If you're not already, better get used to headlines that read something like "Cherry trees blossom 2 weeks ahead of average." The year is off to a hot start already; and lots of early events are in the pipeline by now.
This is the one that motivated me to post today: "The first cygnet of the year at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is the earliest since records began in 1393."
That's a pretty substantial record.
Thing is; here on the other side of the globe, I have our own to report. Last night at 11 PM, as I went outside to check the sky for lightning, since our neighbors to the west were having tornadoes again, I was greatly startled by some flashes of light- from the wrong direction.
They were fireflies; 10, at least. On May 1st. That is absolutely the earliest, by far, we've ever had fireflies here. Ok, I've only got a 30 some year observation track, not quite up to the swans' records. But the first firefly, like the first cygnet, has always been an event to watch for- yes, it's summer.
About 3 weeks earlier than the average, I think.
Supposed to hit 80°F today.
Another headline to get used to: "Long, hot, summer..."