The Memory of Cherry Blossoms

At a dinner with friends last night, one commented that the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington was held two weeks earlier than ever before, because of global warming.

I looked around briefly, and could find blooming dates going back only to 1992 — but I note that several years showed dates for “showing florets” about a week earlier than the current dates. Each stage (opening, peak bloom, etc) showed dates earlier than the current year. And that’s just in the record of the past twenty years.

We tend to remember the recent weather as being dramatic. And in fact, millions of people right now have been told that the Cherry Blossom Festival is very early because of Global Warming, and they will remember that “fact” probably long after the Global Warming Scare is dismissed and we can think once again about pollution issues.

For example, the National Wildlife Federation is advancing this scare:

Global Warming
‘Little Pink Warning Flags’: Early DC Cherry Blossoms Signal Climate Change Impacts

As always, it’s worse than we thought. And the dreaded, horrific effect: plants are growing better. That well-known effect of CO2 wasn’t mentioned at all, despite it being a known contributor to earlier and better productivity in plants. In other words, CO2 is helping feed the world, not just improving the flowering of plants.

But I note, looking back through NYTimes archives, that the 1930s had peek blooms in March sometimes, and sometimes in May during the bitter cold 1970s. I note that “cherry picker” scientists are careful not to go back to the earlier warm cycle, when the US reached its warmest year (1934), a record that was only adjusted out of existence after several years of tinkering.

It is sad what these people are willing to do in the name of their rather odd religion.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle