Texans might not expect bluebonnets to bloom in January, but here we are.
A warmer winter might be to blame.
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There are about 12 bluebonnets sprouting along White Oak Bayou, and probably more elsewhere. They stopped me in my tracks Sunday as I took a walk around sundown.
I took a bunch of photos, not a lot of which were in focus. There’s something about bluebonnets along the bayou.
My Monday was spent finding out how bluebonnets could bloom so early. I’ve always thought Texas wildflowers, including our blue friend, came out closer to spring.
But in some cases, (clearly) they come earlier than expected.
“It has been a bit warmer, and a little bit wetter,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Kamman said about Houston’s winter so far this season. “… That could certainly trigger an early spring in the flowering.”
Bluebonnets germinate in the winter and normally show up in volumes by April, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Warmer winters can speed up that process, much like the one we’ve been experiencing.
The idea of a warm winter seems contradictory, but they’re happening more and more lately. The Houston Chronicle editorial board in 2017 likened early bluebonnet blooms along White Oak Bayou to a bad omen of a global warming.
The bluebonnets on White Oak Bayou (near 34th Street) survived the few cold snaps we’ve already had this season, Kamman said. With next week’s highs in the 60s and 70s, who knows if more could crop up.
Keep an eye out and let me know if you see any other early bloomers on Twitter: @JayRJordan.
Source : chron.com