March Warmth Puts Flowers Ahead Of Showers

March Warmth Puts Flowers Ahead Of Showers

Unseasonably warm winter means an early start to spring and crossed fingers that a late freeze won't wreak havoc.

An unseasonably warm March brought spring flowers to Kansas well ahead of the proverbial April showers.

Farmers across the state still have their fingers crossed as the winter wheat crop makes rapid progress, with all of the wheat in south-central Kansas jointed and some entering the boot. A late-season freeze – something that frequently happens in Kansas right up to April 15 – could spell disaster for the fast-growing and extremely good looking crop.

Fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs and spring flowers are also making an early debut. The showy season of the favored redbud and Bradford Pear has already progressed to fully leafed-out trees across much of the state.

Photo by Amy Hadachek

The peak of severe weather season, normally considered April 15 to June 1, is also early this year, with severe storms arriving in some areas even ahead of annual Severe Weather Awareness and storm spotter training classes.

Baseball size hail hit Greenwood County the last week of March, and afternoon and evening thunderstorms have become almost daily events. Large, extremely dangerous tornadoes hit the Dallas-Ft. Worth area on Tuesday.

Of course, nothing says spring like new life in the animal world. These kittens were happy to get outside and play in the sunshine on a farm near Cuba.

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