Jesse Ferrell

Share |

Pennsylvania Spring 2011 vs. Spring 2012, in Photos

April 11, 2012; 12:13 PM ET

Every spring, people say that "flowers & trees are coming out earlier than last year." But this year, they really are out early! I set out to prove it, by comparing photos I took last year, to this one. Here's a comparison of a maple tree budding in my front yard on March 17 -- WAY ahead of its progress on April 2, 2011, when it was covered with snow.

Speaking of "covered with snow" -- here's a photo of my Daffodils under snow on Feb. 14, 2012. They started coming up in late January, and I have no photos to compare that to, because it's never happened before.

And it's not just here in State College, Pa., check out these pictures from York, Pennsylvania that I took over the weekend. In the first, the tree that was flowering on April 24, 2011 has already finished and come out with leaves, and the other trees around it are ahead as well.

And last but not least, a picture of my girlfriend under the flowering tree at her house. Note that (at the very least) the tree flowers are similar, if not ahead of time in the 2012 photo.

Based on these pictures, I would estimate that flora is 3-5 weeks ahead of time. This is significant because it rarely varies more than a week, but that's what a record warm winter and March gets you.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or


Comments left here should adhere to the Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More The WeatherMatrix Blog

  • Pennsylvania Triple Shelf Cloud, Mothership

    March 27, 2015; 3:50 PM ET

    Eastern Pennsylvania was darkened by a massive, triple-decker shelf cloud last night. It was the first thunderstorm of the year, and it did not disappoint.

  • Frozen Susquehanna River Turns to Ice Jams

    March 21, 2015; 1:51 PM ET

    After a few warm days, the ice was on the move, in some cases causing damage. Here are photos and videos from the Pennsylvania Storm Chasers.

  • Category 5 Cyclone Pam Vs. Vanuatu History

    March 14, 2015; 2:19 PM ET

    Super Cyclone Pam, at Category 5 Hurricane strength, is razing the island nation of Vanuatu today. How does it compare to historical storms there?

About This Blog

Jesse Ferrell
Jesse Ferrell's WeatherMatrix blog covers extreme weather worldwide with a concentration on weather photos and Social Media.