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What Could An Early Bloom Mean?

April 23, 2021
Miyuki Meinaka, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t you just love springtime? The weather is perfect, birds are chirping, and it seems like nature is waking up from its winter slumber. If you live in Japan or ever visited the country in early April, you most likely witnessed the peak bloom of the country’s famous cherry blossoms, otherwise known as sakura. When sakura are at their peak bloom, it’s quite a feast for the eyes, but their beauty is fleeting, only lasting a few days before their delicate petals fall to the ground. It’s such a sight to behold for such a short period of time that people take time out of their days to see these blooms around the country. This year, people were treated to the blossoming of sakura in late March, the earliest peak bloom in over a thousand years! Lucky, right? Well, yes and no. Sure, people were treated to beautiful sakura blooms earlier in the year, but scientists don’t see this as a good sign for planet Earth. Earlier blooms mean that warmer weather arrived sooner. The trend of warmer weather arriving earlier and earlier in the year has scientists worried that ice is melting faster and the planet is growing warmer. It’s a warning sign that we should all do our part to help planet Earth because entire ecosystems could be destroyed without nature’s dependable life cycles. What do you think we can all do to help cool down the planet?