Winter jasmine jumps out early
The Hook's pet bellwether, the winter jasmine at Carr's Hill, jumped out early this year, as seen in this photo taken at the corner of University Avenue and Rugby Road. The last time the Hook documented any January blooms at this site was 2007.
"It's been usually warm," says Crozet-based nature writer Marlene Condon, "and those buds are responding to the warmth."
At the UVA Climatology office, Jerry Stenger says that his records show that last December was the first above-average December since 2007 and the 11th warmest in the 109 years of recorded temperatures at McCormick Observatory– with this year's winter running three degrees above average.
Condon doesn't need to the check the charts, as her winter jasmine bloomed in December; and she's already seen a harbinger of spring.
"There are daffodils down the road from me," she says, "that are blooming."
–story updated on the morning of Tuesday, January 17.Read more on: winter jasmine