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It’s January…And Cherry Blossoms Bloomed In Central Park

By Bianca Bahamondes

It’s January…And Cherry Blossoms Bloomed In Central Park

With temperatures in the high 60’s, it felt more like spring than winter this weekend…and the cherry trees were clearly confused.

Over this past weekend temperatures in Central Park hit record highs at 69 degrees on Saturday and about 67 degrees Sunday! Not one person in NYC was in a coat…in the middle of January. Wild. Due to these warm temperatures, however, cherry trees bloomed throughout the city.

 

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A spokesman for the Central Park Conservancy told the Wall Street Journal this week that ” the Weeping Higan Cherry, now blooming in the park and elsewhere in the city, has flowered during warm spells in winter before, and shouldn’t be harmed by doing so now.” That said, apparently cherry trees in NYC have bloomed as early as December in prior years.

 

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Either way, it’s still crazy that it was so warm in the middle of winter! But don’t expect the flowers to stick around for long. There’s a winter storm on the horizon in New York this weekend that’s supposed to be followed by a “deep freeze” next week…

 

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Also published on Medium.