The theme of this spring’s temperatures was whiplash. Some areas saw spring arrive early and then give way to cold spells. Others experienced a cooler spring but with weeks and spells of unusually high temperatures mixed in.
The last week has been a weather up-and-down: one day it’s snowing, one day it’s raining, one day it’s -9 celcius and one day it’s +7 celcius. This has caused a lot of confusing conditions on the ground; puddles turn to ice, to piles of snow, to nothing at all.
In addition to roller-coaster temperatures, ISeeChangers documented drought, allergies, unusual rains, and plenty of bugs this spring.
ISeeChangers throughout the U.S. and in Germany reported early dryness and drought this spring. Severe drought posts came in from parts of California, where community members found creeks too dry to host tadpoles, missing wildflowers, and struggling plants. Some wildfires have also already started.
This May, the California poppies that normally grow in my side yard are much less prolific, and half of those that bloomed have already dried out. Normally this time of year they’d still be lush and green even without irrigation. Right next to the poppies, in the other picture, you can see a large juniper bush. I’m removing it because it has started to dry out and die, and has become a fire hazard. The drought here in California is just getting started…
Wet spring in New Orleans, Eastern Colorado
While other places were dealing with drought, ISeeChangers in New Orleans got an unusual amount of rain in March and April. Spring rainfall totals were more than two times the average.
Since the current weather pattern started on Tuesday, there has been over 5” of rainfall at my location. I hesitate to mark it unusual because these storms are becoming more common. It is quite unusual for April though.
It was also a good spring for precipitation — snow early in the season and rain late — in Eastern Colorado, helping most of the state east of the Rocky Mountains out of drought conditions.
It’s been raining all morning and when I woke up it seemed pretty dark for 9 am. Of course this happens but it seems like we’ve been having one of the rainiest springs in Colorado that I can remember. Usually we have sunny mornings followed by rain in the afternoon. Not usually all day like this. It was kind of humid yesterday too, in Fort Collins and Longmont.
Severe allergy season
ISeeChangers reported this allergy season starting earlier and lasting longer. Some people experienced allergy symptoms for the first time ever while others experienced more severe symptoms than usual.
Some bugs were abundant while others were missing
Bees, on the other hand, were missing in Washington and New Hampshire.
On to summer!
Summer is typically the season with the most extreme weather. Keep posting the weird weather and seasonal shifts that you are seeing in your neighborhood!
Cover photo by ISeeChanger Lauren Rodriguez.