SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Spring is coming! And maybe that groundhog was right earlier this month, spring might be ahead of schedule.
Signs of an early spring have been recently spotted in South Mississippi.
Various trees are in bloom. And pollen particles have been settling on outdoor surfaces like car windshields.
“This is an unusually early start to seeing pollen in our area,” said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. “This winter has been warmer than normal overall. In fact, if the season ended today, it would be Gulfport’s fourth warmest winter ever recorded since 1998.”
“February’s outlook calls for possibly warmer than normal conditions overall in our region,” Williams said. “So, this warm trend may continue.”
Once the pollen season begins, it usually doesn’t stop unless we get a late-season freeze.
Trees usually protect themselves during the harsh winter season by closing their buds. But, with this early bloom, they will be vulnerable.
Their buds are already open and exposed, making each plant more susceptible to impacts from freezing temperatures. So, if we ever do get a freeze later this season, it will be especially harmful to area plants.
Spring officially begins on March 20th.