Spring is in the air here in Acadiana, the birds are chirping and flowers are starting to bloom. But all of these things are occurring a little bit later than normal. That’s all thanks to our cold snap we had back in February.
As we go into Spring, its all about plants! The Spring Bloom Index which is from the USA Phenology Network and it shows us how early or late spring blooming is occurring based off of a slew of data. In the coastal regions and in southern Texas this bloom occurred earlier than normal thanks to a warmer start to the year but other regions including most of Louisiana is seeing this bloom happen much later than normal. We can thank the February cold blast for that. It kept plants dormant for a few weeks until warmer weather returned into the region. Some places in Acadiana saw this bloom date pushed back around 2 weeks from average. Blooming is now occurring though thanks to warmer weather we are now experiencing as we go into Meteorological Spring.
Meteorological Spring which lands between March and May sees our biggest increases in temperatures. From an average High of 69 up to 89 degrees by the first day of summer. What this means is that with prolonged warmth in the future plants will continue to bloom and pollen will be itching our noses but just a few weeks later than normal.