, they have discovered that every decade, spring begins 2.3 days earlier (Hegland, Nielsen, et. al).

What does that mean for us? Well, the Maple tree (a moderate allergen producer by the way), the first tree to bloom in Connecticut, may start poppin’ off earlier than late April.

Should we panic? Naw, not yet. Why? Because, again, it all depends on the way a flower or tree pollinates (insect- or wind-pollinated), and if the trend of early spring maintains its current course. Maple trees are wind-pollinated, so if you’re sensitive to Maple, you can breathe a little. But just be prepared that if temps are unseasonably warm, you may see a bud or two before youre ready to handle it.

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