For several years we have been following the advance of spring on the East Coast of the United States by participating in the Paideia School's science project. Our editor, Kellie Gutman, writes:
The letter arrived on January 7th, the address printed in a 9 or 10 year-old's hand, with an accompanying postcard carrying this message:
I saw the first blooming daffodil on:__________, 2012
Kellie and Richard Gutman
West Roxbury, MA
The fourth and fifth grade classes track the speed of spring by documenting daffodil sightings along U. S. Route 1, from Florida to Maine. It will be interesting to see how quickly spring arrives this year. Here in Boston we have had only one snowstorm, and that one freakishly early before Halloween. Last year the school's letter arrived on a day that Boston got 8 inches of snow; this year it was a record 60 degrees fahrenheit.
In 2010, spring advanced at the speed of 1 mile an hour; in 2011 it was clocked at 1.3 miles an hour.
While waiting for the first bloom, you might want to re-read our 'flowers on stage' postings, to get into the springtime mode.